A local apologist blog recently discussed Antony Flew, famously an atheist turned deist. The good and accurate point discussed in the post is summarized as follows: …the question [of God’s existence] should be placed under the jurisdiction of philosophers; for to study the interaction of subatomic particles, he notes, is to engage in physics; but to… Continue reading quarks, plants, and universes
If we take words patiently and technically, asking if God ‘exists’ or not is like asking if God is physically alive or dead, moving or still, blind or seeing, takes up space or not, heavy or light, hot or cold, tall or short, hard or soft, or any other question which could be asked about… Continue reading fundamental distinction
Those who hold that all things (the universe/multiverse/whatever) began to exist and were created (by an ultimate Creator or First/bottom Cause), and those who hold that all things (the universe/multiverse/whatever) ‘have always existed in some form/state’ agree on (at least) one point… …namely that there is indeed an uncreated ‘thing’ which cannot be questioned, caused,… Continue reading uncreated thing
Cheers to Bryson for directing me to an essay, which I discovered was one over several over at The John Templeton Foundation. The essays are comprised answers to ‘big questions’ from a variety of perspectives – theist, atheist and agnostic. They make for interesting reading whatever your beliefs are. Two of the ‘big questions‘ essays… Continue reading ‘big question’ essays
what do we mean by ‘nature’? what do we mean by ‘natural’? how do we account for either? what do we mean by ‘account for’?
1. nature demands an explanation 2. a ‘natural’ explanation of nature… isn’t.
Thanks, Ian Luxmoore… …for a friendly, respectful, engaging and thoroughly enjoyable conversation about life, god, the universe, morality and all the rest.
The Christian response to the ‘Faithful Science’ day-conference have been mixed. Most of the appreciative and complementary feedback has been email or verbal. As for the less-appreciative feedback, unfortunately it’s been more public. First, the Christian newspaper “Challenge Weekly” published a (to say it kindly) selective and less-than-inaccurate piece entitled “Conference fuels Controversy” (which can… Continue reading mixed responses
Just a couple quotables I’ve read recently by James Chastek at Just Thomism: …the best arguments for naturalism are that we should get out of the armchair, stop using abstract language and start giving quantitative, statistical, and experimental arguments… But the arguments are all made from the armchair, using abstract terms, without quantitative, statistical, or… Continue reading two thomist tasters
…and that is one of the first ‘things’ I believe about God.