“organised religion”

When people rant about “organised religion” they may or may not know what they are dissing. Westporo Baptist Church (the infamous “god hates fags” church) has no official (or unofficial?) ties to ANY denomination or other church(s).  There are untold thousands of less-controversial churches and preachers, which nonetheless stray off into variously worrying forms of… Continue reading “organised religion”

religion

Some different senses of the word/concept ‘religion’: Like a bellybutton: a basic and unifying characteristic of humanity – we are all ‘religious’ in the broadest sense.  We all have a worldview, beliefs and values which inform and shape the way we live our lives. Like a band: a particular and distinguishing characteristic of a group… Continue reading religion

mixed responses

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

on reading genesis 1-3

What Genesis 1-3 is not: a play-by-play, atom-by-atom historical and scientific account of creation.  The author/community which produced the text clearly had other things in mind than producing such a thing.* This is widely accepted by people who should know: scholars in fields relevant to Genesis 1-3 (biblical scholars, ancient near east religion scholars, hebrew… Continue reading on reading genesis 1-3

evolution conference: june 25-27

Mark your calendars and register! TANSA (Theology and the Natural Sciences Aotearoa) presents: The Theological Meaning of Evolution Conference to celebrate and interact with Darwin. Thursday June 25th at 7pm to Saturday June 27th at 6pm Key Note Speaker: Dr. Christopher Southgate, author of The  Groaning of Creation University of Exeter Local Speakers: Assoc. Prof. Ruth… Continue reading evolution conference: june 25-27

related magisteria

Whether or not one agrees with Gould’s famous dictum that Religion and Science are Non-Overlapping Magisteria, it occurs to me that unless a given Religion says absolutely nothing at all about the things which Science also investigates, then at least they will be related. A far better question, of course, is how they might be… Continue reading related magisteria

books on evolution and earth age

Over at xenos theology, Jonathan Robinson draws out attention to: 5 ebooks on evolution and Christian belief – summing up 2 years of blogging/commenting at this blog (see links to ebooks on right side-bar). and… this book review of this book: The Bible, Rocks and Time: Geological Evidence for the Age of the Earth by… Continue reading books on evolution and earth age