omni (all) + potent (powerful)
All red herrings about making rocks too heavy to lift or making a 5-sided triangle aside, the notion of God’s omnipotence at least implies that God has the potential to do literally anything. Continue reading “lamb omnipotence”
The 2009 Gifford Lectures, “A Fine-Tuned Universe: Science, Theology and the Quest for Meaning”, presented by Alister McGrath, are all up online in PDF format.
Lecture 1: Yearning to make sense of things – 2009 Gifford Lecture 1.pdf
Lecture 2: Why we still need natural theology – 2009 Gifford Lecture 2.pdf
Lecture 3: The mystery of the constants of nature – 2009 Gifford Lecture 3.pdf
Lecture 4: The enigmas of evolutionary biology – 2009 Gifford Lecture 4.pdf
Lecture 5: Natural theology and the quest for meaning – 2009 Gifford Lecture 5.pdf
Lecture 6: Conclusion: clues to the meaning of the universe? – 2009 Gifford Lecture 6.pdf
Also in book form: A Fine-Tuned Universe: The Quest for God in Science and Theology
The problem with questions like is God “real?” or does God “exist“? is that the most basic understanding of God (let’s assume monotheistic belief for the moment) is that the sum total of existing reality (the Bible says ‘all things’) was created (caused, desired, effected, brought about) by Him.
If this stretches the mind (not to mention language) – then one is actually beginning to grapple with monotheism.
((Related recent post at ‘Just Thomism’: Proof’s for God’s existence))
I don’t have time to look into it at the moment, but I’d love to see a treatment of what led Protestant Reformer Martin Luther to say,
“If I knew Jesus would return tomorrow, I would plant a tree today.”
I’ve checked out a book from the Carey Baptist library that’s proving to be very interesting:
The Future of Atheism: Alister McGrath & Daniel Dennett in Dialogue
It’s essentially a written copy of a 2007 conference including the McGrath/Dennett debate and the other papers presented – plus a few additional chapters and an introduction by the author/editor, Robert B. Stewart.
What I particularly like about it (conference and book), is that it gives space for both sides to lay out their perspective. Contributors include: Paul Copan, William Lane Craig, J.P. Morland, Keith M. Parsons, Ted Peters, Hugh J. McCann and others…
I look forward to reading as much of it as I can (probably late night reads while waiting for Thomas to feed, etc.!).
TANSAA (Theology and Natural Sciences Aotearoa Auckland – a group emerging from Laidlaw–Carey Graduate School) is finalising their programme for 2009, and it’s looking great.
I’m particularly chuffed about the Conference planned for August 1, hosted by my church, Northcote Baptist. Details: Continue reading “tansaa events in 2009”
Cambridge Geophysicist, Professor Robert (Bob) White is coming to New Zealand to take part in 3 events.
The first and second are the same talk both in Wellington and Auckland – a Christian Response to Global Warming (I’m planning on attending the Auckland talk). For the third event (which I am sad to miss, due to a wedding up north), Robert will take part (with others) in a Symposium entitled: Science and religion in the 21st century: faith in science, science in faith.
Saturday, 14 March 2009, 8.30am-6pm
Theatre 401-439, ‘Neon Foyer’, Engineering School, Symonds Street, The University of Auckland
Please register for the symposium by Wednesday 11 March, with firstname.lastname@example.org
Cost $20, non-waged people $10 (refreshments and lunch provided)
Parking under Owen G Glenn building, $5 flat rate
I’ve provided the PDF flyer for download by clicking here. Continue reading “bob white in new zealand”
Laidlaw/Carey Graduate School is hosting an international symposium on “Trinitarian Theology after Karl Barth“, to be held at Carey Baptist College in Auckland, NZ.
Flyer here and Registration form here.
I recently stumbled onto this listing of questions/answers at the website of physicist, Royal Society member… and priest John Polkinghorne. They will be of interest to anyone interested in the interplay between science and religion, and will be of special help to Christians interested in the compatibility between evolution and the Christian faith.