Category Archives: theology

The Atlantic gives the world’s worst advice: study more theology

I’ve spent much of the last several years reading theology of all stripes, from the most fundamentalist version (e.g. Ken Ham), to versions slightly more sophisticated, like William Lane Craig, to the most rarefied and “sophisticated” versions, like those of Karen Armstrong, Alvin Plantinga, and Søren Kierkegaard. Now I admit I’m an atheist and have […]

Two Germans with a MacBook prove that God exists

A new report at ABC News, “Computer scientists ‘prove’ God exists”, says that two German scientists using a MacBook have proven the existence of God.  That’s the bad news.  The good news is that it appears to be old news: that is, they have somehow mathematically formalized the ontological proof of God, which has always […]

What questions were once thought insoluble by science, and therefore evidence for God?

For a God-of-the-gaps thing I’m gonna write soon, I’m trying to find a list of problems that were once considered insoluble by science and therefore used as evidence for divine intercession.  I know of some of these, like the complexity of organs like the eye, the planetary motions that baffled Newton, and so on, but […]

Two disparate views of free will

Here are two disparate takes on free will by Susan Blackmore and J. P. Moreland.  What they have in common is that both speakers conceive of “free will” in the same way: as dualistic, libertarian free will (Moreland buys it; Blackmore doesn’t). Now that’s the form of free will—the “ghost-in-the-machine” free will—that many readers here […]

Sunday funnies

I’d guess He’s reading either Haught or Plantinga. . . h/t: Smipowell

Is the notion of “God” coherent?

There’s been some discussion on this site and others whether it’s even useful to ask if there can be evidence for a god, given that the very notion of God is incoherent.  I’ve maintained that there can indeed be evidence that would provisionally convince at least me of the existence of a divine being. But […]

Quote of the week: BioLogos insists that the creator is the Christian God

A few weeks back, Peter Hitchens (brother of the late Christopher) argued in his Mail Online column that the notion of intelligent design (ID, aka creationism advocated by Ph.Ds) wasn’t religious because it didn’t specify the designer. I think I laid that one to rest, for the history of ID clearly shows that the designer […]

BioLogos and Templeton waste more money on accommodationism

Here’s an equation: BioLogos + Templeton = Apologetics funded by a ton of money. That’s precisely what’s happened with BioLogos’s “Evolution and Christian Faith” program.  The Templeton Foundation has anted up nearly two million bucks for this, handing it to BioLogos in their futile attempt to bring evangelical Christians to an acceptance of evolution. The […]

“Fine-tuning”: is the multiverse a Hail Mary pass by godless physicists?

I’ve finished the book Atoms and Eden, a series of interviews by Steve Paulson of luminaries in the science-and-religion debates. The book includes interviews with people on all sides, including Karen Armstrong, John Haught, Sam Harris, Dan Dennett, Jane Goodall, and so on. Judging by Amazon, the book hasn’t garnered much interest, but I’d recommend […]

Dave Allen on Catholicism

Reader Aidan Karley called my attention to the Irish comedian Dave Allen (1936-2005; real name David Tynan O’Mahoney). He seems to be a forerunner of Dara O’Briain, sans the profanity. Here’s Allen recalling his initiation to Catholicism at the age of four. It’s hilarious, but the hilarity comes largely from his befuddled encounter with religious […]

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