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Another Problem with Stephen Hawking's New Book

We got Hawking's new book, The Grand Design, delivered yesterday afternoon.  I've only had a chance to browse a bit, but I was very surprised to turn to this passage in the second chapter.

Blog Post | Philosophy | Melinda Penner | September 9, 2010

Hawking's Blind Spot

I mentioned the other day that Stephen Hawking's pronouncement in his upcoming book that God didn't create the universe - that it was the inevitable result of the laws of physics - was an example of a brilliant man saying a dumb thing.  The reason smart people can say foolish things is because their presuppositions blind them.  And in Hawking's case, his commitment to materialism blinds him to alternative explanations.

Blog Post | Apologetics | Melinda Penner | September 6, 2010

Fiction that Tells the Truth

Craig Hazen has ventured into a very challenging contemporary endeavor:  to use fiction, story-telling, to write about the weighty issues of theology, philosophy, and ultimately redemption.  It's easy to lament that the appeal of storytelling is usually utilized to communicate bad ideas; Craig has taken on the challenge it to share good ideas in the novel Five Sacred Crossings. 

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | July 12, 2010

Bedfellows: Science & Atheism

This is a very interesting study that shows the power that atheism and therefore naturalism has in the field of science - not because of what science entails, but because of what scientists believe. The order of causation, I don't know; but the correlation is overwhelmingly clear.(HT: Scot McKnight)

Blog Post | Philosophy | Melinda Penner | May 11, 2010

The Nature of Truth and Knowledge

"If there be such a thing as mental growth, it must mean the growth into more and more definite convictions, into more and more dogmas." ~ G.K. Chesterton  (HT:  Shawn White)

Blog Post | Philosophy | Melinda Penner | April 29, 2010

Is the Supernatural Natural?

So goes the evolutionary argument for religion, which finds interaction between religious practices and physiological changes and brain states. 

Blog Post | Philosophy | Melinda Penner | March 27, 2010

Sproul & Meyer Discuss ID

Sproul, Meyer, intelligent discussion.  Enough said. Time to watch and learn.Part 1 of 5Part 2 of 5Part 3 of 5Part 4 of 5Part 5 of 5

Blog Post | Philosophy | Melinda Penner | March 4, 2010

Extraordinary Claim, Extraordinary Evidence?

Do extraordinary claims demand extraordinary evidence?Hume offered this challenge in "Of Miracles" in Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion.

Blog Post | Apologetics | Melinda Penner | March 1, 2010

Thinking about God

Greg's guest on the radio show Sunday will be Greg Ganssle, lecturer at Yale University, specialist in God's relationship to time, and author of one of Greg's favorite books Thinking about God.  You can listen live on one of the stations that carries the show, you can stream it live on your computer or phone. 

Blog Post | Philosophy | Melinda Penner | February 5, 2010

Alien Life on Earth? So What.

Scientists are redirecting their search for "alien" life to right here on Earth, believing there may be non-DNA-based forms of life we haven't year recognized.  This would indicate that their origin is different than the origin of life as we know it now.

Blog Post | Philosophy | Melinda Penner | February 2, 2010