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Hawking Makes It Clear

Stephen Hawking and his co-author Leonard Mlodinow were on Larry King Live last week.  Hawking was quite clear about some of the things that have been hashed about on STR's blog, namely his pyysicalism and determinism.

Blog Post | Philosophy | Melinda Penner | September 13, 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

Religion Isn't Real

Well, it's real.  But it's not about reality.  It's about personal preferences and personal meaning.  That's the presumption behind Dan Brown's view of religion in his books and it's the increasingly common one in the world.  NYT columnist Ross Douthat explains this very clearly:

Blog Post | Philosophy | Melinda Penner | May 22, 2009

Prescription: Humility, Not Doubt

Michael Sean Winters, in his evaluation of President Obama's speech at Notre Dame Sunday (and Winters is a supporter of the President), nails an important epistemological issue that is bandied about quite a lot these days with the usual recommendation being wrong a wrong prescription because the diagnosis has mistaken two fields. 

Blog Post | Philosophy | Melinda Penner | May 19, 2009

Further Study

We're often asked where to study apologetics more formally.  Here is a very useful list.

Blog Post | Apologetics | Melinda Penner | March 15, 2009

Fill in the Blank

I listened to a talk by actor/author Alan Alda on the iTunes "Meet the Author" series.  The topic was his search for what makes life meaningful.  One of the audience members asked him to comment on his point of view:  Many people find meaning the easy way in religion, in which meaning is prescribed; the harder path if you reject religion is to find your own meaning.  Often when I hear this assessment a snobbish attitude toward religion is included, which I didn't detect in this particular exchange.  The general idea is that the truly independent thinkers s

Blog Post | Philosophy | Melinda Penner | January 14, 2008

The Golden Compass Lies

Alan Jacobs writes a fine review of Philip Pullman's trilogy His Dark Materials.  The only point on which I disagree is that I find nothing appealing in the trilogy or on par with Tolkein or Lewis.

Blog Post | Philosophy | Melinda Penner | December 10, 2007

What Dr. Moreland Said

Summaries of J.P.

Blog Post | Philosophy | Melinda Penner | November 27, 2007

Religion: Poison or Cure?

Georgetown University and The Ethics & Public Policy Center hosted a dialogue between Alister McGratha and Christopher Hitchens on this question.  The video is available here.

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | October 16, 2007