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Should Science Study Religion?

Some scientists suggest so.  Before I can decide, I have a couple of questions: 1. What do they mean by science? and 2. What do they mean by religion?

Blog Post | Science | Melinda Penner | May 22, 2012

Theistic Evolution Follow-up

I wrote yesterday about the inadequacy of the evolutoinary process to explain the development and complexity of life we observe.  Theistic evolutionists accept the proposition that the natural processes are adequate to explain this.  In practice, theistic evolution is a naturalistic view of the origins of life.  TE does allow for other miraculous events and God's sustaining power, but not God's intervention for creative purposes once the natural process has begun.  In an

Blog Post | Science | Melinda Penner | May 2, 2012

Evolution and Divine Action

Greg's guest on the radio program Sunday was Fuz Rana from Reasons To Believe to discuss theistic evolution. (Jump to the third hour as indicated by the chapter marks.)

Blog Post | Science | Melinda Penner | May 1, 2012

The Trouble with Theistic Evolution

Greg interviewed Stephen Meyer on Sunday's radio program, who had some very helpful thinking about theistic evolution.  He offered questions and problems from a biblical and a scientific standpoint.  (Here's the program - it's in hour three, which you can skip to in this enhanced version with chapter marks.)  Meyer is the author of Signature in the Cell

Blog Post | Science | Melinda Penner | April 4, 2012

Sam Harris' Moral Argument

Sam Harris is attempting to offer a "scientific" explanation for morality.  He's responding to the grounding challenge for naturalism - where do moral values fit in a purely material, physical world?  This is a significant challenge for naturalism and atheism since morality is something human beings universally know is real.  So any worldview has to be able to account for it or else it's a fatal flaw of that worldview.  Harris attempts to explain how science can account for moral values.

Blog Post | Philosophy | Melinda Penner | February 13, 2012

Do We Need Religion for Morality?

Richard Dawkins says no.  “We don’t need to get morals from our religions … We don’t want to find morals from the holy books. We can have our own enlightened secular values.”

Blog Post | Philosophy | Melinda Penner | January 31, 2012

Darwin's Heretic

Alfred Russel Wallace was a 19th century scientist who came up with a theory of natural selection remarkably similar to Darwin's.  This made the men colleagues and comrades.  Wallace was a member of the close, inner circle Darwin and Huxley gathered around them in London. 

Blog Post | Science | Melinda Penner | January 28, 2012

Theistic Evolution & the Bible

John Bloom from Biola University reports that some theistic evolutionists are questioning whether Adam and Eve were historical.  He asks, why are they questioning the Bible when the evidence for Darwinianism is getting weaker?

Blog Post | Science | Melinda Penner | October 10, 2011

Faith & Logic Aren't at Odds

Lisa Randall perpetuates the ubiquitous misunderstanding that faith and logic are incompatible in her essay criticizing some current presidential candidates in Time Magazine, "How Science Can Lead the Way: What we lose when we put faith over logic."  Her concern with the candidates is an expression of her overall view of religion and science.  Her view is summed up in this sentence, "What we are seeing in the current presidential race is not so much a clash betw

Blog Post | Science | Melinda Penner | September 27, 2011

Butterflies and the Designer

Brian Auten reviews the new DVD documentary Metamorphosis:

Blog Post | Science | Melinda Penner | June 27, 2011