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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

Science & Christianity: Are They Compatible?

Ken Samples explains how they are not only compatible, but integrally bound in a Biblical worldview.  You can read the entire article on his blog.  And excerpt is here:

Blog Post | Science | Melinda Penner | June 21, 2011

What Would Jesus Believe?

Karl Giberson of The BioLogos Foundation wrote on CNN's Belief Blog that Jesus would believe evolution so we should, too.  His reasoning can be broken into a syllogism like this:

Blog Post | Science | Melinda Penner | April 12, 2011

Fine-tuning Disproven?

A scientist claims he's undermined the fine-tuning argument for God's existence.  The fine-tuning argument says that there are a number of conditions in the universe for life to exist, and since these conditions must be met within a very small threshold, it's reasonable to conclude that they have been set that way by an intelligent being to make life possible.  These laws of physics are fine-tuned to such a degree that the odds of being met by chance are extremely great, beyond the realm of probability.  So since life exists, God must exist.

Blog Post | Science | Melinda Penner | January 25, 2011

Brain=Mind?

Did you notice the cover of the current Newsweek magazine for the article "Can You Build a Better Brain?"  The cover reads:  Grow Your Mind: The Truth about How to Boost Your Brain's Performance.  Equating the mind and brain - assuming the immaterial is only operations of the physical. Greg wrote about this tendancy for equivocation here.

Blog Post | Philosophy | Melinda Penner | January 13, 2011

STR Suggests...

"Science & Faith:  Are They Compatible?"In a recent webchat about Stephen Hawking's new book The Grand Design, noted biologist and atheist Richard Dawkins offered the following commentary on the physicist's findings: "Darwin kicked [God] out of biology, but physics remained more uncertain.  Hawking is now administering the coup de grace."

Blog Post | Philosophy | Melinda Penner | September 15, 2010

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