Archive for the 'Evolution/origins' Category

Kids draw the Darwinest things

My four-year-old was given a worksheet in Sunday School posing the first question in the Westminster Shorter Catechism for Children. She colored it…creatively. There could be some sticky questions!

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

Occam’s razor can leave you bloody

This will be a fairly short post — more of an excuse to rant than anything else. But I’m seriously tired of the common misuse of Occam’s razor. Occam’s razor merely states that the simplest explanation is the best one. It’s roughly based on a law of logic that maintains that it is fallacious to […]

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

James K. A. Smith on the missing Author in authorial intent hermeneutics

I realize this is a week old, which in the blogosophere can make something quite stale, but I had some thoughts on James K. A. Smith’s surprisingly negative review of Peter Enns’ recent The Evolution of Adam: What the Bible Does and Doesn’t Say about Human Origins. Smith’s criticism focuses on Enns’ methodology, which is based […]

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

How the universe began ≠ why the universe began

As I teased earlier, cosmologist Lawrence Krauss and astrophysicist Rodney Holder engaged in a conversation about cosmological origins on Unbelievable over the weekend. It was an entertaining though not altogether surprising debate, confirming my impression of Krauss’s book. I have not read it, but as I always say in these scenarios, reading the book is […]

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

The vacuity of materialism

Most people are familiar with Carl Sagan’s famous declaration that “We are made of star stuff,” if only because of that song from a decade ago. It is often referenced to prove that even stereotypically stodgy, lab-coated scientists can have a sense of awe, an appreciation for intangible aesthetics like beauty, and even the occasional turtleneck sweater. […]

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Why most Protestants need Adam and Eve to be historical

…and why the Church in the East never did. Listening to most Evangelical first-string leaders, you’d get the impression that apart from an historical Fall of Man that marred the souls of all the descendants of the ones who fell, you’d have no need for Jesus, and Christianity sails right out the window. So much […]

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

The creolization of Christianity and the theory of evolution

NPR has a rather good article up called “Evangelicals Question The Existence Of Adam And Eve” (sic — what the heck is up with the indiscriminate capitalization?). It vividly showcases how the tide is (finally) starting to turn in this culture war for/against evolutionary theory. Peppered with quotes from several key people, including Dennis Venema, […]

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011