Many Creationists like to argue that accepting evolution leads to racism and Nazism, often linking Hitler’s extermination of the Jews to the Darwinian idea of the survival of the fittest. It is also common to hear Creationists speak of Darwin as a racist. As Darwin lived in Victorian England, it was in their culture to… Read More Truth Does Not Pander to Our Tastes
Another must watch – this time by the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion. And for once, this accessible program is directed towards church groups and youth groups! There are even books and course materials for group discussions available with the DVD. If only I could get my hands on them!
Imagine a cylinder filled with gas, pressurized by a piston. The kinetic energy (or thermal energy) of the gas particles exerts pressure on the piston, pushing it outward. As the volume in the cylinder increases, the gas particles lose energy and therefore cool down. Thermal energy has been converted into mechanical energy. Simple high school… Read More Reflections in Cosmology 15: Where Have All the Energy Gone?
Knowledge is the accumulation of facts; wisdom is being transformed on the basis of what is true, and really matters. ~ Alister McGrath, Glimpsing the Face of God Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. ~ Alfred Lord Tennyson
Many theologians, past and present, have come to recognize Nature as ‘God’s other book’. Just as we can learn about God through the Scriptures, they believe that we can learn about God through His creation as well. Some people, in order to discover God, read books. But there is a great book: the very appearance… Read More God’s Other Book
The universe does not expand in space, instead it consists of expanding space. From this statement flows all the simplicity and complexity of modern cosmology. ~ Edward Harrison, Cosmology: The Science of the Universe Ever since Edwin Hubble published the famous results of his painstaking observations, we have come to realize that we are living… Read More Reflections in Cosmology 14: Misconceptions About Cosmic Expansion
Anyone who adopts a worldview finds that they are confronted with exactly the same issues. There are difficulties and anomalies alongside the many clues and pointers that are supportive of their position. It is a matter of having faith. It is about trusting that the many merits of the worldview compensate for those areas in… Read More Not Without Anomalies
I can’t wait for this new documentary, featuring Robert Lawrence Kuhn – the host for PBS’ Closer to Truth series.
Well… definitely the dinosaurs. In recent decades, the link between birds and dinosaurs have been strengthened through research into avian and dinosaur anatomy, together with the discovery of new feathered dinosaur fossils in China. It is now well established that many theoropods such as velociraptor and tyrannosaurus indeed had feathers. And it is thought that… Read More Which Came First, the Dinosaur or the Bird?
One of the most astonishing consequences of Einstein’s general relativity has got to be its prediction of black holes. Though undetectable directly, the observational evidence is so compelling that astronomers no longer doubt their existence. In fact, we’re convinced that monster black holes reside in the centres of all large galaxies, including our own –… Read More Reflections in Cosmology 13: An Interesting Thought on Black Holes