Many accounts of the history of Christianity are very Western-centric, focusing mostly on the Church in Rome and Europe. Some try to include the Eastern Orthodox Churches as much as possible, but none seem to explore the history of the early Church in the Far East. By this, I am referring to the early Churches… Read More The Da Qin Illuminated Religion
For the reader resolved to eschew theory and admit only definite observational facts, all astronomical books are banned. There are no purely observational facts about the heavenly bodies. Astronomical measurements are, without exception, measurements of phenomena occuring in a terrestrial observatory or station; it is only by theory that they are translated into knowledge of… Read More Reflections in Cosmology 16: Measuring the Universe
People often ask: what does it take to be a practicing scientist? And I think that the best answer that I can give is, “make sure you never grow up.” We’re all born with a natural curiosity. I believe the essence of being a scientist is to always come at the universe with that fresh,… Read More Make Sure You Never Grow Up!
Knowledge is one and created reality is one and so there must be some interrelationship between the insights and discourse of theology and the insights and discourse of science. The scientist-theologian all reject a ‘two languages’, non-interactive account of the two disciplines. There remains the question of where, within the spectrum of relationship bounded by… Read More Is the Science and Religion Dialogue a One Way Street?
Yesterday, I took a bit of time to listen to this one hour lecture on Creationism and Evolution by Eugenie Scott, given in 2007 as part of the Science and Religion lecture series at Hampshire College. Credits go to Salman Hameed of Irtiqa for organizing the talks and kindly posting them on his blog. Dr.… Read More Creationism (Not Creation!) vs. Evolution
In the last post, I wrote a little bit about science and the arts. In this latest video by Symphony of Science, both are brought together wonderfully to demonstrate that indeed, science is ‘the poetry of reality’. What is science? 12 scientists give their views…
When I heard the learned astronomer; When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me; When I was shown the charts and the diagrams, to add, divide, and measure them; When I, sitting, heard the astronomer, where he lectured with much applause in the lecture-room, How soon, unaccountable, I became tired and sick;… Read More Unweaving the Rainbow, Unmasking the Divine
A lot of things don’t make sense in Christianity. They contradict our common sense view of the world. How can a person be both fully God and fully man? What do we mean when we talk about a Trinity – a God in three persons? A lot of things don’t make sense in physics. They… Read More When Common Sense Fails…
Our Universe and everything in it seem to be governed by what we call the ‘laws of nature’. Where do these laws come from? Are there other universes that have other kinds of laws, or even those that do not obey any laws at all but operate in some kind of random way? Can intelligent… Read More Of Physical Laws and Moral Laws
Like most other kids my age, I was fascinated by the wonderful and mysterious world of the dinosaurs. I recorded every dinosaur documentary I could catch on TV. I bought (well, my parents paid for them) book after book on these amazing creatures – and I would just spend hours poring over the beautiful illustrations… Read More ‘International Panel’ Declares Asteroid Caused Dino Extinction