July 2006


My third science post must deal with something that drives me nuts. The unnecessary conflict between science and Christianity. So, one of the first things I will do on this blog is show people a link to one organization that is doing their part to resolve this.

I’m weary of materialists (or, perhaps, naturalist) stating that no intelligent person should believe in God. But I’m much more tired of fundamentalist Christians taking up a crusade against science. I think more people from the non-denominational evangelical Christian community need to join with the Roman Catholic church and the Anglican/Episcopal church and show support for all fields of science. We need to join them in acknowledging there is no real conflict between studying and teaching science (biological evolution, abiogenesis, the “Big Bang Theory” and cosmology) and being a Christian. A conflict only exists is if one holds to certain doctrinal views on the Bible. (more…)

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For those of you who don’t know and do care (there’s probably not too many of you), one thing has gone right with the world. Futurama is coming back!

All hail Lrrrr!

Fundamentalism

What is to be accomplished by fundamentalism? What is its purpose? Why does it propagate itself?

It is on the forefront of the world stage now. We see in it both religion and politics. In America these are combined in the radical religious right. In the Middle East they are combined in so-called “Islamic” terrorism.

What is fundamentalism? Jimmy Carter characterized fundamentalism beautifully1 as:

  • “Almost invariably… led by authoritarian males who consider themselves to be superior to others…”
  • “Fundamentalists draw clear distinction between themselves, as true believers, and others, convinced that they are right and anyone who contradicts them is ignorant and possibly evil.”
  • “Fundamentalists tend to make their self-definition increasingly narrow and restricted, to isolate themselves, to demagogue emotional issues, and to view change, cooperation, negotiation, and other efforts to resolves differences as signs of weakness.”

The three words he chose to summarize these characteristics were: “rigidity, domination and exclusion”. (more…)

So here’s a new subject for my blog: Progressive Christianity.

What’s in a name? As we march into the new millennium, the face of our culture (specifically North American) is changing rapidly. In many circles there is a fundamental shift in philosophy and worldview. Some call it “Postmodernity”. Since that term has a lot of baggage associated with it, some dubbed the movement in Christianity, that is in step with postmodernity, “Emergent Christianity”. Well it looks that that name, capital-E Emergent, now has it’s own baggage. (more…)

Of all of the wonderful things science has given us, this must be one of the greatest. You’ve heard of the Nobel Prize, no doubt. But have you heard of the Ignobel Prize? So spend some time there and learn about scientists who arguably have too much time on their hands.

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Tesla Motors has unveiled a new kind of electric car. Not a hybrid but a fully electric car. An electric car that does 0-60 in about 4 seconcs and has a top speed of 135mph. They have a lot of interesting information at their website including their work with Lotus. Check out that torque curve!

Unfortunately word on the street is this guy will go for about $80,000. At least we know that when we get to “The Future” electric cars will be much cooler than a Prius!

Hey, kids! What time is it??

IT’S SEMANTICS TIME! Yay!!

Since I’m going to throw a lot of terms around on this site I think it might be helpful to define what I’m talking about. ya think? I will talk a lot about creationists, so I need to be sure everyone understands what I’m talking about. When I say ‘creationist’ that means someone who believes the Judeo-Christian God had a hand in the creation of the universe. As you can imagine this group of people is very large and has a wide variety of beliefs (from some Deists to Theistic Evolutionists to Yong-Earth Scientific Creationists). This group is so big the term is effectively meaningless for what I want to discuss, which is differences between those creationists. (more…)

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