Category: Religion

Retired Pope Benedict on issues of interest to the ID community

Wondering, for example, whether empirical sciences such as biology, and even mathematics, also have their flights of fancy – what Benedict describes as lapses into “science fiction” … more

Debating Darwin and Design: Science or Creationism? (7) – Joshua Gidney’s Third Response

After another unfortunately lengthy break, we’re at it again. This post is my latest response to Francis Smallwood. Francis is first and foremost, a dear friend, but also a Christian neo-Darwinist. He writes at his blog Musings of Science. This response is part of a long-term (hopefully lifelong), dialogue on many different topics relating to […] more

9/11 Miracle — the story of Trinidadian Genelle Guzman-McMillan, last WTC 9/11 survivor to be pulled from the rubble

Trinidadian Genelle Guzman-McMillan, the last WTC 9/11 survivor to be pulled from the rubble of the collapsed towers, has a story of miraculous survival, complete with her angel, Paul, who held her hand as she awaited rescue. In summary: [Genelle] was a Port Authority worker, working on the 64th floor of one of the WTC […] more

CalTech cosmologist says “God is not a good theory”

Incidentally, Sean Carroll also published a piece on this topic at Uncommon Descent in 2011: “No God Needed” CalTech physicist responds to Uncommon Descent’s questions. Guy gets around. more

How science made one software guy lose his religion

He apparently discovered natural selection, and had a very different experience from the software engineer featured here discussing convergent evolution (not natural selection) in software. more

Biological argument for God from design more compelling than cosmological one?

The thing about arguments from design, whether biologial or cosmological, is that, because the design is evident, most counterarguments are irrational. more

Darwin’s descendant becomes Rosary-praying Catholic after intellectual struggle

Accompanied by disillusionment with the new atheists, one of whom she had expected to become more

Suppose ID wins…

For the sake of argument, let’s surmise that, after a long controversy, finally ID succeeds in scientifically convincing all people that life and the universe are designed. Good, but what happens now? If the universe is a design there must be a designer. What is the designer? It is likely that evolutionists convinced to ID […] more

Fearless scholar Frank Furedi takes on claims that religious people are less intelligent than atheists

Furedi: What interests me is why do people embark on a project that seeks to determine the relationship between intelligence and religious belief. more

Okay, Darwinism IS a religion … and a crappy one, too

“Horrible, vile abuse.” And just because the Bank of England scheduled a replacement of Charles Darwin on a banknote with Jane Austen! more

PZ Myers Criticizes Steven Pinker’s Scientism – Pot and Kettle?

On August 6th, Steven Pinker, the well-known Psychology Professor from Harvard, had an article in New Republic entitled Science is Not Your Enemy, in which he lambasts those who decry scientists for propounding scientism.  You’d expect rebuttals of Pinker to come from the likes of Wesley J. Smith who indeed took Pinker to task in […] more

Dawkins’ dangerous tweet

American atheists were raising cain about the supposed bad influence of religion on public life in the United States at the same time as the astronauts read from Genesis while floating in space. Go figure. more

Religion as child abuse—missing the point of the claim

Many people miss the dangerous underlying implications: that, in general, government should be concerned about what parents teach their children even when it does not lead to delinquency. more

Flying Spaghetti Monster chronicles: Pastafarianism, born to ridicule ID, now taken seriously as religion in Europe?

(Most religions had harder births than dealing with a puzzled bureaucrat who doesn’t understand why you sport a spaghetti strainer on your head.) more

How do you derive moral principles from theism?

Usually this is not a topic I deal with, but an UD commenter gently asked such interesting question in another thread. Theism states a transcendent Principle, which is One and Infinite. This Unity is the First cause of the universal existence, of all beings and all things (for this reason He is also the Great […] more

Research: How meditation (contemplation) calms the mind

Interestingly, gratifying desires (giving in to the desire for a cigarette, for example) does not work nearly as well in the long term. more

If religious believers are crazy, …

… is it also true that they get better faster than non-believers? So some shrinks say. more

In a meaningless world, does truth always have value over delusion?

I care about truth if there is a God. But why should I care about truth if there is no God? In fact if there is no God, maybe I shouldn’t care about truth because it would be too sad to know…I’d rather live out my life with the illusion of happily ever after in […] more

When designed errors are the perfect design

Shannon’s legendary paper: Mathematical Theory of Communication unwittingly lends support to the philosophical notion that perfect designs in one dimension must of necessity have imperfection in other dimensions. We intuitively understand that we communicate much better with someone in a quiet room versus a noisy room. But Shannon’s genius was that he quantified this notion […] more

ID is a “quasi-scientific historical speculation with strong metaphysical overtones”

[This is a follow on to a conversation began by RDFish/Aiguy which was crossposted at UD and TSZ: here and here] Perhaps, however, one just really does not want to call intelligent design a scientific theory. Perhaps one prefers the designation “quasi-scientific historical speculation with strong metaphysical overtones.” Fine. Call it what you will, provided […] more

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