This is the third and final part of the response to Michael Shermer's "God-of-the-gaps" argument1 against Christianity, as presented at a meeting of Reasons To Believe Orange County Chapter in … more
During the Middle Ages theology was hailed as the "Queen of the Sciences." Consequently, medieval Christian thinkers described philosophy as a "handmaiden" to theology.
The Importance of Philosophy … more
This article continues my response to Michael Shermer's "God-of-the-gaps" argument against Christianity, which he presented to the Reasons To Believe Orange County Chapter in November 2008.
Shermer … more
Someone in antiquity said, "Philosophy bakes no bread."
This famous assertion raises concerns about philosophy's practical relevance and value. I remember my father's quizzical look when I informed … more
On November 15, 2008, Michael Shermer, PhD, president of the Skeptics Society, presented arguments against Christianity at a Reasons To Believe Orange County Chapter meeting. This series of articles … more
Historic Christianity is not only a religious belief system; it also encompasses a world-and-life view.
Derived from the German term weltanschuung, the word "worldview" refers to the cluster of … more
True or False:
The NBA, NFL, and other professional sports leagues exist to provide physically gifted athletes a way to utilize their talents and earn a living.
The answer depends on the causes. Did … more
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I just finished reading a book that has been on my shelf for some time. It is William Lane Craig’s apologetic for the Christian faith entitled Reasonable Faith: Christian Truth and Apologetics … more
The four previous articles in this series have shown that the theory of evolution is more like a creation myth than a scientific theory. A myth may be true or false, but its principle characteristic … more
In the April 2008 issue of Nature, an essay by Philip Ball explains how, in his view, modern science began “in the twelfth century…several hundred years earlier than we have … more
The last article discussed the mythlike characteristics of abiogenesis, a key component of the theory of evolution, that says living organisms appeared spontaneously from nonliving matter. This … more
The last two articles have discussed how the theory of evolution has characteristics of a myth (which cannot be proven or disproven by the technology of the culture), and lacks characteristics of a … more
A previous article noted how the theory of evolution evinces characteristics of a myth. This article will consider how it measures up to the definition of “science.”
Differentiating a … more
Editor’s note: Today we present an article by guest scholars
The creation-evolution debate is usually framed as science v. religion: verifiable fact v. faith. But we contend that it takes at … more
Why is it that believers in God see unmistakable evidence for a Creator’s involvement in the natural realm, while skeptics find no such warrant? Believers take it even a step further, asserting … more
In the first installment of this series I described what I call a “conceptual worldview living room.” I am drawing an analogy from my own physical living room in my home. Just as a … more
My family and I congregate most often in our living room. My wife and I and our three children have many conversations in that particular room. We even eat some of our meals there, especially when we … more
One of the cornerstone doctrines of the Christian faith is that humans alone among all life-forms on Earth are sinners. According to the Bible, all humans and only humans are born with the propensity … more
Astrophysics has its ironies. Here’s one: Studies of the brightest galaxies in the universe led to the discovery that 99 percent of all matter is "dark matter".1 But matter is only part of the … more