Why Intelligent Design Isn’t a God-of-the-Gaps Argument

“Intelligent design is just a God-of-the-gaps argument,” exclaimed a prominent theistic evolutionist. We had just met, but I was shocked at what I was hearing. This kind of ignorance might be excusable from a person on the street, but not from an accomplished theistic evolution advocate associated with Biologos. Unfortunately, this is a common tacticContinue reading “Why Intelligent Design Isn’t a God-of-the-Gaps Argument”

Are Earth-like Planets Common?

It seems that every few months newspaper and magazine headlines will declare something like “Scientists have discovered an Earth-like planet.” Such headlines probably lead the reader to imagine a planet with an environment much like we see on Star Trek or Star Wars where we could land our spaceship, take off our spacesuit, and frolicContinue reading “Are Earth-like Planets Common?”

How Christianity Gave Rise to Modern Science

The Influence of Christian Theology Methodological naturalism is a convention that has been around really only since the late 19th century. Science actually got started in a very explicitly theistic—indeed Christian—milieu. The period of time that historians call the Scientific Revolution is roughly 1300 to 1700. There’s debate about when it actually started and howContinue reading “How Christianity Gave Rise to Modern Science”

The Odds of a Cell Forming Randomly by Chance Alone

by Mark Goodnight My previous blog, DNA Points to Design, was about some fascinating information about DNA. Scientists have also determined another factor in how incredibly fine-tuned even a cell is. Stephen Meyer, in chapter 9 of his book Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design, entitled Odds and Ends, talksContinue reading “The Odds of a Cell Forming Randomly by Chance Alone”

Is the Astronomy in the Book of Job Scientifically Consistent?

In the past, I’ve posted a number of scientific consistencies found in the Old Testament. While I think there are good reasons why God might not reveal advanced scientific details in Scripture, I do expect God’s Word to be scientifically consistent with the world we experience. One interesting scientific consistency seems to exist in theContinue reading “Is the Astronomy in the Book of Job Scientifically Consistent?”

Why Computers Will Not Become Conscious and Take over the World

Back in 1968, Stanley Kubrick’s film 2001: A Space Odyssey played on the fear that computers soon would become conscious, independent, and dangerous to humanity. In the story, the computer, called HAL, controls a spaceship with a human crew. When two crewmen decide to override HAL and retake control of the spacecraft, HAL murders oneContinue reading “Why Computers Will Not Become Conscious and Take over the World”

What Can We Learn from the Jordan Peterson Phenomenon?

So who is Jordan Peterson? Where’d he come from? And what can we learn from this Jordan Peterson phenomenon taking the world by storm? I think for many people, their first exposure was in the context of his opposition to a bill, Bill C-16 in Canada that passed few years ago. He saw that asContinue reading “What Can We Learn from the Jordan Peterson Phenomenon?”

Evolution’s Flawed Approach to Science

One of the things I find most troubling about the evolutionary paradigm is the view it fosters about the nature of biological systems—including human beings. Evolution’s mechanisms, it is said, generate biological innovations by co-opting existing designs and cobbling them together to create new ones. As a result, many people in the scientific community regardContinue reading “Evolution’s Flawed Approach to Science”