Overview -- mid life crisis
Religion and science are two ways of knowing. Over both of these is philosophy. We will be talking about all three areas, and about where they necessarily meet -- in ethical issues.
What is "Religion?"
Foil -- Agnostic fleas
What is "Science?" (Added note on Popper's philosophy 4/16/2003)
The universe is 15 billion years old, according to the latest scientific estimate,
and very large.
The next two links illustrate this:
The time scale of the universe
The size scale of the universe (external link) -- A graphic display from Florida State (my alma mater)
Then there is the question, when did humanity begin?
There are those who don't accept those findings.
Foil -- Some do not accept science
There are three Christian positions to take on the "creation/evolution" question.
Each of these has many variations:
Foil -- three positions
The question of the origin of life
There are conceptual difficulties in the Young Earth position:
Foil -- Conceptual difficulty #1 (of many)
A critique of the young earth position
Foil -- conceptual difficulty #2
Why the flood of Noah was NOT global.
Book review -- The Biblical Flood, by Davis Young.
One way to save the young earth hypothesis is to posit that God created the world 6000 or so years ago with the appearance of age. This model was proposed in 1857 by Phillip Gosse, a respected biologist of the day -- also a Christian who took Genesis literally -- in his book OMPHALOS.
Book Review -- Omphalos, by Phillip Henry Gosse
More on the young earth position may be found on page 2, section 5 of this web site.
There is the question whether evolution has a purpose (goal) or not:
Foil -- does evolution have a purpose?
Evidences of evolution,
There is the question of how evolution takes place:
Foil -- How humming birds evolved (not)
It's not "creation vs. evolution," but "purpose vs. accidentalism."
The religion of scientism (philosophical naturalism
Foil -- the thrill of scientific discovery -- not
Evolution is a FACT -- but is it? The NABT controversy.
All Christians are creationists. R. Schneider
Pascal's "wager" and the conversion of C. S. Lewis
Quantum Mechanics -- the problem
Other materials on quantum mechanics
Review of David Ray Griffin's Religion &
Scientific Naturalism (scence & process theology)
An interview with David Ray Griffin
Paths and Crossroads toward God, by John Burgeson
Is global warming real? Most scientists think so, although the evidence to date is scanty. Some think not. A Google search on global warming will turn up both kinds. Below are links (external) to some of the more controversial debates:
A view from a well known scientist who
believes there is no problem
A very controversial debate on environmentalism
Bjorn Lomborg's web site on the controversy
An essay on
emergent teleology, by Dr. Robert Koons
Bjorn Lomberg's home page