I Don’t Want There To Be A God

Book Review, Commentary By November 11, 2014 Tags: , , , , No Comments

Thomas Nagel is one of the premier philosophers living today. This is one reason why his recent criticisms of Darwinism have caused such a stir. In his latest book, Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly Wrong, Nagel argues that materialism is incapable of explaining the phenomena of human consciousness. One thing that makes…

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Celebrating Creation: A Conversation with BioLogos

Commentary By October 14, 2014 Tags: , , , , No Comments

Two weeks ago I attended a “Celebrating Creation” conference hosted by the BioLogos Foundation. As many readers know, BioLogos is an organization of evangelicals who accept theistic evolution (or evolutionary creationism, EC, as many prefer to call it). Evangelicals hold to a wide range of views concerning creation and evolution, and I’ve had the privilege of engaging with a number…

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I’m a Twentysomething

Music Review By September 23, 2014 Tags: , , , No Comments

Jamie Cullum is one of my favorite musicians. He sings and plays jazz piano with a lighted-hearted, likable style. If you’ve never heard him, his Twentysomething album is a great place to start. In it, Cullum covers everyone from Cole Porter to Jimi Hendrix. But it’s an original track written by Cullum–“I’m a Twentysomething”–that perceptively expresses the quandary in which…

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The Mystery of God and “Unknown Unknowns”

Book Review By August 19, 2014 Tags: , , , No Comments

When thinking about the mystery of God–whether contemplating His nature, His character, or the facets of His will–one quickly finds himself muttering Rumsfeldian quotes. Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, talking about military intelligence, (in) famously observed, “As we know, there are known knowns; there are things that we know that we know. We also know there are known unknowns;…

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What if a Nation Self-Exterminates? The Disturbing Situation in Japan

Commentary By April 14, 2014 Tags: , , , No Comments

The Japanese have stopped having children. Or more precisely, they are not having enough children to maintain the nation’s population. According to a recent article in The Week magazine (“Japan’s Population Crisis”, 01-07-14, p. 11), Japan’s population is “dropping rapidly” and will soon be declining at a rate of one million per year. Current projections have the overall Japanese population…

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Invictus, meet My Captain

Commentary By January 10, 2014 Tags: , No Comments

William Ernest Henley wrote Invictus in 1875. Undoubtably his most famous poem, it is an anthem of defiance. It has returned to prominence with the recent death of Nelson Mandela. Mandela would recite it to fellow inmates during his years of imprisonment, and President Obama recited the poem at Mandela’s memorial service. But Invictus has had a checkered history. When Timothy…

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The Distinction between Creation and Creationism

Commentary By November 6, 2013 Tags: , , , , No Comments

We often forget to make the distinction between creation and creationism. One is a doctrine while the other is an apologetic approach. On the one hand, creation is a foundational doctrine of the Christian faith. The essential features of the doctrine of creation are unchangeable tenets. The Bible teaches that those features include the truths that God, without compulsion or…

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