Difficult Questions for Atheists? Part 3: Fine-Tuning

You can find part 1 here. As I said in the first post, my friend UnkleE gave me a series of questions recently that he believes present difficult problems for an atheist’s worldview. I had forgotten, but we’ve actually had similar discussions before, and you can find them here, here, and here (thanks for the… Continue reading Difficult Questions for Atheists? Part 3: Fine-Tuning

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New Information on Literacy Rates in Ancient Judah

A new study using computer-aided handwriting analysis suggests that literacy rates may have been higher in the ancient Kingdom of Judah than previously thought. The story's pretty fascinating, and you can read more about it at these links (thanks to SPG and Graham for sending these my way): http://gizmodo.com/artificial-intelligence-sheds-new-light-on-the-origins-1769736018 http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/new-evidence-on-when-bible-was-written-ancient-shopping-lists/ar-BBrDfep?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=HPCOMMDHP15 One of the things that… Continue reading New Information on Literacy Rates in Ancient Judah

Can Natural Selection Explain Our Advanced Cognitive Abilities?

Yesterday, I was listening to a recent episode of The Atheist Experience, and it brought up an interesting topic. Russell Glasser was hosting, and he was joined by Neil Carter from Godless in Dixie. A little over halfway through, they had a theist named David call in who wanted to contrast theistic evolution with evolution… Continue reading Can Natural Selection Explain Our Advanced Cognitive Abilities?

How Genesis Views Our Universe

Virtually everyone knows that it's hard to square the differences between the Genesis account of creation and what we now know through science. For centuries, people believed that the earth was less than 10,000 years old, because the Bible doesn't seem to go back any further than that. Now, geology, biology, chemistry, anthropology, archaeology, and… Continue reading How Genesis Views Our Universe

Winning Isn’t Everything: Evolution Rewards Altruism

Ran across an interesting video today that discusses a new study from Michigan State University which found that being selfish is not advantageous from an evolutionary perspective. Sometimes evolution-deniers claim that if evolution were true, then compassion is a weakness. We would be better off if we were completely selfish -- if we swindled others… Continue reading Winning Isn’t Everything: Evolution Rewards Altruism

The Evidence for Evolution Part 2

You can find the first post in this series here. Time Before we can really dig in (if you'll forgive the pun) to what the fossils tell us, we need to establish a timeline. Many (most?) detractors of evolution maintain that the earth is less than 10,000 years old, because if you take the Bible… Continue reading The Evidence for Evolution Part 2

3 Questions for Atheists — 1st Question

A week or two ago, friend and fellow blogger unkleE posed some questions to atheists, and instead of getting into them in that thread, I decided to address them here. 1. Do humans have choice to change the course of events? If so, how does it work in a physicalist universe? If not, who is… Continue reading 3 Questions for Atheists — 1st Question

The Evidence for Evolution Part 1

When I was growing up, I never for a minute considered that evolution might be true. I already "knew" that the Bible was the inerrant word of God, so evolution was simply error. And in my high school biology classes, our teacher made it clear that she had to teach us about evolution by law,… Continue reading The Evidence for Evolution Part 1

Why Evolution and Religion Don’t Have to Be at Odds

To me, one of the most frustrating debates in this country is between evolution and creationism, and it's frustrating because it's completely unnecessary. Evolution is not something that factored into my deconversion. But after leaving Christianity, I became interested in learning more about it, since I had left my past ideas on how we all… Continue reading Why Evolution and Religion Don’t Have to Be at Odds