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Science and Sensationalism

There is no shortage of science news in mainstream media. This means that there is also no shortage of ignorance and sensationalism in mainstream media. Let me first address the initial reaction that the general population is likely to have given the caricatures of Christianity and beliefs of Christians promulgated across the internet. The objection goes something like this: ‘Well, I would expect nothing more than for a Christian to complain about science because everyone knows Christianity is anti-science.’ Mind you, this does not typically come from those more educated in these matters. Those who are educated in science, the history of science and the philosophy of science are far less likely to have this sort of attitude. They know the deep roots of science, are aware of the subtleties of scientific reasoning, and have a profound respect for the Christian influence in the rise and flourishing of science. (more…)

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philosophy

Scientism – The Church of Science

It may seem peculiar that ‘church’ and ‘science’ appear the way they do in the title of this piece, but what has happened in the modern era of appealing to science as a sort of a god, warrants nothing less. Science is the pursuit of knowledge, but today we generally use the term in a more rigid way – as that area of study which systematically explains the physical world. But the question that should quickly follow should be this: is the physical world all there is to be known of reality? And this is precisely where the modern use of science begins to shake under the weight of proper epistemology.

Science is a worthwhile pursuit. It helps us get a better understanding of the physical world, helps heal the sick and hurting, and often helps improve our lives. But our modern culture has absolutely fallen in love with empiricism. People today have very little use of anything other than what they can see, hear, touch, taste of feel. And, this is precisely why science as the revealer of the physical world has led many to think that it is the absolute authority over all other matters of thought. (more…)

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reviews

Scientific Insights from the Book of Job

Review of Hidden Treasures in the Book of Job

How can the oldest book of the Holy Bible provide us with scientific insights into the natural world that would be revealed thousands of years after it was written? Astonishingly it does so quite comprehensively. Most laymen and theologians alike have throughout the centuries drawn practical wisdom from the Book of Job, but as Dr. Hugh Ross demonstrates, far more treasures abound in this old treasure chest than people have generally mined. In his latest book, Hidden Treasures in the Book of Job (HTBJ), Dr. Hugh Ross unpacks the details of the scientific insights from the Book of Job.

The Book of Job has traditionally been seen to be one that elucidates the means by which to cultivate a biblical character during difficult times when faced with pain and suffering. It has been a source of clarification of God’s economy of righteousness that demonstrates to us through Job’s three friends, that we often have an incorrect understanding of the role of trials and tribulations in our lives. Job has stood for centuries as the prime example of patience and perseverance, and while Dr. Ross touches on these facets of Job, drawing from his own difficult circumstance during the writing of the book and as a form of theological lessons that are gleaned from the book, the core of the book deals with much of what the Book of Job reveals to us about the natural world that most have not given it much thought. (more…)

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life

This Prison of Naturalism

This is the age of reason, but it is also the age of prisons the self-proclaimed “reasonable” man has built for himself. This is the age of scientific enlightenment, but it is also the twilight of common sense. The modern man has for himself erected prisons for the illusions he’s intent on dancing to inside its walls.

The modern naturalistic scientist boasts of his objective, “reasonable” research, then turns around quickly and without any due consideration, to quiet, censor and discredit any opposing ideas. He boasts of his tolerance and inclusiveness, then turns around to oppress and ridicule those who hold to alternative theories. He has learned to wield his rhetoric and conceal his motives by proclaiming the death of religion, while ironically abusing his power and privilege to lord his intellect and “reason” over the “common man.” Thus, he has learned to practice the negligence to avoid the God whom he would claim to be negligent, and deified himself into hypocrisy to judge a God whom he thinks is too “bigoted” and judgemental. And at once the irony appears to be bleeding from the Bibles that have been beaten by practical layman eisegesis. (more…)

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Butterflies and Metamorphosis

It is not uncommon for a film about the natural world to fill us with a genuine sense of awe. We look at the majesty of the world around us and can’t help but find ourselves blessed to be able to witness that magnificence. And when it comes to the minute details of the animal kingdom, not only can we appreciate beauty, but we are left in awe when we consider the incredible complexity behind the spectacles. And it is no different when we consider the butterfly. The latest  Illustra Media film titled Metamorphosis released in mid 2011 takes a deep look into the life of butterflies and metamorphosis with stunning high quality footage, inspiring music, and commentary from today’s leading scholars in the various disciplines within biology.

One of the most notable facets of the documentary is its background information on what butterflies have meant to people throughout the ages as it traces the butterfly from the ancient of days till today. Various ancient civilizations iconified butterflies in beauty, wonder, and astonishment. (more…)

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philosophy

The Perils of Reductionism (Problems with Methodology)

There is a silent but deadly prowler on the move, so silent it has infiltrated the psyche of popular culture unquestioned, untouched and unblemished. It has lulled the inattentive masses to sleep with its charm of an empty promise of liberation from the religious sects. In its underhanded attempts to eradicate supernatural interference, the naturalistic establishment has been on the prowl with its aim to ferociously try to explain the totality of the known reality in terms of natural processes, and it has taken a giant leap into absurdity. The underlying beliefs of this orthodoxy are that every answer to the obvious aspects of our realities to be forcefully explained in very mechanistic ways by the means of the natural sciences alone. As a result, naturalism has prodded science to entertain and try to answer questions that are not necessarily scientific questions.

What would otherwise be deemed to be good science has been reduced to zealous reductionist pursuits clearly aimed more for pleasures of self-illusions of scientific fulfillment in being able to answer the deepest riddles of life, rather than for the honest appraisal of the real world by various interdisciplinary means. (more…)

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