When I first read Ken Ham’s take on the Nepal earthquake, I decided to ignore it. I thought nobody would take him serious anyway, at least not in my little, Dutch-speaking part of the world. But then some approving comments on Ham appeared on social media. That made me reconsider my initial choice. The reason is simple. […]
Science, Religion and Theology: Two Lumberjacks and a Carpenter?
I think we could see both religion and science as a lumberjack, delivering tree trunks as the raw material for theology, the carpenter, to make pieces of furniture with, turning a building, i.e. the world, into a house, i.e. a habitable place. The tree trunks are the results of either scientific research, like theories, data analyses, […]
“What Is Man That You Are Mindful of Him?” by Jacob Thielman
Originally posted on EerdWord:
Jacob Thielman Jacob Thielman is Internet marketing assistant at Eerdmans. * * * I want to share a book with you — a beautiful, devastating book that you might not notice otherwise: Receiving the Gift of Friendship: Profound Disability, Theological Anthropology, and Ethics by Hans Reinders. “Profound disability” is a term…
Copy-Pasted in God’s Image? Theology and Extra-Terrestrial Life.
Someone tweeted this cartoon on evolution last night: Some might find it to be a bit rude, others (like me, sorry mum!) might think it’s funny. What it makes fun of, is the hypothesis that life on Earth has an alien or extra-terrestrial origin, a proposal that is often attributed to Fred Hoyle. Of course, […]
Cultural Evolution and a Rubber Band
– Tom Uytterhoeven – I disagree with two points in this article on biological, cultural, and technological evolution: (1) it suggests that biological, cultural and technological evolution are separate processes, while I see them as deeply connected; (2) it suggests cultural evolution/history must be read as the emergence of different 'stages', leading to ever greater […]
Science and Religion: Has the Conflict Model Won the Popularity Vote?
– Tom Uytterhoeven – This morning my wife posted a picture on my Facebook wall. It shows two Post It notes on a wall in a community center in a Belgian town. The center had organized a cultural activity for kids: they were invited to write down who their hero was. So one kid posted: […]
Interesting quote from Wolfhart Pannenberg
The fact that the reality and revelation of God are debatable is part of the reality of the world which dogmatics has to consider as God’s world. – Systematic Theology, Volume I, p. 49 Just one of many reasons why a fundamentalist Christianity is a contradictio in terminis…