Monthly Archives: November 2014

Do you care if human pregnancy evolved because of a virus?

  If someone were to tell you that roughly 100 million years ago, our ancestors were infected by parasitic DNA, which copied and pasted itself throughout their genomes—and that this was linked to the evolution of modern human pregnancy – what would you think? how would you react?    This is originally from October 2, 2011.  Updates are in rust colored italics.  I had a hard time with this title. It was going to be something like: Scientists may know why our babies advance so much in the womb. or maybe: Did Human Pregnancy Evolve Because of an Infection? Eventually, I went with Who cares about religion? That was three years ago.  Now, obviously, I changed it and went for Do you care if human pregnancy evolved because of a virus?  I think it’s more representative of the topic.  It also gets to the heart of the matter of choice.  Do you want to just accept what it says – that human pregnancy evolved (as opposed to us being created this way) and that this evolution was caused by a virus? The first two choices were the subtitle and title for an article in Slate yesterday. It starts off with – If someone […]

Who’s afraid of science? (has been updated)

  Above all, do not attempt to use science (I mean, the real sciences) as a defence against __________. They will positively encourage him to think about realities he can’t touch and see. There have been sad cases among the modern physicists. If he must dabble in science, keep him on economics and sociology; don’t let him get away from that invaluable ‘real life’. But the best of all is to let him read no science but to give him a grand general idea that he knows it all and that everything he happens to have picked up in casual talk and reading is ‘the results of modern investigation’. Do remember you are there to fuddle him. From the way some of you young ______ talk, anyone would suppose it was our job to teach! Is Someone Afraid Of Science? Clearly, the answer is yes. But – who?   This was originally written on January 28, 2011.  Updates are in rust colored italics. OK – it’s purple italic text above, so it’s quoted from someplace. But I’m not going to tell you where – not yet. Also – note there are two words that are left out. Here’s the question. Who exactly […]

Where is God when we need him? – Mediterranean

  Six hundred migrants were rescued in the Mediterranean the other day, between Sicily and North Africa.     The boats landing daily on the shores of Europe are filled with men and women who need acceptance and assistance. So where is God in all of this? Shouldn’t He be taking care of these people?   Good question, you may be thinking. For more on the story, check out News (Sorry, this article is apparently no longer available).   As he often does, the Pope is focusing on people, when he says, there should be policy that “revolves not around the economy but around the sacredness of the human person”. But that’s putting the focus back on the people.  What about God?  Should He just be giving every country an awesome economy so there can be the “normal” governmental and business focus on growing economies and everything else will just work out?  Should God be putting together some awesome miracles to just solve the problem?  Is that what we’re hoping for? Don’t hold your breath. For the real answer – to see where God is in this – maybe we should all go look in the mirror. In spite […]

Is God Loving – or Angry?

Jn 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. Ro 1:18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, Ro 1:19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.  So – which one is it? To borrow a question from an old game show – ‘Will the “real” God please stand up?’   I’m re-writing this now for one person in particular – and for anyone who needs it in general.   Since I had a allotted amount of time in the original, it was pretty short.  The parts that I added for the online version are in rust colored italics.  I wrote this back in February, 2011 for a talk I was giving.  The topic was “Who gets the credit”.  Maybe that seems like an odd combination – asking “who gets the credit” and “is God living or angry” at the same time.  Hopefully, by the end, it won’t seem so odd.  And […]

God forgives, but the earth doesn’t

“God always forgives, but the earth does not” – according to Pope Francis. What does this mean? Does this mean he believes that God “prevents” the earth from forgiving? Or maybe that God doesn’t have control over the earth, and it won’t “forgive” even if God wants it to? Don’t get me wrong – there’s a lot to like about Pope Francis.  And in the context of what he was talking about, he had a good message.  And we’ll get into that.   But how will people interpret this statement? We’ll get into that as well.   Here’s a little more about what the Pope said, from MSN News.  (Sorry – this article is apparently no longer available) “God always forgives, but the earth does not,” the Argentine pope told the Second International Conference on Nutrition (CIN2) in Rome, a three-day meeting aimed at tackling malnutrition, a global scourge which afflicts poor and rich alike. “Take care of the earth so it does not respond with destruction,” he warned representatives from 190 countries gathered for the conference organised by the UN food agency (FAO) and World Health Organization (WHO) in the Italian capital. Even MSN called Pope Francis the “Doomsday […]

Can science and evangelical leaders work together?

Just saw the article from Christianity Today about the Perceptions Project to talk about if Is there “a way for scientific and religious communities to work together more productively”.  Could be interesting, especially for those taking part who have read C. S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters: Above all, do not attempt to use science (I mean, the real sciences) as a defence against Christianity. If you’re not familiar with the book, the quote is from Screwtape – who is training his nephew on how to be a devil.  Screwtape is warning the little devil in-training not to go near science when trying to subvert his would-be Christian “patient”.  Great book, if you haven’t read it yet. We Christians really need to embrace science, because as time goes on, science is providing more and more evidence that God must exist.  Once there’s an acceptance that in fact, God is real, one of the hard parts is done, and the Holy Spirit can really work.   Post Views: 6

Brittany Maynard and the right-to-die debate

“No palliative care, terminal sedation, or promise of effective palliative care can give Maynard the thing she treasures now … the hope of gaining control over her disease before it takes her life.” from Washington Post article, How Brittany Maynard may change the right-to die-debate.  It’s become a political issue – will become a legal issue – But how about a more personal take on the issue.  And I don’t mean personal for Brittany – I mean personal for you – the person reading this.   There’s lot’s of opinions in the article – especially on the legal side of things.  Someone even brought gay marriage and and marijuana into the debate – “Now we have a young woman getting people in her generation interested in the issue,” Caplan wrote in article published on Medscape. “Critics are worried about her partly because she’s speaking to that new audience, and they know that the younger generation of America has shifted attitudes about gay marriage and the use of marijuana, and maybe they are going to have that same impact in pushing physician-assisted suicide forward. I can’t help but wonder – why go there? Of course – there’s also the political side – […]