Intelleigent Design and Science Shoud Not be At Odds

Bill Nye the Science Guy

I was reading an article in Popular Mechanics, which is basically a Q & A with Bill Nye the Science Guy about whether evolution should be taught in schools. It highlights major misunderstandings that many in science have, including Mr. Nye, regarding the role of science, and the theory of intelligent design.

In the article Mr. Nye bemoans the fact that a recent survey showed “only 28% of teachers taught evolution as a well-supported fundamental idea of science”. This actually surprised me, because I thought far more teachers were toeing the line, and were teaching what they learned in their biology books years earlier. The survey also showed that 13% of teachers taught Intelligent Design exclusively, and 60% are somewhere in between.  He  characterizes this as “horrible”, saying “Science is the key to our future, and if you don’t believe in science, then you’re holding everybody back”. Read more…

The Problem of Evil? Not My Problem.

A common tactic for atheists who are debating Christians is to throw out the problem of evil. If God is all good, then why doesn’t he prevent evil from occurring. Either he’s not all powerful because he can’t prevent evil, or he’s not perfectly good because he allows evil and created it in the first place.

But, the problem of evil is actually not a problem for the Christian, it’s a problem for atheists. You see, the Christian worldview explains evil. God created us as free creatures. Since we all have a free will, then we can freely commit wrongs against one another and against the God who created us. God didn’t create evil. Evil is not a thing in itself, just like dark is not a thing.  Evil is the absence of good, just like a dark is the absence of light. Read more…

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The Shroud of Turin. Do you believe?

The Shroud of Turin is one of those wonderful mysteries that God seems to dangle in front of us as a way to test our faith. The fact that science cannot explain how the image was formed is fascinating.  Of course, just because science is unable to explain something doesn’t mean we should jump to a religious conclusion.  You have to follow the evidence where it leads. There are some that say the Shroud is a fraud, and they point to the Carbon 14 dating completed in 1988 as the definitive proof of that. But, they’re probably not aware of recent evidence that seriously questions the validity of that carbon dating, and which was corroborated by a scientist from the team that originally studied the Shroud. Read more…

The Incredible, Explainable Universe

My wife says I’m one of the few people that can sit down and enjoy reading a book about physics, cosmology, or biology.  I find it fascinating. I also like to watch TV shows about those topics. Okay, I’m a geek, but I also like that stuff because it makes it clearly evident that the hand of God is all over creation…  that is, if you don’t go into it with blinders on.

Scientists marvel about certain biological structures, and how they have the “appearance” of design, but most would never actually accept that they are designed. They will admit that DNA is a programming language that controls how every form of life is built, but won’t mention that whenever we see functional information there is always an intelligence behind it. They reject the notion that our universe could have been created, and instead come up with ever increasingly bizarre explanations for how it began. Read more…