Creation and Christianity at Christmastime

Posted on 12/25/2009 by Jim

Angels from the realms of glory, Wing your flight o’er all the earth; Ye who sang creation’s story Now proclaim Messiah’s birth. In a way, this verse from the classic Christmas hymn captures the themes that I'm striving to examine in this blog. Like the angels, we can also sing (and study) creation's story. It is a story of beauty, wonder, and excitement. The origins of life, its development into the forms we see today,...

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Darwin: Is Creationism Presumptuous?

Posted on 12/20/2009 by Jim

It is scarcely possible to avoid comparing the eye with a telescope. We know that this instrument has been perfected by the long-continued efforts of the highest human intellects; and we naturally infer that the eye has been formed by a somewhat analogous process. But may not this inference be presumptuous? Have we any right to assume that the Creator works by intellectual powers like those of man? If we must compare the eye to...

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were kiling english

Posted on 09/27/2009 by Jim

I've had the impression that we're killing English for a while now, but I usually try to keep quiet about it. As a rule, people don't like snobs, especially the sort that tell them they are doing things incorrectly. Lately, however, I have found myself reading things on the Internet—mostly comments or blog posts by people, some of whom I very much respect—and noticing an atrocious level of grammatical error. I was moved to action...

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To read: God and the new atheists

Posted on 09/02/2009 by Jim

The New Yorker has an excellent article, which I only learned later was a book review, on faith and atheism.  For quite some time now I have found the modern debate about the existence of God to be unfortunately unintelligent.  Denizens of the Internet, especially, tend to characterize it as a duel between Bible-toting, young-earth, fundamentalist Christians on one side and super rational, intelligent scientists on the other.  But I think James Wood gets it...

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Do You Have Any Change You Could Spare?

Posted on 08/18/2009 by Jim

"Do you have any change you could spare?" The question greets me  almost every day as I depart work. The implication is powerful—much  more so than a simple "homeless, need help" sign—I have enough money that I can afford to spare a dollar or  two. At first glance there's nothing surprising about that; plenty of  people have money to spare. But there's the corollary: plenty of people don't.The questioner sat there in his wheelchair, looking...

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