Mind and Cosmos – Thomas Nagel

I recently finished Michael Behe’s Darwin Devolves, and my reading experience alternated between extreme annoyance and extreme boredom. Lest I be accused of bias against anything critical of materialism or Darwinism, I just read the extremely controversial Mind and Cosmos by the philosopher Thomas Nagel, loved it, and immediately read it a second time. The … Continue reading Mind and Cosmos – Thomas Nagel

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Darwin Devolves: Debunking Michael Behe’s Case for Intelligent Design

[You can listen to the podcast Counter Apologetics if slogging through a 10,000 word blog post isn't your cup of tea.] Michael Behe recently published a new book attacking evolution and promoting intelligent design: Darwin Devolves. Behe also authored Darwin’s Black Box (a creationist favorite), coined the phrase “irreducible complexity,” and was a key part … Continue reading Darwin Devolves: Debunking Michael Behe’s Case for Intelligent Design

Irreducible Complexity

Over twenty years ago, in his book Darwin’s Black Box, the biochemist Michael Behe gave an old concept the new name of irreducible complexity. IC is the notion that some biomolecular structures could not have evolved because their functionality requires many interacting parts, each of which on their own is entirely useless. Only all the … Continue reading Irreducible Complexity

“If there’s no god, why not rape and murder?”

(Or fill in the blank with bad behavior X.) When a religious person asks this question, they tend to be making one of two claims; and these claims aren’t mutually exclusive. Either certain values never would have arisen in a naturalistic universe, so their existence amounts to an argument in favor of theism; or that … Continue reading “If there’s no god, why not rape and murder?”

Science vs. the Supernatural: the Failure of NOMA and the Triumph of Naturalism

The biologist ​​Stephen Jay Gould expressed an unpopular view of science and religion he’s become associated with called “Non-Overlapping Magisteria,” or NOMA for short. NOMA tries to reconcile the conflicts between religion and science by placing the two in separate, non-overlapping domains. ​​“Science tries to document the factual character of the natural world, and to … Continue reading Science vs. the Supernatural: the Failure of NOMA and the Triumph of Naturalism

William Lane Craig’s Four Facts about the Resurrection

​According to William Lane Craig, there are “four established facts” about the resurrection that any reasonable person must deal with. ​​ 1. Jesus was buried by Joseph of Arimathea in the tomb. 2. On the Sunday following his crucifixion, Jesus’ tomb was found empty by a group of his women followers. 3. On different occasions … Continue reading William Lane Craig’s Four Facts about the Resurrection