The supposed conflict between science and religion that proliferates culture today possibly originated with the depiction of the 1925 Scopes “Monkey” Trial in the movie Inherit the Wind (1960). Thinking back to your high school American history class, one event that is usually taught is the infamous Scopes Trial in which John Scopes was found guilty of teaching evolution in a Dayton, Tennessee classroom. While this event is worthy of study for political reasons as well as educational policy, my focus in this post is the propaganda that the movie heaved upon the cultural understanding of the relationship between science and religion.
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Since September 2019, the Colson Center for Christian Worldview has been producing a series of 5 minute videos under the title: “What Would You Say?” Ranging from topics such as abortion, the Bible, apologetics, culture, family, economics, and theology, these videos provide “Quick answers to hard questions about gender, race, identity, equality, justice, and more. In a world where “truth” seems to change every five … Continue reading Apologetics Resource: What Would You Say?
Have you ever heard someone say, “you have to prove that scientifically.” Or even in news reports that “studies have shown . . . ” Or maybe you have heard that science is the final or ultimate source of knowledge. Behind these sentiments may lie a belief called “scientism.” This mentality has even been put as simply as “If I can’t see it, hear it, or … Continue reading Science Series: Scientism-The idea that science is the only path to knowledge
Quickly, answer the following question: “Who proved the world was round?” If you said Columbus, you are certainly not alone. We have all heard the idea that before Columbus, the Church and all the Christian intellectuals of the Middle Ages taught that the earth was flat. If you sailed out far enough you would fall off the face of the earth. Unfortunately, you, along with … Continue reading Science Series: The Flat Earth Myth
It has been stated, repeatedly, that religion, especially Christianity, has done more harm that good. Bertrand Russell in his book Why I am Not a Christian stated categorically that “the Christian religion, as organized in its churches, has been and still is the principal enemy of moral progress in the world.” In short, Christianity and religion is evil, and as the late Christopher Hitchens put … Continue reading Religion is Good For You
Over the past several years there has been a boom in Christian Apologetic animated videos. While there are plenty of apologetic videos from debates, podcasts, presentations, etc., here I want to focus on just those videos that are of high animated quality, relatively short (under 10 minutes), and are focused on Christian apologetics. Over at Prove the Bible, the whole website is videos (live and … Continue reading Apologetic Resource: Animated Apologetic Videos
New book out titled Unbelievable: 7 Myths About the History and Future of Science and Religion by Michael Keas. Michael Keas earned a PhD in the history of science from the University of Oklahoma, and is adjunct professor of the history and philosophy of science at Biola University. The book covers much of what I have posted about here on this site such as the myths … Continue reading Science Series: Book Notice – “Unbelievable”
“Scientism” is the view that the hard sciences—like chemistry, biology, physics, astronomy—provide the only genuine knowledge of reality. Fortunately, J. P. Moreland; Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University in La Mirada, California with four earned degrees: a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Missouri, a Th.M. in theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, an M. A. in philosophy from the University of California-Riverside, … Continue reading Science Series and an Apologetic Resource: “Scientism and Secularism”
Over at The Stream Dr. Sean McDowell has continued the discussion about the warfare between science and religion (which is a myth as I have discussed here). He starts by stating, “the belief that Christianity is opposed to modern science is one of the top reasons young people cite for leaving the church.” Tracing the myth back to Andrew Dickson White’s book A History of the Warfare … Continue reading Science Series: Warfare Myth-Science vs. Religion
A twelfth cave has been found! Craig Evans, of Houston Baptist University reports its importance: The last Dead Sea Scrolls cave, linked to the ruins on the marl shelf at the mouth of Wadi Qumran, was discovered in 1956, bringing the total number of caves to eleven — eleven caves containing the famous Dead Sea Scrolls, ceramic jars, and a number of other artifacts. For … Continue reading Biblical Archaeology: 12th Dead Sea Scroll Cave Found!