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Over de eerste aflevering van “Waarom zijn wij op aarde?”

Toegegeven, ik was sceptisch over de eerste aflevering van de serie Waarom zijn we op aarde? die gisteravond bij de EO werd uitgezonden. De titel alleen al! Ik was vreselijk bang dat de God-van-de-gaten weer uit de illustere hoge hoed getoverd zou worden! Maar na het zien van de eerste aflevering, moet ik toch zeggen:…

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks on the Bible, science, and creationism (quote)

“Why do so few Jews take issue with the theory of evolution, while creationism is common among Christians?” I think Christians tended to think that religion and science were part of the same universe of discourse. So they assumed that the Bible was telling us scientific stuff, as well as moral and spiritual stuff. Whereas…

My Oxford-lecture on: Why is special divine action a "problem"?

A while ago I was invited by Andrew Pincent of the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion at Oxford University to give a lecture on how I see the problem of special divine action, especially on the way divine action is dealt with in the field of science and religion. As many know, I…

How many earths? Shattering the myth of uniqueness

We are living in very interesting times indeed! We once thought that the Earth was unique in harboring life. Though it is true that scientists have not yet discovered life outside our atmosphere (despite the occasional claims to the opposite, mostly coming from fringe scientists), the plausibility of the idea that Earth is unique in…

Gert Scobel: Der Ausweg aus dem Fliegenglas (book review)

Just today I finished reading a big German book, Gert Scobel’s Der Ausweg aus dem Fliegenglas: Wie wir Glauben und Vernunft in Einklang bringen können (Frankfurt a.M.: S. Fischer Verlag 2010, 462 pp.). It’s a book that I can warmly recommend, at least for those who are able to read German (the newly released paperback…

Jerry Coyne and his empty vase

On his personal blog, evolutionary biologist Jerry Coyne has given his opinion of Thomas Nagel’s review of Plantinga’s book. To those familiar with Coyne’s rantings about everything religious, it will come as no surprise that Coyne has no respect for Nagel’s appeal to Plantinga’s position. However, if you read Nagel’s review and Coyne’s review of…

Karl Giberson: Science and religion has become all about hyperboles

A great post on the website of Science and Religion Today by Karl Giberson, who writes about what he finds most interesting in today’s science and religion debates. Giberson finds it interesting – and clearly annoying – that the science and religion debate has become so political. Giberson is right on the spot when he…

No ESSSAT conference for me this year

From April 24-29 the 14th international conference of the European Society for the Study of Science and Theology (ESSSAT) will take place in Tartu, Estonia. The theme of the conference is What is life? More information about the conference can be found here: http://esssat2012.edicypages.com. This year will be the first time since I was a…

Creationist brainwashing techniques exposed

Actually, I’m trying to get away from discussions concerning creationism and Intelligent Design, since I think in the last couple of years everything there’s to say about it has already been said. There are topics in the field of science and religion that are more interesting, rewarding, and fruitful. However, every once in a while…

Justin Barrett’s forthcoming book: “Born Believers: The Science of Children’s Religious Beliefs”

Earlier I posted about a recent article by Justin Barrett. During the Calvin College seminar last year, Barrett also told the participants about a book that he was in the process of writing. It wasn’t his Cognitive Science, Religion, and Theology: From Human Minds to Divine Minds (Templeton Press 2011; also available in a very…

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