4 Reasons Why Faith vs. Science Is a Myth
“Tonight we will be talking about faith versus science. Our first guest is a former University of Oxford professor, evolutionary biologist, and bestselling author. He believes that science, not faith, holds the answers to all questions. On the other side of the aisle we have Joe Smith, who will speak for the legitimacy of faith and Christianity. Joe homeschools his kids, thinks Oprah is the Antichrist, and lives in a swamp” (23).
It does to Mark Clark. As he explains in his new book, The Problem of God, culture often portrays faith at odds with science: “science is about thinking, evidence, and rational justification, while Christianity and faith in general are about evading evidence and clinging to nonrationality” (25).
Extracurricular Activities 6.13.15 — Old Testament Trinity, Atheism Theology, & Waning Denominations
A few months ago I gave a lecture for Torrey Honors Instituteundergrads on discerning the Trinity in the Old Testament, sharing some ideas about how to succeed at that hermeneutical task. I consider it a difficult task because I don’t think the doctrine of the Trinity was revealed before the coming of the incarnate Son and the outpoured Spirit, and I take a fairly Augustinian line on the theophanies of the old covenant (i.e. not trinitophanies –here, help yourself to a non-word for a non-thing). But I do believe that, given the revelation of the trinitarian persons through their being sent in the new covenant, they can be retroactively discerned in the text of the Old Testament.
De-Baptism: Evidence of an Atheistic Faith?
A group of atheists have devised a ritual of de-baptism in which they dress up like monks and use a hair dryer to take away "the stigma… and the stain of baptismal water."
You'll find some intriguing commentary on this ritual at an anthropology blog called Savage Minds. In the post Bible/Darwin: Here Come the Hair Dryers, blogger "Rex" argues the de-baptism ritual demonstrates that Christianity and atheism are just two examples of the same phenomenon.
Need convincing? First, Rex offers this excellent joke: "One side believes it possesses an infallible book written by an omnipotent author with a huge beard with completely explains the dynamics all living things on earth. The other side believes in the literal truth of the [B]ible."
But on a serious note, the rest of Rex's analysis has me scratching my head: