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Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Account of Nature is Almost Certainly False

The mind-body problem is not just a local problem within the human person.  Rather, the answers to this question are analogous to the entire cosmos. Nagel asks, “Can a Darwinian naturalist account explain the phenomenon of mind, consciousness, reason and … Continue reading

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the science of god (Alistair McGrath)

Alister McGrath defends the idea that creation (or “nature”) is a real entity that discloses knowledge in such a way that shapes the knowledge it discloses.  In other words, ontology structures epistemology without negating the latter. Echoing Thomas Torrance, we … Continue reading

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Pannenberg, Systematic Theology (Vol. 1)

Some important sections. Largely eclipsed by his student Robert W. Jenson. Outstanding remarks on the Vincentian canon, the spirituality of God, and Gregory Palamas. He gives critical reflection on the Cappadocian fathers. Evaluation: Hard to recommend to most students and … Continue reading

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Evolution of the Soul (Richard Swinburne)

Swinburne, Richard.  Evolution of the Soul.  Oxford. terminology person: anyone who has the facets of consciousness which men possess, whether human or not (Swinburne 4). substance: a component of the world which interacts causally with other components (5). They have … Continue reading

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Is There a God? (Richard Swinburne)

Swinburne, Richard. Is There a God? New York: Oxford, 1996. Richard Swinburne doesn’t so much argue for the existence of God. Rather, he posits God as the only viable cause for the universe. The intellectual rigor in this book is top-notch. (There … Continue reading

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Darwin on the Trial (Phillip Johnson)

“The very persons who insist upon keeping religion and science separate are eager to use their science as a basis for pronouncements about religion” (Johnson 8). Natural selection is a tautology.  It predicts the fittest organisms will produce the most … Continue reading

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The Case for a Creator (Lee Strobel)

Strobel, Lee.  The Case for a Creator. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2004. We should not critique Lee Strobel for doing what he set out to do.  Yes, this is a popular account and while it sometimes reads like Evangelical spy-fiction, it … Continue reading

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Blogging through Darwin (1)

I’m holding off on any sort of critique right now.  That will come when we deal with the fossil section.  I am currently using the Great Books edition.  In terms of prose style, it’s quite good.  Much of Darwin, himself … Continue reading

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Review: Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview

Moreland, J. P. and Craig, William Lane.   Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview.  Downers Grove, IL: Inter Varsity Press, 2003. This is one of those books in which I have spent more time over the past ten years than any … Continue reading

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Defeating Darwinism by Opening Minds

This isn’t a refutation manual of Darwinism.  In fact, there is very little “technical work” on whether Darwinism is true or not.  Rather, it guides the reader in how to ask the right questions and in not letting the opponent … Continue reading

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