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Why Can’t Science Explain Consciousness?

| February 16, 2015

It is not uncommon these days to hear something like the following: “Science has explained just about everything else in the world, so it is inevitable that science will explain the mind and consciousness.” This kind of comment always makes me roll my eyes because the people who make this comment are making a colossal […]

What Are the Limits of Physics?

| February 6, 2015

Contrary to the disciples of scientism, physics has limits. Philosopher Ed Feser gives a quick run-down which is worth passing along. Feser writes, As I have emphasized many times, what physics gives us is a description of the mathematical structure of physical reality.  It abstracts from any aspect of reality which cannot be captured via […]

Can Atheists Avoid a Cause of the Universe?

| August 6, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  That is exactly what Sean Carroll attempted to do in his recent debate with William Lane Craig. Here is what Carroll said: Why should we expect that there are causes or explanations or a reason why in the universe in which we live? It’s because the physical world inside of which […]

Why Is the Doctrine of Creation Ex Nihilo So Important?

| July 28, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  Creation ex nihilo is the Christian doctrine that God created the universe and everything in it out of nothing. He spoke all that exists, besides himself, into existence. Why does this doctrine matter? Francis Beckwith, Carl Mosser, and Paul Owen, editors of the The New Mormon Challenge: Responding to the Latest […]

What Is the Age of the Earth?

| May 19, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  There is much debate among Christians about whether the universe was created in six literal days about 10,000 years ago, or whether the universe came into existence about 13.5 billion years ago, and the earth about 4.5 billion years ago, through the creative acts of God. Who is right? We just […]

#10 Post of 2013 – How Do We Know the Universe Hasn’t Existed Eternally?

| December 9, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt For those of you who look to science to answer every question, cosmologists are pretty unanimous in agreeing that our universe is not eternal, and in fact begun about 14 billion years ago. You may not like this answer, and so go running toward alternative cosmologies to escape the standard big […]

Does Religion Stifle Science?

| July 29, 2013

Post Author: Joel Furches Joel Furches is a freelance writer who writes and teaches in the areas of Christian News, Apologetics, and Church History. He has a Bachelors in Psychology from Milligan College in Tennessee, a Masters in Education from Goucher College in Maryland, and is the Ratio Christi director at Towson University in Maryland. Joel […]

Why Is the Argument from Poor Design Simply Atheism of the Gaps?

| July 8, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt  The other day I heard an atheist say that the fact that he sees poor design in the natural world leads him to the conclusion that the Christian God does not exist. Here is the argument: An omnipotent, omniscient, omnibenevolent creator God would create organisms that have optimal design. Organisms have features that are sub-optimal. Therefore, God either did not create […]

Is Science Going to End Religion?

| February 13, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt A common refrain among secularists is that as science advances, the need for religion continues to diminish, and eventually the need will disappear altogether. After all, the argument goes, the only reason religion exists is to answer questions for which science has yet to provide answers. Once all those questions are […]

Are Scientists Superhuman?

| February 1, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt  Those who identify “good science” with the current mainstream practitioners of institutional science seem to think so. Professor of biology Austin L. Hughes, however, sees serious problems with the adulation of scientists in his essay, “The Folly of Scientism.” Hughes points to the core issue with this line of thinking: The fundamental problem […]

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