In Vivo vs. In Vitro

So, many people are no longer aware of this, but there are basically two types of observation which may be made in science: ‘in vitro’ and ‘in vivo’. ‘In vitro’ is Latin for ‘in the glass’, and originally referred to reactions observed in cultures in a Petri dish. However, by extension, it refers to observations […]

On Science, Faith, Religion, and Mythology (Part I)

It is essentially the raison d’etre of the ‘New Atheist’ movement to assert an existential enmity between ‘science’ and ‘religion’; one that has always existed and can only be ended when ‘religious superstition’ is finally swept away by ‘scientific truth’. Which sounds awesome. But is any part of that statement valid? I shall examine this […]

Is This Free Will?

Hello, folks! It’s good to be back. I just had my first powerlifting session since returning and, while I am a bit, er, “more cuddly”, I’m still on track with my goals. Just before I left, I came across this post by Siriusbizinus. I started to reply to him, then decided that it was worth […]

On Perfection

Me: What is the primary attribute of God? Her: Non-existence! Me: Thank you for that illustration. Her: What? Me: Had I asked for the primary attribute of an unicorn, you would have said, “It has one horn.” For a vampire, you would have said, “it drinks blood.” But for God, you claim “non-existence” as the […]

Conversations with Creation Scientists

(paraphrased for brevity and clarity) Me: Intelligent Design Theory only proposes that terrestrial life, and the universe in general, show evidence of… intelligent design. Creation Scientist: Well, if that’s all it is, then all Creationists are IDr’s! Me: No. First, because you make an unverifiable (but not implausible) claim about the identity of the intelligence […]

Conversations With Atheists

Atheist: Do you even understand what logic is? Me: Yes, I have a thorough understanding of logic: etymologically, historically, and practically. You? —– Atheist (statement A): God is a failed hypothesis. Atheist (statement B): Just because I can’t disprove God, is no reason to believe he exists. Me: Pick one. God is an hypothesis, OR […]

The Issue of Biblical Literacy

Well. Here’s a post that EVERYONE will hate. 🙂 So, as we have previously established, the Liturgical Churches (namely, the Roman Catholic, Orthodox and Anglican Communions) all agree that the Bible is a manual for spiritual growth, and not to be used as a textbook of science or history. The Evangelical Churches, on the other […]

Why God is Not Proved. And Why That’s Right.

Physicist Pierre-Simon Laplace is best known, among post-modern atheists, for a quote from a conversation with Napoleon Bonaparte. When Napoleon asked how he had composed an entire book on physical operations without a single reference to God, Laplace replied, “I had no need of that hypothesis.” Except, of course, that that is not at all […]

Religious Freedom, Homosexuality, and Bigotry

So, opponents of Kansas’ RFRA law say that it opens the door for private citizens to sue any government agency for NOT discriminating against people based on “sexual orientation”. Hm. First, that’s not a good use of the word “discrimination”. I’m sure it’s in the dictionary that way now, but what you really mean is […]

Questions About my Religious Development

An old friend from high school and college just asked me some rather deep question about my religious experience and beliefs. I thought that they were interesting enough to share, both the questions and my answers. For reference, I was raised in an Evangelical Church (Presbyterian); became an atheist when I went to college; began […]