Archives for September, 2007

Young on Dewey on Being High-Brow

Over at Pure Pedantry, Jake Young weighs in with a lengthy essay on the subject of promoting atheism. The essay makes some interesting points, and is centered around a 1922 article by John Dewey in The New Republic. Sadly, Jake takes the Matt Nisbet line on this issue. I have already left a lengthy comment…

Showdown at Olivet Nazarene

According to Newsweek there’s trouble brewing at Olivet Nazarene University: There may be some battlefields where the gospel’s “blessed are the peacemakers” holds true. But despite the work of a growing number of scholars and millions of dollars in foundation funding to find harmony between science and faith, evolution still isn’t one of them. Just…

The Gauntlet is Thrown!

Over at blogfish, Mark Powell has a little challenge for me: Scientists opposed to “framing” science keep asking for an example of what framing science looks like when done well. Here’s a very good example in Carl Safina’s description of an effort to raise awareness of climate change. I challenge PZ Myers, Jason Rosenhouse and…

Maher States it Plain

Bill Maher turned up on Hardball the other night. As usual, he had some insightful things to say. Here’s the first item I especially liked. Matthews’ question was about the surge in Iraq:

Kennedy on Evolution

D. James Kennedy died earlier this week. Shortly after I moved to Kansas I discovered the local Evangelical radio station. This was my introduction to precisely what Christianity means to very large segments of the South and Midwest. Preacher after preacher blared forth from my speakers, each one doing his darnedest to out-stupid his predecsessor.…

Is God Like an Imaginary Number?

As a companion piece to yesterday’s post have a look at this essay in the religious periodical First Things, written by Amanda Shaw. The purpose is to draw a parallel between imaginary numbers and belief in God. You see, for centuries mathematicians scoffed at the idea of imaginary numbers, but a few brave folks were…

Is Math a Gift From God?

I think my calculus students would probably not think so. But as John Allen Paulos reports, not everyone agrees:

One More Round…

I had not intended to do another post on this subject. But in response to P.Z.’s post , my fellow Panda’s Thumber Burt Humburg left a lengthy comment that I feel requires a response. So I’ll ask your patience as we go one more round…