Category Archives: Religion and Science

“How Do You Keep ‘Em Down on the Farm When They’ve See ‘Gay’ Paris”*

President Trump has withdrawn from the Paris Climate Agreement.  I will say at the outset that I support this move.  Let’s settle the “legal” issues first.  The agreement was not a treaty, and was not ratified by the Senate.  It might be classified as an executive agreement or as a simple presidential agreement.  The courts have never held an agreement other than a treaty as binding in an attempt to leave that agreement.  That should settle that–unless of course some… Continue Reading ››

The Next Step Toward the Brave New World

Wesley Smith wrote a short news item on “The Corner” in National Review Online, and linking a longer article in First Things, in which he mentions that in New Zealand and India, a few rivers have now been granted formal rights, allowing them, through their lawyers, to sue on behalf of themselves.  They were legally declared persons under law.  (See http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/446347/rivers-given-rights.  I saw this coming almost 40 years ago, in a couple of articles in law reviews as well as… Continue Reading ››

Christian Integration of Faith and Worldview, Part 3

This is the third and last (some are saying “how long O Lord”) of a series of blogs on Christian worldview.  I defined what is meant by worldview, by integration of worldview in academic disciplines, the role of presuppositions as a starting point, the elements of any worldview and the issues of the relationship of general to special revelation as well as interpretation of Scripture.  Here I will continue my brief expansion of the elements of an explicitly Christian worldview,… Continue Reading ››

Christian Integration of Faith and Worldview, Part 2

In the last post I introduced the concepts of a worldview, of integration and specifically of a Christian worldview.  I assumed the Scriptures as the “bedrock” foundation of that worldview, without proof or examination.  That is not to say this approach is fideistic, as there are good reasons for this assumption.  But that has to wait (Commenters have jumped to conclusions here}. I began to address the process of building a worldview for each discipline.  One of the most significant… Continue Reading ››

Christian Integration and Worldview: An Overview, Part I

It has been about 35 years since both my conversion to Christianity and reading a life-changing book on Christian worldview, entitled Idols for Destruction by Herbert Schlossberg.  It was this book that began my intense interest in integrating my Christian faith with the disciplines with which I interacted.  My deep interest has never disappeared and in fact has grown, along with a better understanding over time of what it means to integrate and what it is we integrate.  What I… Continue Reading ››

An Exemplar of Christian Worldview

Our Bereans readers know how passionate I am about the issue of Christian worldview—taking every thought captive to Christ—in every aspect of thought and life.  I haven’t lost any of that passion, but I am not the only one who cares about it.  My colleague, Richard Tison, here at Cedarville University, also possesses an intense commitment to the integration of the Christian—that is, Biblical—worldview, in his academic endeavors, both teaching and research.  So I am not going to ramble on… Continue Reading ››

Ben Carson: World Renowned Surgeon or Ignorant Rube?

Dr. Ben Carson is not your typical presidential candidate.   The fact that Donald Trump and Carson are well ahead of the pack in the Republican primary battle suggests that American are pining for a non-traditional candidate to support.  Carson is a retired pediatric neurosurgeon who, in 1987, became the first doctor to successfully separate Siamese twins conjoined at the head.  He has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, some 38 honorary doctorates, numerous national merit citations, and was elected… Continue Reading ››

Global Climate “Lukewarmness”

I have been listening on Econtalk, a podcast production by economist Russ Roberts, to an interview with Matt Ridley, who calls himself a “lukewarmer” regarding climate change (by the way, I highly recommend Econtalk).  To be a “lukewarmer” is to believe climate change is probably man-made, but not dangerous.  Now before I get criticisms for being a climate skeptic, I concede that science is not settled, despite what climate advocates argue.  The two positions on either side of the spectrum… Continue Reading ››

Some Questions to Ponder: Just Asking

I have a few questions for thought today.  I am not answering them, though the reader may well have some idea where I am on them.  So just read and ponder.  Please feel free to comment too. I have not read the Iran nuclear deal yet, but I understand it will aid Iran in developing “safe” nuclear power.  Question:  Why is the US helping Iran develop nuclear power when the administration has shown no interest at all in developing it… Continue Reading ››

Part Two: Pope Francis Encyclical on Climate Change

This is Part Two of my long blog concerning Pope Francis’s global climate change (and generally environmental and poverty focused) encyclical Laudato Si, issued last Thursday.  I am a little to sorry to say this part will be at least as long as the first, but look at this way:  You could read the full encyclical.  The document runs to 183 pages and as I read it, I found it to be somewhat rambling.  Beyond that, I am afraid the… Continue Reading ››