• Is Heaven a Necessary World?

      Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will […]

  • An Evolutionary ‘devil’ in the Detail (Part2)

    Part 2 Alvin Plantinga (1974) quite rightfully, points out that Leibniz’ view (his lapse)—that an omnipotent God could have created/actualized just any world God pleased is false; this is taken to mean, according to this reasoning, that God could not have created a world in which there was neither natural or moral evil. This world, […]

  • An Evolutionary ‘devil’ in the Detail

    Part1 In a chapter entitled ‘Evolutionary explanation’ Professor Ian Hutchinson (2011) refers to the dangers of a hospital environment. Hutchinson comments that one reason hospitals are such dangerous places is that, “…the environmental pressures on the bacteria there (in hospitals) are such that they rapidly evolve resistance to the various anti-bacterial agents that hospitals use.”  […]

  • Book Preview: Science and Humanity – reconfiguring the public understanding of science

    Originally posted on Science and Belief:
    Pixabay It is time to shake off a widely believed but mistaken idea of what science is and how it interacts with human life in the round. For a long time now it has been the habit of science writers to present their discipline as if it was the…

  • Creaturely Flourishing

    In his book, The Groaning of Creation, Professor Christopher Southgate gives much attention to the hope of a future state of affairs (heaven) where creatures that have, through the effects of Natural Selection–predation, etc. have not been able to flourish—to ‘fully self’, in other words to have had the best of possible ‘life-experience’. Whether or […]

  • Church ‘Profile’ Raising Events

    A common perception among the ‘unchurched’, or even the people meeting regularly at the Parish Church, is that Church Garden Events are organized for the ‘sole purpose’ of raising funds for the maintenance of the church, i.e. ‘the building’. Fund Raising is, of course, not the only reason for the occasioning of such an event […]

  • No other GOOD!

    No other ‘GOOD’! In this section I, briefly, address, what may be considered the ‘straw men’ (demeaning caricatures) of modern and post-modern attempts at lessening the culpability of God—especially in the light of evolutionary theory—and in the light of contemporary religious and philosophical notions of the reality of ‘god’. The view offered here is incontrovertibly […]

  • Narrow Ways & Broad Roads

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    ? In his book ‘The Divine Conspiracy’ the philosopher Dallas Willard says that if you ask anyone from the seventy four percent of Americans who say that they have made a commitment to Jesus Christ, or ask them what the Christian gospel actually is,you will probably be told the following: Jesus died…

  • Narrow Ways & Broad Roads

      In his book ‘The Divine Conspiracy’ the philosopher Dallas Willard says that if you ask anyone from the seventy four percent of Americans who say that they have made a commitment to Jesus Christ, or ask them what the Christian gospel actually is,you will probably be told the following: Jesus died to pay for […]

  • Storm Scenarios: Keep Calm and Battle On

    Originally posted on Science and Belief:
    © John Boyer, Freeimages One day Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Let us go over to the other side of the lake.’ So they got into a boat and set out. As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and…