Stardust

Stardust

One of my friends posted this quote on facebook: “Every atom in your body came from a star that exploded. And, the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than the atom in your right hand. It really is the most thing I know about the universe: You are all stardust. You couldn’t be here if stars hadn’t exploded. Because the […]

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Genesis, Gervais & jumping from space

Genesis, Gervais & jumping from space

Maybe you read some of the tweets after Felix Baumgartner’s record breaking freefall jump form the edge of space; it was certainly an awe inspiring event. “Science rocks!” was one that I saw few times. Indeed, it does! But you may also have seen this being bandied about on social networks recently:   And… Ricky Gervais sums it up in one simple tweet. via @clayswisher […]

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Hoisting Hume

This is rather a good little review of Craig Keener’s new book on Miracles (which I got for Christmas, but have not yet had the time or fortitude to get into – it’s in two big volumes!). Michael J. Kruger points to the circularity of Hume’s argument: Keener devotes a substantial portion of the book refuting Hume’s well known argument against the possibility of miracles.  The problem, […]

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Heathen’s Progress: Julian Baggini on Atheism & Nihilism

I just finished writing a post over at A Borrowed Flame about John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress, so it’s apt that I write here about Julian Baggini’s refreshlingly honest piece about contemporary Atheism in the Guardian which is part of his series entitled “Heathen’s Progress”: Atheists have seemed rather keen in recent years to stress their jolly side. As well as the whole “brights” movement, there’s the “happy human” […]

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The logic of infanticide

The Journal for Medical Ethics has caused quite a stir by publishing an article by Giubilini and Minerva which argues for the validity of infanticide (or “after birth abortion” as they try to euphemise it). I actually had a recent discussion on this very issue, and so I thought I’d add my thoughts on the issue (and indeed, why articles like this may actually serve anti-abortion arguments) […]

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Review: The Grace Effect – Larry Taunton

The Grace Effect How the power of one life can reverse the corruption of unbelief By Larry Taunton Published by Thomas Nelson, Kindle Edition   It is interesting to note that God gave us a story instead of a systematic theology, and a person instead of an argument. Larry Taunton runs the Fixed Point Foundation, best known for running debates, though to be honest, I […]

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John Lennox on Q&A

I can always tell when ABC’s Q&A programme is on because my twitter stream gets filled up with people yelling at the politicians on their screens. This week, however, was politician free, a special panel on issues of faith and ethics, and featured none other than John Lennox (one of my favourite Christian thinkers), who is in Australia to debate Peter Singer. It was an […]

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Why more facts won’t change your mind

Historian John Dickson has an excellent piece in the SMH on why we believe things. It counters the idea that we believe something based purely on the evidence, as recent studies have shown that often evidence can cause people to simply become more entrenched in their opposing view. The evidence for biological evolution is good, but my six-day creationist friends seem to get stronger in […]

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Why God won’t go away – by Alister McGrath

Why God won’t go away Is the New Atheism running on empty? by Alister McGrath Paperback, Thomas Nelson, 2011   Following the events of 9/11 a phenomena has arisen in western culture which has been called New Atheism, and it’s leading exponents, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens sometimes called the `four horsemen’ of New Atheism. In this new book, Alister McGrath, […]

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Myths about Introverts

I’m fairly introverted. That might sound odd, given that I make a living as a performer (also hard to believe, really), but I tend to find that the best actors are actually fairly introverted (not calling myself a great actor of course – though I aspire to be one). I suspect it has something to do with their tendency to observe and analyse in a way that they […]

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“He’s not safe, but he is good”

I’m quite ashamed to admit that I’d never read Narnia. I can see why it’s so popular, now that I’ve begun. I love the way Lewis describes Aslan: “Ooh!” said Susan,”I’d thought he was a man. Is he quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion.” “That you will dearie, and no mistake,” said Mrs Beaver, “if there’s anyone who can appear […]

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Why we love men in capes

I’ve often enjoyed Mark Meynell’s book reviews and suggestions (the breadth and veracity of his reading is rather astounding) and appreciate his helpful ‘questions to ask of…‘ guides (all found at his blog Quarentia). He has a particular interest in exploring culture, and I think exemplifies a healthy approach to it. So, it was with great interest that I downloaded his latest offering Why we […]

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