My good friend, Dr. Jim West, has two posts up on science and theology.
I would venture to guess it
Our ignorance (Photo credit: Loulair Harton)
has something to do with Dr. Robert Cargill’s tweets from earlier today:
I refuse to suggest that Jim is more in line with Little Honey Tee Tee’s latest rant (doesn’t qualify as a post because Tee Tee does’t qualify as a blogger, although from what I understand, he is on the run from U.S. authorities which is why he is in South Korea).
Personally, science informs my theology as much as Tradition does. In fact, I would agree with the confessions and the tradition of the Church that God reveals himself through two books — Scripture and Nature (or Science). Ignorance of either science or theology is no excuse — not in a modern world with information at our finger tips.
I would change but one thing with Dr. Cargill’s statement. It is not so much ignorance, but fear (fear is not always caused by ignorance) of science that causes an increased reliance upon bad theology. We see this fear used by those who would know science and the beauty it holds. Instead, they use fear that if science is true, then God is but a lie. I pity the people who follow such morons and I pity the hell awaiting the people who use fear to subjugate the masses with fear of knowledge.
Anyway, this conversation needs more than one blog post about it. It needs several books written — to show that science has a huge place in theology and one need not fear the revelation it could bring.
Cliff Swallows in Cayucos, California, USA. The nests were built on the bridge over Cayucos Creek. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Crossing the road has gotten easier for cliff swallows. Over generations, the mortal threat of speeding cars may have shortened their wings.
Over the last 30 years, the number of cliff swallows killed along roads in southwestern Nebraska has plunged, and the birds’ average wing length has shrunk, researchers report March 18 in Current Biology.
via Shorter-winged swallows evolve around highways | Life | Science News.
So, the birds evolved… or is that adaptation? What ever excuse AiG uses, I’m sure it’ll be with the best of science.
He’s the dilly-o. Unlike what the troll in South Korea who got ran out of the U.S. before he was arrested believes, Scripture has nothing to say about the origins of the universe. Further, unlike what Hambone and Hammy-K has said, God is still progressing Creation along, through creation and recreation. This is one of those examples.
Planck (Photo credit: ttfnrob)
This is pretty darn near awesome. I saw the expected news pass by yesterday, but woke up this a.m. to see it released.
A spectacular new map of the “oldest light” in the sky has just been released by the European Space Agency.
Scientists say its mottled pattern is an exquisite confirmation of our Big-Bang model for the origin and evolution of the Universe.
But there are features in the picture, they add, that are unexpected and will require ideas to be refined.
Its precise configuration, visible in the new Planck data, is suggestive of a cosmos that is slightly older than previously thought – one that came into existence 13.82 billion years ago.
This is an increase of about 50 million years on earlier calculations.
via BBC News – Planck satellite: Maps detail Universe’s ancient light.
Albert Perry carried a secret in his DNA: a Y chromosome so distinctive that it reveals new information about the origin of our species. It shows that the last common male ancestor of our species is over twice as old as we thought.
One possible explanation is that hundreds of thousands of years ago, modern and archaic humans in central Africa interbred, adding to known examples of interbreeding – with Neanderthals in the Middle East, and with the enigmatic Denisovans somewhere in southeast Asia. (here)
So, there you go. Adam lived 340,000 years ago. Boom.
Mars, 2001, with the southern polar ice cap visible on the bottom. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Like the comet that restarted the evolutionary life cycle 65 million years ago (give a take a decade or two, because, well, scientists), one icy rock is approaching Mars
Given the unusual speed of the comet (which is moving so fast that it may well be coming from outside the solar system—cool upon cool) and the fact that it is travelling the wrong way round the sun, from a planet’s point of view, Mr Plait estimates that its impact should yield a blast equivalent to that of a billion megatons of TNT. It would be an event on the same sort of scale as the impact that drove the dinosaurs extinct 65m years ago. If it really is that big, and if the comet were to hit the side of Mars facing Earth (it seems that it might do, but it might also hit the far side), then the blast could well be visible to the naked eye, even in daylight.
Unfortunately, there is only a small chance that this might happen; however, if it does, it would be nice to have the Curiosity on the ground.
Wonder if we can name the comet, Cat.
The news this weekend is rather exciting. A child in Mississippi is said to be cured of HIV.
Scientists believe a little girl born with HIV has been cured of the infection.
She’s the first child and only the second person in the world known to have been cured since the virus touched off a global pandemic nearly 32 years ago.
Doctors aren’t releasing the child’s name, but we know she was born in Mississippi and is now 2 ½ years old – and healthy. Scientists presented details of the case on Sunday at a scientific conference in Atlanta.
So, if we thank God for this, and I believe we should, then do we also allow that God has allowed other children to die of the disease, not to mention the millions of adults?
Regardless of our theological questions here, I believe God has endowed humans with wisdom through science and scientific pursuits and as such, we see something science has given us that so-called faith healers could not. Come to think of it, this happens a lot. We should thanks God for this day and worry about the other theological implications of such praise tomorrow.
Also, for goodness sake, don’t cut funding
To prove God is to prove a negative; to prove god is to define god so that there is no god.
Since coming out of fundamentalism, I would rather combine these too. I do not have faith in God as there is no need for me too. I have faith in the Christian Tradition, however, and a hope. But, it requires proof from time to time.
I would rather go on about this, but I am ill at the moment.
What are your thoughts?
By the way, Jim West has differing thoughts.
The scientists used the National Science Foundation’s Green Bank Telescope (GBT) in West Virginia to study a giant cloud of gas some 25,000 light-years from Earth, near the center of our Milky Way Galaxy. The chemicals they found in that cloud include a molecule thought to be a precursor to a key component of DNA and another that may have a role in the formation of the amino acid alanine.
via Researchers Discover an Important Pair of Prebiotic Molecules in Interstellar Space | SciTech Daily.
BTW, before I lose you, this is the same observatory that may be closed soon.
So, a cloud older than what many would say the earth is (6,000 years and all that) showing similar patterns to our DNA.
Maybe that’s why they are shutting it down… because too many do not want to see Science progress.
miss universe – always from earth.
Understanding the principle of the speed of light is difficult for Young Earth Creationists, but since we can measure this remarkably stable instance, we know certain things — such as how old the universe is. There is also the standard law allowing for metal testing and the such. Because of these two things we can now know this:
A metal-poor star located merely 190 light-years from the Sun is 14.46+-0.80 billion years old, which implies that the star is nearly as old as the Universe! Those results emerged from a new study led by Howard Bond. Such metal-poor stars are (super) important to astronomers because they set an independent lower limit for the age of the Universe, which can be used to corroborate age estimates inferred by other means.
Nearby Ancient Star is Almost as Old as the Universe.
The interesting factor in this is that it is so very close to us, but so very old.
“It may be that the universe we live in is inherently unstable and at some point billions of years from now it’s all going to get wiped out,” said Lykken, who is also on the science team at Europe’s Large Hadron Collider, or LHC, the world’s largest and highest-energy particle accelerator.
via Universe Has Finite Lifespan, Higgs Boson Calculations Suggest.
Nah, just joshing ya.
But, it does make sense given what else we know through the Gospel of Science.
That kind of trickery is not exceptional, it’s typical. Creationist arguments are full of untruths, half-truths, and word games — and the arguments keep circulating no matter how many times the fallacies get exposed.
Scientists don’t know how to deal with that. The whole culture of science (going back to the 1600s) is based on arguing in good faith and assuming that your opponent is doing the same. A scientist who gets caught cheating is finished. There’s no rehabilitation process, you’re just done being a scientist. But dishonest creationist arguments live forever, and the people who invent them are not even embarrassed.
via Evolution/Creation for Non-Eggheads « The Weekly Sift.
One cannot use good faith, the scientific method, logic, or reasoning in a discussion if the other side can only rely upon a circle of superstition, bad interpretation and fear — not fear that you may be right, but fear they may be wrong and if wrong, they lose their power structure.
Tis a good article…