Posts filed under ‘Science and Theology’

DNA AND DYNASTIC CHRONOLOGIES

DNA conclusively shows that America was first settled by people who were separated from the rest of humanity approximately 20,000 years ago. The founding population contained 5 human haplotypes (A,B,C,D and X) that imply clear association with a Siberian basis for the settlement. Apologists for a historical basis for the Book of Mormon have tried to find ways to refute this information.

My question is, “Why?” This is the kind of evidence an apologist would want to find to support a historical interpretation of the Book of Mormon.

Continue Reading October 16, 2009 at 6:01 PM 26 comments

GUEST POST: GOD OF GOO

TH drops in with a new post about how our elegant views of God as creator run into aesthetic reality in a contest between youthful excitement, DNA extraction, and super-glue.

TH has also created her own blog, “In Our Makers Image” — which you’ll find in the Blogatorium section of the Blogroll to the right — to dwell on more clearly theological issues. Check it out after you’re finished here.

Continue Reading October 12, 2009 at 10:07 PM 2 comments

BEING PROPHETIC — SOMEDAY

I noted in the previous thread some doubts about whether my denomination’s response to its perceived calling was quite serious yet. Several environmental items this past week caught my attention in this regard.

Continue Reading September 26, 2009 at 7:05 PM 11 comments

REFLECTION ON AN APOSTOLIC EPIPHANY

Apostle Susan Skoor of the Community of Christ has just published a moving personal testamony about the sacredness of creation. All too recently, while walking along a beach on the Pacific Coast with her husband and sister, a large wave randomly rose up and swept her husband out to sea and to his death.

Continue Reading September 5, 2009 at 5:56 PM 13 comments

MORE ON THE BRASS BALL

I hadn’t planned another post on this topic, but this is too good to pass up. New Scientist has an updated report today on the Brass Ball which I discussed in an earlier post.

Continue Reading July 29, 2009 at 3:17 PM 3 comments

THE BLOB THAT ATE RELIGION: PART I

As science acquires the capacity to explain more and more that we once considered miraculous — as it asserts the authority to enter what had once been ceded as the magisterium of the church — what responsibility does it have to maintain rigorous scientific standards in drawing conclusions about phenomena in the newly “occupied” territories? How does science envelop religion while still being respectful of religion, and faithful (irony intended) to science?

The question becomes significant because many people do not realize just how much territory has been “occupied” since Galileo first stood under the judgement of the church centuries ago. They are still debating evolution when the science, like some 1950’s horror monster, has already enveloped them and moved on.

Here are some things that come out of simple extrapolation of basic Western science. Simply an exercise in consciousness-raising about consciousness when you look at science on time scales well within our technological imaginings, let alone out into deep time where all of human history looks like the lifespan of a mayfly. These are among the miracles that science asserts the capacity (now or eventually) to explain. So what does science owe religion? And what does science owe science?

Continue Reading July 26, 2009 at 7:05 PM 35 comments

DUALITY AND DIVINITY

In a recent post, I suggested that modern cosmology raised questions about the adequacy of the traditional Judeo-Christian picture of the relationship between the human body and the human spirit. Today’s consensus model of cosmology, combined with principles of quantum mechanics, suggests new possibilities for interpreting the body-spirit relationship. These interpretations derive some aspects of Restorationist theology as a more unified and natural — and less special, less supernatural — expression of the way God works.

These interpretations also force us to question whether our human misunderstandings about the “mechanisms of heaven” are leading us to do serious injustice on earth right now to members of the families with whom so many in the Restoration hope to spend eternity — to harm the very church and family structures we believe are essential to doing God’s will “on earth as it is in heaven”.

Before exploring such ideas further, I must first present another concept that has become a central part of emerging 21st Century physics: the concept of “duality”.

Continue Reading June 22, 2009 at 6:17 PM 18 comments

THE BRASS BALL

New Scientist is a British weekly scientific magazine with a very strong emphasis on a secular view of the world. I put up with its regular gratuitous slaps at theists (particularly American theists) because every couple of weeks it comes up with a gem of an article that makes you view the world differently, and it can involve almost any scientific discipline. It clearly doesn’t depend upon Restorationists for its readership.

So I had to laugh when I stumbled across an article (available on-line only to New Scientist subscribers) last year where an unknowing reference to a liahona-like navigation tool popped up in the middle of a story about a sea wreck. I thought I’d share a summary of it because so few Restorationists may have seen it. Make of it what you will.

Continue Reading June 17, 2009 at 8:07 PM 39 comments

YOU’VE READ THIS POST BEFORE!

Really. You have.

In fact, you’ve written this post before. And I’ve commented before on your witty style and clever application of science to theological thought.

That’s the implication of work by cosmologists like Max Tegmark. And although much of the science with theological implications is uncontroversial among scientists, I don’t know that many people in Mormonism are aware of it, or have considered its implications for particular Mormon belief systems. I think it’s time we did, because it may give an entirely new take to what are simultaneously some of the most troubling and the most attractive aspects of the Mormon religious tradition.

Continue Reading June 3, 2009 at 3:57 PM 13 comments

GUEST POST: THE 80/20 CHRISTIAN

I’m cheap with graduation presents. My daughter, who posts as TH, just completed her Doctorate in Organizational Psychology — and all she got was this lousy guest post!

TH is also a High Priest in the Community of Christ who frequently challenges my thinking by perpetually asking, “Why?” I suspect she’ll be back at this blog in the future.

Here she draws on her academic expertise to discuss some practical insights into “why” and “how” we often need to reexamine priorities in living as Christians.

Continue Reading May 30, 2009 at 7:24 PM 13 comments

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