fine-tuned cosmos

Cognitive Dissonance at the Root of Atheism

There is a profound level of cognitive dissonance in the standard atheist position. The hallmark of the atheist viewpoint is rationality. Yet, if there is no supreme intelligence, no design, no rational plan at the root of existence, why would rationality be of any use in discerning the nature of things?

Young Earth and Old Earth Creationists – Unite!

There has been an idea floating around for years that there is “scientific truth”, and that there is “religious truth”, and never the twain shall meet. This is how some people work out the disparity between the truth claims of the Bible and the truth claims of science. I don’t think it is the right […]

Counterfeit Grace and the Problem of License

The Wonderful Promise of Atheism and Agnosticism Richard Dawkins sponsored an ad campaign a while back that said, “There’s Probably No God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.” Isn’t this interesting? Belief in God is seen to be a source of worry and an impediment to the enjoyment of life. Of course, without the […]

A call to atheists and naturalists

Irenic: Aiming or aimed at peace. I am hoping that I can do more than adopt an irenic tone here, I pray that I become truly irenic in my bones. However, irenicism does not indicate that I cannot make my point, rather, it invites conversation. Please post comments and questions, they are highly welcomed! A […]


If everything in the universe came about by non-rational forces, we should also be non-rational, but there is a fundamental quality in us which must be excluded by definition from our analysis of the origins of things. In my various intellectual travels, I came across the idea of “emergence”. Emergence is the propensity for complex […]

The Gift of the Conscience

14 For when Gentiles who do not have the Law do instinctively the things of the Law, these, not having the Law, are a law to themselves, 15 in that they show the work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness, and their thoughts alternately accusing or else defending them, 16 […]

Origin Stories

We are obsessed with origin stories. We have two Spiderman origin story movies, two hulk origin story movies, who knows how many Batman origin story movies. The Bourne movies are wonderful because we are presented with an origins mystery – where did I come from and how did I become like this? Science obsesses over […]

Alien Intelligence?

  A recent article on NPR’s website postulates that it is credible science to think that aliens had a hand in creating life on earth. As a theist and an old earth advocate (not a young earth creationist), I have to say I marvel at the ends “science” will go to to suppress the obvious […]

A Cosmic Christmas

It’s Christmas, and my thoughts always turn to the cosmic. Why? 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. […]

A Sense of Wonder

When we encounter something which invokes a sense of wonder, it means we have encountered some kind of splendor or beauty which is quite beyond us. We can marvel, but we cannot grasp. The sense of wonder releases us to enjoy, to worship, to have awe, without having to understand. We do not need to […]