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Science Reader Question: Evolutionary Project Management

Perhaps God expresses his intentions in this relational fashion. This is a very different paradigm than God-as-artist, where he directly selects every detail of the final product.Read more…

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Science in Review: Have You Tried Turning Science Off And Turning It Back On Again?

[I]sn’t science supposed to be objective, not to mention correct? If [a] study really is that flawed, how did it get published in such a prestigious journal? If it is valid, why isn’t its validity objectively clear to all scientists?Read more…

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Science Corner: Sorry (Not Sorry)

…[F]olks at Ohio State have figured out what ingredients you need to make your apology as acceptable as possible. While it might not be the most mind-bending research result ever, it’s one you’ll probably be able to use sooner or later.Read more…

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Science Corner: The Ultimate Sacrifice

What they found is that cultures that sacrificed humans tended to subsequently develop stronger social stratification, assuming that their language-based lineage is correct. It’s an intriguing result, as is the overall notion of quantitatively studying religious and social evolution.Read more…

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Science in Review: God or Supergod?

On those long, dark Saturdays of the soul, we’ll have a choice. We can adjust our idea of God for a complete explanation now—that God either acted evilly or God was unable to act—or we can believe God is consistent and gain the hope of Resurrection Sunday.Read more…

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Science Corner: Road Grace

We might insist drivers get their act together, but a more pragmatic solution is to improve traffic models. Instead of assuming all drivers act the same way, we should account for actual human behavior. In other words, we need to add some grace to our traffic planning.Read more…

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Science Corner: Go with God

What’s more striking to me is how counter-intuitive God’s solution is. No one expected the Messiah to die. No one expected the King of Kings to be coronated at his funeral. What comes naturally to us may not be part of God’s best plan for us.Read more…

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Science in Review: Is God Outside of Time?

God starting outside of time and coming inside is a tricky notion. When did that transition take place? We can talk about a specific moment from our perspective on the inside, but how do you talk about “when” outside of time? It’s a little like asking which room of your house your backyard is in. Even the notion of a transition that doesn’t take place in time is mind-bendy.Read more…

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Finding Common Ground: Christians, Scientists, and History of Science

It often seems like science and our faith are in constant conflict. Christians and scientists are often at war, attacking each other’s views. However, in the history and philosophy of science, Christians and scientists can find substantial common ground.Read more…

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Science Reader Question: Time and Forgiveness

Effects follow causes; we must live in the future with all the intended and unintended results of our choices. We call this sequence of unrepeatable moments time. In other words, time is that feature of the universe which makes forgiveness necessary.Read more…

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Science in Review: “Prediction is hard, especially about the future”

Statistical models, like those used to predict the weather, deal with uncertainty. This runs counter to our expectations for mathematics. Factor in a reliance on probabilities, which are deeply unintuitive, and it’s no wonder we find these models hard to understand. Nevertheless, they can actually be quite useful.Read more…

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Science Reader Question: The Human Touch

Humans and statistical models both make errors sometimes. But we understand the human errors because we make the same kinds of mistakes, while statistical models can be wrong in surprising ways. Perhaps we think those errors are worse simply because they are different.Read more…

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Science Reader Question: So You’d Like to Win a $1.5B Jackpot

We need to resist the urge to wonder “What are the odds this one specific person would have predicted this one drawing?!?!?” Instead, we should ask the statistical question: “Have enough predictions been made about enough lotteries to get positive results?”Read more…

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The Importance of Realities We Cannot See: Bryan Enderle on Science and Faith

How does modern science and scientific theory intersect with the Bible and the Christian story? At Urbana, Bryan Enderle explored philosophical arguments and quantum mechanics to bring these two seemingly separate threads together. From Dec 27 – Jan 1, volunteersRead more…

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Science Reader Question: “I Could Show You the Ways of The Force.”

Does the existence of a mentoring opportunity create an obligation? Or, to put it slightly differently, can we rely on potential mentees’ desire for mentoring to tell us when we need to start? Here’s where I think The Force Awakens is illustrative. Read more…