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How Darwinian Assumptions Impede Scientific Progress

My observations are those of a philosopher thinking about the assumptions of Darwinism. The assumptions discussed here are random mutation, natural selection, and survival of the fittest. I like to use the concepts of “fortunate imperfection” and “practical accumulation” to

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Recent Objections to the Cosmological Argument

In recent online discussions about the Cosmological argument for the existence of God, there are two objections that got me thinking hard because they both touch upon key points of the classical argument that need new clarification, and because I

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Thoughts About Epistemology

Awareness is first of all the immediate intuition of perceptions and conceptions. Perceptions are sensory impressions and conceptions are rational impressions. Examples of sensory impressions are my awareness of the chair I am sitting on, and the computer I am

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Some positive contributions of Christianity to the world.

This morning I’m thinking again – a dangerous thing to do these days. And I happen to be thinking about the positive contributions of Christianity to the world. Some of my thoughts are historical facts and some are my own

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Proof of simplicty or genius?

It goes without saying that I am no Einstein. But do you remember this: or this? Simplistic expression isn’t necessarily a sign of genius.  For example, if I met the person who came up with the first so-called “christian” bumper

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A Philosophical Argument for the Christian God

A deductive argument is one in which the conclusion follows inescapably from the premises, if the premises are true. The classic example of a deductive argument is this: 1. All men are mortal. 2. Socrates is a man. Therefore, Socrates

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DESIGN, IRREDUCIBLE COMPLEXITY, AND SPECIFIED COMPLEXITY

This is a philosophical response to critics of irreducible complexity such as John H. McDonald, who rightly claim that parts of e.g. mousetrap (A) can be used to make simpler mousetraps, and that these simpler versions can be arranged in

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From Being and Nothingness to Becoming a Christian

Being and Nothingness is a philosophy book by Jean Paul Sartre. This book made a dramatic difference in my life when I read parts of it in high school. It made a dramatic difference because at a time when I

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Human Versus Non-Human Design

Anthony Flew, the British atheist, told a parable that goes something like this: Two explorers traveling through a remote, unexplored jungle came upon a clearing with a flourishing garden in its midst. They immediately assumed that there must be a

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