Category Archives: Humanness

It’s Culture, Stupid

The title to this post will conjure up a variety of different impressions. Some will hark back to old campaign slogans, others will take umbrage at my use of the word “stupid “. Who am I to call anyone stupid! … Continue reading

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It’s in Art

The second essay in The Emergence of Personhood, A Quantum Leap? was written by Ian Tattersall, Curator Emeritus, Division of Anthropology, American Museum of Natural History. In his essay Tattersall digs more deeply into what it means to be human … Continue reading

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The Dividing Line

What distinguishes humans from other animals? The question is hard to answer definitively. We know intuitively that a dog, a dolphin, or even a chimpanzee is not human. Certainly no other animal builds schools, writes symphonies, performs surgery, or ponders … Continue reading

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Human Rights, Another Form of Western Imperialism?

In our last post (Are We Morally Obligated) on Tim Keller’s recent book Making Sense of God: An Invitation to the Skeptical we dug into the issue of the foundation for morals … with a rather vigorous discussion in the … Continue reading

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Are We Morally Obligated?

Are there any moral obligations on us as humans? Is terrorism wrong? Is incest wrong? How old is the age of consent? (Is this concept meaningful?) Are children (or wives) property? Is gender equality always good? Is racism always wrong? … Continue reading

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The Stories We Tell

Chapter 2 of Neuroscience, Psychology, and Religion: Illusions, Delusions, and Realities about Human Nature by Malcolm Jeeves and Warren S. Brown digs into the warfare model of science as it pertains to neuroscience and psychology. Does science disprove God? Whether … Continue reading

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Apes on the Way Up?

Neuroscience and psychology are fast developing fields with a proliferation of sub-disciplines and degrees offered. Our scientific understanding of what it means to be human is undergoing rapid evolution. In many respects this is the battle front in any active … Continue reading

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Must We Play the Game?

The next chapter of Matthew Nelson Hills new book Evolution and Holiness: Sociobiology, Altruism, and the Quest for Weslyan Perfection explores a topic at the cutting edge of science – the existence or not of human freedom … the free … Continue reading

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You Are Not What You Eat!

Many of the most interesting topics at the interface science and the Christian faith fall in the realm of neuroscience, sociobiology and evolutionary psychology. These are fields, it should be noted, that are in flux and undergoing rapid development. Much … Continue reading

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And They Become One Flesh

With consideration of Genesis 2 the series of posts on Genesis intersects those on biblical womanhood. Genesis 2 provides a creation account both distinct from an complementary to the creation account of Genesis 1. In both accounts the culmination of … Continue reading

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