Category Archives: Humanness

Nothing More to be Prized

There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship. Friendship is the source of the greatest pleasures, and without friends even the most agreeable pursuits become tedious. Sometime c. 1267 Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) wrote a short … Continue reading

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Evolutionary Inborn Evil?

Does the absence of a Fall make God responsible for human and natural evil? Does the presence of a Fall remove the criticism that God is the author of evil? Mark Harris’s book The Nature of Creation: Examining the Bible … Continue reading

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Human Experience and Our Hope for the Future

A couple of weeks ago we began a series of posts looking at John Polkinghorne’s book The God of Hope and the End of the World. After looking at insights into hope and the end of the world from the … Continue reading

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The Embrace of Evil

Having explored the Old Testament view of God and of the nature of humanity in chapters 3 and 4, Iain Provan (Seriously Dangerous Religion) turns to the age old problem of evil and suffering in chapter 5. If there is … Continue reading

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Who Are Man and Woman?

The next chapter of Iain Provan’s book Seriously Dangerous Religion looks at the nature of humanity in the Old Testament and particularly at the relationship of male and female comprising humanity. His focus is on Genesis 1-2, but expands to … Continue reading

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Pre-Adamite Populations?

One of the questions raised by the evolutionary view of human origins is where, exactly to place Adam and the origin of the human race created in the image of God. Were there pre-Adamic humans? Are or were some “humans” … Continue reading

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Fairness Tastes Like Ice Cream

Chapter four of Matthew Lieberman’s book Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect bears the interesting title Fairness Tastes Like Chocolate. Personally I like chocolate, on occasions, in small amounts. But it is nothing to write home about. Now … Continue reading

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We Are Wired To Be Social

Many years ago I was with my then three-year-old daughter at a playground. We were hanging out and playing on the equipment (a far more elaborate set-up than the one shown to the right). Another parent showed up with two … Continue reading

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More Than Just Genes and Neurons

I’ve taken a hiatus from the series on the book by Malcolm Jeeves Minds, Brains, Souls and Gods. The topic is important though, and worth a return. I’ll get back to the book, but today I would like to point … Continue reading

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Neither Gods Nor Beasts

Faith-based biology is not limited to conservative Christians and other theists. Neither is appreciation of the powers of science limited to atheists and agnostics. Recently I read a short book Neither Gods Nor Beasts by Elof Axel Carlson. Carlson is … Continue reading

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