Category Archives: From the Web

Sending a Thank You

I found someone’s blog to be useful, and since they didn’t have commenting enabled on their website I thought I’d thank them here and provide a link so that the search engines can thank them for me.

This article discusses how to fix a D-Link DSS 16+ network switch if its power supply craps out. Our kind web denizen experienced that problem, did the hard work of finding a solution, and provided all the details needed to perform the fix on his/her website. I have this D-Link switch, it experienced this problem, and I will attempt this fix. Thank you.

Marriage Equality

Wow. A New York Senator pleads with her collegues to allow marriage equality in New York state. Based on the argument she presents I’m forced to ask this: if you counter her argument with numbers of your own, please let those numbers be marriage statistics and not bible verses. Thank you.

To A Large Extent, Random

Since the 17th century, we’ve mostly viewed nature as a great machine whose workings we have to discover. We’ve also viewed God as the Chief Designer of that machine, wholly outside of nature and only interacting with it out of his own free will. But what Darwin did was show us that evolution can be explained by wholly natural processes that are to a large extent random and ‘by chance.’ No room for a designer there. No machine whose mathematical laws we can discover.

In short, Darwin eliminates the final vestiges of God (and therefore, any purpose nature might have) from our mechanical worldview. The only options are to either (1) cling to purpose in some small way like Intelligent Design people do; (2) reject Darwin altogether like Creation ‘Science’ people do; (3) reject God altogether like metaphyisical naturalists do; or (4) change our entire worldview.

Choice #4 is the toughest, but I’m convinced it is the only option with any hope of moving us forward.

Brent Henderson, in a comment on his own article titled Can Theology and Science Make Peace in the Age of Darwin?

Theology and Science Make Peace

Like a lot of evangelikids … I experienced quite a bit of cognitive dissonance when I got out into the world a bit. … I also learned that the evidence for the overall picture of the history of life and the universe that science has given us over the past couple of centuries is overwhelming. While some of the details are unknown and other parts are a little fuzzy, it is clear that the universe is at least 14 billion years old, that earth has only been around for about 4.5 of those billions, and that during that time life on earth has evolved from a few simple kinds of organisms to all the complex and varied forms of life we see today through a process of gradual evolution.

Surprisingly, unlike others I know, validating science like this never shook my faith a bit. … I think maybe I just thought that Jesus would never want me to reject any truth, and that if both of these things were ways to approach the truth, they must fit together somehow.

Brent Henderson, from his article Can Theology and Science Make Peace in the Age of Darwin?