Beware of Procrustes: Second Metaphor of the Scientific Method

According to Greek mythology, Procrustes offered hospitality to passers-by with the intent to kill them. He had only one bed for all comers. To make them fit the bed, he hammered the short men till they are stretched across the length of the bed, but sawed off the portions of the long men that projected beyond it. He was eventually subdued by the hero Theseus, … Continue reading Beware of Procrustes: Second Metaphor of the Scientific Method

The Philosophy of Evolution

A Matter of Identity As an armchair Platonist, I find the philosophy behind Darwinian evolution not only intellectually unsatisfactory, but also self-contradictory. On the one hand, it asserts constant change, that, given enough time and proper conditions, anything can change into anything else; on the other hand, it asserts identity, that there is a “struggle for existence” of the individual and/or group. It is a … Continue reading The Philosophy of Evolution

Witnessing Creation

Creation in Seven Acts In my previous post “A Layman’s Interpretation of Genesis”, I made the point that the Days in Genesis 1 are defined, not by any physical entity, but by divine command. The Days, and time itself, are God’s creation. To give a further illustration, I’d liken the Creation account in Genesis 1 to a seven-act play, and the recurring phrase “there was … Continue reading Witnessing Creation

Creation of Adam

Finding Adam: A Layman’s Interpretation of Genesis

Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?” Genesis 3:9 Preface When I read the Book of Genesis for the first time many years ago, I did it out of scientific curiosity. I was an atheist who believed all religions were superstitions, but I was very curious why many otherwise highly intelligent human beings believed in the existence of … Continue reading Finding Adam: A Layman’s Interpretation of Genesis

Creation: A Personal Perspective

When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained, What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him? Psalm 8:3-4 The Creation Debate All Christians believe that the universe and living things are designed and created by God, but there is a wide range of opinions … Continue reading Creation: A Personal Perspective

Intelligent Design: Pros and Cons

Who is this who darkens counsel By words without knowledge? Now prepare yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer Me. Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements? Surely you know! Job 38:2-5 The Intelligent Design (ID) argument was first put forth by Socrates, Plato and Aristotle, … Continue reading Intelligent Design: Pros and Cons