Slavery and the Image of God

abolitionists, Arabs, Charles Finney, China, Christianity, Civil War, Culture & Ethics, Enlightenment, Evangelical Christians, Faith & Science, For the Glory of God, Gregory of Nyssa, image of God, Native Americans, Oberlin College, religious revivals, Rodney Stark, safe houses, Second Great Awakening, slaveholders, slavery, Underground Railroad, United States
America is the only country on Earth to sacrifice hundreds of thousands of its own citizens in a war to end slavery. Source
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Theory in Crisis? Redefining Science

American Astronomical Society, Biophysical Society, Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker, Dark Ages, Enlightenment, Evolution, gravity, Harvey Lodish, Intelligent Design, Is Darwinism a Theory in Crisis? (series), Isaac Newton, materialism, Modern Age, Nature (journal), Philosophy of Science, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, Thomas Kuhn, Walther Nernst
Scientific revolutions are often marked by disputes over the “standard that distinguishes a real scientific solution from a mere metaphysical speculation.” Source
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Erasmus Darwin and Credible Denial

cancel culture, Charles Darwin, Creation, Deucalion, E Conchis Omnia, Enlightenment, Epicurus, Erasmus Darwin, Evolution, French Revolution, Intelligent Design, Jacques Monod, Jennifer Hecht, John Milton, Lichfield, Lucretius, New Atheists, Paradise Lost, Richard Dawkins, sea shells, Sigmund Freud, spontaneous generation, The Age of Reason, theodicy, Thomas Paine
Consideration of Erasmus Darwin’s writings suggests that his unbelief could well have been father to the thought in the matter of his evolutionary speculations. Source
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Darwinism and Scientific Totalitarianism: John West’s Darwin Day in America

assisted suicide, beauty, COVID-19, Creativity, Culture & Ethics, Darwin Day in America, Darwinism, death, embryo, Enlightenment, ethics, euthanasia, Evolution, free speech, ingenuity, intelligence, John West, Medicine, New York Times, physicians, racehorse, speech, Terri Shiavo, theology, totalitarian science, unborn
The afterword, on “Totalitarian Science,” published in 2015, shows John West as a prophet of things to come. Source
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For Darwin, Timing Was Everything

Bible, Charles Darwin, Charles Darwin and the Ghost of Epicurus (series), Christianity, Christianity Not Mysterious, Culture & Ethics, Das Wesen des Christentums, David Hume, deism, demythologization, Enlightenment, Essays and Reviews, Evolution, faith, George Eliot, John Stuart Mill, John Toland, Ludwig Feuerbach, On Liberty, On the Origin of Species, Owen Chadwick, philosophy, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Samuel Wilberforce, secularization, The Essence of Christianity, Thucydides
Charles Darwin, as we saw yesterday, pulled off an intellectual coup against the major thinkers of the Western tradition. How did he do it? Source
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Evolution Versus Design: An Ancient Debate

Anaximande, Anaximenes, ancient Greeks, atomism, Charles Darwin, Creation, daemons, David Hume, De Rerum Natura, Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion, dryads, Enlightenment, Epicurus, Evolution, Fates, genii, George Strodach, Greek gods, harpies, Intelligent Design, Iphigenia, Jesuit Pierre Gassendi, King Agamemnon, Lucretius, On the Nature of Things, Poggio Braccioloni, Romans, satyrs, Stephen Greenblatt, The Art of Happiness, Thomas Creech
The universe, according to Epicureanism, is without a creator, a purposeless and non-intelligent concourse of atoms without any cosmic source of direction. Source
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