Theology, philosophy, science, math, and random other things

What is "evidence"? What counts as evidence for a certain position?

February 17, 2014
"Proof" is one of those words that are abused nearly to the point of meaninglessness. I generally only use it in math-related contexts. I prefer the word "evidence" over "proof". So, instead of saying "This test score proves you didn't do your homework", I'd rather say "This test score is evidence that you didn't do […]

A real discussion on the problem of evil and omnipotence.

February 10, 2014
The following is an actual discussion that took place somewhere. I'm posting it because I think it illustrates many of the ideas behind my "Can God make a rock so heavy that he cannot lift it?" post, and shows them in a real setting. It also shows how many of the same ideas translate over […]

Elsa's facial expressions during "Let It Go", in Disney's "Frozen"

February 3, 2014
(This post contains spoilers. Go watch "Frozen" before you read it) My obsession with "Frozen" and "Let It Go" continues. Elsa has fascinating facial expressions during "Let It Go", and this post will explore the meaning of those expressions. Some of her expressions are difficult to catch because they're complicated and they change so quickly, […]

Why are there so few Christians among scientists? (part 2)

January 30, 2014
In my previous post of this series, I showed the following distribution of people who believe in God across increasing levels of scientific achievement: My task in this post is to explain the shape of this graph. I have already ruled out a fundamental incompatibility between Christianity and science as the reason. The above distribution […]

NaClhv will now update every Monday

January 30, 2014
I don't think I have any readers yet who check for every update, but I should still be thorough. When I started this blog, I was thinking that a typical post would maybe be around 300 words, consisting of some insightful comments, but not requiring a substantial organization and systematization of my thoughts. Well, it […]

Why are there so few Christians among scientists? (part 1)

January 27, 2014
The following numbers are subject to the usual caveats about statistics, but I will present them at face value as I believe that that the general trend they represent is real: in the United States, among the general population, 83% believe in God. Among scientists, 33% believe in God. Among "greater" scientists (members of the […]

How physics fits within Christianity (part 2)

January 23, 2014
My previous post in this series examined what physics says about God. This post is about what God says about physics in particular, and science in general. There will be many parallels with the previous post, since natural revelation and special revelation must be in agreement, and we're just looking at one relationship from those […]

How physics fits within Christianity (part 1)

January 20, 2014
I have said: "So, no matter what your field of study is, it is based on God, and it is about God. It says something about God, and God says something about it. Your job, as a Christian who is in your particular field, is to find out what these "something"s are so that you […]

The word "If" does not apply to God

January 16, 2014
The word "if" does not apply to God. God is the ultimate being, the essence of existence, the one in whom reality itself finds root. All things exist by and through him. Consider the question, "if 2+2=5, what is the square root of 4?" The "if" in that question makes it nonsense, because if 2+2 […]

Can God make a rock so heavy that he cannot lift it?

January 13, 2014
This is something I wrote about a decade ago, on my old website which no longer exists. I still like it, so I reproduce it here with some minor edits. What I am about to write should not really be necessary. I am certain that a satisfactory discussion of the subject exists elsewhere, and the […]
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