Bradley Monton, professor of philosophy at the University of Colorado is coming out with a book called; Seeking God in Science; an Atheist Defends Intelligent Design which is due to be released this coming July 31. Bradley Monton is an interesting fellow, although it is sad that he rejects God. He is one of the few atheists which doesn’t try to put science in a box.
What I find even more interesting, he has been observing weak arguments against the existence of God. Knowing his bias, this is extremely rare. As he states in his blog…
“William Lane Craig and Christopher Hitchens recently had a debate about the existence of God at Biola University, and apparently Craig was the much superior debater.”
This particular debate was drew much attention, over 3,000 people attended and were from various countries. Sri Lanka even purchased a live feed. Here is the reason why Bradley Monton thought the debate was won by a theist…In another review it reveals some details…
“The debate went exactly as I expected. Craig was flawless and unstoppable Hitchens was rambling and incoherent, with the occasional rhetorical jab. Frankly, Craig spanked Hitchens like a foolish child. Perhaps Hitchens realized how bad things were for him after Craig’s opening speech, as even Hitchens’ rhetorical flourishes were not as confident as usual.”
“Hitchens wasted his cross-examination time with questions like, “If a baby was born in Palestine, would you rather it be a Muslim baby or an atheist baby?” He did not even bother to give his concluding remarks, ceding the time instead to Q&A.”
In space.com Seth Shostak from the SETI Institute assures the public that so-called; “Aliens” will not look like bodybuilders…lol…He writes…
“According to Genesis 1:27, “God created man in His own image.” OK, but what about all the other intelligent, cosmic inhabitants? Well, Hollywood has taken care of that. It has created aliens in man’s image.”
Seth Shostak is coming up with conclusions of something which has never been detected and something he has never seen himself. To make it look scientific, he makes an appeal to convergent evolution to suggest that optimal shape for a smart alien is the humanoid appearance. He goes on to say, “Since any aliens we detect are ahead of us, they’ve already done this; they’ve made the transition from biological to engineered intelligence, and left behind the quaint paradigm of spongy brains sloshing in salt water.” What? “Engineered intelligence?” It sounds more like the modern intelligent design movement than an natural unthinking process.
In Texas, Governor Rick Perry picked the successor to Don McLeroy who failed to get the majority of votes to be confirmed. He has picked Gail Lowe to chair the Texas state board of education. The likes of the NCSE is not too happy with the appointment. The appointment is a good one, it will keep science standards in Texas on par with not putting it in a box but rather have students be taught to evaluate scientific data, as we seen a previous post. Many claims happen in naturalism, often times making profound statements to imply it’s conclusive, “we have solved the problem” when in fact they lack data to make such claims.