Posts Tagged ‘research’

How did the West lose God? This reverse “new atheist” argument is made in a compelling new book that features family cohesion & stability as a driving force / enabler in a way not considered much before. Consider the more commonplace “fatherless home”, in the same vein, and how that has also been shown as a reliable indicator for children growing up with an atheist or agnostic worldview.

Listen to the interview for a good overview of the book.

20130927-222630.jpg, Thinking in Public – How Does Secularization Really Happen? A Conversation with Mary Eberstadt. Listen to full audio here.

When we consider the question of what “creation out of nothing” means, we have to consider that the “nothing” mentioned is much less than the drop in this cup, much less than what is in a brand new & empty cup. No air. …and in this line of reasoning even vacuums are not clearly permissible.

…for a sneak peek as to why…

If you say there is a vacuum in the flask, then you are affirming the existence of something in the flask – the vacuum. But since ‘vacuum’ means an absence of something, you are also denying that there is something in the flask. Therefore, ‘There is a vacuum in the flask’ is a contradiction.” – Nothingness ~ Stanford University

If that bends your head a bit – welcome to philosophy. It gets more fun as you get used to it. I can’t think of anyone better to explain the value of philosophy than William Lane Craig – check out the Reasonable Faith site.

“There is no such thing as nothingness, and zero does not exist. Everything is something. Nothing is nothing.” – Nothingness ~ Stanford University

So what did Lawrence Krauss do? Yes, he sneaked in something & pretended it is nothing, and wrote a book about it. A fellow blogger also posted a nice post about it here. People that don’t understand philosophy get tricked into believing clever sounding physicists in this way. Listen to the audio at the top to demystify this riddle. Enjoy. 🙂

Check out Reasonable Faith Podcast. Listen to full audio here.