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Book Review: Evolution’s Purpose by Steve McIntosh

ImageI love reading books dealing with science, philosophy, theology, and religion. And when the opportunity arose to review a book looking at evolution from a philosophical perspective, I was more than excited. And Steve McIntosh’s Evolution’s Purpose did not disappoint.

The book starts off kind of slow, as he gives you a brief overview of Integral Philosophy and a sort of history of worldviews. Integral theory, as it is also called, is an emerging area of discussion that seeks to bring together the best aspects of pre-modern, modern, and postmodern worldviews into an all-encompassing view of the world, its purpose, and what it means and where it is headed. Continue reading

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Birds Formerly of a Feather (Going in different directions)

Is your bird feeder spurring evolutionary change? Maybe so, according to Gregor Rolshausen and three coauthors, writing in Current Biology (December 29, 2009).

Around 10 percent of Central European blackcaps fly from southern Germany to the United Kingdom every winter, lured by human-provided birdseed. The rest of these warblers head to Spain. The split migration has been going on since the 1960s, and the researchers report that the two groups have evolved differently. The UK blackcaps have rounder wings, reflecting the shorter distance they travel. And their beaks are longer and narrower, well suited to bird feeders. By contrast, the Spain-goers’ broader beaks are better for fruit trees. The ultimate result, the researchers say, may be two distinct species.
(Stephen Bates. “Findings.” The Wilson Quarterly Winter 2010: 13) Continue reading

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The Small God We Worship

A general problem with much of Western Theology…is that the God portrayed is too small. It is a god of a tiny world and not a god of a galaxy, much less a universe.Carl Sagan

The other day, I talked about how, for many Christians, God is dead. He is not present in the things that they do, support, or in the way that they act toward their neighbors. So, for them, He is dead. But this isn’t the only segment of Christianity here in the states. Another set of Christians worships a small god. For lack of a less offensive manner in which to say this, they worship the Biblical God. Continue reading

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