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Have Christians Accepted the Scientific Conclusion That God Does Not Answer Intercessory Prayer?
Volume 39, No. 1
December / January 2019

In 1982, a young cardiologist at the San Francisco General Medical Center named Randolph Byrd had a brilliant insight that would motivate several important investigations of prayer during the following two decades. He realized that the standard research paradigm known as the double-blind randomized clinical trial could be used to test the efficacy of intercessory …

Social Science Research Supports Free Speech Take on ‘Offensive’ Humor
Volume 39, No. 1
December / January 2019

“In a civilized society freedom to offend should be protected.” —Nigel Warburton Offensive humor has become a hot-button issue. Roseanne Barr tweets a racist joke (or was it a “joke”?) and is exiled to the wilderness. Daniel Tosh makes clumsy rape jokes and unleashes a social-media firestorm. Michelle Wolf mocks President Trump and the partisan …

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The Power of Darwin
Volume 29, No. 2
February / March 2009

Charles Darwin had a big idea, arguably the most powerful idea ever. A powerful idea assumes little to explain much. It does a lot of explanatory “heavy lifting” while expending little in the way of assumption or postulation. It gives you plenty of bang for your explanatory buck. Its Explanation Ratio—what it explains divided by …


Creationism du Jour The ‘evidence against evolution’
Volume 29, No. 2
February / March 2009
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In the beginning . . . there was straight-up creationism. Six twenty-four-hour days of special creation by God of everything as we see it today& mdash;galaxies, solar systems, the Earth, plants and animals on Earth, and of course, human beings, created in God’s image. Advocates of creationism lobbied to ban evolution from the classroom and …


Nothing New Under the Sun
Volume 29, No. 2
February / March 2009

  “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. Is there anything of which one can say, ‘Look! This is something new’? It was here already, long ago; it was here before our time.” —Ecclesiastes 1:9—10, New International Version Resistance to the …


The Power of Darwin
Volume 29, No. 2
February / March 2009

Charles Darwin had a big idea, arguably the most powerful idea ever. A powerful idea assumes little to explain much. It does a lot of explanatory “heavy lifting” while expending little in the way of assumption or postulation. It gives you plenty of bang for your explanatory buck. Its Explanation Ratio—what it explains divided by …


Creationism du Jour The ‘evidence against evolution’
Volume 29, No. 2
February / March 2009
,

In the beginning . . . there was straight-up creationism. Six twenty-four-hour days of special creation by God of everything as we see it today& mdash;galaxies, solar systems, the Earth, plants and animals on Earth, and of course, human beings, created in God’s image. Advocates of creationism lobbied to ban evolution from the classroom and …