by on February 26th, 2014

Biology continues to offer us new and exciting insights into the world. These insights need to be integrated into a philosophical perspective that is richer than the reductive materialism that is often linked with the empirical sciences. In this endeavor, biology needs the philosophy of nature.

by on January 17th, 2014

The embrace of a materialist and mechanistic view of the world, taking its inspiration from the rise of modern science, results in a loss of the sense of transcendence. But God is not simply some finite object in a universe of other objects—he is reason, being, and order itself.

by on September 23rd, 2013

Is it wrong to study the natural sciences using a metaphysical framework that sees unity in reality?

by on February 21st, 2013

The invention of Rex, a bionic man with artificially created organs, helps us see why it is impossible for any machine to be a human being.

by on January 30th, 2013

Religion isn’t outdated simply because some people claim that we can only know what the natural sciences tell us. Philosophy and theology are the next steps in our search for truth about nature, human nature, and God.

by on October 25th, 2012

Distinguished philosopher Thomas Nagel rejects both evolutionary materialism and theism as adequate accounts of the origin and nature of human life, proposing instead a naturalistic “nonpurposive teleology.” But naturalistic teleology, just like existence itself, calls for a cause that transcends the created order.

by on April 13th, 2012

Nature exhibits finality and purpose in its various activities, and chance is not, indeed cannot be, an explanation for this activity.

by on February 29th, 2012

The fundamental question of why there is something rather than nothing is a metaphysical and theological question—and with respect to such a question the natural sciences necessarily have nothing to say.

by on October 18th, 2011

Modern science does not require us to abandon notions of nature and human nature upon which so much of traditional ethics depends.

by on September 15th, 2011

Judging from the media’s response to Rick Perry’s Galileo reference in the Reagan debate, our discourse is still governed by the modern view that science and religion can only clash.

by on December 10th, 2010

The problem with reductionist accounts of life.

by on September 8th, 2010

Scientists have begun to doubt whether there was a “Big Bang.” But in claiming that this disproves the existence of a Creator, they confuse temporal beginnings with origins.

by on April 9th, 2010

Biological reductionism doesn’t disprove the notion of free will.