Once upon a time in December I was privileged to attend the American Geophysical Union Fall meeting in San Francisco.  As was the case with previous visits, the weather was lovely and mild.  It is quite a change from the foot of snow in Edmonton where the cycle of seasons has rather sharp edges.  Change […]

Reimagining Christianity Historian Lynn White in the 1960s made the case that the traditional Christian worldview was responsible for the mistaken view of man’s relation to nature. His well-received article in Science magazine, entitled “The Historical Roots of Our Ecologic Crisis,” arguably started the modern mainstream Christian stampede to environmentalism. Wrote White, “Since the roots […]

Postmodern Times: A Christian Guide to Contemporary Thought and Culture, by Gene Edward Veith, Crossway Books: Wheaton, Il., 1994 p. 19. Today as we enter the twenty-first century, a new worldview is emerging. The “modern,” strange as it is to say, has become old-fashioned. The twentieth century, for all of its achievements and catastrophes, is […]

A lecture by Michael Crichton Caltech Michelin Lecture January 17, 2003 My topic today sounds humorous but unfortunately I am serious. I am going to argue that extraterrestrials lie behind global warming. Or to speak more precisely, I will argue that a belief in extraterrestrials has paved the way, in a progression of steps, to […]

Inconvenient Polar Bears

by james on August 25, 2011

in Environmental

As we stutter and stumble along in these early years of the 21st century, people have to be asking, where to from here? The Modern Age, culminating in the 20th century, taught the idea that human progress was not a hopeless quest, that we could unlock the secrets of the universe, for human benefit. We […]

A Primer on Postmodernism, by Stanley J. Grenz, William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1996.   p.2 The term postmodern may first have been coined in the 1930s to refer to a major historical transition already underway and as the designation for certain developments in the arts. But postmodernism did not gain widespread attention until the […]

As I study the phenomenon of postmodernism (burn, baby, burn) as it relates to science, I think these links may be fruitful. I will add to these links as new leads become available. Sources from a Christian perspective are in red. Some side effects – Thoughts have consequences, and the post-normalizing of science leads to […]

Crisis in Higher Education

by james on August 10, 2011

in Education

There is not only a crisis in lower and middle education, but in higher education too. This is what William Deresiewicz, a former English professor and Jane Austen expert, argues in Faulty Towers: The Crisis in Higher Education. He argues that higher-education has become a hard road for all but tenured professors, and then only […]