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I am currently employed in the nuclear industry and have university degrees in nuclear engineering and theoretical physics. I am primarily interested in science and philosophy but I also dabble in programing, information visualization, and fine typography.


Sep
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awarded  Yearling
Jan
24
comment How do Christians understand the existence of God in relation to the scientific concept of energy?
@GregMcNulty: Okay, you claim God is "in the universe" and furthermore that he is "in us." How do you make this assertion other than "the Bible tells me so?" You did not at all address the question at hand.
Sep
1
awarded  Yearling
Feb
20
comment How do Christians understand the omniscience of God in relation to the Uncertainty Principle?
Snarkyxanf had similar reasoning and, while it is a reasonable position, it is not shared by all physicists. Thanks for the answer.
Feb
12
comment Is there a standard Christian ontology?
I certainly have no problem imagining a universe in which God does not exist. In fact, as an atheist, I struggle to imagine a universe in which any god does exist. Thanks for the answer.
Feb
2
comment Is there a standard Christian ontology?
Indeed, that's why I haven't accepted it as an answer yet. I am beginning to think that ontology might be the most fundamental gap in philosophy between myself (atheist) and my religious family members.
Feb
2
comment Is there a standard Christian ontology?
Thanks for your answer, it is very much what I was looking for.
Feb
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asked Is there a standard Christian ontology?
Feb
1
comment Could Hell be seen as a reward?
@Wikis: If Christians don't fear the hell of Christianity (because they don't expect to go there), and non-Christians don't fear the hell of Christianity (because they don't believe it exists), then why is it so often considered a fearful concept? The fire and brimstone preachers offer an answer; people who believe in the Christian message, but are unsure of their own fate are the ones who fear it. I also like Dawkins' likening of an atheists fear of Christian hell to a fear of the jellyfish army of the great Juju monster under the sea.
Jan
17
comment Is Christianity the sum of the actions and beliefs of its adherents or a set of actions and beliefs defined by the Bible?
I can see that. I think it's a scoping issue; when physicists talk about a subject for which they can't agree on a definition, there are very frequent implicit (and very often explicit) statements of the scope of validity. I tend to see that less from religious people. A physicist will qualify a discussion saying that Newtonian mechanics is only a first approximation; religious proclamations rarely come with such statements.
Jan
17
comment Is Christianity the sum of the actions and beliefs of its adherents or a set of actions and beliefs defined by the Bible?
@DJClayworth: That is legitimate criticism and perhaps the question is inappropriate. Perhaps it is my physicist brain but I have a very difficult time comprehending how people can get into deep conversations about a subject for which they can't even agree on a definition...
Jan
17
comment Is Christianity the sum of the actions and beliefs of its adherents or a set of actions and beliefs defined by the Bible?
And how is that situation different from any other on this forum? Do you honestly believe that everyone on this forum agrees on the proper translation (let alone definition) of words in the bible? Different denominations even have different versions including different books. Yes, the question is subjective; that is (in my opinion) a primary distinction between religion and science.
Jan
17
comment Is Christianity the sum of the actions and beliefs of its adherents or a set of actions and beliefs defined by the Bible?
Certainly not my religion, but thanks for the answer.
Jan
16
comment Is Christianity the sum of the actions and beliefs of its adherents or a set of actions and beliefs defined by the Bible?
I like your answer but chuckle at discussion of "the last" covenant as the interpertation of that phrase would be taken radically differently by different people.
Jan
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asked Is Christianity the sum of the actions and beliefs of its adherents or a set of actions and beliefs defined by the Bible?
Oct
20
comment How do Christians understand the omniscience of God in relation to the Uncertainty Principle?
@Caleb: Sorry it took me so long to get back to this. You are invited to read my Facebook note on the subject (facebook.com/note.php?note_id=110029810831). You might be interested in a few of my notes there.
Oct
9
awarded  Popular Question
Sep
9
comment How do Christians understand the existence of God in relation to the scientific concept of energy?
The source is most certainly derived from self preservation; evolution does amazing things. The complexity of emergent properties of physical matter, however impressive, does not indicate the existence of the metaphysical.
Sep
8
comment How do Christians understand the existence of God in relation to the scientific concept of energy?
I disagree that asking for a scientific analysis of miracles is a strawman. If one claims that the results of a miracle are subject to scientific analysis (e.g. the wine could be examined under a microscope), but that the miracle itself is not, then it becomes necessary to draw the line somewhere. I believe this line is not only not well defined, but typically never even recognized as essential. Nonetheless, I accept your answer based on it's generally applicable nature and broad scope.
Sep
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accepted How do Christians understand the existence of God in relation to the scientific concept of energy?