wow! go u! ur site is so pretty!!!!!!!!!!
and very professional…
By: emi hounsome on August 9, 2009 at 7:47 pm
This looks great Calum 🙂
By: Sam Carbonero on September 21, 2009 at 7:09 pm
Very nice Calum, get some more articles – REALLY GOOD
By: Gerard Robertson on September 25, 2009 at 6:30 pm
A nice thoughtful and intellectual site, Calum.
By: Kolya on October 2, 2009 at 2:32 am
I think your website is awesome! I appreciate that it’s well written, thoughtful and accessible. Also, it’s inspiring that it’s been written by someone my age and it helps me defend the faith. 🙂
By: Muchenje on October 18, 2009 at 9:32 pm
calum calum calum – you had me until the very last word. The gender exclusivity of it seems to contradict your tone throughout and while it might seem inconsequential, it is tiring to constantly confront implicit and insidious sexism within theological circles of doscussion. Given that you worked really hard to redefine certain terms, and rethink their usage and misappropriation, it was a little diappointing to have such a fine article end on such a dour note (even if it was a paraphrase). 🙂
Okay – now that my critique is out of the way… good work. You raise some really interesting points and you articulate them thoughtfully. A tangent you might be interested in exploring would be ideas around humanity being co-creators with God (look into Dorothy Sayers). Great stuff on the Kingdom of God and its outworking (the now and the not-yet) and the idea of heaven colliding with earth – i would like you to explore in a little more depth the actual praxis of these ideas (Micah 6:8 and what that means in practice), and the ideas surrounding the new heaven and the new earth maybe with some reference to Revelation (with a new spin on old fundamentalist literal teaching of course!) And of course what this article really needs as a follow up is the inevitable discussion of hell, which i very much look forward to reading!! Well done!
By: donna on November 1, 2009 at 6:47 pm
and apologies for my typos (what did i always say to you guys in class – proofread proofread!!)
By: donna on November 1, 2009 at 6:49 pm
You approach the issues with what seems like an open mind but I just feel you are probing towards theortical logical being overridden by the practicality of a situation
By: Dave on December 1, 2009 at 10:54 am
Ecclesiastes 5:12 xx
By: Alan on March 21, 2010 at 9:42 pm
Great article on Christian eschatology. Came to this site via your Facebook front page via the Delirious discussion… thanks for your comments. I am trying to live out this eschatology in the here and now as vicar of a small congregation, and it is good to see robust theological thinking going on that I don’t have the time to do!
Calum this is such a great idea, I can only apologise that I have not visited before, my new reading amongst other things will be every article on here 🙂
I have some questions of both an academic and devotional nature but once I have read these I will be in contact and ask you, I do not wish to ask away until I have read your stuff as some of my questions may be answered. xxxxxx
By: Michaela on April 17, 2010 at 8:23 pm
Can god create a stone which she/he/it cannot lift?
Hey Calum Miller, its Champe from the unbelievable page.
I would like to know what you think about the argument advanced for intelligent design based on the information encoded on the longitudinal axis of the DNA molecule. I’m curious as to why some theistic evolutionist are not pro-ID when there exists such compelling evidence. (I’m assuming you’re one of those, because I heard you comment once that you were not a fan of ID). I’m really genuinely curious.
wow Great page – love it
nice to see that there are still young and very inteligent ppl. arguing for god
By: Matt on May 29, 2012 at 8:20 pm
Calum vs. Kalam? Intriguing. There’s a new book coming out that opens with dueling entries on the Kalam argument, the book is titled, Debating Christian Theism, edited by Moreland, Sweis &, Meister, and if you download the free Kindle app to your computing device you can obtain that debate chapter for free as part of amazon.com’s free kindle sample.
I arrived at your site because I listened to your interview/debate with my friend Chris Hallquist on Unbelievable.
I am, for want of a better term, an agnostic, and an ex-conservative Evangelical Christian, and find that philosophical argumentation involves too much flexibility, ingenuity, too many assumptions, while vagueness and lack of knowledge is far more common and more clearly evident than the so-called “answers” apologists provide, and I use the word “apologists” in the widest sense possible. .
What appears quite clear to me at least is that a word does not equal a thing. A map does not equal the territory. A model does not equal reality. Yet that’s all we have to work with, these semi-exact, but also semi-vague things. Even mathematics is a model and not necessarily equal to reality. No doubt philosophers are quite proficient when it comes to working with words, quite a flexible workout with words in fact, no matter which side of the question one is on.
But who knows for sure what “things” are–in all their “thingyness?” What “reality” is–in all its “reality-ness?” Or what “time” is–in all its “timey-wimey-ness?’
True we are able to see this cosmos, but according to cosmologists we are blind to most of it (dark matter, dark energy). And we are blind to most of the cosmos in another way as well since we can only see to the furthest stars that are visible to our instruments, and there could be stars further than those due to an early expansion of our cosmos when matter and energy traveled faster than light in all directions. That expansion phase would leave most of the galaxies and stars invisible to us, i.e., beyond reach of our instruments to detect since the light from such objects travels only as fast as light travels today, so it hasn’t reached us yet! In fact some cosmologists go further, and declare the actual sized of our cosmos is unknown and could be infinite.
Neither can cosmologists tell us what existed prior to the Big Bang. They have only the vaguest of hypotheses.
Neither do cosmologist agree as to when or how the cosmos will end. There are multiple theories, from Heat Death to Big Rip, Endless Oscillation. It’s even possible that a New Big Bang could appear unexpectedly inside our own cosmos.
Cosmologists and philosophers are also still debating what “time” is. Some philosophers claim we can’t truly comprehend it or explain it, while others doubt its very existence.
Oh, but William Lane Craig knows all about the cosmos, God, time, eternity, and specifically how to avoid eternal damnation. Bully for him.
I suggest a bit more humility in light of all the questions mentioned, including those raised in the works below,which seem to suggest that philosophy is far from being an answer machine. It’s more like a question raising machine. Read the TITLES of the books below, or read the books themselves if you have the time:
If A, Then B: How the World Discovered Logic
Michael Shenefelt, Heidi White
The Evolution of Logic (The Evolution of Modern Philosophy)
W. D. Hart
An Introduction to Non-Classical Logic: From If to Is (Cambridge Introductions to Philosophy) by Graham Priest
Greg Restall, J. C. Beall
I Am Right You Are Wrong: From This to the New Renaissance: From Rock Logic to Water Logic by Edward De Bono
The Law of Non-Contradiction: New Philosophical Essays
Graham Priest (Editor), et al.
Problems of Knowledge: A Critical Introduction to Epistemology
Labyrinths of Reason: Paradox, Puzzles, and the Frailty of Knowledge
Knowledge and Its Limits
The Evolution of Reason: Logic as a Branch of Biology (Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Biology) by William S. Cooper
The Roots of Reason: Philosophical Essays on Rationality, Evolution, and Probability by David Papineau
Walking the Tightrope of Reason: The Precarious Life of a Rational Animal by Robert J. Fogelin
Vagueness (Problems of Philosophy)
Not Exactly: In Praise of Vagueness
Kees van Deemter
Vagueness and Degrees of Truth
Nicholas J. J. Smith
Theories of Vagueness (Cambridge Studies in Philosophy)
Holes and Other Superficialities (Bradford Books)
Shadows: Unlocking Their Secrets, from Plato to Our Time
The Shadow Club: The Greatest Mystery in the Universe–Shadows–and the Thinkers Who Unlocked Their Secrets by Roberto Casati
Possibilities and Paradox: An Introduction to Modal and Many-Valued Logic by J. C. Beall
A Brief History of the Paradox: Philosophy and the Labyrinths of the Mind Roy A. Sorensen
Fiction and Metaphysics (Cambridge Studies in Philosophy)
Amie L. Thomasson
Fiction and Fictionalism (New Problems of Philosophy)
R. M. Sainsbury
Theories of Truth: A Critical Introduction
Richard L. Kirkham
New Waves in Truth (New Waves in Philosophy)
Nikolaj J.L.L. Pedersen & Cory Wright (Eds)
Ed Babinski (editor of Leaving the Fold: Testimonies of Former Fundamentalists, Prometheus Books, 1995; and contributor of a chapter, “The Cosmology of the Bible,” to The Christian Delusion, Prometheus Books, 2010)
Hi Calum, not sure whether this is the best way to get in touch with you (I’m not on FB) but hope you read this. My name’s John, I’m from New York and I first came across you on Unbelievable. Here’s my LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/john-lee/73/31b/57a
In short, I’m running a bit of an experiment this Friday at noon (EST), trying to run a one hour lunch discussion/debate on science and faith. I scheduled it last night on a few meetup groups and I’m getting a pretty good response already… here’s one you can check out: http://meetu.ps/2Q0FM2
Across the different meetup groups I’m expecting there to be between 20-30 attendees who will be mostly atheists.
I’m a Christian myself, but I’m a Patreon supporter of this young atheist youtuber called Olly Lennard on his channel PhilosophyTube – just discovered him a few weeks back and like his content. I’m going to email him as well to see if he’s available, but on the off chance you and Olly are both available, would you be up for a discussion with him?