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1. In his book, God and the Astronomers, Robert Jastrow, a self-proclaimed agnostic wrote, "For the scientist who has lived by faith in the power of reason, the story ends like a bad dream. He has scaled the mountains of ignorance; he is about to conquer the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries." Would you comment on Jastrow's thoughts?
2. Paul Davies has moved from promoting atheism to conceding that "the laws [of physics] ... seem themselves to be the product of exceedingly ingenious design." (Superforce, p. 243) He further testifies, "[There is for me powerful evidence that there is something going on behind it all ... it seems as though somebody has fine-tuned nature's numbers to make the Universe ... The impression of design is overwhelming." (The Cosmic Blueprint, p. 203) Would you comment on Davies' conclusions?
3. Is the oscillating universe model plausible?
4. Where did the idea originate that Christianity and science are in conflict?
5. Why did modern science arise in a Christian culture?
6. Were Boyle and others heavily influenced by their Christian faith?
7. How is the Biblical concept of the Fall useful for modern science?
8. Does the intelligent design hypothesis have any scientific value?
9. What are some of the problems with Stanley Miller's origin of life scenario?
10. Despite evidence to the contrary, why do biology textbooks continue to use the Miller-Urey experiments as evidence for a naturalistic origin of life?
11. What additional information should be included in biology textbooks to avoid these misrepresentations?
12. Do you believe that the origin of life constitutes a natural discontinuity?
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