Archive for April 21st, 2012

April 21st, 2012

Can Scientists Pursue Science Successfully Apart From a Robust Epistemology? Part 1

by Max Andrews

A robust epistemology is a sufficient condition for a successful pursuit of scientific inquiry.  There are many other factors and conditions that must be met for science but a vigorous epistemic model for how one pursues scientific inquiry is needed; otherwise, there may be sufficient reasons to doubt not only the conclusions of the scientific inquiry but as well as the pool of data, which must be assessed appropriately.  The scientist is more than welcome to pursue an empiricist model for his epistemology, though strict [naturalistic] empiricism is not very robust, but it must have certain allowances for metaphysical import—perhaps more rationalistic.

I believe the best way to construct a robust epistemology and scientific method is to be a realist.  What I mean by this is that the external reality is how it appears to be to an observer making an epistemic inquiry, the measurements from science accurately depicts reality.  This is in contrast to instrumentalism/anti-realism, which suggests that our inquiry of the world, scientifically, do not accurately depict reality but as useful fictions.  An instrumentalist is more concerned about data fitting theories and predictions than with an accurate depiction of reality.

April 21st, 2012

The Unbelievable? Conference is Giving a Skeptical World Reasons to Believe

by Max Andrews

Justin Brierley and Primer Christian Radio is hosting an apologetics conference this year in partnership with Hugh Ross and Ken Samples with Reasons to Believe.  The theme of the conference is ‘Giving a Skeptical World Reasons to Believe.’ For all my UK brothers and skeptic friends, I hope that you’re able to make it to the conference.  For those of us across the pond it’s very likely that we won’t be able to make it.  There are DVD’s that are made afterwards, which are available for purchase.  This is excellent material to help equip you to understand and respond to questions about the faith.  A few of the speakers include Hugh Ross, Ken Samples, Michael Green, John Lennox, Krish Kandiah, Bonnie Yule-Kuehne, and more.  What’s very important is that you absorb this material yourself.  I remember hearing Dan Wallace say that the road to hell is lined with the bones of apostate apologists.  This knowledge will be edifying for the saints.  Use it. Know it. Share it.  Please pray for the speakers and for minds to be opened, that fruit will blossom, and that people may be saved as a result of this knowledge.

Unbelievable? The Conference 2102 Giving a Skeptical World Reasons to Believe
Saturday 26 May beginning at 9.30 AM
Transformation House, St. John’s Hill, Clapham SW11 2AA