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Richard Gunton on A science of science: Dirk Stafleu's 'Theories at Work' (Friday 31st May 2019 12:03pm)

Thanks for pointing this out, Rudi.  Scientific research - at least historically in the physical sciences - seems to have advanced by postulating new irreducible principles and finding ways to project them back onto the numerical aspect - which is what Stafleu means by "objectifying", which is related to measuring (a very helpful insight into what can be meant by "obectivity").  I'm currently reading Time and Again, which is very helpful on this point; I hope to post a review of that in due course.  And I'm curious to see whether progress in the biological sciences can be described in simil

Rudi Hayward on A science of science: Dirk Stafleu's 'Theories at Work' (Thursday 30th May 2019 11:05am)

Thanks Richard this is a helpful review. It's been a while since I read the book. What sticks in my mind is his discussion of principles of explanation in chapter 3. While we are constantly told that science progresses through reduction, Stafleu shows convincingly that science made progress by positing new irreducible principles. The Pythagoreans used number but with their theorem ended up with irrational numbers as they tried to explain spatial figures. Zeno accepted number and space and on that basis proved that motion was impossible.

David Hanson on A science of science: Dirk Stafleu's 'Theories at Work' (Wednesday 29th May 2019 11:24am)

Beautiful, Richard!
How to get this blog circulated as widely as possible seems important to me - I'm sure those readers who understand social media can find ways.

Anne Burghgraef on A science of science: Dirk Stafleu's 'Theories at Work' (Tuesday 28th May 2019 8:23pm)

Thanks for opening up Stafleu's work for us with such clarity and enthusiasm. Good scholarship is truly beautiful.

Dave Hopwood on Iron sharpens Iron: Fifty Questions for Radical Disciples (Saturday 4th May 2019 10:22am)

Searching questions Mark! Certainly many will spark conversation, if we are not all able to give answers. How about - is a story better than a sermon?? Great stuff Mark, keep going...

Steve Bishop on Iron sharpens Iron: Fifty Questions for Radical Disciples (Friday 3rd May 2019 8:22am)

Brilliant mate - some excellent, thought-provoking questions.

Here are a few I've come up with:

What does it mean to image God?

Why do Christians confuse full-time Christian mInistry with church-related activities?

Will we meet Muslims on the new earth?

What does it mean to be a good neighbour?

Why for so many is Christianity treated like a hobby, something we do on weekends?

Can we use the term Christian as an adjective eg Christian art, Christian philosophy ...?

Why do so many Christian book covers look awful?

Dave Hopwood on RealityBites and International Students (Monday 8th April 2019 12:31pm)

Thanks for this Mark. Great to read this, a great springboard story there. I'm sure you will have been planting some vital seeds, keep going with your really important work. Stories are such a good way of helping us to think about life and its meaning, source and purpose.

Lid on Dangerous Faith in the Enneagram (Sunday 7th April 2019 4:40am)

Thank you so much for this post. Gnostic Christianity is not true Christianity but syncretism. I left a church staff because they were using the Enneagram and David Benner's work on false self/true self for discipleship. The Holy Spirit so totally opposed this within me that it was making me really upset. I tried to talk it through with our pastors and leaders, but they accused me of not understanding Paul's view of the flesh which they were equating with the false self. They said the Holy Spirit uses this tool. But, there's no power in the Enneagram.

David Hanson on Reflections on 'Developing a Christian Mind' 2019 (Monday 25th March 2019 5:41pm)

Lovely post, Alicia, and thanks for the Heaney poem.


Dave Hopwood on Scorpion Kick and God (Monday 18th March 2019 2:07pm)

I think it was St. Irenaeus who once said, 'The glory of a God is a human being fully alive.' Certainly this moment in football seems to express that. In answer to your first question Mark, I love great stories, particularly told though the medium of cinema; and a brilliant film, with captivating characters and interesting twists and turns in the plot often makes me feel alive, and at times fills me joy.