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David Barash, Evolution, and God: Pretending Authority Far Beyond His Qualifications

Monday, September 29th, 2014

David Barash has a capital-T Talk he gives college students every year. He tells about it in a NY Times op-ed, God, Darwin and My College Biology Class:

Every year around this time, with the college year starting, I give my students The Talk. It isn’t, as you might expect, about sex, but about evolution and religion, and how they get along. More to the point, how they don’t.

Barash is a biologist, a professor at the University of Washington. I’ve looked at his …

 

Stand Firm!

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

Anthony Esolen speaks with astonishing accuracy and breathtaking power in the current Touchstone. (Did you notice I’ve begun advertising Touchstone here? Esolen is one reason you should read it.) After a short history lesson on the Arian controversy, he goes on to say,

In our day, the issue is not Christology. We’re not so sophisticated in our heresies. The issue is sex. We’re encouraged to pretend that the child-making act is not essentially ordered to child-making. We must pretend that it’s only the …

 

The Strangely Simple World of Internet Atheism

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

There is a strangely simple world of Internet Atheism.

Let me clarify what I’m referring to. The brand of “Internet Atheism” I’m thinking of when I say that does not include all atheists, nor does it refer all atheists on the Internet, but it is an atheistic world that could only exist because of the Internet. It couldn’t thrive in any numbers if not for the unique features of its environment: blogs, social media, and Reddit, mostly. I’m not referring to all atheist blogs and …

 

Atheism, Faith, and Violence: Focus on Atheism

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Atheism, Faith, and Violence

Last time in this series on atheism, faith, and violence, I took a very brief look at Richard Dawkins’s misunderstanding of faith: specifically, that it’s not just the fact of faith but also its content that matters.

That was the first of five items I said I would cover in pursuit of the question Dawkins raised: is there a more logical path from faith …

 

Atheism, Faith, and Violence: So Close Yet So Wrong

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Atheism, Faith, and Violence

Richard Dawkins says there is a logical path from faith to violence, but not from atheism to violence. He comes stunningly close to the truth, while yet missing it altogether.

This comes from somewhere after minute 75 in a debate (video here) with John Lennox in Birmingham, Alabama on October 3, 2007. Dawkins said,

I think there is a logical path from …

 

Violence, Religion, and Atheism, Part One

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Richard Dawkins says there is a logical path from religion to violence, but not from atheism to violence. He comes stunningly close to the truth, while yet missing it altogether.

This comes from somewhere after minute 75 in a debate (video here) with John Lennox in Birmingham, Alabama on October 3, 2007. Dawkins said,

I think there is a logical path from religion to doing …

 

“Victor Stenger: Is Evolution Compatible With Religion?”

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Once in a while a New Atheist gets it right:

In fact, this attempt by scientists to convince the American public that evolution poses no threat to faith has largely fallen on deaf ears, perhaps because it is simply untrue, and believers can see this clearly enough.

[From Victor Stenger: Is Evolution Compatible With Religion?]

Read the article and you’ll catch the other message. Stenger doesn’t want scientists to think that faith poses no threat to naturalistic evolution. He’s right there, …

 

Rationality Undermines Religion? Yes, Maybe, and No

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

“Analytic Thinking Promotes Religious Disbelief.” So says recent research coming out of the University of British Columbia, reported in the prestigious journal Science. Even something as innocuous as viewing an image of Rodin’s Thinker seems to increase rational processing, which appears in turn to undermine belief.

The story has been spun in multiple directions by various blogs and periodicals, so, wanting to get to the truth of the matter, I paid to retrieve the article from behind the subscription paywall. The research seems sound, …

 

SSM, Reason, and the Religious Divide: The Essential Meaning of “Marriage”

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series SSM, Reason, and Religion

President Obama declared his affirmation of same-sex “marriage” yesterday. His opinion changes nothing except the legal and political environment. More specifically, it has no effect on what marriage actually is, because the meaning of marriage is not up to anyone to decide—not even the President.

What I mean is that marriage has its own enduring nature or essence. I know many would disagree with …

 

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