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Which Christianity Am I Defending?

Which Christianity Am I Defending?

Part of the extended series Evidence for the Faith Skeptics like to point at all the different versions of Christianity and ask, “Which one is the true one, and how do you know?” It’s an important  Christians, meanwhile, bemoan the differences among us. We are all too aware of the different Christianities that lay claim to being the True Version. It’s a diminishing trend: denominational leaders are more likely these days to accept that members of other churches can be…

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Rationality Undermines Religion? Yes, Maybe, and No

Rationality Undermines Religion? Yes, Maybe, and No

“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….

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Dawkins: Not Always Wrong About Religion

Dawkins: Not Always Wrong About Religion

Robert Wright complains in The Atlantic about Dawkins’s unreasonableness. Strangely, where Wright finds him most unreasonable I find Dawkins most reasonable. Dawkins wants to erase the distinction between private and public belief. I say bravo! Religious belief has been relegated to a private sphere as if it were not a matter of knowledge or of public interest. I am quite sure that much knowledge considered “religious,” which is set off in a corner just because it is “religious,” is actually…

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Ridiculous Atheistic Posturing

Ridiculous Atheistic Posturing

I’ve just spent weeks immersed in Sam Harris’s rants against “religion” and against “faith,” as I’ve been preparing to do some writing on him. I’ve been working with others who are writing on Dawkins’ diatribes against “religion” and “faith.” The late Christopher Hitchens has been on my mind recently; he says “religion” poisons everything. These authors and others treat “religion” and “faith” as if it were the same thing everywhere, a homogeneous global agreement to reject reason and good sense….

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“Deepest Feelings” or Right and Wrong?

“Deepest Feelings” or Right and Wrong?

I didn’t catch this exactly enough to quote it all, but it went something like this. Mark Halperin was on one of the morning shows this morning, discussing the (apparently) surprising pushback the Obama administration has been getting this week, since announcing there would be only narrow exceptions to the new federal requirement that insurers give away contraceptives and abortifacient drugs. The effect of the ruling is that many Christian organizations, especially Catholic ones, will be required by law to…

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Ready, Set, Re-Engineer Our Children!

Ready, Set, Re-Engineer Our Children!

The old school house isn’t what it used to be—especially if your child’s principal is a member of the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP). If so, then he or she has helped sponsor a curriculum that you need to know about. It’s called “Ready, Set, Respect!” Its ostensible mission, as presented on its first few pages, is to promote mutual respect among elementary school children, and to teach that teasing and bullying are wrong. So far I agree completely. I was bullied…

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“Private Beliefs”—It’s All In How You Pose the Question

“Private Beliefs”—It’s All In How You Pose the Question

SteveK tipped us to an article that includes: Improbably, gay marriage and religion loom as issues in the Nov. 8 race for a part-time, $12,000-a-year clerk’s job in this town of gently sloping hills on Cayuga Lake. Voters are posed with the question: Where is the line between an elected official’s public duty and private beliefs? [From Gay marriage, religion issues in NY clerk race – WSJ.com] “Private beliefs,” it says. What is it that makes a belief about marriage…

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Do Atheists’ Actions Have Any Connection To Their Beliefs?

Do Atheists’ Actions Have Any Connection To Their Beliefs?

Richard Dawkins recently said in a FOX news interview, What I do think is that there is some logical connection between believing in God and doing some, sometimes, evil things, but there’s no logical connection between them [Stalin, Mao, and Pol Pot] being atheists and doing evil things. It’s just incidentally true that, say, Mao Zedong and Joseph Stalin happened to be atheists, but that wasn’t what drove them. What drove them was a political ideology. It had nothing to…

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