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“Victor Stenger: Is Evolution Compatible With Religion?”

“Victor Stenger: Is Evolution Compatible With Religion?”

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…

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

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

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 me on that. Where you stand on that one question, though, will largely determine where you…

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More New Christian Blogs in 2011

More New Christian Blogs in 2011

Today I am at last finishing my series on new Christian blogs in 2011, with another six excellent blogs. Randy Everist is a frequent co-participant in the Christian Apologetics Alliance. His blog at Possible Worlds expresses his deep interest in theology and philosophy, as witnessed by his current critique of skeptic Michael Shermer (very effective), two recent posts on the Resurrection, a Brief Objection with respect to the Problem of Evil, and an offering on Beliefs, Free Will, and God….

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Marriage, Reason and Religion: Non-Religious Reasons to Oppose SSM

Marriage, Reason and Religion: Non-Religious Reasons to Oppose SSM

When it comes to questions of marriage, reason and religion seem polar opposites. Same-sex “marriage” (SSM) proponents like to posture their opposition as motivated only by religion. They have good strategic reasons to do that. If the reasons to oppose to SSM are purely religious, then as the First Amendment is currently being interpreted, lawmakers and judges ought not take them into account. Undoubtedly there is a deep religious divide between SSM supporters and opponents, which makes it tempting to…

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How Anti-Religious “Defenders” of Science Undermine Science

How Anti-Religious “Defenders” of Science Undermine Science

Somebody uploaded a video on YouTube to send a message that scientists ought not believe in God. The speaker is Neil DeGrasse Tyson. He is an astrophysicist and the director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York. (Click here if you cannot see the video.) Some of the lecture was cut out, so I will not hold Tyson responsible for the error I’m about to describe. If I did, I would be guilty of the same (drawing a conclusion based…

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Thinking Is Hard. Therefore … ?

Thinking Is Hard. Therefore … ?

Thinking is hard. That’s exactly right. This sign from the Reason Rally came to mind this morning when I read d’s recent comment on skepticism: The skeptic case doesn’t rely on demonstrating that some alternative possibility is true, just that there are some which can’t be shown to be false. The case for the resurrection depends on demonstrating every alternative possibility is false, or less probable than the resurrection. I’ll explain the connection in a moment. First I want to…

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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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Stenger Should Stick To Physics

Stenger Should Stick To Physics

Victor Stenger, atheist physicist, emeritus professor at the University of Hawaii, writes in New Scientist of why scientists ought to stick to their own competencies. Well, no, he doesn’t say that in so many words, in fact he tries to say the opposite, that science can judge against the existence of God. He tries, but he fails so miserably, the real lesson is what I have just said: stick to what you know, please, so you don’t embarrass yourself. The…

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