Dennett On Evolution

This is a terrific video in which Dennett and Dawkins get further into the weeds discussing the dynamics of evolution, responsibility, how you can make living things out of dead stuff and conscious ones out of unconscious ones, the wonder of natural processes, the idea that we have souls—but they’re made of neurons, and many [Read More...]

Is Reason My “God” In Whom I Have “Faith?”

A Christian friend recently told me we all have faith and that reason was my “god” in whom I had faith.  Reason is not a “god” in whom one has faith. That’s just false. Reason is a set of cognitive processes that are potentially truth-conducive. That’s IT. We are all, as rational beings subject to its [Read More...]

Walter Sinnott-Armstrong On Morality Without God

From Philosophy Bites, comes Walter Sinnott-Armstrong on Morality Without God. Sinnott-Armstrong is the editor of the spectacular series of volumes on moral psychology featuring essays featuring both philosophers and psychologists in interaction with each other.  Now he has a new book out, Morality Without God. (via Atheist Media Blog) Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Contra The Fine Tuning Argument

ZJ gives a kick ass, concise, precise, logically strong, awesomely robotically delivered refutation.  Seriously, it’s brilliant and thorough and you really really really should watch it: (via Toomanytribbles) Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Disambiguating Faith: Faith As Subjectivity Which Claims Objectivity

In a previous post, I wrote the following of Rod Dreher’s decision to inculcate in his children a faithfulness that would safeguard their faith against intellectual faltering: I can say that it is utterly depressing you could be so self aware about inculcating your children to believe regardless of truth or falsity, to put faithfulness [Read More...]

Disambiguating Faith: Faith As Corruption Of Children’s Intellectual Judgment

Earlier today, I challenged Rod Dreher’s recent post wherein he lamented the difficulties we have in overcoming our minds’ propensities for rationalizations.  In that same post he had argued from the experience of his own loss of Catholic faith that the intellect was an insufficient ground for religious beliefs and that the will needed to [Read More...]

Disambiguating Faith: Heart Over Reason

In reply to Rod Dreher’s recent post explaining his decision to train his children’s wills to be faithful since the intellect was not a firm foundation of faith, I critically characterized his position as essentially boiling down to the following: So, the solution is not to train your children to be intellectually scrupulous but to [Read More...]

Disambiguating Faith: Faith As Deliberate Commitment To Rationalization

In a previous post, I discussed how theist Rod Dreher was led to some introspection and cultural criticism based on reading he was doing  about the pervasiveness of distortive rationalizations in our thinking.  In that context, he tried to compare religious and atheistic rationalizations as similar in kind, as both kinds of faiths.  In that [Read More...]

Disambiguating Faith: Faith As A Form Of Rationalization Unique To Religion

Rod Dreher confronts psychological research which illustrates the pervasive role of rationalization in our thought processes, which leads us reflexively to seek out information that confirms preexisting beliefs rather than challenges them among other techniques for seeing only what we want to see.  Turning to the implications of the realities of rationalization for the religious [Read More...]


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