On Fulfilling Religious Impulses Both Within And Without Religion

Peaceful Atheist is a richly written blog by a Wheaton grad who deconverted from Christianity while a student at the devoutly Evangelical school.  Here are provocative thoughts which she formulated through the process of reviewing biological-anthropologist Barbara King’s Evolving God: In this broadest definition of religion, King includes the transcendent awareness that can be stimulated by art and poetry.  When we commune with works of art in a transcendent, consciousness-raising way, she says, “the visions of these artists give us… Read more

Disambiguating Faith: Faith Is Preconditioned By Doubt, But Precludes Serious Doubting

On Unreasonable Faith, there is thread chatting about doubt in the context of discussing  a quote from Descartes about the necessity to thoroughly doubt at least once in one’s lifetime.  In the ensuing discussion, Clergy Guy writes: Just wanted to chime in to say that I think one can have faith and doubts at the same time.  In fact, how could we not have both since faith is such a subjective thing? The church as hurt a lot of folks… Read more

Physicist Steven Weinberg On The Question Of God

Your Thoughts? Read more

Daily Hilarity: Omazing Grace

For fans of American Idol bad-audition and nails on chalkboards.  If you can endure it at all, see it through to the end for the rousing finish. (via Life Without Faith) Read more

On The Possible God Of Philosophy And Cosmology Vs. The Personal, Historical God Of Faith

This post is inspired by some excellent remarks from Daniel Dennett in reply to William Lane Craig’s vigorous cosmological arguments for the existence of God (which you can see him make in a separate debate here).  Here is the Dennett video, below it you’ll find a rough transcript I have produced of it, and then below that you will find my own arguments. What Professor Craig does, brilliantly and with a wonderful enthusiasm, is he takes our everyday intuitions—our gut… Read more

Vote For The Best Philosophy Blog Post Of The Year (And Take A Moment To Consider Peter Mandik’s Entry)

3 Quarks Daily is offering a relatively sizable prize ($1,000) for the best philosophy blog post of the year.  You can read the nominees (a great many of which were self-nominated) here and vote for your favorite here.  The finalists will be submitted to Daniel Dennett who will decide the winner.  Peter Mandik, who is a friend and the chair of one of my philosophy departments, has a submission here.  He has given me permission to reproduce it in full below… Read more

Witch Hunting In Africa

ZJ reports some more ugly information on the crackdowns on “witchcraft” in  Africa and eloquently and passionately drives home the lesson that religious beliefs need to be criticized like all others since beliefs have consequences:  Your Thoughts? Read more

Profiling Afghanistan’s Child Brides

Makes the heart just sink. Your Thoughts? Read more

Richard Dawkins Introduces The Greatest Show On Earth

He says his other books have been about evolution but have assumed its truth.  This book is about the evidence for evolution: Credit to Too Many Tribbles for a great scoop. Your Thoughts? Read more

Dustin Lance Black Arguing For A Harvey Milk Day

The screenwriter of the film Milk, Dustin Lance Black, gives an impassioned, personal, and powerful appeal for a day of recognition for Harvey Milk.  The picture he paints of growing up gay with thoughts of suicide, lacking for a role model or any other positive recognition of what he was in the culture is a bleak one and the impact of Milk’s example when he learned of it is an inspiring one.     Equality California has a petition here. Your… Read more

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