August 29, 2009

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 last post I challenged that assessment of the situation. In the same piece I was quoting from he had gone on to reflect on whether… Read more

August 29, 2009

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 person’s self-understanding of his religious beliefs, Dreher writes: for believers who consider religious claims to be objective truths that can only be approached and appropriated… Read more

August 29, 2009

Full video of Sandel’s talk: Your Thoughts? Read more

August 29, 2009

Hi! I’m Sendai Anonymous. Recently, Daniel and I have been having a bit of a back and forth about Christianity and Islam, and the way the believers choose to interpret their holy books here, and I thought it’d be best if I briefly summarised my views, too. In his post, Daniel writes that Islam is, in general, inherently more recalcitrant to secularization because of the sorts of limits the religion places on rational criticism of the faith or the Koran…. Read more

August 29, 2009

A couple years ago the Christian apologists at American Vision put up this ugly bit of fear mongering: To which Laci Green more recently retorted with this satire: Your Thoughts? Read more

August 29, 2009

Discover some of the most interesting posts from the most interesting skeptical and godless bloggers at their respective carnivals! Read more

August 28, 2009

According to Dennett, it’s just like showing how magicians and musicians do theirs: Your Thoughts? Read more

August 28, 2009

Evangelos asks another excellent question in reply to my latest installment of the ongoing “Disambiguating Faith” series: I hope you can do an entry on the practicality of rationality. As you know, human beings are by default not rational beings; as a psychology professor once told me, “our brains have evolved for survival, not calculus”. We make many assumptions, deal with heuristics, and jump to conclusions for the sake of expediency; there are a significant number of cognitive biases that… Read more

August 28, 2009

Let me just take a moment to express my profound hatred for Augustine, one of most loathsome influences in all of intellectual history.  If you’ve ever suffered nights of mental torture over a religiously inspired, disproportionate and overblown sense of your own utter worthlessness and sinfulness simply for being human, be sure to offer a curse or two to St. Augustine on this day of his remembrance.  His philosophy is vile misanthropy that has taught Christians far more about how… Read more

August 28, 2009

One can understand cool feelings and justifiably harsh moral judgments of Ted Kennedy over his behaior at Chappiquiddick.   But the Roman Catholic Church apparently takes more offense at his political independence of itself.  The pope has yet to issue any statement in the wake of Kennedy’s death and when Obama hand delivered a letter from the senator last summer, there was this response: One veteran official at the Vatican, of U.S. nationality, expressed the view of many conservatives about… Read more

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