He Blinded Me with Science Part… the Third: The Final Chapter

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The conversation continues... BOB:  "I’m asking for evidence for this remarkable claim"  (that Christian cosmology is necessary for science). Dr. Greg: You mean other than the entire academic discipline of the history of science?  I'm afraid you've got me there.   Start with Stanley Jaki's foundational book, "The Savior of Science."  Columbia University has a brief summary of some of his major points here. BOB:  "I’ve read this claim from other Christian thinkers, but I … [Read more...]

He Blinded Me With Science Part Deux: Just when you thought it was safe to leave God out of the lab…

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The conversation continues... Bob:  Christianity is a newcomer. Agriculture, metalworking, and the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World preceded it, for example.   You’re simply noting the confluence of Christianity and science. What I need is cause. That it happened to be the meme at the time doesn’t give us cause.   For example, Isaac Newton was a Christian. Good thing, because his Cambridge position required a particular statement of faith. To say, “Take a look at the great … [Read more...]

He Blinded Me with Science: Conversations with an Atheist on The Christian Roots of Reason and Science

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Over at the Atheist blog, Cross Examined, Bob Seidensticker, posted an article that examines the debt secular society owes to Christianity.  Last night, Bob and I agreed to attempt a respectful "interfaith" discussion about various topics, beginning with a look at the relationship between Christianity and the roots of science and reason.   Here is the first exchange in that discussion. Bob:   (Here's) a popular article argues that all of us—atheists, too—owe a great debt to … [Read more...]

Is Atheism a Religion?

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Dan Fincke, who  has a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Fordham and hosts the Patheos Atheist blog (way to go,  Catholic higher ed.) , Camels with Hammers, asks the question, "Is atheism a religion?" Psychologists of Religion might have something to say about this question.  I would suggest that the answer hinges on the definition of "faith," "belief," and "religion." Although religious people tend to think of faith as necessarily transcendent, psychologists of religion like James Fowler, … [Read more...]

Losing My Religion–Should Anyone Care? The Social & Psychological Benefits of Religious Faith

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Religion gets a lot of bad PR these days. Some of it is certainly deserved. Much, I would argue, is not. But all of that begs the question, “Does religion provide any objective purpose for the psychological health of the person and the good of society?” Benefits of Religious Faith: All in Your Head? It’s an important question, especially as more and more people jettison religious faith in favor of more subjective, personal, spiritualities. According to the Pew Research Center, the … [Read more...]


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