Religion, Intelligence, and Socialization

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The Independent just reported that “religious people are less intelligent.” Whatever remains of the “new atheist” crowd will argue that this study proves that education causes one to reject religion. Atheism is academic. Being enlightened or “bright” means you reject that dim-witted dogmatism of your fathers.The problem is, of course, that secularism has long been dominant in the academy. Take a group of impressionable young students— selected specifically for their intelligence—who care very … [Read more...]

Unequal Conversation Partners

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In a recent post over at NPR, Adam Frank reviews Religion without God, Ronald Dworkin’s posthumously published book on religion. In his book, Dworkin attempts to expand the definition of religion beyond its traditional boundaries, arguing that you can be religious even if you don’t believe in God. For Frank, this innovative thesis shifts the ground on which science/religion debates take place.  A broader definition overcomes the apparent cultural rift between “evangelical vs. scientist, believer … [Read more...]

What We Can Learn from Young Atheists

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Recently The Atlantic posted an article entitled, “Listening to Young Atheists, Lessons for a Stronger Christianity.” In it, Larry Alex Tauron, the article’s author, reports the results of a survey he conducted to figure how, why, and when young atheists decided to become atheists (“Tell us your journey to unbelief.”). Taunton states that he expected to find Hitchens, Dawkins, and the other New Atheists at the forefront of these young people’s minds—but instead, they rarely mentioned any specific … [Read more...]

The Decline of Dawkins and the Dawn of Deliberative Doubt

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In March 2012, a crowd of atheists flocked to the National Mall in Washington, DC for the first “Reason Rally.” Billed as the “Woodstock for atheists and skeptics,” the rally, headlined by Richard Dawkins, seemed to signal a new resurgence of popularity and influence for the New Atheism.But while atheism is still strong, the New Atheism is rapidly becoming the Old Atheism, and Richard Dawkins is in danger of becoming irrelevant. So argues Theo Hobson in an article this week in the UK’s Specta … [Read more...]

Richard Dawkins Feels Sorry for Priests

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The reactions to this morning's announcement that Pope Benedict XVI will be stepping down have been variously funny, insightful, and annoying. Richard Dawkins has one of the best. He tweeted:He needn't concern himself. As Forbes magazine points out extensive research shows that clergyman is the world's happiest job. Dawkins would be baffled; he might gain some clarity by reading Servais Pinckaers' book The Pursuit of Happiness - God's Way: Living the Beatitudes. For a helpful piece on … [Read more...]


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