Science as Religion Revisited (RJS)

Back a month ago or  so I posted on some back and forth between two philosophers on the New York Times website regarding naturalism and the basis for naturalism What is Naturalism by Timothy Williamson a reaction, Why I am a Naturalist by Alex Rosenberg, and a response by Timothy Williamson On Ducking Challenges to [Read More…]

Investigating the Unnatural – Why Believe in God? (RJS)

I began a discussion on Tuesday centered around four online essays. The first, a post on Naturalism and Investigating the Unnatural, is found on a blog written by John Wilkins, a philosopher of science in Australia. It refers to and comments on an online exchange between two philosophers on the New York Times site, What [Read More…]

The Moral Landscape (RJS)

Sam Harris, author of The End of Faith has a new book The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values. As is the norm he is out giving interviews and building interest in the book. In an interview at AVClub he outlines his purpose in writing the book and some of his conclusions. In this latest offering Harris tackles the question of morality. He finds the abdication of moral framework by science and scientists to be unfortunate to say the least. Such an abdication leaves a place for religion. This is something that Dr. Harris finds regrettable. [Read more…]

Human Worth, Morality: Atheism vs. Theism

The issue is this, and many of us perhaps first learned it in CS Lewis: without God there is no foundation for a true morality or ethic. Without God morals crumble into assertions of power or desire or into a social contract, and into the absence of foundations and boundaries. Peter Singer, an atheist, responds [Read More…]

Apologetics in a Postmodern World 3

One time a student came to my office and rather doggedly and aggressively said, “I don’t believe in God.” I knew the student a bit and I knew the student’s family, and I knew enough about the situation to say something that can only be taken as a “prompting.” I said to him, “What I think is that you don’t like your dad.” He stared at me so I suggested more: “You don’t really not believe in God. You don’t like your dad, and your dad is a pastor and therefore you reject not only your dad but everything he stands for.”

Odd thing is that the student agreed with me. Over his college career he gained back most of his faith.

I don’t do that sort of thing very often, but I did then. The whole idea — that our faith in God is connected to our faith in our father — is hardly a new idea, but it all came back to me in reading Paul Vitz’s essay …. [Read more…]