Fast Times at Butler University

One of the students in my First Year Seminar course, “Faith, Doubt, and Reason,” is also a blogger and is blogging about the class! The blog is called “Fast Times at Butler University” and here is link to a post about the most recent class meeting (which I mentioned in my last post): “Objective Morality [Read More…]

Young-Earth Creationists are Without Excuse

Joel Watts drew my attention to the fact that an individual named Tony Breeden, with whom I had been interacting on his blog, mentioned me on Facebook: My response was to ask whether, if I gave a simple “yes” answer and said nothing more, he would be satisfied and would return to the topic, or [Read More…]

Irrational Hatred of Rational Religion

Joel Watts shared this image on his blog: While green could have more naturally been used to indicate a positive situation, the maker of the image chose to throw in a snarky “but still irrational.” What, pray tell, if anything, is irrational about Deism? Deism is a viewpoint that only accepts that which is rational, [Read More…]

So You Want To Have a Discussion…

A Facebook friend shared both the image above and the one below. It is one of the things I love about this blog that most commenters approach discussion here according to these guidelines. I am not so strict as to make rules of this sort, but there is an ideal standard that most here share [Read More…]

Quote of the Day (Andrew Brown)

Myths have a power that should never be ignored and no one is more helpless against them than the man who supposes he has overcome them with reason. — Andrew Brown, “Sam Harris's dangerous faith in guns” in The Guardian.   [Read more…]

Fringe: Are Emotions Our Strength Or Our Weakness?

The episode of Fringe “The Human Kind,” which aired this past Friday, involves a lot of discussion that intersects with faith, doubt, reason, intuition, emotion, and even God and providence. Before getting into the spoiler-containing part of the post, let me say something that I think could already be said based on previous episodes. Joshua [Read More…]

Literally the Reason for the Season

This year’s version of an image and message that circulated this time last year, too. [Read more…]

Faith, Doubt, Sanity, and Don Quixote

Last week in my class “Faith, Doubt, and Reason” we began discussing Don Quixote, which the students had begun reading not long before. It was something of a puzzle to them what the connection was between the novel and the theme of the class. But the connections are there, and there are many of them. [Read More…]

Martin Luther King and the Quest for a Just Society

This semester, my freshman seminar course “Faith, Doubt and Reason” focuses on utopias, dystopias, and the quest for community and a just society. Since we start tomorrow, the day after Martin Luther King Day, I moved the readings – in fact, viewings – up to the very first day of class. Most people are familiar [Read More…]

Intelligently-Designed Snowflakes?

The blog Irtiqa got to a topic that I was hoping to mention. It already seemed to me that the snowflake (which in many parts of the Northern hemisphere is readily available for observation at the moment) provides a great illustration of what is wrong with Intelligent Design. Looking at a snowflake, it would be [Read More…]