Archives for December 2008

Living without God

Here's an interesting new book: Ronald Aronson's Living Without God: New Directions for Atheists, Agnostics, Secularists, and the Undecided.It's not a book that argues against the gods. Instead, Aronson writes for the reader who is already skeptical, but who is affected by the loss of confidence in secular politics and life stances that characterizes our time. He wants to start a conversation about where we can go and what we can do when we (secular people) can no longer subscribe to the myth of … [Read more...]

Trinity, schminity

I was listening to Hank Hanegraaff's Bible Answer Man today while driving. He was trying to explain the Trinity to a caller. It seemed weird, as if Hanegraaff was describing something he didn't understand to someone who was struggling even harder.You have to admire Christianity, in a backhanded way. There are no end of lunatic religious stories available in the world ( Xenu, anyone?), but I don't know of anything that compares to good old fashioned Christian theology when it comes to … [Read more...]

Top-down causation

Discussions of science and religion can be fascinating, particularly when they become an occasion to see how the world works very differently than what our commonsense intuitions prompt us to think. Religious thought typically follows our commonsense, anthropomorphic expectations, so I figure that talking about science and religion has to include explaining how religions get it wrong. But the payoff is really the science, not the religion-bashing.Sometimes, however, I confess that I don't get … [Read more...]

“Adversaries of piety and proof”

Peter Slezak of the University of New South Wales has an interesting article, "Adversaries of piety and proof", in November 19th's The Australian.It's rare to find a piece in the popular press that is this straightforward in explaining why naturalism is compelling and how theistic philosophers are engaged in special pleading. … [Read more...]