Priest Plans to Defy Vatican Orders

"The Rev. Tony Flannery, 66, who was suspended by the Vatican last year, said he was told by the Vatican that he would be allowed to return to ministry only if he agreed to write, sign and publish a statement agreeing, among other things, that women should never be ordained as priests and that he would adhere to church orthodoxy on matters like contraception and homosexuality."Here is the NY Times article. … [Read more...]

J.L. Schellenberg’s “Evolutionary Religion” Prologue and Chapter 1

Available here. … [Read more...]

Atheist Persecution

"According to its survey of some 60 countries, the seven where expression of atheist views or defection from the official religion can bring capital punishment are Afghanistan, Iran, Maldives, Mauritania, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Sudan."LINK … [Read more...]

Is materialism “known to be false”? (Rationally Speaking)

A great post on philosophy of physics gone awry by Massimo Pigliucci.LINK … [Read more...]

Bristol University’s Christian Union Bans Women From Speaking

...unless they are accompanied by their husbands. No, really.LINK … [Read more...]

The Pope’s Tweets are Official Church Doctrine

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Learning and Grief

In preparing to teach a class for the first time, I've been reading past posts on the blog In Socrates' Wake (which is a great resource!). I came across a posted titled "Learning as a process of grieving", which quotes a part of the Wikipedia entry on the Kubler-Ross Model:Studies of epistemology, the process of learning, suggest that the patterns of grief are one way of describing the basic patterns of integrating new information that conflicts with previous beliefs. "All truth … [Read more...]

Living like a Roman Emperor: the Stoic Life

This seems like a truly worthwhile exercise. … [Read more...]