Twisted Script

Well-known novelist Richard Hoyt has written Twisted Script, a novel that satirizes both Evangelicalism and Islam. Apparently he's had trouble getting it published through conventional means. (Surprise, surprise.) So he's making it available very cheaply online. If anyone is interested, take a look. … [Read more...]

A secular atheist country dominated by radical Islamists

Apparently, probable US presidential candidate Newt Gingrich just declared that"I have two grandchildren: Maggie is 11; Robert is 9," Gingrich said at Cornerstone Church here. "I am convinced that if we do not decisively win the struggle over the nature of America, by the time they're my age they will be in a secular atheist country, potentially one dominated by radical Islamists and with no understanding of what it once meant to be an American."It's interesting to see how at least some American … [Read more...]

Swinburne’s Case for God – Part 10

1. Don’t Criticize what you don’t understand. I have been following this principle in my approach to Richard Swinburne. For more than a year now I have studied his case for God in The Coherence of Theism and The Existence of God. As an atheist the objective of finding significant problems in his case for theism is of interest to me, so that I can refute his case as part of a defense of my own viewpoint. But I’m not anxious to achieve that goal. So far, I have made no serious attempt to refute Swi … [Read more...]

“The Evolution of Religion”

I highly recommend a review article by Scott Atran and Joseph Heinrich, "The Evolution of Religion: How Cognitive By-Products, Adaptive Learning Heuristics, Ritual Displays, and Group Competition Generate Deep Commitments to Prosocial Religions." It's a great summary of current thinking about scientific explanations of religion. (Thanks to Konrad Talmont-Kaminski)Sample quotation:In sum, religion, as an interwoven complex of rituals, beliefs, and norms, plausibly arises from a combination … [Read more...]

C.S. Lewis Pontificates about Something or Other

Victor Reppert has recently posted this quote from C.S. Lewis on his Dangerous Idea blog:“The process whereby man has come to know the universe is from one point of view extremely complicated; from another it is alarmingly simple. We can observe a single one-way progression. At the outset the universe appears packed with will, intelligence, life, and positive qualities; every tree is a nymph and every planet a god. Man himself is akin to the gods. The advance gradually empties this rich and g … [Read more...]

Existentialist textbook sticker

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Voas paper

I just got back from Belgium, where I was on the PhD defense committee of Maarten Boudry, a philosopher interested in science and pseudoscience and science and religion issues. He's already done some really good work and he put together an excellent thesis. I hope those of us interested in such matters will be hearing a lot more from him in the future.Also on the committee was Konrad Talmont-Kaminski, an Australian-Polish philosopher with overlapping interests, and we had opportunities for long … [Read more...]

Guessoum interview

Stuart Elliot pointed me to an interesting interview with Nidhal Guessoum online, concerning Islam and science.I met Guessoum last month at the AAAS meeting. Interestingly, I was responding to a question after my talk, and I gave Guessoum as an example. He turned out to be in the audience. (I had not met him in person before.)Anyway, Guessoum adopts about as liberal an Islam as you can get while retaining some faith in God, the supernatural qualities of the Quran, and so forth. He just came out … [Read more...]


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