September 10, 2014

Let’s engage for a moment in what is sure to seem like a hopelessly pedantic exercise. What does a person mean when he or she says, “I believe in god”? Might not be an affirmation of confidence in god’s existence, at all. When Adrian says, “I believe in you, Rocky,” she’s not affirming her confidence that the boxer exists, but her confidence that he can give Apollo a concussion. Rocky’s existence is a given. So, “I believe in god” could… Read more

September 9, 2014

If you’ve been following the ongoing identity crisis into which Mitt Romney’s presidential aspirations tossed the LDS church some time back, you know that it’s finally true that Mormons don’t have to believe that the biblical patriarch Abraham wrote the book that Joseph Smith attributed to him. In recent years, the LDS church has made a muted but deliberate attempt to come clean about some elements of its past and present by publishing an online series of official commentaries about… Read more

September 8, 2014

Science and religion, we know, are incompatible.  Theist fundamentalists tell us so.  Atheist fundamentalists tell us so.  And both camps have arguments that have been carefully crafted to convince folks who are already convinced. Divine revelation insists that a humanoid superbeing is present, manifest, and active in the material world.  On the other hand, it only stands to reason that there’s nothing we can’t measure. Which means, of course, that you can either be a scientist or a devotee, but… Read more

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