Creating a link between protecting groups of people and protecting their beliefs.… Read the rest
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Competition for best blogs defending freedom of expression.… Read the rest
Women punished for being raped, girls married at age 11, or 2.… Read the rest
Under seemingly simple exterior is a sophisticated collection of genes.… Read the rest
G in comments brings up the question of how (and if) Michael Ruse defines ‘religion,’ so I’ve gone looking to see if I can find him doing that in articles and interviews (I don’t have his book, so looking there will have to wait). Here are a few relevant remarks.
From a recent interview – he doesn’t define it, but he does say a little about what he means by it in this context, answering the interviewer’s request to explain what he means by saying ‘the Darwin vs. Creation argument is often a battle of two religions’:
I am not saying that Darwinian theory is always religious – it is not. I am saying that often evolutionists use their science
Best schools once promised alternative to selfish materialism but now proudly offer exactly that.… Read the rest
Take postmodernist inverted commas off things that ought to matter to us: truth, reason, objectivity and confidence.… Read the rest
Good idea, let’s hope it has legs.… Read the rest
Semi-official commitment to truth entails some integrity.… Read the rest
Faith challenges underpinnings of legal education.… Read the rest
Good – now by way of relief from the water-muddying of Ruse, let us turn to David Rudenstine, Dean of Cardozo Law School. At last, someone says it!
In a provocative address last week…the dean of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law warned of a “collision course with democratic order and social unity” as politically outspoken religious leaders wield increasing influence over the nation’s public policy. Dean David Rudenstine…further suggested that U.S. jurisprudence and legal education were “very much on the defensive,” in part because strict secularism as a legal paradigm is seen by the faithful — including some at Christian law schools — as an insufficient context for policy issues such as abortion rights, homosexual marriage, stem-cell
More guilt-mongering of non-theism, more default assumptions that there is something wrong or wicked or suspect or in need of a damn good explanation about naturalism. Also more Michael Ruse.
Professor Ruse takes a long look at why opponents of evolution feel so threatened and why evolutionists are so surprised and perplexed at the opposition…Although Darwin’s own work was a model of professional science, a great deal of evolutionary thought before and after him, in Professor Ruse’s judgment, deserves to be termed evolutionism, a kind of secular religion built around an ideology of progress.
Okay, stop right there. A ‘kind of’ secular religion? That’s a weasel-term. Could be the reporter’s rather than Ruse’s – but either way it’s weasel-language. … Read the rest
Wittgenstein second. Wheen applauds, Blackburn and Grayling have doubts.… Read the rest
Assimilation and influence, identity and isolation.… Read the rest
Rebecca Goldstein on Gödel and Einstein, super-realism and Platonism.… Read the rest
Was locked up with no food or water for four days before crucifixion.… Read the rest
Remaining only in sameness or impersonal neutrality leads either to paralysis or to uncontrollable acceleration.… Read the rest
PZ Myers has an excellent post on – broadly speaking – the tension between religion and science. Narrowly speaking it’s on a non-excellent post by the widely over-rated Eugene Volokh (though I gather he’s less over-rated now, ever since that post on what a good thing it is to torture certain criminals to death in front of an enraged crowd). And he makes a point that I’ve made here more than once. It’s a very, very widespread mistake and confusion, even among people who – you would think – really ought to know the difference. It’s pretty ominous and disturbing that the confusion is so pervasive even among educated people like lawyers and journalists. Clearly everyone should be learning … Read the rest
Pavel Litvinov notes: exaggeration for the sake of attention is a bad move.… Read the rest