I knew I would be told I was setting too high a standard by talking of reliable knowledge (and meaning by it actually reliable knowledge, rather than credible or rationally defensible or arguable beliefs or guesses or intuitions). I knew that so well that when making a couple of notes on belief and reliable knowledge this morning, that was one of the notes I made – the prediction that I would be told that. But the high standard is exactly the point. Why would we want to set a lower standard? Why would we accept a lower standard? I can see why people want to set a lower standard for their own beliefs, and perhaps for their chosen group’s … Read the rest
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Yes yes yes. We know. We’ve heard.
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But some now say secularists should embrace more than the strident rhetoric poured out in such books as “The God Delusion” by Richard Dawkins and “The End of Faith” and “Letter to a Christian Nation” by Sam Harris. By devoting so much space to explaining why religion is bad, these critics argue, atheists leave little room for explaining how a godless worldview can be good. At a recent conference marking the 30th anniversary of Harvard’s humanist chaplaincy, organizers sought to distance the “new humanism” from the “new atheism.” Humanist Chaplain Greg Epstein went so far as to use the (other) f-word in describing his unbelieving brethren. “At times they’ve made statements that sound
‘The salty question of how we should live seems to have given way to the dry matter of what we think.’… Read the rest
‘The philosophers I pay attention to are all, in one way or another, paying close professional attention to other disciplines.’… Read the rest
Is it frightening to think there is no Meaning in life, only the plural meanings we create for ourselves?… Read the rest
A convincing rebuttal to those who say the Islamic world has been technologically moribund for centuries.… Read the rest
Vehement, strident, fundamentalist, dogmatic, negative, Greg Epstein.… Read the rest
Beach novels? Hmm. High school humiliations, Canadian comedies, cultural commentary?… Read the rest
Dear Blank, I’m sorry if you believe the programme lacked the hard evidence you wanted to see.… Read the rest
The reader is not left with a feeling of inspiration, but rather with an urge to take a shower. … Read the rest
What has been happening in India is a serious threat to the future of democracy in the world.… Read the rest
When playing this game, people reject the rational choice; by acting illogically, they reap a larger reward.… Read the rest
What is wrong with the modern literary novel? ‘Why is it so anxious? Why is it so bloody boring?’… Read the rest
This is hard to read. Painful.
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The killers struck along a lonely road south of Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, on a Sunday in December 1998, spraying automatic rifle fire into a jeep carrying Norbert Zongo, his brother, and two companions. The gunmen set the vehicle ablaze in a bid to obscure their crime, but they could not erase Zongo’s reputation in the West African nation as the uncompromising editor of the weekly L’Independant. Neither, to many people’s eyes, could they conceal whose hands were stained with the killings—officials in President Blaise Compaoré’s government whom Zongo had investigated relentlessly for alleged torture and murder…Deputy editor of La Patria in Manizales, Colombia, Sierra was shot twice on a
So if God, in Humpty Dumpty fashion, just means whatever any word-spinner says it means, then – why are we expected to heed it or obey it or respect it or not do stem-cell research because of it?
There is a ‘childish notion of an anthropomorphic God that is characteristic of the tribe, of the closed society’ and then there is the non-childish notion of a non-anthropomorphic God.
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God exists in the word and through the word…God is a human concept. God is the name we give to our belief that life has meaning, one that transcends the world’s chaos, randomness and cruelty…God is that mysterious force—and you can give it many names as other religions do—which works upon
Fossils, the museum ‘teaches,’ are no older than ‘Noah’s flood’; in fact dinosaurs were on ‘the ark.’… Read the rest
‘A new museum in Northern Kentucky promotes a religious perspective on geology.’… Read the rest
Novaya’s coverage of social and political issues has won it devoted readers and passionate enemies.… Read the rest
Parents are alarmed at the increasingly evangelical nature of RE in some schools. … Read the rest