Lee Smolin makes an interesting observation about String Theorists in "The Trouble with Physics: The Rise of String Theory, The Fall of a Science and What Comes Next". He states, "The scenario of many unobserved universes plays the same logical role as the scenario of an intelligent designer. Each provides an untestable hypothesis that, if true, … Continue reading The Anthropic Principle as a Humanist God of the Gaps
Some interesting remarks by Mikhail Epstein on Post-Atheism in Eastern Europe: "What we are facing is an extreme form of apophaticism, in which God appears as the radically Other, the Stranger, irrevocably distant from humans." "Contemporary culture is religious in the sense that it is looking for nothing other than Otherness itself." "The angel represents the … Continue reading Mikhail Epstein on Post-Atheism
Have you ever heard Atheists define faith this way: "I regard faith as religious belief which is held without evidence. If someone thinks that a bus will arrive on time per its schedule, then that person has trust or confidence, not faith." It is a false dichotomy of course. One which many thoughtful Christians would … Continue reading Why I Feel Like Giving Up On Faith
John Gray writes: "There can be little doubt that Nietzsche is the most important figure in modern atheism, but you would never know it from reading the current crop of unbelievers, who rarely cite his arguments or even mention him. Today’s atheists cultivate a broad ignorance of the history of the ideas they fervently preach, … Continue reading Why is Nietzsche so ignored by New Atheists?
I think it is importance to distinguish between "freedom of religion" and "freedom from religion" as some would prefer to phrase it. I think it is ridiculous to expect a non-Christian to be obliged to say Christian prayers by law, but likewise I object when secular principles are used to quash Christians from expressing themselves … Continue reading What is your view on prayers in parliament?
This image combines two popular Atheist memes which are aimed at Christians in general and six day creationists in particular: the Flying Spaghetti Monster, their counter to the idea of a Creator God, and Raptor Jesus, an in your face reference to evolution, extinction and aggressive proselytising. I take such parodying as an expression of anger, … Continue reading Raptor Jesus and the Flying Spaghetti Monster
Surfing through some of the comments on The Spirit of Things website I learned that The Sunday Assembly, described by a member of the Atheist Society as "a Hillsong for non-believers", has set up a daughter organisation in Melbourne, Australia. Following this up I learned the local founder is comedian and writer Pippa Evans. I find … Continue reading Church for Athiests now in Australia
Fascinating video on Godless Gatherings. I hear folks like this are being dubbed as "New, New Atheists". I find myself asking, "How can this expand our understanding of the religious impulse?", "What exactly is emerging here?", and "How might this co-option of church style prompt further evolution in Christianity and our understanding of Christian community … Continue reading Godless Gatherings: Churches for Atheists
Australian philosophers have unleashed a firestorm of criticism over their claim that the killing newborns is morally the same as abortion and should be permissible if the mother wishes it. They claim this ''after-birth abortion'' is moral as long as it is painless, because the baby is not harmed by missing out on a life it cannot … Continue reading Philosophers argue killing newborns is morally justified
Not so long ago I drew attention to Ninian Smart’s concept of the seven dimensions of religion, seeking to show how different aspects of religion differ in importance between different religions, and by implication, just how misguided it can sometimes be to speak of religion exclusively or even primarily in terms of doctrine, creed or … Continue reading The New Atheist Captivity To Western Christianity
As we approach Christmas, I've been reminded again and again that the majority of Australians aren't anti-Christian, because to be anti-anything it would imply they cared. What they are is apathetic. Jesus is not rejected with vitrol, but with a yawn. It would be a misnomer to call such Australians Atheist. Atheists at least have conviction … Continue reading How to care for the apathetic?
I've been bamboozled by the Christian commentary I'm seeing this evening on New Atheist author Christopher Hitchens. Having heard of his long anticipated death Christians leaders are falling over themselves trying to explain how he's now, or just might be, in heaven. Just to show how nice and non-judgemental we all are. It strikes me … Continue reading Heavenly Hitchens? Oh Please!