Conservative religious thinkers

The burden of religious intellectuals. Convulsed by doubt, status anxiety, and existential drift, they struggle to put piety on rigorous footing…
The burden of religious intellectuals. Convulsed by doubt, status anxiety, and existential drift, they struggle to put piety on rigorous footing… [More]

Carrier on the Value of Philosophy

Is philosophy stupid? Philosopher and historian Richard Carrier considers this question.
Is philosophy stupid? Philosopher and historian Richard Carrier considers this question. [More]

The Daily Owl 9-24-2013

The question of death is thus central to the whole of religious thought, is that to which everything else in the religious striving is an accessory: ‘If there is no immortality, what use is God?’ (Barrett)
The question of death is thus central to the whole of religious thought, is that to which everything else in the religious striving is an accessory: ‘If there is no immortality, what use is God?’ (Barrett) [More]

The Daily Owl 9-10-2013

“The cleverest defenders of faith are its greatest enemies: for their subtleties engender doubt and stimulate the mind.” (Durant)
“The cleverest defenders of faith are its greatest enemies: for their subtleties engender doubt and stimulate the mind.” (Durant) [More]

The Daily Owl 8-26-2013

"Knowledge about life is one thing; effective occupation of a place in life, with its dynamic currents passing through your being, is another."
"Knowledge about life is one thing; effective occupation of a place in life, with its dynamic currents passing through your being, is another." [More]

The Daily Owl 8-25-2013

"One should not go into churches if one wants to breathe pure air"
"One should not go into churches if one wants to breathe pure air"
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The Daily Owl 8-21-2013

“In all sad sincerity I think we must conclude that the attempt to demonstrate by purely intellectual processes the truth of the deliverances of direct religious experience is absolutely hopeless.” (William James)
“In all sad sincerity I think we must conclude that the attempt to demonstrate by purely intellectual processes the truth of the deliverances of direct religious experience is absolutely hopeless.” (William James) [More]

Robert McKim on Religious Diversity—Part 3

We do not know what sort of major social and even geopolitical dislocations we may encounter even in the coming decades and we are therefore totally in the dark about how human communities will respond to them, including what the religious response will be. But it would be remarkable if some such dislocations were not coming our way – perhaps about as remarkable as would be an ability to predict either what they will be or how human religious reflection will respond to them. [More]

Religious Beliefs-Rational or Irrational?

Just as atheists can claim, “Religion is not true, it is useful”, the religious adherent can claim the same about atheists. Philosophical and psychological arguments about “who’s right” tend to be inconclusive largely for the same reasons evidence for and against religious truth claims are.
Just as atheists can claim, “Religion is not true, it is useful”, the religious adherent can claim the same about atheists. Philosophical and psychological arguments about “who’s right” tend to be inconclusive largely for the same reasons evidence for and against religious truth claims are. [More]

Robert McKim on Religious Diversity—Part 2

According to Dr. Robert McKim, "Many religious perspectives make sense from the inside and have associated with them forms of life and a host of experiences that simply are inaccessible to most outsiders. So some have evidence that others lack. And access to all of the relevant evidence is beyond any one of us. We should all face up to this and adjust our attitudes to others and to their beliefs accordingly." Do you agree? [More]