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]

Robert McKim on Religious Diversity–Part 1

Everyone should recognize that many religious perspectives other than their own are endorsed by many people of integrity. Broadly speaking I favor the idea of being interested in others as they are, and the idea of adopting an exploratory, courteous, kind, and inquisitive approach to them and to their views and insights.
Everyone should recognize that many religious perspectives other than their own are endorsed by many people of integrity. Broadly speaking I favor the idea of being interested in others as they are, and the idea of adopting an exploratory, courteous, kind, and inquisitive approach to them and to their views and insights. [More]

Like Sheep to the Slaughter?

Most societies revere the individual liberty exercised in the right to speak freely without fear of punishment. Conversely, most societies equally cherish and demand respect for one’s religious beliefs. Nonetheless, it is a philosophical challenge to advocate unrestrained free speech while maintaining respectful consideration of religious beliefs.
Most societies revere the individual liberty exercised in the right to speak freely without fear of punishment. Conversely, most societies equally cherish and demand respect for one’s religious beliefs. Nonetheless, it is a philosophical challenge to advocate unrestrained free speech while maintaining respectful consideration of religious beliefs. [More]

Edward Feser: There and Back Again

Nice essay by Feser on his journey from Catholicism, to atheism, and back again.
Nice essay by Feser on his journey from Catholicism, to atheism, and back again. [More]

Week of April 23, 2012: Week in Review

Interesting stuff from around the web: a scientist claims that philosophy is useless, apologizes, then claims that philosophy is really useless. A real-world example of the prisoner's dilemma. Interesting infographic of logical fallacies. Can evolution provide a foundation for moral law?
Interesting stuff from around the web: a scientist claims that philosophy is useless, apologizes, then claims that philosophy is really useless. A real-world example of the prisoner's dilemma. Interesting infographic of logical fallacies. Can evolution provide a foundation for moral law? [More]

Evolution and Religious Belief

Does an evolutionary theory of religious belief undermine faith? This podcast explores that question.
Does an evolutionary theory of religious belief undermine faith? This podcast explores that question. [More]

March 26, 2012: Week in Review

News and happenings from the week of March 26, 2012. Warn your kids about philosophy; Why getting a philosophy degree beats a business degree; FBI questions philosophy prof.; delaying death and its implications; UFO sighted; new books
News and happenings from the week of March 26, 2012. Warn your kids about philosophy; Why getting a philosophy degree beats a business degree; FBI questions philosophy prof.; delaying death and its implications; UFO sighted; new books [More]

March 19 2012: Week in Review

New and noteworthy philosophy from around the web. Global atheism, religious humans, faith as a delusion, slippery slopes, republicans and linguistics, evidence for bigfoot, moral monsters, JFK, existential psychology.
New and noteworthy philosophy from around the web. Global atheism, religious humans, faith as a delusion, slippery slopes, republicans and linguistics, evidence for bigfoot, moral monsters, JFK, existential psychology. [More]

Richard Dawkins to speak at Newport High School

Dr. R. Elisabeth Cornwell, Sean Faircloth, and world-renowned author, bioethicist, and secularist Richard Dawkins will explore how religion impacts government and society and how the secular community can increase its influence.
Dr. R. Elisabeth Cornwell, Sean Faircloth, and world-renowned author, bioethicist, and secularist Richard Dawkins will explore how religion impacts government and society and how the secular community can increase its influence. [More]