It depends on who you ask. To the fundamentalist religion defines what is true, and science can only be true if it aligns with religious truth (or at least does not contradict it). To the atheist religion is false, and science is the best way to discover the truth. Then, there are the mixed types, … More Are Religion and Science Compatible?
What believers am I talking about? Mainly those of the Christian fundamentalist type. Although, I think it would be safe to include a majority of Muslims as well. Even some orthodox Jews could fall into this category. I will most often use the term fundamentalist. Fundamentalists believe in the inerrancy of their sacred texts (the … More If Religion Is the Truth, Why Are Certain Believers Afraid of Science and Rationalism?
Or, There and Back Again This is the story about my “spiritual journey,” or not, so far.* I started out life as an agnostic, as I believe all of us have, and fell into being an atheist by default. Then, there was a relatively brief period of belief, and finally I once again became an … More How Did I Get Here From There?
Or, at least a definition that is satisfactory to me. In this post I will explore what I think are two definitions of spirituality. The first definition I came up with (back in the early 1990s) is spirituality is the search for order. As a teaser, this would be close to the popular*¹ Einsteinian version … More Can Spirituality Be Defined?
Well, here is another blog on the philosophy of religion, but with a twist, or you could say twisted. I find it fascinating to contemplate a virtual infinity of gods. You may think that this is far out there in left field, but no more than a belief in any type of god or gods. … More What If There Were a Virtual Infinity of Gods?
Baxter, my cat, not having books written about his life, means I will have to suffice. This blog is an ethical critique and answer to the question—what would Jesus Do?—much beloved by some Christians. Can Baxter do any better? Maybe not, but I will give it a try. Disclaimer number one. Be prepared for cherry … More What Would Baxter Do?
What cherries am I talking about? I am talking about cherry picking written texts, most often heard in reference to the Bible. So, I will discuss cherry picking in general, and its use in sacred texts like the Bible and the Koran. Cherry picking could even be applied to non-textual experiences. For one we cannot … More Do You Want to Pick Some Cherries?
This piece is part logical and part fantasy. The logical part covers existence proofs for Santa Claus. The fantasy part explores how Santa Claus might do some of the things he is said to do. I will say right from the start that I believe in Santa Claus (sometimes I will refer to him as … More Does Santa Claus Exist?