Why Am I Here?

Is there any more fundamental question?  It is so fundamental to human experience that it must be hard-wired into us that we find a purpose for ourselves; and if we don’t, that we invent it. Religion and Longing One might suppose that religion is just such an invention.  But if religion is an invention of man, we’re still […]

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Science and Anti-science

What is Science? Science is a process for discerning truths about the material world.  The word is also used as a summary of things learned, as a result of that process.  Doing science means using methodological rigor, so that results are not tainted by prejudice. In doing science, it is critically important that its practitioners […]

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The Materialist Epoch

The Pagan and Christian Epochs The predominant worldview in the west before Christianity was paganism, which assumed the existence of something beyond the here-and-now of matter in space and time; gods who must be honored in their prescribed ways and seasons, for orderly human life. We discussed this in The Pagan Epoch. That “something beyond” […]

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Review (Part Seven): The Experience of God – Being Consciousness Bliss, by David Bentley Hart

The dream and the reality Right after his introduction, Hart took a couple of pages to tell the story of waking from a pleasant dream, but with a sense of foreboding.  Now, near the end of the book, he continues that story.  The dreamer is now awake.  He considers the ingenious  intricacy of the distortions […]

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Review: The God Delusion, by Richard Dawkins

Richard Dawkins is certainly incendiary, and it’s not just because he makes free use of acerbic anti-Christian language.  It’s also because he would advocate prior restraint on free speech (chapter 1); considers religious teaching to children to be child abuse (chapter 9); and lays violence at the feet of religion while excusing the bridle-high materialist […]

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How to Win Without Having to Prove Your Case

Ok, here are the goals:  Surrender of individual freedom; more power grab for the government; and radical change in energy use.  Now how to get there? Step one:   Stake out your position.  Be audacious.  The more alarming, the better.  Retain some malleability, however.  If you’re going to call it “global warming,” be alert to the […]

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