Religion

Quote for the day: PZ discussing Bronowski’s wonderful TV series “The Ascent of Man”: A dead civilization is one that has stopped progressing, that ends that dynamism in the stasis of preservation and numbing reverence for the past — when a 2000 year old myth becomes the greatest knowledge worth knowing, we have abandoned the…

Read More To look forward, or to retreat into the past?

Last month I blogged about Terry Eagleton’s bullshit and Russell Blackford’s robust refutation of it. At least I didn’t have to read of the Eagleton blather… but PZ was not so lucky: So I was in New York the other day, and was offered a copy of Eagleton’s book, and took the first step in…

Read More Woo on a plane

Andrew Sullivan identifies one of the architects of the Bush/Cheney torture policy: Edward Whelan, who – incredibly – heads up the Ethics and Public Policy Center. The presence of devout Catholics authorizing the waterboarding of a human being 183 times in a row really does help put theoconservatism into a new perspective, doesn’t it? Speaking…

Read More In the tradition of the Inquistion…

Every so often an article comes along which triggers a firestorm of debate, and the latest is by Jerry Coyne in The New Republic. He reviews two new books by Giberson and Miller, each of which tries to defend the thesis that science and religion are wholly compatible. Coyne disagrees, fundamentally. In the end, then,…

Read More Religion and science: it's about epistemology

While religious delusion seems to be on the increase back in Blighty, here in the US things are trending – modestly – in the opposite direction: the percentage of Americans who believe that religion can answer society’s problems is at an all-time low, with only 53 percent saying religion “can answer all or most of…

Read More Reality bites

The National Secular Society reports on the increasingly anachronistic and regressive regime in the Vatican: When France proposed a resolution seeking all nations to decriminalise homosexuality, the Vatican immediately said it would oppose the resolution. This is despite the fact that up to 70 nations still have legal punishments for gay people including, in some…

Read More Vatican would rather gay people were executed than married

Ruth Gledhill reviews belatedly catches up with Gregory Paul’s study in the latest a 2005 issue of the Journal of Religion and Society. She begins thus: Religious belief can cause damage to a society, contributing towards high murder rates, abortion, sexual promiscuity and suicide, according to research published today. According to the study, belief in…

Read More Gimme that old time dysfunctionality…