Tag: Faith/Reason


Is Atheism a Religion?


I recently read an article in which the author insisted that public funds not go to support religious schools. The rhetoric in this article was very much in the "us" versus "them" vein. In essence, "their" views, that is those of the religious, are tainted with the irrational and divisive forces...

Faith versus Reason


This was an image on Facebook a while back.  It portrays a popular understanding of faith.  It describes what we might call blind faith. The adjective blind distinguishes this faith from reasonable faith--or simply, faith. There is a popular, but mistaken, notion that religious people base their conviction of the existence of God...

“A personal relationship with reality”?


This billboard communicates an important truth: it's good to have a relationship, personal or otherwise, with reality.  It is, however, contestable that atheism brings us into this relationship.  It does so only if there isn't a God.   If there is a God, then this is false advertising.      

A Prayer for Owen Meany — “The Dream”


In the seventh chapter of A Prayer for Owen Meany, Owen's life continues to parallel that of Jesus: Because of Owen's attacks on the establishment, especially the hypocrisy of the new headmaster. Owen is brought before the Sanhedrin –he is called irreverent (289) and antireligious (409, 413). Eventually Owen’s enemies...

“Just a Story”?


Some Bible detractors will say that this or that part of the Bible is "just a story."  In the last month, I heard two different church leaders use the same phrase in their defense of the historic Adam saying that Genesis 1-3 can't be "just a story." We can't do much about the detractors, but I want...

Is Atheism a Religion?


Bill Maher sure doesn't like it when religious people say that atheism is a religion. In one sense, Maher is right; atheism is not a religion.  Atheism doesn't have any explicit rituals or holy texts, nor does it believe in a deity.  When Maher restricts his  definition of religion to...

Enlightenment Dualism


Dualism is the Enemy Have you ever been told that any issue of "faith is a private matter and should be kept to oneself." Where did this idea come from? Both Bacon and Descartes trusted in reason to be the arbiter of truth (Read "Fact versus Truth") albeit from different...