Ockham’s Razor

God As NON-Magician

God As NON-Magician

Atheism, autonomy, Big Bang, Christianity, conservatism, contraception, Creation, Creator, critical judgment, culture, curiosity, Easter, Empty Tomb, epistemology, Evolution, Fundamentalism, Myth, Nature, Ockham's Razor, Randomness, Religion, Science, Scripture, Uncategorized
I like Pope Francis I. His openness to sexual-orientation minorities and his solicitude toward the poor are in marked contrast to the hard-line intransigence more characteristic of past Pontiffs.  Church teachings about abortion, birth control – the “life” issues generally – and such matters as women’s ordination and same-sex marriage remain substantially unchanged.  (I say “substantially” because, even on some of these issues, the Pope’s recent statements have been interestingly nuanced. God – so to speak – is in the details.)  Bill Maher often says he strongly suspects that Pope Francis – “Pope Frank” as Maher sometimes calls him – is actually a closet atheist.  (I think Maher is only half serious about such statements. But the operative word is “half”:  I do think Maher is half s
Bum Knees, Ockham’s Razor, and Faith

Bum Knees, Ockham’s Razor, and Faith

"Life" Issues, Atheism, Change, Christian Church, Christianity, conflict, critical judgment, doubt, faith, kindness, monotheism, Ockham's Razor, Religion, secularism, Skeptic, Theology, Uncategorized
I had an experience recently that, as I realized once I reflected on it at a safe distance, pretty much encapsulates the problems I have with "god-centric" religious faith. Now, the word “religious” is critical, for there are several different types of faith, most of which I have no problem both sharing and justifying. (The adjective "god-centric" is also critical, but keep reading.) In fact, ‘way back in November of 2013, I published a column about the nature of these different types of faith. But now, I am talking specifically about religious faith as encompassing a species of human experience which, almost by definition, is beyond direct observation. Anyway, make of the following what you will … On Monday, 7 March, I had to pick up two prescriptions. As I walked into the phar