Tag: skeptic

Evolution, Imagination, and Statistics

Evolution, Imagination, and Statistics

Essay, Religion, spiritual practice, Spirituality
Skepticism is the chastity of the intellect, and it is shameful to surrender it too soon or to the first comer: there is nobility in preserving it coolly and proudly through long youth, until at last, in the ripeness of instinct and discretion, it can be safely exchanged for fidelity and happiness. -- George Santayana Several times I have watched the video of the debate between Bill “The Science Guy” Nye and Ken Ham on evolution and intelligent design.  A better example of two people talking past one another could only be found by climbing into a time machine and going back to the 17th century to eavesdrop on the trial of Galileo.  Both Mr. Nye, who should have known better, and Mr. Ham managed to lay down a smokescreen of invidious rhetoric so dense as to overly complicate a question t
Herding Sheep and Goats Without a Shepherd

Herding Sheep and Goats Without a Shepherd

Essay, Religion, spiritual practice, Spirituality
Skepticism is the chastity of the intellect, and it is shameful to surrender it too soon or to the first comer: there is nobility in preserving it coolly and proudly through long youth, until at last, in the ripeness of instinct and discretion, it can be safely exchanged for fidelity and happiness. -- George Santayana Conventional wisdom resists considering the possibility of situating an atheistic / secular humanist worldview within the Bible. But in some important biblical texts – like the book of Job, though that is a subject for a separate post – secular humanism / atheism and biblical morality do meet and embrace. In fact, not only do these two seemingly contradictory perspectives sometimes support each other, at times they do so at the expense of an explicitly religious and “God-c
The Soul Reason for Debate (Part 2)

The Soul Reason for Debate (Part 2)

Essay, spiritual practice, Spirituality
Skepticism is the chastity of the intellect, and it is shameful to surrender it too soon or to the first comer: there is nobility in preserving it coolly and proudly through long youth, until at last, in the ripeness of instinct and discretion, it can be safely exchanged for fidelity and happiness. – George Santayana For the first part of this Beguine Again post, see https://beguineagain.com/2014/01/09/thoughtful-thursday-13/ From the standpoint of religious organizations and groups, perhaps the most important implication is that, to avoid all the foregoing Tar-Baby issues surrounding human-ness, ensoulment, and the like, those who oppose abortion on ethical grounds founded on religious doctrine should effect a fundamental shift in their rhetoric, tactics, and advocacy.  This shift w