If men are compelled to make the melancholy choice between atheism and superstition, the scientist, as Bacon pointed out long ago, would be compelled to choose atheism, but the poet would be compelled to choose superstition, for even superstition, by its very confusion of values, gives his imagination more scope than a dogmatic denial of… Continue reading The Melancholy Choice
My post at Forbes on Pope Benedict’s recent founding of a new institute dedicated to examining the implications of science for philosophy–and theology. I think this is really good news. (Now, if I can just get some of the key players to talk about it some more …)
I haven’t been following the case of astronomer Martin Gaskell, who is suing University of Kentucky for denying him a job (for which he was apparently a leading candidate) because of his faith. But Lee Kottner at Cocktail Party Physics makes a lot of sense to me on this.
My 2010 Templeton-Cambridge co-fellow Chris Mooney writes up his thoughts on the Fellowship as this first part of the program comes to a close. Part I. Part II. Well worth reading.
Up for this afternoon’s lecture will be John Gray on the New Atheists. A couple of years back he had a good piece in the Guardian, which I imagine will come up during the Q&A. The influence of secular revolutionary movements on terrorism extends well beyond Islamists. In God Is Not Great, Christopher Hitchens notes… Continue reading John Gray