The science of Genesis?

Galaxy

About 6 years ago, on another blog, I did a post about a rising young evolutionary biologist who wrote a book based on accepted evolutionary science, but which related the science to the Bible’s account of creation in Genesis. He was soundly lambasted for his temerity.

Now a young astrophysicist has dared to do a similar thing – accept established cosmology but relate it to Genesis 1.

Read more

Do mystics really experience God?

Mystical Experience

When you see the word “mystic”, you may think of medieval mystics like Julian of Norwich or Meister Eckhart. Or you may think of modern mysticism, psychics and yogis, self-empowerment or cosmic consciousness.

But there are many “ordinary people” who have mystical experiences, and there are many scientists (psychologists and neuroscientists) who have studied the phenomenon.

I have been doing a lot of reading on the subject, and a detailed outline is at Mystical experiences. Here are some of the main conclusions.

Read more

Christianity – the good and the bad?

CATHEDRAL

The good and harm done by christianity is a topic of much discussion and argument, and I have written on it many times (e.g. Does religion poison everything? and Do religious believers have better health and wellbeing, like, really?).

Keith Parsons is a US philosopher and atheist who writes about the philosophy of religion, and actively engages with christian belief via The Internet Infidels website and the Secular Outpost blog. Keith has made his assessments of christianity in two posts on Secular Outpost, and they are worth checking out.

Read more

Choosing our religion (4): you are what you eat?

Feeding baby

It is clear that, whether we are believer or unbeliever, our choices about our belief in God are not always as rational as we might like to think.

So, finally, what can we conclude about our belief or disbelief in God, and what can we learn about making better decisions?

Read more

Choosing our religion (3): how people make choices

Thinking

I reckon most of us like to think we make good decisions about what we believe – that is, ones that are based on good evidence and good reasoning, and which lead to true beliefs. Trouble is, there are people with quite different beliefs about God, morality and politics to what you or I believe, and they think their beliefs are right.

I’ve been doing some reading about the psychology and neuroscience of choice, and while I have only dipped my toe in the ocean of information on this topic, it is clear that most of us don’t make decisions nearly as logically as we might fondly think.

Read more