Category Archives: theology

Dave Allen on Catholicism

Reader Aidan Karley called my attention to the Irish comedian Dave Allen (1936-2005; real name David Tynan O’Mahoney). He seems to be a forerunner of Dara O’Briain, sans the profanity. Here’s Allen recalling his initiation to Catholicism at the age of four. It’s hilarious, but the hilarity comes largely from his befuddled encounter with religious […]

A new humanist book by Grayling, and a critique by Appleyard

Anthony Grayling has a new pro-humanism and anti-religion book available now in the U.S. on Kindle for $15.39 (£9.78 in the UK) and, in the U.S,  after Mar. 14 in hardback for a price to be determined (you can order it now in the UK for £10.78): The Amazon site gives a summary: There have […]

Jesus ‘n’ Mo ‘n’ THEOLOGIANS

Alert readers Veronica Abbass and Linda Grilli called my attention to today’s Jesus and Mo, and the nice h/t that the artist gave me: Today’s script is thanks to Walter Kaufmann (1921-1980). The quote, which is heavily edited in the barmaid’s speech, was spotted and posted by Jerry Coyne at Why Evolution is True. Thanks! […]

A Sophisticated Theologian explains why theology doesn’t progress

Thanks (I think) to John Loftus, I’ve become acquainted with a half-dozen books on science and religion that I didn’t know. All of them are written by Christians and either attack science or defend the proposition that science and Jesus are compatible. I’ve just finished the first one, and it’s dire: J. P. Moreland’s Christianity […]

Quote of the day: Walter Kaufmann religion versus reason

This is the last quote I’ll put up from Walter Kaufmann’s magnificent book Critique of Religion and Philosophy. This one, from pp.  220-221, is on the incompatibility between religion and reason. (I don’t agree with the first sentence of the third paragraph if by it Kaufmann is agreeing to some extent with religion’s claim that […]

Quote of the day: Walter Kaufmann defines theology

I can’t recommend Walter Kaufmann’s book Critique of Religion and Philosophy (1958) highly enough. It’s erudite, packed with original thought and analysis, and accessible to the general reader. I’m concentrating on the critique of religion rather than philosophy, but the former occupies most of the book. Kaufmann begins his book with a section on “philosophical […]

Quote of the day: Robert G. Ingersoll #5

Here The Great Agnostic describes the ungodliness of natural selection. The excerpt, like others I’ve given, is from his 1872 essay “The Gods“, and once again, like Jesus, Ingersoll speaks in metaphor. Would an infinitely wise, good and powerful God, intending to produce man, commence with the lowest possible forms of life; with the simplest […]

If biology were like theology

At first I thought this cartoon could be a metaphor for the Epigenetic Revolution, or for the more disreputable forms of evolutionary psychology. But then I realized that it’s best thought of as showing what science would be like if it resembled theology. I have realized, after finishing the Bible two days ago (congratulate me!), […]

Quote of the day: Robert G. Ingersoll #2

Again, from Ingersoll’s “The Gods,” (1872), free online. The passages below resonate for me because I am only 25 pages from the end of the Bible—and am feeling great relief. After plowing through the four contradictory canonical gospels, and now the epistles of Paul, I am soon to be on Revelation, and then: IT IS […]

The Argument from Pullet Tectonics

h/t: WW and JC

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