Blatant atheism in The New Yorker!

James Wood is a Harvard Professor of English, specializing in literary criticism, a practice he regularly engages in reviewing books for the New Yorker. I like his literary work because he seems an advocate of the outdated but still best form of criticism: “New Criticism”, in which works are taken as they are—as aesthetic expressions—not … Continue reading Blatant atheism in The New Yorker!

In chat with Diana Nyad, Oprah Winfrey channels Krista Tippett

Is it any surprise that Oprah Winfrey is a sucker for faith? She’s pitched all kinds of woo on her show, and although I know she’s done some great charity work, gotten people to read books, and done other useful things, I could never watch her for more than five minutes.  She was just too … Continue reading In chat with Diana Nyad, Oprah Winfrey channels Krista Tippett

Tanya Luhrmann recommends prayer for atheists

Shades of Alain de Botton!  First we’re told, as atheists, that we need churches; now Tanya Luhrmann, in a post today’s New York Times, “Addicted to prayer“, tells us that atheists need prayers, too. And she’s not just talking about the physical and mental benefits of meditation: she suggests invoking an imaginary, non-existent God to … Continue reading Tanya Luhrmann recommends prayer for atheists

Should science and faith have a chat?

I’m not  sure why the past couple of years have seen such increased attention to the “war” between science and faith.  It’s all over HuffPo, for example (another instance last week), and the Templeton Foundation pays lots of dosh to people who argue that the conflict between these areas is bogus, or that the breach … Continue reading Should science and faith have a chat?

Times Higher Ed promotes a science-faith lovefest

The “science-and-faith-are-friends” articles just keep on coming as religious people try to neuter the discipline most dangerous to their faith.  Here’s one more. I don’t want to dissect it in extenso, but I’ll call it to your attention. Matthew Reisz, a features writer for the Times Higher Education, has written “The Dogma Delusion,” a long analysis … Continue reading Times Higher Ed promotes a science-faith lovefest

How religious are American professors?

This study has been online for more than a year, but it’s just been touted in two places: in an article at HuffPo by Ph.D. candidate Amarnath Amarasingham, and as a link at Templeton’s Big Questions Online site.  Why the attention? Because the study, published in Sociology of Religion by Neil Gross at the University … Continue reading How religious are American professors?