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Peter Nissen nodigde me recentelijk uit om de “#bookchallenge” te doen. Deze houdt in dat je zeven dagen lang de voorkant van een boek op Twitter (of Facebook zet). Een boek dat belangrijk voor je is, dat je geïnspireerd heeft of dat nog altijd doet. Je publiceert deze voorkanten zonder commentaar of uitleg. Ik heb…

The manager, the ego, and the spiritual life

Harassed business executives and bank managers resort, in their spare time, to yoga and transcendental meditation. This provides them with periodic “trips” which lack the harmful side-effects of alcohol or drugs; it gets their passions under control, eases nervous tension and reduces the risk of ulcers. But does it necessarily lead to profound inner change…

Jared Diamond joins the choir of atheists

Jared Diamond, the professor of geography from the University of California, Los Angeles, and who got his fame from voluminous books like The Third Chimpanzee, Guns, Germs and Steel, and Collapse has recently published a new book, titled The World Until Yesterday. I haven’t read this book yet, but the website Salon.com published an exerpt…

Robert McCauley explains why religion is natural and science is not

One of the most impressive and I think groundbreaking books in the cognitive science of religion that I read recently, is Robert McCauley’s latest book Why Religion is Natural and Science is Not published by Oxford University Press. If you were allowed to read only one book on the cognitive science of religion, read this…

New book: Did Jesus Exist? The answer: Yes he did

Bart Ehrmann is a very well-known New Testament scholar, and an atheist. But even though many atheists deny that Jesus is a historical figure, Ehrman is not one of them. He recently wrote a book Did Jesus Exist? The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth, that will be released tomorrow (March 20, 2012). Ehrman answers…

Jesse Bering: “The God Instinct” (Part 1)

A while ago, I read Jesse Bering’s The God Instinct (which is the British title, in the US the book was published as The Belief Instinct). It’s a highly stimulating book and one of the more interesting contributions to both the science and religion debate as well as the debate concerning atheism. I published my…

Karl Giberson & Randall Stephens: The Anointed…

Today I ordered the new book by Karl Giberson and Randall Stephens, The Anointed: Evangelical Truth in a Secular Age, published by Belknap/Harvard University Press. I was especially struck by the following description: Exploring intellectual authority within evangelicalism, the authors reveal how America’s populist ideals, anti-intellectualism, and religious free market, along with the concept of…

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