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Nieuwe, zeer interessante cijfers over de Amerikaanse religiositeit: “nones” en (religieus) atheïsme

De laatste cijfers van het Pew Research Center laat een verrassende trend zien, zo werd vandaag bekend gemaakt. De enquête was al in december 2017 afgenomen, en laat zien dat de religiositeit van de Amerikanen zeer dynamisch is. Een van de meest interessante vindingen betreft de zogenaamde nones – degenen die op vragenlijsten invullen dat…

Patricia Williams on anti-intellectualism

In a recent piece in The Guardian, Patricia Williams writes about the rising anti-intellectualism she sees in the US. While reading this piece, I thought that the situation in the Netherlands is rapidly deteriorating in just the same way that Williams describes in the US (though the banning of certain books by universities will probably…

Introducing my new research project: A philosophical and theological exploration of ‘religious atheism’ and ‘religious naturalism’

Via my LinkedIn-account I already announced that from February 1, 2015, I have a new halftime position, as a researcher at the Dominican Study Centre for Theology and Society in Amsterdam (see http://dsts.nl). It’s a position for one year, and I intend to do a lot in that time. The project that I will be…

Is David Barash teaching religion in his biology classes? A response to his NYTimes op-ed.

Steven Pinker tweeted about an op-ed article in the New York Times today that drew my attention. In the article, David Barash, an evolutionary biologist and professor of psychology at the University of Washington argues that evolutionary biology and religious belief are incompatible. Barash’s article apparently meets with deep respect from Pinker (and probably many…

Preaching from a selfish vantage point…

I also see Richard Dawkins differently. I see him as a grown up version of that 16-year-old kid, proud of being smart, unable to understand why anyone would believe or think differently from himself. I see a person so removed from humanity and so removed from the ambiguity of life that he finds himself judging…

Was Mandela an atheist? How atheists are defiling Mandela’s legacy

Not only has the late Nelson Mandela become a source of commerce (t-shirts, books, etc.) but now his name is also defiled by atheistic apologetics. Just read this article: http://freethinker.co.uk/2013/12/06/widely-understood-to-be-an-atheist-nelson-mandela-dies-at-the-age-of-95-hamba-kakuhle-comrade/. This article, that was retweeted (without comment, but probably with appreciation) by Richard Dawkins, claims that it is “widely understood” that Mandela was an atheist.…

Is Dawkins losing it?

Personally, I found his book, The God Delusion highly amusing, be it theologically boring and unfounded. While reading it, I often laughed out loud. But I read the book as Dawkins’ personal vendetta with organized religion, not as a scholarly book, and I hoped that he would move on to more serious stuff. Seven years…

Is atheism a new faith? (video link)

One discussion that arises again and again is the one about the question whether atheism is a kind of faith or even a new faith. Personally, I find this a lame discussion that goes nowhere. But then I read Dawkins and I tend to agree that atheism is a faith. I just came across a…

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