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Jerry Coyne and his empty vase

On his personal blog, evolutionary biologist Jerry Coyne has given his opinion of Thomas Nagel’s review of Plantinga’s book. To those familiar with Coyne’s rantings about everything religious, it will come as no surprise that Coyne has no respect for Nagel’s appeal to Plantinga’s position. However, if you read Nagel’s review and Coyne’s review of…

Is Richard Dawkins (still) a “real” scientist?

Is Richard Dawkins a scientist? According to Edward O. Wilson, in a recent interview with The Guardian, Dawkins is not a scientist. Wilson claims: “Would you like to talk about Dawkins?” he continues – and when I [i.e. the author of the article, Susanna Rustin] say yes, he laughs. “I hesitate to do this because…

Kittens and atheists – cute, but what’s the point?

Is this a joke, or is this serious? There have been major rows over atheist billboards all over the world, but now American atheists apparently try something new. According to the Friendly Atheist blog, a new billboard will be made public on Monday. It’s an announcement for a large atheist convention. And the billboard looks…

Dawkins, jewelry, atheism, symbolism

Have you ever looked at the website of the Richard Dawkins http://richarddawkins.net, and then I mean especially the store section: http://store.richarddawkins.net/? I recently noticed that “they” (I don’t presume Dawkins is selling stuff in person) sell jewelry. In itself there’s of course nothing wrong with that. But notice that The Richard Dawkins store sells jewelry…

Jesse Bering: “The God Instinct” (Part 2)

In this post the second, revised part of my final evaluation of Jesse Bering’s The God Instinct (in the US published as The Belief Instinct). FOR DUTCH VISITORS: De Nederlandse samenvatting van Berings boek, is in delen HIER te vinden. Jesse Bering, The God Instinct: The Psychology of Souls, Destiny, and the Meaning of Life.…

The Belief Instinct–an interview with Jesse Bering

Later today I will post the second part of my evaluation of Jesse Bering’s The God / Belief Instinct. However, I recently found an interesting interview with Bering that also can function as an interesting summary of the book, here: http://www.listener.co.nz/commentary/religion-as-instinct/ Note the following passage: When we understand how the mind works in relation to…

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…

A child’s perspective on Dawkins’ “The Magic of Reality”

A very interesting review in Chemical and Engineering News (of all places) of Dawkins’ The Magic of Reality. The review is a collaboration between a 46-year old father (a chemist) and his 7-year old son Max. Though the review is not completely devastating, the review does expose very nicely that Dawkins scolds at mythology where…

Is the New Atheism movement dying?

Recently, I came across a very interesting new perspective on the New Atheist movement – or rather, it’s a kind of eulogy written by R. Joseph Hoffmann, a “non-believing” scholar in religious studies (he’s a historian of religion). In his blog entry, “Re-Made in America: Remembering the New Atheism (2006-2011)”, Hoffmann severely criticizes the New…

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