Christmas, Creation and Education (Follow up on two Twitter discussions)

The last few days I have witnessed what you could call a parochial version of the war on Christmas, which is raging, according to some at least, in the US. A city council in Flanders decided that it was inappropriate to have a nativity scene on display in the city hall, since that would imply a […]

Schillebeeckx on Religion and Science: Beyond Opposition

I presented my paper on Schillebeeckx and the perspectives he offers on the relation between evolutionary accounts of religion and theology. The audience was rather small in numbers, but I received some excellent questions and feedback. This is the presentation I used to present the paper (link) Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires […]

Religions on the Rise?

A recent contribution to the ESSSAT discussion forum on Linkedin offers some interesting numbers on religion.  Brian Grim, author of The Price of Freedom Denied (amongst other publications), posted a link to his summary of the Yearbook of International Religious Demography. To offer just one figure out of his list: Religionists account for 88.4% of the world’s population in 2013, up […]

Science and Religion: Has the Conflict Model Won the Popularity Vote?

– Tom Uytterhoeven – This morning my wife posted a picture on my Facebook wall. It shows two Post It notes on a wall in a community center in a Belgian town. The center had organized a cultural activity for kids: they were invited to write down who their hero was. So one kid posted: […]

Good News For Religion: Publishers Resist Pressure to Undermine Evolution Coverage in Texas Science Textbooks

See on – Cultural evolution Our mission is to support scientific education and critical thinking to overcome religious fundamentalism, superstition, intolerance and suffering (Publishers Resist Pressure to Undermine #Evolution Coverage in Texas #Science #Textbooks – by Texas… Tom Uytterhoeven‘s insight: Good news! – If religion is to play a role in the future of […]

M. Ruse, called an ‘Anti-Catholic Atheist’, to Deliver Diatribe on Evolution at Jesuit’s LeMoyne College – Aleteia

See on – Cultural evolution Anti-Catholic Atheist to Deliver Diatribe on Evolution at Jesuit’s LeMoyne College Aleteia Michael Ruse, PhD., who calls himself a non-believer, will be speaking at the Jesuit college on Thursday, Oct. Tom Uytterhoeven‘s insight: There are two things that I do not like about this message. First, there is the […]

The Mood of Secular Existence

– Tom Uytterhoeven – I just started reading Jerome A. Stone’s “The Minimalist Vision of Transcendence“, and he immediately raised a question I cannot answer myself. Stone describes the secular life, on p. 3: Given that the meaning of secularity is the loss of a transcendent source of meaning, secular existence will either find a […]

Religion According to New Atheism: Natural Fundamentalism? or: First Article Published!

– Tom Uytterhoeven – This blog has been very silent lately, but real life was buzzing with activity… Just one example: my first article has been published! If you’re interested in New Atheism, you should take a look at the summary, which is in English. The article itself is in Dutch. Gepubliceerd met Blogsy

Losing Our Religion: The Growth Of The ‘Nones’ : NPR

See on – Cultural evolution As religious as this country may be, many Americans are not religious at all. The group of religiously unaffiliated – dubbed “nones”– has been growing. One-fifth of Americans say they’re nones, as are one in three under 30. Tom Uytterhoeven‘s insight: The importance of this article is that it […]