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 Scoop.it – 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 Scoop.it – 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 […]
Interesting quote from Wolfhart Pannenberg
The fact that the reality and revelation of God are debatable is part of the reality of the world which dogmatics has to consider as God’s world. – Systematic Theology, Volume I, p. 49 Just one of many reasons why a fundamentalist Christianity is a contradictio in terminis…
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 Scoop.it – 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 […]