The Importance of Modesty (New Year’s Resolutions)

In my most recent post, I argued how important it is to teach narrative skills, in particular in religious education. Jerome Bruner refers to narrative skills as the ability to understand and apply the methods of ‘narrative fields of knowledge’. He points to literature, poetry, historiography, etc., as examples of such fields, but I think it is obvious […]

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 […]

Cooperation Against Racism

– Tom Uytterhoeven – Although I am not a scientist, I think this is a great experiment. It shows us what mechanisms lie beneath ugly features of human social living, like racism and gender discrimination. Moreover, it shows us how to decrease the prevalence of these features, at least in the case of racism. Let […]

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: […]

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

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

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