Book Review: Scientism, by John Cowburn SJ

– Tom Uytterhoeven – (An expanded version of this review will be published, together with many more reviews and reports on recent developments in the field of science and religion, in the next issue of ESSSAT-News. See here for more info on ESSSAT-membership) Is scientism a word we need, and if so: for what purposes […]

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 […]

Cultural Evolution and a Rubber Band

– Tom Uytterhoeven – I disagree with two points in this article on biological, cultural, and technological evolution: (1) it suggests that biological, cultural and technological evolution are separate processes, while I see them as deeply connected; (2) it suggests cultural evolution/history must be read as the emergence of different 'stages', leading to ever greater […]

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: […]

Do We Love God Because We Love Sex?

See on – Cultural evolution Penn Psychologists: Sexual Attitudes Can Predict Religiousness CBS Local The results are interesting, researchers say, because evolutionary psychologists studying the influence of religion in everyday life are typically split into two groups –… Tom Uytterhoeven‘s insight: Research like this always fascinates me. But I tend to have two questions […]

Keeping God real takes work – Guelph Mercury

See on – Cultural evolution Keeping God real takes work Guelph Mercury Scholars like the anthropologist Pascal Boyer, author of Religion Explained: The Evolutionary Origin of Religious Thought, and the psychologist Justin L. Barrett, author of Why Would Anyone Believe in God? Tom Uytterhoeven‘s insight: Interesting suggestion at the end of the article: prayer […]

Returning to the centre: Reflections on the Hajj – Opinion – ABC Religion & Ethics (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

See on – Evolution and Religion The ritual of Hajj is about being realigned with what our inner selves ought to be orbiting: presence with Allah, a focussed consciousness that is often absent in the giddy spin of normal life. (What does your life revolve around? Tom Uytterhoeven‘s insight: Walking must be one of […]

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 […]

Poll: Majority Of Americans Believe God Played Role In Human Evolution – CBS DC

See on – Cultural evolution A new poll finds that a majority of Americans believe that God played a part in the evolution of humans. (POLL: 62% Of Americans Believe God Played Role In Evolution… Tom Uytterhoeven‘s insight: Alhough the poll seems rather limited – 1,000 people were questioned – the results are worrying […]