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Will Darwinism destroy modern civilization?

August 3rd, 2010 · No Comments

Coyne tries to deflect Fodor attack Darwin diehards just don’t get it, and Coyne’s completely distorted rendition of Fodor/PP’s successful attack on Darwinism is a pathetic case in point. But these gross distortions are effective with the peanut gallery of Darwinism and the Dawkins cult. The situation has a curious desperation to it. The persistence […]

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Tags: Evolution · secularism

God vs secularism??? a false antithesis

May 17th, 2010 · 2 Comments

Truthdig jumps from Hedges’ piece on religion last week to this review of ‘Atheist Delusions’, I will read the book soon: By Anthony Kenny Anthony Kenny on ‘Atheist Delusions’ This review originally appeared in The TLS, whose website is www.the-tls.co.uk, and is reposted with permission. I have a problem here, and this can be seen […]

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Tags: atheism · religion · secularism

Religion/secularism in the Axial Age

May 10th, 2010 · No Comments

On the Axial Age A careful study of the Axial Age in light of the eonic effect (in this passage from the third edition, about to go offline as the fourth edition appears) can show the way that the myths of revelation were right and wrong in ways that many non-religious secularists also get wrong. […]

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And what of the Protestant Reformation?

May 10th, 2010 · 4 Comments

After commenting on Hedges’ article on Christianity and Nietzsche, I would offer the caution: don’t underestimate Christianity. Dawkins is a programmed robot set to wreckerball for powerful forces beyond his ken. Xtianity may be undergoing collapse, but that’s none of your doing, don’t flatter yourself. It has long been prophesied that this collapse would occur […]

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Liberalism can be defended

March 9th, 2010 · No Comments

Liberalism can be defended by Ophelia Benson – butterfliesandwheels.com http://richarddawkins.net/articles/5215 from dawkins site Taner Edis thinks Gary Bouma is right about secularism and that Russell Blackford is wrong. I think Taner is mostly wrong that Russell is wrong that Gary Bouma is wrong. Still with me? Note that, as often in the liberal tradition, the […]

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Secularism and the eonic effect

February 27th, 2010 · No Comments

The best way to rebalance one’s thinking on secularism is to study the eonic effect, where the ‘modern transition’ is seen in its balanced complexity: The modern transition The nature of secularism comes through in this context. The great irony of secularism is that its place in world history and the evolution of civiization makes […]

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Tags: secularism · The Eonic Effect

Shifting meaning of ‘secularism’

February 27th, 2010 · No Comments

Comment on The Problem with Secularism James said, February 27, 2010 at 2:37 pm · Why is commentary from the mass media on every conceivable topic so worthless? I find it strange that none of the usual suspects can find the right reference point to frame this debate. The issue isn’t some abstractions called “science,” […]

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Tags: Evolution · Science & Religion · secularism

The problem with secularism

February 27th, 2010 · 1 Comment

The problem with secularism – Opinion – International Herald Tribune by Phillip Blond and Adrian Pabst – The New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/21/opinion/21iht-edblond.3974655.html?_r=3 Published: Thursday, December 21, 2006 LONDON — Geopolitically, the resurgence of religion is dangerous and spreading. From Islamic fundamentalism, American evangelism to Hindu nationalism, each creed demands total conformity and absolute submission to […]

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Kant’s Challenge and the ‘science of liberty’

February 17th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Ferris’ attempt to smear over the classic issues of the philosophy of history with the crude sociology of scientism deserves a look at the legacy of the Enlightenment here. Scientists can’t claim the Enlightenment then trash its classics. The question of a science of history is discussed at length in World History And The Eonic […]

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Tags: liberalism · Science · secularism · The Eonic Effect

The Darwinism question is a secular issue

December 26th, 2009 · 7 Comments

The illusion that the Darwin debate is science vs religion. Toward A Secular Postdarwinism

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Tags: Evolution · Science & Religion · secularism

Fear of the future

December 26th, 2009 · No Comments

Fundamentalism began as reaction to modernism Much has been written this year in observance of the birth of Charles Darwin in 1809 and the publication of his monumental work, On the Origin of Species, in 1859. Another important date – one which has gone largely unnoticed, yet which is also important in its perverse way […]

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Tags: Evolution · secularism

Confusing darwinism and secularism

December 22nd, 2009 · No Comments

The Problem of Goodness It’s not just the problem of evil that baffles the secularist. Darwinists may have this problem, but not secularism. The equation of the two is one of the liabilities of the Darwin propaganda machine

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Tags: Evolution · secularism

Secular Europe

November 5th, 2009 · No Comments

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks: Europe is dying from secularism by Ruth Gledhill – TimesOnline http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article6904463.ece from dawkins site The Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks of Aldgate, warned today that Europe was dying because the growth of secularism had made people too selfish to have children. Its loss of a tolerant religious culture made it vulnerable to […]

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Religion in the matrix of secularism

October 16th, 2009 · 1 Comment

A Sufi myth: Fourth Ways,…and The Great Freedom Sutra The question of religion and secularism has been hopelessly confused. The reality, beyond religious form, is that secularism can be the foundation for a true religioin for the first time.

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Secular postdarwinism

October 7th, 2009 · No Comments

Toward A Secular Postdarwinism As noted already today the polarization of the debate over evolution between ‘religious’ and ‘secular’ camps is completely false: there can only be a secular postdarwinism that leads beyond the reductionist scientism of the Darwinists to a robust secular public philosophy and science.

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Tags: Evolution · Science & Religion · secularism

The great freedom sutra

October 6th, 2009 · No Comments

The great irony of secularism is that it is a far better foundation for religion that the pre-modern world. The Great Freedom Sutra

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Politics of the veil

September 14th, 2009 · No Comments

The politics of the veil Robert Fulford, National Post In the 21st century, the Islamic burka, the full-face-and-body veil, adopted by more women every day, has become the most potent human symbol on earth. But what exactly does it symbolize? Many say it stands for piety. No, that’s wrong, says Marnia Lazreg, an Algerian-born professor […]

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Caldwell’s Reflections on the Revolution in Europe

September 11th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Edmund Burke, Meet Tariq Ramadan Reflections on the Revolution in Europe: Immigration, Islam, and the West By Christopher Caldwell Doubleday, 422 pages, $30 Although I find Caldwell’s analogy with revolution (the French) and the Burkean reaction to that to be problematic, his book is nonetheless of great interest, and joins a long list of books […]

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Tags: Booknotes · Science & Religion · secularism · The Eonic Effect

Confusions of ‘secularism’

August 27th, 2009 · 3 Comments

Comment on Attacks on Secularism by the author of the book. I persist in expressing caution with respect to the term ‘secular’ and ‘secularism’. The term ‘secular’ comes from ‘saeculum’ (age period) and refers to the sense of a ‘new age’ that made the men of the early modern, sixteenth to seventeenth century, think that […]

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Attacks on secularism

August 25th, 2009 · 3 Comments

UD cites a new book, Hunter Baker’s The End Of Secularism It is not clear who has harmed the term ‘secularism’ more, the Darwin faithful, the New Atheists, or the ID-ists. The result is a shift in the meaning of the term ‘secular’ which is destructive to all discussion. So, let’s be clear: the secular […]

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Tags: liberalism · Science & Religion · secularism

Toward a Postdarwinian liberalism

August 23rd, 2009 · No Comments

Toward a Postdarwinian liberalism One of the confusions of the debate over evolution is the tendency over time for the parties to that debate to polarize over secularism and religion, itself a false division. The challenge to evolution is in reality to the pseudo-science created from Darwinism, which is not a religious but a scientific […]

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Tags: Evolution · Kant · liberalism · secularism

The Great Freedom Sutra

August 20th, 2009 · 1 Comment

The issue of Buddhism is a confusing one. But one thing to consider is that it came into existence in the wake of the Axial Age, and then straddled an entire age until the modern, at which point its impetus began to fail. We see the desperation in the attempts to cast its ‘seeds’ in […]

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Tags: New Age · secularism · The Axial Age

Evolution debate a liability for secularism itself

August 7th, 2009 · No Comments

The Evolution Controversy The controversy over evolution has persisted since the publication of Darwin’s Origin to the point of becoming almost a liability for secular society itself. The relentless abuse of the evolution question in the pursuit of agendas, religious or scientific, is the principal culprit. But the ultimate source of the endless debate lies […]

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Science, scientism, and the ‘Great Divide’

August 5th, 2009 · No Comments

Critiques of scientism are often confusing to those who equate scientism with modernity or secularism: a look at the eonic effect, and its discrete-continuous model show the way that the period after the characteristic transitional interval, here The Great Divide can explain the sudden loss of quality in the outcome after the transition.

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Tags: Science · secularism · The Eonic Effect