San Felipe Corn Dance vs. the Atom Bomb – Science and Religion in New Mexico Part 1

San Felipe Corn Dance vs. the Atom Bomb – Science and Religion in New Mexico Part 1

Religion and science are the two wings upon which man’s intelligence can soar into the heights, with which the human soul can progress. It is not possible to fly with one wing alone![ `Abdu’l-Bahá May 3, 2015 My daughter and I are traveling in New Mexico, visiting Socorro where I grew up on campus at the New Mexico Institute of Science and Technology (New Mexico Tech). We will be visiting the Jornada del Muerto (the desert plateau where the first…

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Books on Science and Religion #44: New Atheism and its Demise

Books on Science and Religion #44: New Atheism and its Demise

To believe in God means to see that the facts of the world are not the end of the matter. To believe in God means to see that life has a meaning. Ludwig Wittgenstein April 26, 2015 “Atheism is here to stay,” writes Nick Spencer in Atheists: The Origin of the Species, “because God is back:” After a troubled century in which its former promises not only failed to materialize but mutated into regimes of oppression that not even the…

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Books on Science and Religion #43: Wittgenstein, A. J. Ayer, and the Logical Positivists – Part Two

Books on Science and Religion #43: Wittgenstein, A. J. Ayer, and the Logical Positivists – Part Two

To believe in God means to see that the facts of the world are not the end of the matter. To believe in God means to see that life has a meaning. Ludwig Wittgenstein April 19, 2015 From my perspective, this is one of the most important blogs I’ve written (I’ve written nearly 180 of them here on Common Ground – a large number!). It’s not necessarily because of what it says, although there is some importance to the topic,…

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Books on Science and Religion #42: Wittgenstein, A. J. Ayer, and the Logical Positivists – Part One.

Books on Science and Religion #42: Wittgenstein, A. J. Ayer, and the Logical Positivists – Part One.

To believe in God means to see that the facts of the world are not the end of the matter. To believe in God means to see that life has a meaning. Ludwig Wittgenstein April 12, 2015 It is tempting to say that Bertrand Russell represented the apex of British atheism. But two more thinkers – Ludwig Wittgenstein and A.J. Ayer – and a whole new philosophical movement – logical positivism – were waiting in the wings to take the stage….

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Books on Science and Religion #41: The Atheism of Bertrand Russell

Books on Science and Religion #41: The Atheism of Bertrand Russell

To believe in God means to see that the facts of the world are not the end of the matter. To believe in God means to see that life has a meaning. Ludwig Wittgenstein April 5, 2015 One of the most fascinating and accomplished thinkers of the 20th century – and probably its most respected atheist – was the English philosopher Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell. Lord Russell – from a very prominent and very old aristocratic British…

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Books on Science and Religion #40: The Atheistic Perspectives of Nietzsche

Books on Science and Religion #40: The Atheistic Perspectives of Nietzsche

 To believe in God means to see that the facts of the world are not the end of the matter. To believe in God means to see that life has a meaning. Ludwig Wittgenstein Mar 29, 2015 Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900) was one of the most influential cultural figures of the 20th century, an honor he shared with Freud. Atheism was an essential part of what he had to say. In Atheists: The Origin of the Species, Nick Spencer provides an…

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Books on Science and Religion #39: The Atheistic Perspectives of Freud

Books on Science and Religion #39: The Atheistic Perspectives of Freud

 To believe in God means to see that the facts of the world are not the end of the matter. To believe in God means to see that life has a meaning. Ludwig Wittgenstein Mar 22, 2015 Freud and Nietzsche were two of the towering intellectual figures of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and their atheism was a major part of what they had to say. In Atheists: The Origin of the Species, the author Nick Spencer provides…

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A Hero Goes into the West — from my personal blog

A Hero Goes into the West — from my personal blog

I was shocked and saddened to hear that one of my greatest heroes is dying. I have experienced Oliver Sacks as a being of great wisdom and compassion. His work has been a blessing and an illumination to me as both as a writer and a human being, and has gifted me with many deep insights into the human spirit that have informed my own craft. Dr. Sacks has written extensively about conditions that impact the way affected individuals experience the world—migraine, sleeping sickness,…

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Books on Science and Religion #38: Nick Spencer’s ‘Atheists and the Origin of the Species’ Part 6

Books on Science and Religion #38: Nick Spencer’s ‘Atheists and the Origin of the Species’ Part 6

To believe in God means to see that the facts of the world are not the end of the matter. To believe in God means to see that life has a meaning. Ludwig Wittgenstein Mar 15, 2015 In the last several blogs, we have been studying the history of atheism as outlined in the excellent and informative Atheists: The Origin of the Species, written by Nick Spencer, research director of the Christian think-tank Theos. Most of the time, we have…

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Books on Science and Religion #37: Nick Spencer’s ‘Atheists and the Origin of the Species’ Part 5

Books on Science and Religion #37: Nick Spencer’s ‘Atheists and the Origin of the Species’ Part 5

To believe in God means to see that the facts of the world are not the end of the matter. To believe in God means to see that life has a meaning. Ludwig Wittgenstein Mar 8, 2015 Why did atheism become a state religion in the Soviet Union and not in, say, Britain? Atheists: The Origin of the Species – by Nick Spencer – addresses this question by looking at the growth of atheism in 19th century pre-Soviet Russia and…

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