Catholic Rebirth

I was raised a Catholic. Sort of. My family wasn’t particularly religious, although I did go to Catholic schools until the fourth grade. After that, I moved to the US, went to public school, and attended Baptist churches for a while where I was told that the Catholic church worshiped Mary over Jesus, and that… Read more Catholic Rebirth

Walkabout

At the beginning of the year, I made a list of items I resolved to accomplish. (I called them resolutions, but frequent commenter Junior corrected me.) However, life’s been pushing in its own direction, and things from my past, which I cannot control, have come back to determine the path of my future. While I’m… Read more Walkabout

The Evolution of Morality

Are right and wrong hard-coded into you?According to some, the answer is yes. Who doesn’t know the difference between right and wrong? Yet that essential knowledge, generally assumed to come from parental teaching or religious or legal instruction, could turn out to have a quite different origin… [P]eople are born with a moral grammar wired… Read more The Evolution of Morality

Battle of the New Atheism

“Highly intelligent people are mostly atheists,” [Dawkins] says. “Not a single member of either house of Congress admits to being an atheist. It just doesn’t add up. Either they’re stupid, or they’re lying” … Dawkins does not merely disagree with religious myths. He disagrees with tolerating them, with cooperating in their colonization of the brains… Read more Battle of the New Atheism