Can Evolution get us off the Hook? The Ecology Apology

In the opening lines of his essay ‘An Outline of Intellectual Rubbish‘, Bertrand Russell wrote that ‘Man is a rational animal – so at least I have been told. Throughout a long life, I have looked diligently for evidence in favor of this statement, but so far I have not had the good fortune to come across it’. Russell’s cry of despair… Lees verder »Can Evolution get us off the Hook? The Ecology Apology

Were you Charlie?

Kudos to all the newspapers who had the guts to reprint the Charlie Hebdo cartoons on their front page. There were far too few of them. A couple of hours after the horrible attack in Paris, I was still hoping for a Charlie Effect: “If you kill someone for a cartoon, you will see it reprinted the next day in… Lees verder »Were you Charlie?

The Relentless Retreat: God in the Age of Science.

(Review essay in Reports of the National Center for Science Education) Is there anything more to be said about the conflict between science and religion? Numerous peace efforts have tried to reconcile both parties, but their territorial disputes refuse to settle down. In Religion and the Sciences of Origins, philosopher and Christian apologist Kelly James Clark focuses on questions about… Lees verder »The Relentless Retreat: God in the Age of Science.

Open Letter to Liberal Muslims

(first published in De Morgen on Sep 13, translated and extended) Dear liberal Muslim, I address this open letter to all of you who profess a tolerant and peaceful Islam; who have no wish to impose their religious views on others; who are prepared to live in peace with Christians, atheists, Hindus and Jews; who endorse the bedrock principles of a… Lees verder »Open Letter to Liberal Muslims