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The evangelical atheists and Mormon anti-evolutionists have joined forces

My belief in God is not founded on evidence from the physical world. I believe because I am in a relationship with Him. I’ve gotten to know Him. I recognize his voice in others. I want to argue that some … Continue reading

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Removing the lion-skin from the donkey

I am often amazed that Intelligent Design as gained such following among certain members of the church. Perhaps because it seems to have the ring of things we do believe. I mean we do believe that God is Intelligent after … Continue reading

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Schenk Forest and Orchards

As I contemplate the New Year, I’ve been thinking about manmade semi-wild places and what they mean to me. I’m about to teach a class called Religion and the Environment. I’ve watched with interest the debates this year about protecting … Continue reading

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Flying Monkeys Illustrate the Evolution of Religion (as I win a bike race against an invisible rider)

To get at the possibility of the evolution of spirituality let’s take a diversion into current attempts by evolutionary biologists to explain the evolution of religion. Pascal Boyer speculates that religion arose as part of evolving human cognitive abilities. First, … Continue reading

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Dueling Dualists: In which I use the word screwywompous

“Ah, good, Data. At least you’re functioning.” “Fully, Captain.” “Data, intoxication is a human condition. Your brain is different, not the same as–” “We are more alike than unlike, my dear Captain. I have pores, humans have pores. I have … Continue reading

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Running on our inner ape

Homo erectus I do not think running meant anything until I had been in the Army for a couple of years. We went on two-mile runs on a regular basis, but I hated it. We ran in formation in long … Continue reading

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My Abstract for the Evolution: the Experince Conference

Evolution: the Experience is an upcoming confrence held in Melbourne, Australia in February 2009: Here is a discription. 2009 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, and the 150th anniversary of his landmark publication On the Origin … Continue reading

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Her left brain is nuked and she glimpses something of her spirit

I have described my own loss of mental functioning (here) and have explored the deep physicality of our brain/mind interface in this blog. In a recent book, My Stroke of Insight, Jill Bolte Taylor writes about a brain hemorrhage in … Continue reading

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Guest Blogging at By Common Consent

If I’ve seemed slow on this site, it’s because I’m guest blogging over at By Common Consent. Plus, as everyone who knows me knows, I’m lazy. I’ve done four over there so far: The dead thing in my can of … Continue reading

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What we can learn from a witch’s blessing on a compost pile

Starhawk’s book, Earth Path, offers the following blessing on a compost pile. (There really is something very magical and trusting about even thinking of offering a blessing on a compost pile): “We offer gratitude to the great cycles of birth, … Continue reading

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