How the universe began ≠ why the universe began

As I teased earlier, cosmologist Lawrence Krauss and astrophysicist Rodney Holder engaged in a conversation about cosmological origins on Unbelievable over the weekend. It was an entertaining though not altogether surprising debate, confirming my impression of Krauss’s book. I have not read it, but as I always say in these scenarios, reading the book is […]

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Let’s not kid ourselves

Berenbaum: “Everything about insects is fascinating. They are truly remarkable creatures. So beautiful and so honest.” Mulder: “‘Honest’?” Berenbaum: “Eat, sleep, defecate, procreate. That’s all they do. That’s all we do, but at least insects don’t kid themselves that it’s anything more than that.” from “War of the Coprophages”, episode 3×12 of The X-Files This exchange […]

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

If I become an atheist…

Becoming an atheist is not in the cards for me at this point. But if ever I find myself an atheist, here’s my pledge to you. I will not set up websites or troll others’ websites trying to get people to see why I lost my faith or why they should as well. I probably […]

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

David Bentley Hart on fortuitous effects of Christianity

What interests me—and what I take to be demonstrable and important—is the particular ensemble of moral and imaginative values engendered in numberless consciences by Christian beliefs. That such values had political and social consequences I certainly do not deny; I feel fairly safe in saying, for instance, that abolitionism—as a purely moral cause—could not easily […]

Monday, June 27th, 2011