C. E. M. JOAD: THE ORIGIN AND EVOLUTION OF RELIGION

2020-06-29T00:17:36+01:00June 29th, 2020|PHILOSOPHY|

In discussing the need for religion, I use the words “origin and nature” deliberately, because the conjunction of these two words seems to me to mask a fallacy which it is important to bring to light. The fallacy is to assume that to lay bare the origins of a thing is tantamount to describing its present nature.

Bertrand Russell: Can Religion Cure Our Troubles?

2019-11-22T08:48:26+00:00November 22nd, 2019|PHILOSOPHY|

Mankind is in mortal peril, and fear now, as in the past, is inclining men to seek refuge in God. Throughout the West there is a very general revival of religion. Nazis and Communists dismissed Christianity and did things which we deplore. It is easy to conclude that the repudiation of Christianity by Hitler and the Soviet Government is at least in part the cause of our troubles...

Dan Dennett: Interview with Bill Moyers (2006)

2019-05-14T13:00:33+01:00May 14th, 2019|Uncategorised|

In this interview with Bill Moyers, Dan Dennett delivers a sharp and clear synthesis of a library of evolutionary, anthropological and psychological research on the origin and spread of religion.

Aldous Huxley’s Quest for Values: Religion

2019-01-24T20:16:56+00:00January 24th, 2019|LITERATURE|

Huxley’s ideas have been subjected to much criticism. Those which have been most criticized deal with religion; they have been attacked not only by the critics who have been disturbed by their religious and philosophical implications, but by those who have been bored by Huxley’s occasionally excessive didacticism.

Root of All Evil? (2006) – Full Transcript

2018-12-03T11:12:38+00:00October 27th, 2018|CULTURE, SOCIETY|

In this two-part Channel 4 series, Professor Richard Dawkins challenges what he describes as 'a process of non-thinking called faith'. He describes his astonishment that, at the start of the 21st century, religious faith is gaining ground in the face of rational, scientific truth.