G. Elijah Dann
G. Elijah Dann holds the Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Waterloo and the Doctorat en Théologie from the Université de Strasbourg, France. He teaches philosophy and religion for the Seniors Program at Simon Fraser University, and has been Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society at the University of Victoria in British Columbia.

Dann has taught in departments of religion, philosophy, and health sciences, including the Department of Philosophy at the University of Toronto. Along with his teaching, research, and writing responsibilities, from 1999-2007, he also served as the Clinical Ethicist for Grand River Hospital in Kitchener/Waterloo, Ontario.

He is author of the books God and the Public Square and After Rorty: The Possibilities for Ethics and Religious Belief. He is co-author of An Ethics for Today: Finding Common Ground Between Philosophy and Religion, editor of Leaving Fundamentalism, and co-editor of Philosophy: A New Introduction.

Entries by G. Elijah Dann

Should Climate Change Deniers Face Consequences?

(88) Comments | Posted June 11, 2015 | 12:30 PM

I'm no Gandhi, Edwin Snowden, or Martin Luther King Jr., but I've always had a great interest in social and moral debate. It has largely been fueled by a good dose of Scottish flare for argument (real arguing, not fighting). Yet because I started out in close proximity to my...

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Awakening the Giant: First Nations and the LNG 'Deal'

(12) Comments | Posted May 5, 2015 | 11:18 AM

Few things scare politicians and corporate dragons. Yet, make no mistake who is number one on the shortlist: First Nations.

Nothing will more quickly brown-out political and corporate underpants than distant drums from First Nations.

In social and cultural philosophy, we often talk about Zeitgeist. "Spirit of the...

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Woodfibre LNG Is Litmus Test For Squamish Municipal Candidates

(1) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 9:03 PM

Timing is everything. Especially in politics. And unless you've been living in a cave up in the B.C. mountains these past few months, you would've heard about the proposed Woodfibre Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facility to be placed beside Squamish, plopped beside the ocean.

What to think?

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It's Time For Squamish To Grow a Pair And Get Political

(6) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 1:55 AM

In case you haven't heard, our B.C. Liberal government, cheered along by the federal Conservative Party, wants liquefied natural gas (LNG) to be the nouveau Alberta tar sands, with the massive fracking and pipelines throughout B.C.

That's right. "Beautiful British Columbia"...

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Beware the LNG Memes

(4) Comments | Posted September 25, 2014 | 10:26 AM

Any reader of Richard Dawkins, the biologist and New Atheist, is well acquainted with his coining the word, "meme." Once you hear it described, its explanatory power seems undeniable.

"Memes propagate themselves in the meme pool by leaping from brain to brain via a process which, in...

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Connecting The Dots Between Mount Polley Mine Owner, Squamish LNG, Harper

(3) Comments | Posted August 9, 2014 | 1:45 AM

Recently, Conservative B.C. MP John Weston wrote that he "disagree[s] with the motion" passed by West Vancouver council to ban the passage of LNG tankers in Howe Sound.

No doubt following instructions from Prime Minister Stephen Harper himself, keeping the thumbscrews on the B.C. fiefdom probably has...

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An 'Epic' LNG Battle Pits Squamish Against B.C. Liberals

(5) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 5:57 PM

A few months ago in Squamish, B.C., the city brought up a consultant to help "brand" a new slogan for us. A big whack of coin later, what did they come up with their first kick at the can?


It now looks like it might indeed have...

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Take it From Rex Murphy, Religious Morality Is Bad for Politics

(19) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 12:52 PM

It's always a delight when the credulous inadvertently provide the best reasons for why religion fails. And when it's done by a knobbly figure like Rex Murphy, it's especially entertaining.

The context: In a recent article in the National Post, Murphy takes aim at Justin Trudeau's varied views...

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Please Don't LNG Us: An Open Letter To Christy Clark

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 2:55 PM

Dear Premier Clark,

I thought I should write this letter to you for a few reasons. It's largely because you don't want to sit down and talk too much about some of the problems with your aspirations for liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities in B.C.

On those...

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Squamish on the Precipice: Saying 'No' to LNG

(16) Comments | Posted April 19, 2014 | 12:50 AM

A few nights ago I went to Quest University in Squamish to hear a presentation by three experts on the details of what we might expect from a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility on our shoreline.

The meeting, organized by a local group of concerned citizens...

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Who Shares Your Values? Trinity Western University, Homosexuality, and a Moral Challenge

(5) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 3:48 PM

As we ponder the "religious freedom" of Trinity Western University to enact its "Covenant," the time is ripe to reflect once more on how we arrive at our moral beliefs.

Recall that TWU, a Christian institution in British Columbia, wants to have its own law school and the recognition...

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Worldwide Homophobia: The Case of Sacred Sex and Trinity Western University

(8) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 4:40 PM

A couple weeks ago on Real Time with Bill Maher, Maher asked his panel about the Olympic Games in Sochi. He wasn't thinking about Americans winning gold medals. Rather, he was wondering about the Russian government's ongoing treatment of homosexuals. Maher went on to discuss how the U.S. has actually...

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Remembering Christopher Hitchens: Religious Belief and Hitch's Greatest Hits

(34) Comments | Posted December 18, 2013 | 8:45 AM

On the second anniversary of Christopher Hitchens' death (December 15, 2011), the words of Proust bring a certain consolation:

People do not die for us immediately, but remain bathed in a sort of aura of life which bears no relation to true immortality but through which they...
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Why Christians Can't Take Climate Change Seriously -- Even When They Say They Do

(31) Comments | Posted July 31, 2013 | 11:47 AM

A couple weeks ago, on Real Time with Bill Maher, Anthony Leiserowitz, Research Scientist and Director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication, made an appearance.

For Leiserowitz, when it comes to what Christians think (or don't) about the changing climate, it's not all...

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Denying Science Will Invite More Disasters

(71) Comments | Posted June 24, 2013 | 12:16 PM

Now that summer is here, our climate is once again trying to get us to notice that things aren't right. As I write, southern Alberta is being hit by vicious flooding, creating a state of emergency in Calgary. Thousands displaced. Unimaginable dollars in damage.

What do we do? Sadly, the...

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Does Christian Law School Stunt Moral Progress?

(65) Comments | Posted April 1, 2013 | 12:56 PM

With same-sex marriage firmly in place since 2005, Canadians look to the goings-on in the U.S. and shake their heads. Time to get over homophobia.

We'd be mistaken, however, to have unbridled optimism for society's moral progress, whether with Canada or the U.S. Case in point, one of those "Christian...

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Religion as a Private Pursuit, Science for Everyone

(51) Comments | Posted October 13, 2012 | 9:08 AM

A few years ago at the University of Toronto I taught the course, The Philosophy of Sex. During the first class I remember telling the students that, depending on their world-view, they'd end up thinking very differently about the subject matter.

The foundational Weltanschauung will strain the input, leading...

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Santorum, Cardinal Dolan and the Tinfoil Hat: Who Gets Into the Public Square?

(7) Comments | Posted March 5, 2012 | 2:45 PM

The other night Jon Stewart was right to rip on Rick Santorum. Saying that President John F. Kennedy's 1960 speech on religious equality made him want to throw up evidences more than we need to know about Santorum's cognitive taste buds.

Why the nausea? Santorum took Kennedy...

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Kentucky Fried Bible Reading: Is Interracial Marriage Immoral?

(55) Comments | Posted December 2, 2011 | 10:07 AM

Of course interracial marriage - or, for that matter, interracial anything - isn't immoral.

Once again, what gets conservative Christians all worked up turns out to be quite wrong and just plain bizarre.

In the case of the Gulnare Freewill Baptist Church in Kentucky, and its...

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Neuroscience, Thankfulness and the Voices Inside My Head

(84) Comments | Posted November 28, 2011 | 3:33 PM

David Eagleman's "Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain," is a book that has so startled me, it has brought upon an existential crisis. Eagleman's central thesis is that the brain is "mostly a closed system" and "the conscious mind has little access to the giant and mysterious...

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