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Do Unexpected Things Ever Happen for a Reason?

Tom Morris | Posted 12.22.2014 | Religion
Tom Morris

Their concern is that in a broad cross section of people, whether religious or not, there seems to be a strong natural tendency to see intentions, purposes, and goals at work in life, far beyond the explicit actions of people or other conscious animals.

Emile Zola, Poet of the Human Condition

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 10.09.2013 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

It would be impractical to name them all, given their number, but they form a chain that, for a century, except for the war years, has never been broken. Should I speak of the Dreyfus Affair, then? Of truth on the march? Of Zola, the first intellectual?

Do We Live in a Universe Hospitable to Our Aspirations?

Lee Smolin | Posted 07.08.2013 | Science
Lee Smolin

Our belief in the value of human aspirations has been often challenged by voices claiming that all these valued aspects of our humanity must be illusions. Can on construct a scientific conception of the world that permits a hopeful view of the human future?

Happy Birthday, Caravaggio!

Posted 09.29.2012 | Arts

Today is the birthday of beloved Italian artist, Michelangelo Merisi, more often referred to by the name of his native town, Caravaggio. The Baroque p...

New Theists: Knowers, Not Believers

Rev. Michael Dowd | Posted 08.15.2012 | Religion
Rev. Michael Dowd

A new breed of theist is emerging around the globe. We are religious naturalists: Reality is our God, evidence is our Scripture, integrity is our religion, and contributing toward a healthy future is our mission.

Where Can Naturalism And Religion Agree?

John Shook, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
John Shook, Ph.D.

The core messages of religion and naturalism do not sound so different, really. Should it be a surprise that they can converge on a morality designed for the essential needs for life?

Sacramental Horror Stories: Shining Light Into The Darkness Of The Human Heart

Rev. Jonathan Weyer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Jonathan Weyer

Many Christians find it it odd that I have an interest in scary things. They are completely weirded out when they find out I have written and just published a horror novel.

Teach the Children Well and Animals and Humans Will Benefit

Marc Bekoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Marc Bekoff

Children are inherently and intuitively curious naturalists. They're sponges for knowledge, absorbing, retaining and using new information at astounding rates.