Holy Saturday

Cranmer again, writing about this special day. … Continue reading

Love so amazing so divine

Take time this Easter to ponder the most significant event in world history. Here.   … Continue reading

The foolishness of God

One of my favorite bloggers (for his profundity, for his humour, for his provocation of the UK establishment—secular and Christian—and for his anonymity… and maybe he isn’t even a he) is Archbishop Cranmer. Here he touches on the profundity of … Continue reading

Thinking meat?

More on the notorious mind-body problem. If our brains are a hunk of meat and meat can’t think then where does our thinking and consciousness happen? Here at the Maverick Philosopher. Slightly philosophical but an issue worth thinking about (with … Continue reading

Marriage: Imposing religion or common sense?

This article is a brief summary of a longer argument that makes this important point: opposition to changing definitions of marriage can be based on rational and non-religious grounds. The abstract of the longer article reads, “Marriage is based on … Continue reading

Being mindful about mindfulness

This article by a Christian clinical psychologist at the Centre for Public Christianity in Sydney is a good intro to the pros and cons of mindfulness. |Difficulty: Easy |Tag: Self-help | Time: 4 min | … Continue reading

Darwinist dittoheads?

Another article on the debate over Thomas Nagel’s book Mind and Cosmos has various turns of phrase worth enjoying. It’s called “A Darwinist Mob Goes After a Serious Philosopher.” The article is here and here’s an excerpt: “Here was a … Continue reading

Varieties of feminisms

Yahoo’s boss, one of the technology industry power players caused a furore last year when she said that she didn’t have the ‘militant drive’ and the ‘chip on the shoulder’ that was required of the modern day feminist. Found in … Continue reading

Marriage: Imposing religion or common sense?

 This article is a brief summary of a longer argument that makes this important point: opposition to changing definitions of marriage can be based on rational and non-religious grounds. The abstract of the longer article reads, “Marriage is based on … Continue reading

Verbatim: George Whitesides, prize winning chemist, on the origin of life

In 2007, Harvard chemist George Whitesides was given the Priestley Medal, the highest award of the American Chemical Society. During his acceptance speech, he said this about the origin of life: “This problem is one of the big ones in … Continue reading

Shoes and clues of the fisherman

Pope Francis, the new incumbent in the line of St Peter the fisherman, seems an interesting fellow. He sneaks out of the Vatican after being made Pope to pay the bill at the hotel where he was staying pre-election; his … Continue reading

Professor Hawking, beware the difference between science and scientism

Professor Stephen Hawking is a prominent scientist and public figure who blurs the distinction between his science and speculations about things non-scientific. This short article at Huffington Post clarifies the issue. |Difficulty: Easy |Tag: Science | Time: 4 min | … Continue reading

Mary and the zombies

Are we more than our bodies? Two famous philosophical thought experiments purport to show that consciousness is more than the sum of biochemical and neuronal activity in our brains and bodies. Consciousness is definitely one of the ‘hard questions’ for … Continue reading

I’m gay and I oppose same sex marriage

No, not me, but the author of this article. It’s a very interesting read for a number of reasons which I won’t pontificate upon here. Suffice to say what I’ve said before: the articles I post do not represent my … Continue reading

John Lennox remembers CS Lewis’s eccentric lectures

The 2 min Youtube clip is here. … Continue reading