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Do We Need Religion for Morality?

Richard Dawkins says no.  “We don’t need to get morals from our religions … We don’t want to find morals from the holy books. We can have our own enlightened secular values.”

Blog Post | Philosophy | Melinda Penner | January 31, 2012


Did you notice the cover of the current Newsweek magazine for the article "Can You Build a Better Brain?"  The cover reads:  Grow Your Mind: The Truth about How to Boost Your Brain's Performance.  Equating the mind and brain - assuming the immaterial is only operations of the physical. Greg wrote about this tendancy for equivocation here.

Blog Post | Philosophy | Melinda Penner | January 13, 2011

What Is Marriage?

One of the smartest men I know of, Robert P. George from Princeton University, with Sherif Girgis and Ryan T. Anderson have written an argument for the traditional definition of marriage.  You can download the PDF and digest it.  The summary reads:

Blog Post | Ethics | Melinda Penner | September 23, 2010

STR Suggests...

"Science & Faith:  Are They Compatible?"In a recent webchat about Stephen Hawking's new book The Grand Design, noted biologist and atheist Richard Dawkins offered the following commentary on the physicist's findings: "Darwin kicked [God] out of biology, but physics remained more uncertain.  Hawking is now administering the coup de grace."

Blog Post | Philosophy | Melinda Penner | September 15, 2010

Hawking Makes It Clear

Stephen Hawking and his co-author Leonard Mlodinow were on Larry King Live last week.  Hawking was quite clear about some of the things that have been hashed about on STR's blog, namely his pyysicalism and determinism.

Blog Post | Philosophy | Melinda Penner | September 13, 2010

The Consequence of an Idea

From the Discovery Institute - funny and takes Hawking's views to their logical conclusion:Hawking Not Needed to Explain His New Book, Says Universe

Blog Post | Philosophy | Melinda Penner | September 12, 2010

Is Stephen Hawking an Expert?

I want to make a distinction very explicit that I tried to make in an earlier post.  Stephen Hawking is a brilliant expert when he talks about science and physics.  He is not an expert when he talks about philosophy.  And when Hawking makes claims that lie outside of the boundaries of the physical universe, he is doing philosophy and those are the areas where I have critiqued him.  We need not rely on his expertise when he speaks on philosophic issues drawing from his science.

Blog Post | Philosophy | Melinda Penner | September 10, 2010

Another Problem with Stephen Hawking's New Book

We got Hawking's new book, The Grand Design, delivered yesterday afternoon.  I've only had a chance to browse a bit, but I was very surprised to turn to this passage in the second chapter.

Blog Post | Philosophy | Melinda Penner | September 9, 2010

Hawking's Blind Spot

I mentioned the other day that Stephen Hawking's pronouncement in his upcoming book that God didn't create the universe - that it was the inevitable result of the laws of physics - was an example of a brilliant man saying a dumb thing.  The reason smart people can say foolish things is because their presuppositions blind them.  And in Hawking's case, his commitment to materialism blinds him to alternative explanations.

Blog Post | Apologetics | Melinda Penner | September 6, 2010

Fiction that Tells the Truth

Craig Hazen has ventured into a very challenging contemporary endeavor:  to use fiction, story-telling, to write about the weighty issues of theology, philosophy, and ultimately redemption.  It's easy to lament that the appeal of storytelling is usually utilized to communicate bad ideas; Craig has taken on the challenge it to share good ideas in the novel Five Sacred Crossings. 

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | July 12, 2010