Tagged: agnostic

Arrested moral development. - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Oct 04, 2010

I came across this intriguing statement about religious ethics in the book I am currently reading: “religious ethics is similar to the attitude of the child between 5 and 9 years old. It is far too concerned with rules that … Continue reading → … Read More

’God of the surprises’ - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Aug 09, 2010

I guess we are all familiar with the “god of the gaps” concept. The common theological tendency to explain gaps in our scientific knowledge with the claim “god did it!” It’s an easy, if very lazy, strategy because there will … Continue reading → … Read More

The new science of morality - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jul 26, 2010

This last week saw the latest Edge Seminar – The New Science of Morality – held in the US. (see Edge: THE NEW SCIENCE OF MORALITY). This looks fascinating.  Nine leading researchers in the field gave presentations. Short abstracts are … Continue reading → … Read More

Ways of not knowing - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jul 14, 2010

We are always hearing about how science can’t explain everything and that there are “other ways of knowing.” Problem is those promoting this idea are very vague about what these “other ways of knowing” are and what the evidence is for their effectiveness. Usually it’s just a way of supporting one’s own pet desires. So [...] … Read More

Kids — it’s OK to be different! - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jun 23, 2010

Book Review: Why Don’t We Go to Church? by Gail Miller (Author), Rosalind Eagle (Author), Angela Seear (Illustrator). Price: US$8.99; International US$10.99 Reading level: Ages 9-12 Paperback: 51 pages Publisher: Art Bookbindery; First edition (May 6, 2010) Language: English ISBN-10: 0986587605 ISBN-13: 978-0986587603 Book website: Why Don’t We Go To Church? Adults, even parents, are probably [...] … Read More

Avoiding grown-up discussion - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jun 21, 2010

Cosmologist Sean Carroll has announced a break from blogging on Cosmic Variance. I picked up this news from Jerry Coyne‘s blog Why Evolution is True! (also the title of his book) (see Sean Carroll says goodbye). Like Jerry, I think that is a great pity. I find Sean Carroll’s blog posts interesting. I don’t necessarily [...] … Read More

Why Don’t We Go To Church? - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott May 26, 2010

Saw this recently and it immediately thought this would be a great book for my youngest granddaughter. She told me recently that she had been picked on by some of here school friends because she said she believed in evolution. This discussion quickly turned to belief in a god. It ended up with her having [...] … Read More

The Dawkins Delusions - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott May 10, 2010

Actually, some people call them the “Dawkins Tantrums.” There’s no doubt about it though – there is a controversy around Richard Dawkins. Just mention his name in the blogosphere and you get all sorts of extreme reactions. Almost always negative. Sure, you will get some, usually milder and more reasonable, positive reactions. After all, he [...] … Read More

RIP Antony Flew - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Apr 16, 2010

If only! Several Christian apologetics blogs have commented on Antony Flew’s recent death (see Antony Flew 1923-2010, Antony Flew dies at 87, Theology Geek, and Professor Antony Flew – Obituary…). The unfortunate aspect of these blogs is that they indulge in a little bit of “body snatching.” Not that this didn’t happen before Flew’s death. [...] … Read More