Tagged: agnosticism

What makes something right or wrong? - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Mar 20, 2014

Here is another of the  4 animated videos produced by the British Humanist Association. They are all narrated by Stephen Fry. This one deals with aspects of morality – an important subject where the voice of non-theists is often ignored. “What makes something right or wrong?” Narrated by Stephen Fry  See: That’s Humanism: Four animated videos about Humanism narrated by … … Continue reading … Read More

Fiddling with census figures for religion in New Zealand - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Apr 25, 2013

Despite the bad publicity dogging the Catholic church internationally,  Karl du Fresne reports that many NZ Catholics have a positive picture of their church in New Zealand (see Catholicism: Holy smoke, NZ Listener). His subtitle conveys the message – despite … Continue reading → … Read More

Moving into the mainstream – on the coat tails of the “New Atheists” - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Apr 14, 2013

The so-called “new atheists” (or Gnus) – Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens, Daniel Dennett, etc., generally get a very bad press from the religiously inclined. Even some atheists (usually of the “I’m an atheist, but . . “ persuasion) … Continue reading → … Read More

Naturalism and science are incompatible - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Oct 07, 2012

Well, that’s what the Christian apologist philosopher Alvin Plantinga claims. And he has written a book to “prove” it - Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion, and Naturalism. Apparently its required reading for students of theology and the philosophy of … Continue reading → … Read More

Secularism – its internal problems - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Sep 17, 2012

Book Review: How to Be Secular: A Call to Arms for Religious Freedom by James Berlinerblau Price: US$15.29 Hardcover: 336 pages Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (September 11, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 0547473346 ISBN-13: 978-0547473345 Secularism makes the headlines these days … Continue reading → … Read More

Science – the greatest story ever told - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Aug 16, 2012

Book Review: A Crisis of Faith – Atheism, Emerging Technologies and the Future of Humanity by Phil Torres Price: Kindle Edition$5.99 Paperback: $19.95 File Size: 498 KB Print Length: 174 pages Publisher: Dangerous Little Books (July 18, 2012) ASIN: B008N06VRK … Continue reading → … Read More

Is there room for religion in science? - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jul 02, 2012

Jerry Coyne at Why Evolution is True highly recommends this video (see Dawkins on Al Jazeera). I watched it over lunch and can second his recommendation. It’s an Al Jazeera talk back show – The Stream – where Richard Dawkins is … Continue reading → … Read More

Gnu bashing once again - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jun 14, 2012

The latest Gallup poll on American’s beliefs about creationism and evolution has predictably raised some comments among bloggers. As expected, there have not been any big changes – most still support either creationism (46%) or a god-guided form of evolution … Continue reading → … Read More

Mixing values and Jesus in secular education - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jun 05, 2012

Daniel Dennett calls it the “last big fib.*” The claim that religion and human morality are intimately entwined – that you can’t be good without god. That does seem to be a widely held misconception, or should I say widely … Continue reading → … Read More