Tagged: Christian

What really happens in religious instruction classes? - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jul 26, 2012

In the current public discussion of the religious instruction classes in New Zealand public schools I notice many Christians are also opposing the current system. I had thought “Good on them. They are seeing this the same way I am … 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

The ’public square’ myth - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Mar 21, 2012

Here’s a graphic I used in a recent presentation on “Accepting Pluralism in a Secular Society.” (Presented at the Recent Interfaith Forum, Hamilton). It shows data* which sort of demolishes the “public square” myth argued by militant Christians. This is … Continue reading → … Read More

New Zealand happy — some preachers upset! - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Oct 26, 2011

I reckon the “Rapture” may have come in New Zealand on Sunday Night. However, it proved to be another failure for Harold Camping who had predicted the end of the world by then. He said last September: “The end is … Continue reading → … Read More

Atheists aren’t shrill — just disgusting? - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Sep 14, 2011

Perhaps the common hostile reaction to the so-called “new atheists” (or gnus) is more a matter of the disgust in the eye or brain of the beholder than any “stridency” or “shrillness” on the part of the atheist. Well, that’s … Continue reading → … Read More

Science, religion and respect for meaning - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jun 22, 2011

Religious apologists seem to be obsessed with the relationship between religion and science. Not so much for scientists who generally just want to get on with their job of understanding reality and helping humanity make use of the resulting knowledge. … Continue reading → … Read More

It’s the End of the World as we Know it and I Feel Fine - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan May 17, 2011

By now you will have probably heard that this Saturday (21-May-2011 for future historians) is the beginning of the end, the Rapture. Don’t panic*, please conduct yourselves in an orderly manner at the appointed time. I recommend congregating in open spaces with no overhead power lines or air traffic. Safety first[1]. Ok that’s enough fun. [...] … Read More

Myths within a myth - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Mar 18, 2011

Yes – this is going to be about religion – a common source of myths. Specifically the “conflict paradigm,” “conflict hypothesis” or “conflict myth.” Really the myth that there is such a “paradigm”, “hypothesis” or “myth” claiming  “religion is and … Continue reading → … Read More

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