Tagged: faith

Aussie wisdom - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Dec 08, 2010

Book Review: The Australian Book of Atheism Edited by Warren Bonett. Price: AU$35.00 Format: Paperback (448pp ) Size: 234mm x 153mm ISBN (13): 9781921640766 Publisher: Scribe Publications (November 2010). This is a book by Aussies, for Aussies. But given our … Continue reading → … Read More

Can the ’supernatural’ be of any use? - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Oct 22, 2010

This xkcd cartoon is so true (Thanks to xkcd: The Economic Argument). 1: There is a special relationship between scientific knowledge and the real world. Scientific ideas are based on evidence from reality, they get tested and validated against reality. … Continue reading → … Read More

Some pesky delusions - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Oct 20, 2010

Book review: The Christian Delusion: Why Faith Fails, editors John W. Loftus and Dan Barker Price: US$14.28; NZ$44.97 Paperback: 422 pages Publisher: Prometheus Books (March 31, 2010) Language: English ISBN-10: 1616141689 ISBN-13: 978-1616141684 As the title indicates this book is … Continue reading → … Read More

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

Not about Einstein - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Sep 29, 2010

Book Review: Einstein’s God: Conversations About Science and the Human Spirit by Krista Tippett Price: US$10.88; NZ$12.97 Paperback: 304 pages Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics) (February 23, 2010) Language: English ISBN-10: 0143116770 ISBN-13: 978-0143116776 The media reports of Stephen Hawking’s new book … Continue reading → … Read More

Evolution of gods, morals and violence - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jul 29, 2010

Book review: In the Name of God: The Evolutionary Origins of Religious Ethics and Violence by John Teehan. Price: US$16.47; NZ$39.97 Paperback: 288 pages Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell (May 3, 2010) Language: English ISBN-10: 1405183810 ISBN-13: 978-1405183819 “In the Name of God … Continue reading → … 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