Reasons to Believe

Naturalism

  • Believers and Unbelievers, Part 3 (of 3)

    In Parts 1 and 2 of this series I explored how believers (biblical theists) and unbelievers (atheists or skeptical nontheists) attempt to explain both belief and disbelief in God from their … more

  • Believers and Unbelievers, Part 2 (of 3)

    In Part 1 of this series I briefly attempted to explore how both believers (biblical theists) and nonbelievers (atheists or skeptical nontheists) attempt to explain how some people come to believe in … more

  • Uniqueness of Human Capacity to Express Malice

    One of the cornerstone doctrines of the Christian faith is that humans alone among all life-forms on Earth are sinners. According to the Bible, all humans and only humans are born with the propensity … more

  • Believers and Unbelievers, Part 1 (of 3)

    In this brief series of articles I would like to accomplish three things. First (in Part 1), I will identify how believers (biblical theists) and unbelievers (atheists or skeptical nontheists) … more

  • Uniqueness of Social Cognition in Humans

    One of the cornerstone doctrines of the Christian faith is that humans alone among all life-forms on Earth are created in the image of God. Part of this image entails that humans are spiritual … more

  • The Dark and Bright Sides of Cosmology

    Astrophysics has its ironies. Here’s one: Studies of the brightest galaxies in the universe led to the discovery that 99 percent of all matter is "dark matter".1 But matter is only part of the … more

  • Are Biologists Willing To Test Evolution?

    The Fact and Theory of Evolution

    You don’t need to be a scientist to know that there’s a big difference between physics and biology. But you probably do need to be a scientist to be … more

  • Natural Nucleobase Synthesis?

    The replicating molecules of life (DNA and RNA) are composed of different nucleobase molecules linked together by phosphates and five-carbon sugars. Without the nucleobase molecules the replicating … more

  • Does It Matter How One Lives?

    I noticed the following quote on a plaque in the lobby of the hospital where my son underwent surgery last week.

    People can achieve meaning in their lives only if they have made commitments beyond … more

  • Is Dogmatic Agnosticism Logically Self-Defeating?

    The word agnosticism literally means “no-knowledge-ism”. The skeptical position held by agnostics usually comes in two distinct forms: soft and hard. Soft or flexible agnosticism simply … more

  • Origin-of-Life Research Pioneer Remembered

    I like to read the obituary section of the newspaper occasionally to learn about recent history. I often don't recognize the names of the people who have left their mark, but I did when the LA Times … more

  • Playing the Evolutionary Shell Game

    Unsuspecting tourists fall prey to the age-old shell game all the time. The skilled sidewalk operator rapidly rearranges the three shells around and the tourist bets he can guess where the pea is. … more

  • Does Ockham's Razor Support Naturalism?

    William of Ockham (c. 1285-1349), a Franciscan monk and philosopher,1 is remembered for his principle of parsimony or simplicity, popularly called “Ockham’s Razor.” He stated that … more

  • More Than Intelligent Design

    They swim against the powerful tide of naturalism, and I applaud their efforts and integrity. At the same time, however, I sense a need to clarify a subtle but significant distinction between their … more

  • Anthropic Principle: A Precise Plan for Humanity

    Human beings climb. Always have, always will. First hills, then mountains, then pinnacles so high they're called "death zones." That's as high as legs could carry them, but not high enough. So people … more

  • A Comment on Humility Theology

    The anthropic principle faces serious challenges from outside the disciplines of astronomy and physics. Many scholars in the humanities and social sciences fear that the anthropic principle will … more

  • President's Laptop- April 2000

    Dear Friends,

    Many of you, I am sure, saw the April 10 issue of Time presenting 25 anticipated breakthroughs in science and space for the 21 st century. What particularly grabbed my attention was the … more