Atheist Antithesis

It is fashionable to note that there is nothing new in the “New Atheism” of Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, et. al. However, they offer at least one genuinely new challenge to theistic belief: a challenge from developmental and cognitive psychology. Evolutionary biologists typically explain an organism’s existing traits-such as man’s propensity for religious belief-by reference to natural selection; existing traits Read More ›

Colorful feather peacock with lights bokeh. Concept of peace
Colorful feather peacock with lights bokeh. Concept of peace.
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The Peacock Principle: Beauty, God, and Darwinism

While affirming some aspects of evolutionary theory as having been verified, John Paul II did not issue evolutionary theorists a blank check from the Vatican. In particular, he made clear that a purely materialistic account, especially in regard to human beings, must be regarded as woefully insufficient. Read More ›

Emergent Teleology in Psychology, Physics and Biology

ABSTRACT—Aristotle, the inventor of biology, made final or teleological causation one of his four fundamental modes of explanation. Throughout the history of science, teleological modes of explanation have been employed quite commonly, most often in biology and in psychology and the other human sciences, but also in physics. In the modern period (by which I mean the sixteenth through the Read More ›

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Catholic Church Must Lose the Psychobabble

VATICAN CITY — Let the healing begin. This seems to be the consensus Catholic response, ranging from victims groups to the church hierarchy to the Catholic press. It is an entirely appropriate sentiment if the question is reconciling the victims of clergy sexual abuse to the church. But it is a hopelessly inadequate reaction if the question is fixing what Read More ›