The Sobering French Revolution Continues…

By Jon|September 6, 2013|Enlightenment, Religion, Theism/Atheism|

The secularization of France, once the daughter of the Church, continues. According to katholisches the French Senate claims that in the next year there will be around 2,800 churches in the country which will be demolished. Why? They are empty and taking up space that could be better used. What can we say? As was pointed out earlier this year, France as a whole has less seminarians now than it did before

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3rd Annual Reasonfest!

By Jon|April 19, 2013|Modern Philosophy, News Commentary, Philosophy|

Just like last year on the national level, secular humanists continue to host 'reason' events ever more, continuing the tradition from the French Revolution.  Its interesting because with these growing each year, it just goes to show even more that liturgy and ritual is an integral part of being human and believing in something.  Reasonfest! The free conference at Alderson Auditorium in the Kansas Union is for those with no

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Secularism On The Rise In US: 15% to 20%

By Jon|October 10, 2012|Faith and Reason, News Commentary, Religion, Theism/Atheism|

It’s old news that secular society is growing and religion is shrinking both in Europe and the United States. But just in case you didn’t believe what you hear or see on the street, take a look at this new survey: Growing Number Of Americans Have No Religious Identity WASHINGTON D.C., October 9 (CNA/EWTN News) .- A new survey shows that more Americans than ever are religiously unaffiliated, and as

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Prominent Atheist Blogger Converts

By Jon|June 28, 2012|Catholicism, Culture, News Commentary, Religion, Theism/Atheism|

The famous atheist blogger, Leah Libresco, announced on her blog at Patheos last week that she has joined RCIA classes to become Catholic. Her post entitled “This is my last post for the Patheos Atheist Portal” sent a shockwave through the online secular community and prompted various angry articles written in response. It starts out: For several years, a lot of my friends have been telling me I had an inconsistent and unsustainable philosophy.

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Important: Humanists Want Monopoly on the Word: “Reason”

By Jon|June 8, 2012|Education, Enlightenment, Higher Education, Modern Philosophy, News Commentary, Religion, Theism/Atheism|

I've decided that I will start an organization here in Chicago that will promote….Veracity and Correctness! This organization will hand out flyers to people on the importance of being Correct in what you say and organize events to criticize those who aren't Correct as not belonging to the organization I just started!  Well, this simple branding and marketing of a philosophy is essentially what has been going on since the 'enlightenment' (circa 1700)

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The Last Superstition

By Jon|May 3, 2012|Books, Catholicism, Education, Faith and Reason, Higher Education, Modern Philosophy, My PhD Comprehensive Exam Experiment, Philosophy, Theism/Atheism|

Some of you may have heard of the book by Edward Feser called “The Last Superstition”. If you have not read it, read it. It is definitely in my top 3 favorite books of all time. Why? I wish the book had been around earlier in my personal journey towards theism and Christianity because it provokes thoughts and analysis of our most unquestioned modern assumptions about the world around us.

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Dawkins Too Busy with the Crowd to Worship His Savior?

By test|April 25, 2012|Modern Philosophy, News Commentary, Philosophy, Theism/Atheism, to be moved|

Are “Reason Rallies” more important than (empirical) science? If for nothing else, this project makes a point…that the confidence in the explanatory power of modern empirical science esps (MES) espoused by Richard Dawkins remains limited. The shroud of Turin remains a mystery– that doesn't mean that there is no answer of course there is an answer–all knowledge, including that acquired by modern empirical science (MES) is based on the principle

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Travelling To Hong Kong Tomorrow

By Jon|April 17, 2012|Personal, Travels|

I wish to let my readers know that in the coming week and a half the posts will be a bit fewer because tomorrow I will be travelling to Hong Kong in order to attend Serra's 16th Asian Convention, and afterwards by the generous invitation of a friend I will go to Singapore. I will be sure to update the blog with some aspects of my journey and please keep the

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Hawking, Math and the World

By Jon|April 16, 2012|Education, Modern Philosophy, Philosophy, Theism/Atheism|

A quote from Stephen Hawking earlier today via Biltrix surprised me: “This may sound odd, but according to the laws of nature concerning gravity and motion, laws that are among the oldest in science, space itself is a vast store of negative energy – enough to ensure that everything adds up to zero. I’ll admit that unless mathematics is your thing, this is hard to grasp, but it’s true.”  This is a

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