Philosophy and Religion

I talked to an atheist friend; in his own words, a spiritual being, not religious. He is thinking about Christianity, but has decided it is too… limp. He was interested, but filled with so many misconceptions about Christianity. Who can blame him? The typical church today is one step away from being one with the […]

  When driving through the countryside one often meets pastoral scenes of cows patiently chewing the cud under the gay heavens, ruminating on the day’s work, probably planning placid bovine adventures. One should not bash cow communion—we can always learn something of spiritual value from the tangy smell of fresh dropped manure, just not much […]

Christians are to sing Psalms. Many of us believe that only the 150 inspired Psalms of the Bible should be sung in the worship of God. We regard the three terms “psalms, hymns and spiritual songs” (Eph 5:19, Col 3:16) as all referring to the contents of the book of Psalms. The Psalms speak much […]

At the start of every semester I am required to produce a syllabus explaining the purpose and nature of the course I teach. I have taught at five institutions – the University of Cape Town, University of the Witwatersrand, University of Alberta, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and Presbyterian College. At PC faculty are required to teach […]

Recently, The Portland Monthly ran a dialogue between renowned atheist Christopher Hitchens (author of "God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything" and Marilyn  Sewell, retired minister of Portland’s First Unitarian Church. The complete interview between the renowned atheist Christopher Hitchens and Unitarian minister Marilyn Sewell First Published Dec 17, 2009 at 11:15 am Hear […]

This past week myself and Cal Beisner had the pleasure to visit with Dr. Bron Taylor, author of Dark Green Religion and other excellent academic works. Dr. Taylor is an analyst of nature spirituality. He is Professor of Religion and Environmental Ethics at the University of Florida, and a Carson Fellow of the Rachel Carson […]

It has been great to think about some of the difficulties involved in quantum mechanics. This week I shared the following quotes with my students.   “Quantum mechanics is very impressive. But an inner voice tells me that it is not yet the real thing. The theory yields a lot, but it  hardly brings us […]

Every week our minister at Greenville Presbyterian Church goes to the streets of Greenville and preaches repentance and faith in Christ. Sometimes passersby listen. Others curse and bubble within as they babble back at the preacher. One transplant from the hip northeast wrote the local newspaper, opining that such preaching should be banned. Jail the […]

This seminar was presented at the Creation Study Group, Greenville, SC in February 2012. In it I talk about how the love of death, so apparent in the green movement and dark green religion, is a logical consequence of the belief that humans are animal, different in no significant way from pond scum. Once one […]

Should God get tenure? (ed.) David W. Gill Eerdmans, 1997. Introduction: Should God Get Tenure? David W. Gill p. 4 For Marsden, the premises of secular naturalism that once justified the exclusion of religious and theological perspectives are no longer adequate. p. 5 Because religion continues to play a vital role in our culture, “to […]