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There can be no compromise

December 18, 2011

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A local book store has its staff write feedback about some of the books they sell on little pieces of card. The philosophy section, right next to the religious section, has a prominent display for The Good Book: A Secular Bible and a comment telling us that: In every Church, Mosque, synagogue, at every lectern and in every pulpit, […]

Poisoning the mind

September 13, 2011

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“Does all religion—does all promotion of religion—necessarily undermine rationality?”, it was asked. “Oh, absolutely!  That’s the whole point of religion: it promotes faith over evidence”, thus spake Prof. Peter Atkins, Chemist and Fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford University. The assertion that religion holds back our cognitive capabilities is a common refrain amongst the militant atheists. Biologist PZ Myers […]

One flesh

September 4, 2011

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A valid sacramental marriage, once consummated, cannot be dissolved. In extraordinary situations spouses are allowed to separate or even get a civil divorce: “2383 The separation of spouses while maintaining the marriage bond can be legitimate in certain cases provided for by canon law. If civil divorce remains the only possible way of ensuring certain […]