The Religion That Cried “Wolf”

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Jim Rhodes: To my knowledge, Vietnam is the only country where citizens have a Constitutional right to believe or not believe sets of religious dogma; elevating one faith based value system over another is simply not allowed.

Religion and Government

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Steve Hochstadt: Liberals in the Democratic Party argue that Biblical support for discrimination against gays or for the teaching of a creationist version of human origins should be irrelevant to government policy.

Marianne Williamson: Sister Giant

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Marianne Williamson: In essence, we need a new bottom line. We need to shift from an economic organizing principle for human civilization to a humanitarian organizing principle.

MSL Curiosity Mission Success: It Takes a Village

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Sharon Kyle: I was in the room when the landing site was chosen for the Mars Pathfinder rover, helping the team to calculate the cost and keep track of their budgets.

Romney’s Gods Problem

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Tom Hall: Clearly, Romney has no issue with the doctrine of lying to achieve any goal he wants. But his lying about his religious beliefs doesn’t mean that other people can’t tell the truth about those religious beliefs.

The Evolution of Moral Models

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Robert Fuller: A society that rejects the theory of natural selection, Newton’s laws, or the standard model of elementary particle physics because they make no claim to being absolute truths, shoots itself in the foot.

A Foundation for a Beautiful Friendship

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Robert Fuller: The allure of mystery points directly to the nature of reality as open and infinite. It offers a foretaste of our real power within that reality as its discoverer and knower.

Is Anyone Enlightened?

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Robert Fuller: Getting a close look at several individuals who were advertised as enlightened led me to conclude that there’s a lot of hype and hypocrisy in the business. A good many of them, not unlike a fair number of academics I’d known, seemed to me to be in it primarily for the lifestyle.

Eureka, Epiphany, and Enlightenment

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Robert Fuller: When it comes to the discovery process, the differences between the eurekas of science and the revelations of religion are superficial.

To Use Beliefs or Be Used by Them: THAT Is the Question

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Robert Fuller: As we come to see ourselves as separate from, and senior to, our beliefs, we realize that we’ll survive a change in them. They’re our servants, not our master.

Beyond Fundamentalism and Relativism

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Robert Fuller: Fundamentalism of the imperious sort comes in a variety of disguises: moral righteousness, technological arrogance, intellectual condescension, and artistic snobbery, to name a few.

Some Big, Civilization-Shaping Ideas from Religion

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Robert Fuller: Religious ideals, decoupled from political pressure, have seldom been enough to prevent predation or to arrest the cycles of vengeance that tend to ensue.

Why One God Is Better Than Ten

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Robert Fuller: An omniscient, unique god, worthy of the name, would insist that the truth is singular, and that it’s His truth. In consequence, there cannot be two distinct, true, but contradictory bodies of knowledge.

Keeping Your Balance When There’s No Place to Stand

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Robert Fuller: I realized that, as in science, political, moral, or personal convictions could be questioned and might need amending or qualifying in certain circumstances.

Religion and Life: A Personal and Public Essay

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Walter Moss: When I was a Catholic one of the virtues I heard most praised was humility, and I have often regretted how little of it is evidenced by religious and political leaders.

What Science Does: Model Building

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Robert Fuller: No species other than ours holds the fate of the Earth in its hands. The question, then, is what is it about humans that has brought us such power?

Whatever Happened to “Peace on Earth, Goodwill toward Men”?

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Robert Fuller: It seems to me then that religion’s most serious shortcoming was not that it harbored “deniers” of well-established science models, but that it had not found a way to realize its own aspirational goals.

Reason to Hope: A New Deal for Science and Religion

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Robert Fuller: Many of the voices now being raised against religion are over-confident and patronizing, rather like those of trial-lawyers who feel the jury is in their pocket.

Facing Opportunities and Obstacles in Space

Jonathan Coopersmith: The Obama administration is discarding older NASA technologies in a quest for a new start. A historian of technology says that progress depends on finding ways to explore space at tolerable prices

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