Cafe Inquiry: Incendiary, The Willingham Case — Wednesday, July 31

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Join us for popcorn and a FREE MOVIE in the Steve Allen Theater! This month’s film: Incendiary: The Willingham Case

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.

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.

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.

How Big Government Enables Big Religion

benjamin zeller

Benjamin Zeller: Rick Perry may fill stadiums for rallies and he may even win the GOP nomination for President, but unlike Ike he will never be able to claim the mantle of a united Big Religion for himself.

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