Hello World!

Welcome to my blog. I’m glad you’ve taken the time to visit.

This blog is about faith and reason. It’s about the reasonableness of faith, why it’s rational to believe in God, and the compatibility of faith with logic and science.

It’s also about the New Atheism and its many startling claims. New Atheists led by Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins would have us believe that people can’t be friendly and tolerant towards those who think differently on matters of faith.

I disagree. I’ve known a lot of atheists over the years and many have been good friends. And while I don’t agree with everything they think, I can understand  – and in many instances even sympathize with  – their reasons for disbelief. I enjoy lively yet friendly discussions with those who think differently. I think grown-ups should be able to do that – that’s what it really means to be tolerant and understanding, after all. (Hopefully I’m not being too naive here!)

But the militancy of the New Atheism has something of a fundamentalist fervor to it that is both disturbing and scary. It’s intolerant, divisive, and unwilling to accept that other positions can be rational. They insist that believers are stupid, that it’s irrational to believe in God, that it’s incompatible with science and that science has shut God out of the thinking man’s world.

Again I disagree.

There is a large body of scientific evidence that points to God, not away, and a great number of intelligent men and women of science and other disciplines are believers and have been throughout history. The simple fact is you can be rational and fully embrace science – and be a believer or an atheist. 

I will address the issues I see with the militancy of what has become known as New Atheism. Their strident intolerance is unreasonable. Extremism and fundamentalism of any colour, whether secular or religious, is simply not acceptable. I hope you will enjoy this journey with me.

I also plan to explore the many good reasons people have for being unbelievers, as well as the many good reasons for faith. It is a topic that fascinates me, and, after all, what bigger question has ever faced humanity: Is there a God?