Understanding Religion

Though we can't prove the existence of one (or many) god(s), we can provide evidence for the power of religion. For good or for evil, faith factors into our everyday functioning: We've evolved to believe. Religion can help us make sense of our world, provide motivation, and bind us together. Nevertheless, structured belief has its drawbacks. So keep your mind open when dealing with dogma.

Recent posts on Religion

Funny Philosophers

By Scott G. Eberle Ph.D. on February 23, 2017 in Play in Mind
Can philosophers afford to be funny when asking the ultimate questions about life, the universe, and everything?

Keep Your Eyes on the Prize

By Dean Olsher MA, MT-BC on February 15, 2017 in A Sound Mind
Meeting life’s challenges head-on allows us to not be crushed by anxiety. It is this struggle that gives our lives meaning.

It’s on: Science & Religion Throw Down; Part 2

By Eric Dietrich Ph.D. on February 15, 2017 in Excellent Beauty
A prominent argument that evolution cannot explain why humans are religious is examined and found wanting.

David Bowie's Life at the Extremes

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on February 15, 2017 in In Excess
David Bowie was one of the most interesting people that ever lived. With an ever-shifting persona he sometimes lived life at the extremes (addiction and an interest in the occult)

The Head, Heart, and Soul in Psychotherapy

Material loss clears the way for spiritual gain, but why wait?

Hope for Restavek Children in Haiti

By Jamie D. Aten Ph.D. on February 09, 2017 in To Heal and Carry On
New HDI research finds that culturally adapted intervention lowers PTSD symptoms and spiritual struggles in traumatized Haitian children sold into slavery.

Welcoming Refugees and Immigrants Is Good for the U.S.

When the U.S. welcomes refugees regardless of religion, race, or ethnicity, we reap important social and economic rewards.

Royally Bad Philosophy (A Reply to Craig and Colbert)

By David Kyle Johnson Ph.D. on February 07, 2017 in A Logical Take
The cosmological argument ("why is there something rather than nothing") is not nearly as strong as many suppose.

5 Essential Facts About Children and War

If we want to help children exposed to armed conflict, we would do well to heed the findings of recent studies.

Thoughts on Grof, Epilepsy, and Mysticism

By David Dillard-Wright Ph.D. on February 04, 2017 in Boundless
The boundaries between neurological disorder and mystical experience cannot be mapped neatly.

Fake News has a Real Audience

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on February 02, 2017 in The Human Beast
In a golden age of fake news we are becoming more accustomed to politicians spouting self-serving lies. We are also beginning to grasp the complicity of their audience.

Why Avoiding Life’s Big Questions is Not a Good Choice

By Leslie Becker-Phelps Ph.D. on January 31, 2017 in Making Change
You live life in the details of each day, but you build strength and happiness by confronting life’s big questions.

God Has Nothing to Do With Morality

By Phil Zuckerman Ph.D. on January 30, 2017 in The Secular Life
The relationship between God and morality is much more problematic than most people realize.

Might Trump's Chickens Be Coming Home to Roost?

There is reason to think Trump's immigration ban may cause widespread backlash against his administration.
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Banning Muslims Is Illegal and Racist

By Sunil Bhatia Ph.D. on January 29, 2017 in Culture On the Move
Consider today how young American Muslims might interpret this executive order banning Muslims from seven nations, one of which is their parents’ homeland?

Religious & Traditional Healers for OCD: Helpful or Hurtful?

When there is a conflict between approaches, your client will not choose you, even with science on your side.

Neil Gaiman and Process Philosophy

By David Dillard-Wright Ph.D. on January 27, 2017 in Boundless
Neil Gaiman's novel American Gods provides a diversion, but possibly also some insight, into this fractious and upsetting time.

Seeing Is Believing: Religion, Madness, & Mechanism

Mentalism conflicts with mechanism in both religion and art.

It’s on: Science & Religion Throw Down; Part 1

By Eric Dietrich Ph.D. on January 20, 2017 in Excellent Beauty
Why do some religious people insist that science and religion are not at war?

Is Spirituality Irrational?

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on January 19, 2017 in Intentional Insights
Is spirituality irrational? The answer might surprise you!

Evangelical Christians Evangelizing Hate Must Be Stopped

While the American evangelical Christian community's evangelizing of hatred has been more fringe in the United States up until now, it's been extremely successful elsewhere.

15 Tips for Disappointing the Know-It-Alls in Your Life

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on January 18, 2017 in Ambigamy
What's wrong with some people and what can we do about it? This is the question of the century. Here are 15 tips for answering it in both personal and public life.

The Magical Ring that Lifts Depression

By Neel Burton M.D. on January 17, 2017 in Hide and Seek
A King Solomon legend

Famous Religion on the Brink of Extinction

It is difficult to transmit a religion for long, if all of its members abstain from sex.

Loving Pizza

Freedom, tradition, and erectile dysfunction

When There is Nothing to Say

By Billi Gordon Ph.D. on January 08, 2017 in Obesely Speaking
Witnessing the transition from a place in time to a place in eternity.

The Modern Muslim

By Lybi Ma on January 03, 2017 in Brainstorm
A Q&A with Omar Saif Ghobash, the ambassador from the United Arab Emirates to Russia.

Supernaturally Better than You

By Nathan A Heflick Ph.D. on December 31, 2016 in The Big Questions
Is religion associated with thinking you are better than others?

A Narcissistic Struggle as an Opportunity for Growth, Change

By John T. Chirban Ph.D, Th.D. on December 23, 2016 in Alive Inside!
Narcissism results from an unforgiving uncertainty of one's adequacy, after missed moments of emotional attachment, and leads to a relentless search for affirmation.