Essential Reads

Will Baby Boomers Ever Find Religion?

By Lawrence R Samuel Ph.D. on December 09, 2017 in Boomers 3.0
For a good number of boomers, finding a little or a lot more faith is a kind of coming full circle.

Global Mental Health Challenges and Remedies in Chicago

By  Stevan Weine, M.D. on December 07, 2017 in Cafes Around the World
Are there global mental health problems in our university's backyard?

Could Morality Have a Transcendent Evolved Purpose?

Evolutionary theory can explain morality in terms of survival and reproduction. Could it also explain morality in terms of some larger purpose?

Does Science Require a Leap of Faith?

By David Ludden Ph.D. on December 04, 2017 in Talking Apes
No one has ever changed their essential beliefs on the basis of rational arguments.

More Posts on Religion

What's Wrong With This Religious Wedding?

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on December 07, 2017 in Am I Right?
Getting married in a religious ceremony when couples don't really believe can create serious problems, for the couple and the religion.

Bayes Odyssey

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on December 06, 2017 in One Among Many
Some of the pioneers of statistics were deeply religious. Little seems to have changed.
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The Kingdom of Bayes

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on December 04, 2017 in One Among Many
Will there be a second coming of the Reverend, or is the Bayesian revolution a matter of rhetoric? Consider some eschatological perspectives.

Wisdom From the World of Dance

By Kimerer LaMothe Ph.D. on November 30, 2017 in What a Body Knows
I offer a playful, very preliminary exploration of “wisdom” I have learned through the study of American modern dance and contemporary ballet.

Are Virtual Experiences Real?

By Jim Davies Ph.D. on November 29, 2017 in The Science of Imagination
Can a virtual church on a computer give you feelings of spirituality? Our recent research explores this.

Roy Moore and Sexual Abuse of Young Women

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on November 29, 2017 in The Human Beast
Conservative politicians seem compelled by a malicious elf to behave in ways that expose their rabid hypocrisies in public.

Child Sexual Abuse Declared an Epidemic

Child sexual abuse epidemic acknowledged by WHO.

Fighting for the Separation of Church and State

By Phil Zuckerman Ph.D. on November 28, 2017 in The Secular Life
Secularism requires a strong wall between government and religion.

Synchronicity at Play

Analyzing coincidences includes looking at how they impact you in your life right then!

On the Virtue of Not Knowing

By Eric Dietrich Ph.D. on November 24, 2017 in Excellent Beauty
Dawkins's has said that religion teaches the false virtue of accepting our not understanding the world. Is he right?
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10 Ways to Enjoy the Holidays as an Interfaith Couple

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on November 19, 2017 in Off the Couch
If you need a flow chart to figure out where you’ll be on a given day during the holidays and to help you remember who celebrates what and when, these 10 ideas will help!

Spare the Rod, Spoil the Child?

By Asa Don Brown Ph.D. on November 16, 2017 in Towards Recovery
Spanking a child is about the parent not the child. The child will learn more from positive correction than physical manipulation.

Testamentary Restraints on Marriage

By Ruth Lee Johnson J.D. on November 16, 2017 in So Sue Me
Many parents have a lot to say about their children's love interests and relationship decisions. Some parents want to have the last word, even after they die.

A Farewell to Skepticism

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on November 16, 2017 in One Among Many
Keep theological hypotheses out of science.

Roadblocks to Intimacy & Trust X: Breaking the Silence

I know of no relationship that improved without conversation.

What is Redemption After All?

It helps to be a little more found than lost.

Analyzing a Long Series of Dreams: A Conference Presentation

A new method of exploring the meaningful patterns in a long series of dreams can shed light on personal relationships, emotional concerns, cultural activities, and spiritual views.
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What You Can Expect From an Authoritarian, Part 2

Based on research on authoritarian wounding, learn what you can expect from authoritarian contact and how you can heal the wounds inflicted by that contact.

Roy Moore, Sex, Republicans, and Religious Conservatism

By Stanton Peele Ph.D. on November 11, 2017 in Addiction in Society
Roy Moore embodies an arrested sexual development common among fellow Republicans and conservative Christians.

1,001 Nights of Dream Recall

A long series of dreams can offer insights into many aspects of waking life, including personal relationships, spiritual beliefs, and dynamic elements of the external environment.

Same-Sex Relations in the Bible

By Neel Burton M.D. on November 01, 2017 in Hide and Seek
Many traditional attitudes to same-sex relations have come down from the Bible.

Paying Attention: Consciousness of What?

By Kimerer LaMothe Ph.D. on October 31, 2017 in What a Body Knows
Participants all engaged in specific patterns of bodily movement designed to help them acquire a consciousness of some thing—consciousness of what?

Is Science a Religion?

By Eric Dietrich Ph.D. on October 30, 2017 in Excellent Beauty
It is common to hear that science is another religion. This view is wrong in all the ways that matter.

Cutting-Edge Research Shows That Love Is All Around Us

How can our precognitive abilities help tune us in to timeless love?

The Power of Ritual

Rituals are actions that support the deepening of our spiritual and emotional connections. They bring extra brightness and fulfillment into our lives.

Protesting God

By Andy Tix Ph.D. on October 19, 2017 in The Pursuit of Peace
Adversity can lead people to atheism or agnosticism. But what if questioning and anger were actually considered a critical component of a close, resilient relationship with God?

A Higher Intelligence May be Signaling This Statistician

Even when confronted personally with a low probability coincidence, a major statistician clings tightly to his belief in the full explanatory power of coincidences.
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Teresa of Avila: Mystic, Visionary, or Flourishing Woman?

By Ryan M. Niemiec Psy.D. on October 16, 2017 in What Matters Most?
Learn the top strengths of one of the most popular and influential saints, Teresa of Avila. How might this mystic inspire you to flourish?

Boy Scouts Still Shut the Door on Some Kids

By David Niose on October 15, 2017 in Our Humanity, Naturally
The Boy Scouts of America has gotten more inclusive in recent years, but this makes its exclusion of atheist children all the more conspicuous.