Category Archives: Humanness

Consider the Devil(s)

When my son was in third or fourth grade he gave a year end report on Tasmanian Devils (image credit). These are fascinating carnivorous marsupials now found only on on the Australian Island state of Tasmania. But it wasn’t all … Continue reading

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It’s Culture, Stupid

The title to this post will conjure up a variety of different impressions. Some will hark back to old campaign slogans, others will take umbrage at my use of the word “stupid “. Who am I to call anyone stupid! … Continue reading

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It’s in Art

The second essay in The Emergence of Personhood, A Quantum Leap? was written by Ian Tattersall, Curator Emeritus, Division of Anthropology, American Museum of Natural History. In his essay Tattersall digs more deeply into what it means to be human … Continue reading

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The Dividing Line

What distinguishes humans from other animals? The question is hard to answer definitively. We know intuitively that a dog, a dolphin, or even a chimpanzee is not human. Certainly no other animal builds schools, writes symphonies, performs surgery, or ponders … Continue reading

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Human Rights, Another Form of Western Imperialism?

In our last post (Are We Morally Obligated) on Tim Keller’s recent book Making Sense of God: An Invitation to the Skeptical we dug into the issue of the foundation for morals … with a rather vigorous discussion in the … Continue reading

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Are We Morally Obligated?

Are there any moral obligations on us as humans? Is terrorism wrong? Is incest wrong? How old is the age of consent? (Is this concept meaningful?) Are children (or wives) property? Is gender equality always good? Is racism always wrong? … Continue reading

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The Stories We Tell

Chapter 2 of Neuroscience, Psychology, and Religion: Illusions, Delusions, and Realities about Human Nature by Malcolm Jeeves and Warren S. Brown digs into the warfare model of science as it pertains to neuroscience and psychology. Does science disprove God? Whether … Continue reading

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