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A Public Conscience: Ralph Cudworth on the Religious Foundation of Civil Government

Ralph Cudworth (1617-1688) is perhaps the most famous and influential of the group of Anglican divines that scholars since the 19th century have dubbed the Cambridge Platonists. These divines were some of the first, if not the first, English philosophers to discuss and critically engage with the new philosophy of René Descartes. They were certainly attracted to […]

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Adam Gopnik on the Varieties of Unbelief

Though Ross Douthat was easily able to take apart its over-confident assertions, there’s still something important to Adam Gopnik’s (very well written) essay, “Bigger than Phil: When did faith start to fade?” He gives a helpful short history of the rise of modern “atheism” and “skepticism,” but he also points out the practical side. Note well this […]

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The Internet and Religious (De)-Conversions

Larry Alex Taunton posts some helpful observations about the factors which play into young people’s conversions to atheism. Perhaps the most important one comes at the end: The internet factored heavily into their conversion to atheism When our participants were asked to cite key influences in their conversion to atheism – people, books, seminars, etc. […]