Episode 047: The battle of the mind – faith and reason

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What’s the role of reason in faith?

The podcast is back! This short series consists of talks that I recently gave on a speaking tour, speaking at a church camp in Auckland as well as at Thinking Matters events in Hamilton, Auckland and Tauranga. The theme was Christian apologetics, and this first talk was to set the scene on the general issue of faith and reason.


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  • Brandon June 9, 2013, 10:54 am

    Will this be up on Itunes at some point?

  • Glenn June 9, 2013, 1:11 pm

    Hi Brandon – Yes, it’s in iTunes now.

  • Brandon June 9, 2013, 4:20 pm

    Excellent. Glad to have some more podcasts coming down the pike! I’ve missed them so . . .

  • Ross June 9, 2013, 9:25 pm

    Thanks Glenn, excellent podcast.

    You could also mention the British Journal of Psychiatry report you discussed a while ago which showed that religious people were more likely than the non-religious to obtain post-school qualifications (30% religious, 24% non-religious).

  • Guy June 11, 2013, 1:35 am

    Hi Glenn

    Glad the podcasts are back. I am looking forward to the next two. Please will you post references to the research you used for this one. I have found the “Losing my religion” one (I see Regnerus was a co-author) but can’t find the 2007 Oxford study.

  • Glenn June 11, 2013, 7:13 am

    Hi Guy

    I got the information about the 2007 findings in Oxford from the same article in new Scientist. Here’s the link, but a subscription is required to read the article: http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20527506.100-where-do-atheists-come-from.html?full=true

  • Andrew June 11, 2013, 11:16 pm

    I downloaded the podcast and it cut out after about 10 mins. Not sure if that the was file itself or a disruption in the download.

  • Glenn June 11, 2013, 11:44 pm

    Hi Andrew, I’m able to download and play it fine, as are others, so it sounds like a disrupted download or something in the process of getting the file.

  • Kyle June 12, 2013, 12:04 am

    Andrew, that happens to me too. I usually just refresh the page or download the podcast again and it’s fixed. It might take a couple of tries.

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  • Matt June 27, 2013, 4:47 am

    as far as the statistics about people in their 20s and 30s not attending church as regularly, I think (and I say this from my own experience) that could have a great deal to do with a business world that’s increasingly antagonistic to religious commitments. It can be hard to get Sundays off regularly, and after a while one can get alienated from their religious community because of this. It, of course, doesn’t mean that this hypothetical person isn’t religious anymore or doesn’t have any of the requisite beliefs. I’ve heard that statistic before, and I’ve always thought that it was never accounted for that going to church is often more difficult to manage when you’re at the age where you’re building a financial foundation for the rest of your life (when the institutions that will hire you, that you’re dependent on for income, often could care less about the religious habits of their members). Of course, studies could probably be done to back this up, it’s only a suggestion as I’m stating it now but I think it might explain some of those stats.

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