This blog presents a view of life from a naturalist perspective. There are three messages I wish to convey here:
First, I hope to dispel misconceptions about atheism, which is a necessary consequence of naturalism. Because I was a Christian for many years, I understand some of these misconceptions, so perhaps I can dispel them more effectively.
Second, I wish to turn an unflinching, honest spotlight onto religion, in the hopes that believers might see their faith from a different, thought-provoking perspective.
Third, I hope to convince believers that morality can have a logically sound, objective basis in a wholly natural universe.
What is naturalism?
Naturalism, at least in the context of this blog, has nothing to do with doffing one’s clothes and getting in touch with nature. Rather, it is the view (taken provisionally, based on the available evidence) that humans are fully part of the natural world, and that no supernatural entities appear to exist.
Naturalism is therefore atheistic, and I happily identify myself as an atheist. However, my view of the world is not a mere refutation of the existence of gods. This is only a starting point. Rather, I see naturalism as an ongoing adventure of discovery, both scientific and ethical. There is a richness of complexity in the natural world, be it in the vast spaces of the cosmos, or in the tangle of neurons and synapses in the brain. To immerse oneself in the delights of this world is to get a piece of the real action, and that’s the journey I am on.
For more on naturalism, I refer the reader to the thoughtfully expressed views of the folks at the Center for Naturalism.
A bit about me
My name is Keith Harrison, and I’m a scientist living in the U.S.A. I was a Christian for some three decades before going through a gradual (several year) period of re-evaluating my beliefs. My views on religion are collected into an essay here, and you can read more about my history here.
As you can tell, I don’t feel justified in running this blog anonymously: I do not wish to evade responsibility for anything I say. However, I realize that other bloggers have good reasons for remaining anonymous: they may fear physical threats, or perhaps they don’t wish their views to be revealed to family and friends. Each case is unique.
Please enjoy the blog, and leave whatever comments you have – I’m always ready to engage in conversation.