Who is this?

We’re taking a break this week from Jonathan Haidt’s very fine book, The Righteous Mind, and returning to theology. Some of you regular readers might know, I also write for the weekly blog for Westminster Reads *, We’re reading the “Gospel of Luke” now and this week’s reading (which will be posted late 6/16 or early 6/17) includes the […]

WEIRD Bible Reading

Last week we tackled a difficult topic, the “elephant” in our brains. We began thinking about how much our actions are biologically driven and how much we are predisposed for group belonging. This is a difficult concept for many of us. In part two of  Jonathan Haidt’s The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided […]

The Elephant in our brains.

Intuitions come first, strategic reasoning second. Moral intuitions arise automatically and almost instantaneously, long before moral reasoning has a chance to set started, and those first intuitions tend to drive our later reasoning. If you think that moral reasoning is something we do to figure out the truth, you’ll be constantly frustrated by how foolish, biased, and illogical people […]