The Topics

Here is a brief explanation of the topics:

Agnosticism & Atheism

The default “setting” for most people is agnosticism since there simply isn’t much we can know about god (small g) at the outset. It is only when questions about the nature of ultimate reality begin to emerge does the question of God (capital G) begin to take shape.

People are inherently religious, in that, they tend to remain functionally agnostic until they move towards a religious view of some sort whether that be a specific religion or atheism. That specific religion can be one of the major religions such as Christianity, Islam or Buddhism or it can be some sort of spirituality. Or, as with atheism, it can be the the belief in no god, found as such in a materialism philosophy.

Either way, the ultimate reality hanging above us is described in terms of there being a god of some sort or there being nothing. Articles under this heading discusses belief and non-belief in god.

Society & Culture

To some, the modern world views individuals as atoms floating in a universe filled with other atoms swirling around each other but each individually acted upon by the laws of physics. In reality, we are all creatures of culture and society. We see things not as they are but through a lens of language and concepts shaped by the people around us, starting with family and friends, then to communities and regions, followed by nations and, finally society and culture.

Questions about ultimate reality naturally involve questions of society and culture.

Knowledge & Faith

There is quite a bit of misinformation about the relationship between knowledge and faith. They are often viewed as opposites–you either have one or the other, but not both. Such is not the case and the relationship between the two is more complex.

Questions about ultimate reality revolve around what we can know and what we can’t.

Origins & Evolution

There is, perhaps, no topic more hotly debated than that of the origins of humanity.

Knowledge & Science