A review of Yuval Noah Harari latest book, Homo Deus

Yuval Noah Harari is an Israeli historian who had a best-seller with Sapiens: A brief history of humankind (2014; both books appeared originally in Hebrew, 2011 and 2014).   This follow-up, Homo Deus, suggests what the future may hold for our species; may, not will: Harari is not a prophet, though one has a passing thought […]

Big Gods …

Professor John Radford, Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of East London, reviews  Big Gods: How religion transformed co-operation and conflict by Ara Norenzayan. I initially held back a little from reading this book, partly because I’ve never been very keen on gods, especially big ones, and the title suggested a more favourable view […]

Dear Chief Rabbi …

This open letter by JOHN RADFORD, Emeritus Professor of Psychology at East London University, to Britain’s Chief Rabbi, Jonathan Sacks (pictured above) appeared  in the May, 2008, edition of the Freethinker   DEAR Sir Jonathan, I was interested in your article in The Times on Saturday March 1, 2008, entitled “Lose faith in God and […]

What You Don’t know about Religion (but Should)

Professor JOHN RADFORD, Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of East London, reviews What You Don’t Know About Religion (but should), by Ryan T Cragun.  Pitchstone Publishing, Durham NC, USA, 2013 (available as hard copy or e-book) THE author, pictured above,  is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Tampa, Florida. The “You”  […]

The Big Questions in Science and Religion

JOHN RADFORD, Emeritus Professor of Psychology at East London University, examines the views of ‘moderate and courteous’ theologian Keith Ward  (pictured above) contained in The Big Questions in Science and Religion – from the Freethinker, April 2009   THOSE criticising religion are often accused by theologians of not understanding “modern theology”. Keith Ward is Regius […]

So, which religion, if any, is ‘true’?

JOHN RADFORD, Emeritus Professor of Psychology at East London University, reviews The Outsider Test for Faith: How to Know Which Religion is True by John W Loftus. Prometheus Books, 2013. Available in hard copy and e-book format.   JOHN Loftus was raised as a Roman Catholic, was for 14 years an Evangelical Christian minister of […]