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I trust in a rational belief system, built on facts and concepts, ultimately linked to observation and experience, which fit together in a coherent way as part of a useful (in terms of making good predictions!) logical framework.  Whether it be my own worldview —or a collective product of a multitude of minds (scientific consensus)—I see this framework as steadily evolving (improving!) based on feedback.  If they pass certain tests, I'm generally able to accept psychologically disturbing features of Reality (example: the finality of death) rather than deny them.


When it comes to gathering and applying knowledge, I am something of an intuitive thinker. I can firmly believe, with complete confidence and trust, in something for which there’s little or no evidence, and certainly no proof. Yes —I can deny Reality and believe in something if doing so provides hope or useful psychological advantage (example: belief in an afterlife.) While critics may say I'm deluding myself, I see it as adopting healthy beliefs which promote my —and perhaps my family's or loved ones —continued psychological well-being.

Note: With version 4.0, these themes are new to the Project Worldview theme structure in March, 2019.
As such this page may be rather incomplete or still "under construction" for quite awhile!

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Evidence Based Practice (medical science related, from online encyclopedia) Faith  (from online encyclopedia)
Worldview Watch issue #31, posted 3/26/2013: "God, Science, Faith" Faith and Rationality (from online encyclopedia)
Worldview Watch issue #27, posted 10/26/2012 Critical Thinking, Prayer,  and the Free Inquiry Path to a Worldview Stages of faith chart based on James Fowler 1981 book Stages of Faith
Worldview Watch issue #20, posted 8/14/2011 Prayer, Reason, and Drought in Texas A 2012 Critical Assessment of James Fowler’s Faith Development Theory  
Worldview Watch issue #14, posted 12/16/2010 Science and Theology: "The Humble Approach"  2008 review by Susan Troy of James Fowler’s Stages of Faith book
What Does it Mean to be Evidence-based? (from Oregon Research Institiute ) Interpretation of James Fowler’s on “The Development of Faith”
Scientific Faith Is Different From Religious Faith by Paul Bloom (from The Atlantic  Nov 24 2015)   Denial: Self Deception, False Beliefs, and the Origins of the Human Mind, by Ajit Varki and Danny Brower (this 2013 book argues that denying death's finality by believing in an afterlife helped the human mind develop) 
“Faith-Based and Evidence-Based Thinking” (Nov 23 2015 post  from The Sensuous Curmudgeon) Faith and Facts by Greg Koukl  (Christian perspective)
‘Faith vs. Fact:’ why religion and science are mutually incompatible by Jeffrey Schloss (in The Washington Post Aug 3 2015) Faith vs. Facts by T. Luhrmann   (Opinion piece in New York Times  Apr 18 2015)
Religion and vaccine refusal are linked. We have to talk about it.  By Julia Belluz (article posted on VOX June 19 2019)

"David Brooks’s Journey Toward Faith" By Peter Wehner  (his path between doubt and belief , The Atlantic May 7 2019)


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