Dangerous certainty

In 1954, psychologist Leon Festinger read a story in his local newspaper headlined “Prophecy from planet Clarion call to city: flee that flood.” The prophecy emanated from Chicago housewife Dorothy Martin, who, through an experiment with automatic writing, received a warning that the earth…

What do you know?

In an opinion piece1 published on the New York Times website, dated 26 March 2016—the day before Easter Sunday—William Irwin, professor of Philosophy at King’s College, contends that certainty about the existence of God is impossible. Instead of certainty, Irwin promotes “a state of…