Why have I written all this stuff?
Here you will find pieces giving a critical or sceptical outlook on a
wide range of topics. Many of them are concerned with belief or the lack
of it and therefore lie on the margins of religion. To explain the tone
of these pieces, I should say that I have been touched by several
religious or spiritual belief systems at various times in my life but
nowadays I should prefer to be free of all of them. I've generally found
that the less my thinking is circumscribed by adherence to belief
systems, the better I feel. These ideas are expanded in my Sceptical Articles.
The position from which I have written this material could probably best
be described as metaphysical naturalism. That is, I
don't look to find any transcendental realm beyond what we can perceive.
At the same time, for reasons explained elsewhere on my site, I
recognize that materialism is itself a metaphysical position and is
therefore in a sense an act of faith. (See Reflections on the F word.)
I don't, I need hardly say, think that I have all the answers (or even
all the questions). I therefore provide links to other sites which offer broadly
similar ideas. (See also Who are you