Welcome to Rationality & Faith

Faith is not the antithesis of rationality, and "rational faith" is not an oxymoron. Rational faith is trust in what is unproved--not what is disproved. 


However, religious faith is most often dogmatic, and dogmatism is the antithesis of rationality. 


What about spirituality? It is a way of thinking and living, oriented around the concept that a web of consciousness connects all sentient life, such that how we treat others reflects back to ourselves.

Like faith, spirituality is not the antithesis of rationality, for the idea is conjectural--unproved but not disproved. Acceptance is not mandatory but neither is rejection. There is no evidentiary basis for accepting that a spiritual web of consciousness exists but this way of thinking and living has beneficial effects in the real world: an expanded capacity for kindness and compassion, courage and creativity, rationality and respect.

The two-fold purpose of this website is:

  • To provide a forum for discussion of rationality, faith, and spirituality as distinct from dogmatic religiosity

  • To introduce Doctrine Impossible, a book that discusses these issues in depth

Doctrine Impossible delves into topics not explored in other critiques of religion—the inescapable self-contradiction in Christian doctrine on sin and salvation, religion’s idolatrous devotion to its sacred texts, and a new look at Jesus’ teachings from the perspective of rational spirituality rather than dogmatic religiosity.

Although the conclusion—that church doctrine on sin and salvation is self-contradictory—challenges Christianity’s foundational assumption that the Bible is the inerrant and infallible word of God, it does not preclude faith in God or learning from the spiritual teachings of Jesus.

September 7, 2019

The less garbage we produce, the less there is to be dumped or burned. Let’s extend that truism to include rhetorical refuse as well as physical trash.

Communication is exchanging not just words but information and insights between people who are genuinely interested in...

August 23, 2019

Some time ago, a believer asked me whether I would worship God if incontrovertible evidence of his existence were presented. I said, “No,” which elicited this retort: “You demand evidence for God, yet now you say you would ignore it even if it were presented!” Not so;...

August 19, 2019

Today, in August 2019, there is ongoing flap over accusations that opera superstar Placido Domingo has, since the 1980s, committed multiple acts of sexual harassment and aggression against female performers. I take such accusations seriously—but why am I addressing the...

July 31, 2019

What is certainty? It’s not knowledge; rather, it is the mental-emotional sense of assurance that one’s knowledge is correct. But feeling certain is no guarantee of being correct. An individual with paranoid psychosis may feel certain that extraterrestrials are trying...

July 16, 2019

I make no secret of my contempt for religious apologists. The reason: Their task is not to explore the implications of faith but to lull the faithful who might start questioning the authority of scripture and the truth of church doctrine. Sometimes these self-appointed...

July 12, 2019

I don’t like the term; it reeks of religiosity and superstition. Another problem is that it is defined in too many diverse ways, making the concept exceedingly slippery. A third problem is potential confusion with spiritualism (belief in communication with ghosts). But...

February 19, 2018

To forestall misunderstanding: No, this essay is not about how the Bible does or doesn’t support or oppose gun control. It is about a condition that is common to both the Bible and the Second Amendment to the Constitution: Inconsistency.

Self-contradiction in the Bible...

January 27, 2018

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900) authored what is arguably the most iconic expression of non-belief ever penned: “God is dead.” This statement, from Thus Spoke Zarathustra, is easily misunderstood when taken out of context; essentially, it means that the cultural venues...

January 13, 2018

“The enemy must be defeated!”

Well, hell—there is always an enemy that must be defeated. Occasionally, the enemy is a genuine threat to civilization; more often, it is just a different perspective, a way of thinking that threatens people’s spiritual torpor.

We recently w...

January 1, 2018

At the beginning of each year, many of us resolve to start doing something good or stop doing something bad. Herewith, I resolve to stop making resolutions—not just as a vaguely clever (and almost certainly not original) quip, but as an important truth in life: Resolut...

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About the Author

Steven Tiger, the author of Doctrine Impossible, approaches religion from a rational rather than pious perspective, applying the same type of critical thinking he brought to his career as a writer for the professional medical literature...

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