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The Cultural Impact of Empiricism, Jacques Maritain

Science, Materialism and False Consciousness, Bas van Fraasen.

The Blind Spot of Science is the Neglect of Lived Experience, Aeon

Does Reason Know what it is Missing? Stanley Fish

Anything but Human, Richard Polt

It Ain't Necessarily So, Antony Gottlieb

Is Evolution a Secular Religion?, Michael Ruse.

Secular Philosophy & The Religious Temperament, Thomas Nagel

Evolutionary Naturalism & The Fear of Religion, Thomas Nagel

Sorry, but your Soul just Died, Tom Wolfe

The Neural Buddhists, David Brooks

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Philosophical rationalism is not scientific, and scientific rationalism is not philosophical. — Wayfarer

Materialism seeks the primary and most simple state of matter, and then tries to develop all the others from it; ascending from mere mechanism, to chemistry, to polarity, to the vegetable and to the animal kingdom. And if we suppose this to have been done, the last link in the chain would be animal sensibility - that is knowledge - which would consequently now appear as a mere modification or state of matter produced by causality. Now if we had followed materialism thus far with clear ideas, when we reached its highest point we would suddenly be seized with a fit of the inextinguishable laughter of the Olympians. As if waking from a dream, we would all at once become aware that its final result - knowledge, which it reached so laboriously, was presupposed as the indispensable condition of its very starting-point, mere matter; and when we imagined that we thought matter, we really thought only the subject that perceives matter; the eye that sees it, the hand that feels it, the understanding that knows it. Thus the tremendous petitio principii reveals itself unexpectedly. — Schopenhaur

('petitio principii' is a fallacy in which a conclusion is taken for granted in the premises; begging the question.)