Ethics Professors No Ethically Better Than Other Professors

Being an ethics professor myself, I didn’t need a study to tell me this! A fun experiment: Oddly, however, we found no relationship whatsoever between professors’ expressed attitudes about the morality of consistently responding to undergraduate emails and their actual behavior. 83.0% of professors said it was morally bad not consistently to respond to undergraduate [Read More...]

Daily Hilarity: “The Reason For Everything and the Purpose of Life”

Bill Maher reads from Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Life for an encore… “Rick Warren, he knows God–Knows him? He talks about him like they were in the Rat Pack together” [Read more...]

Free Speech is Sacred

Old news from when I was not blogging that I want to make sure I have a post which is a resource on this topic. Lou Dobbs and Christopher Hitchens with invaluable report on UN Resolution And for more about the issue of the Orwellian UN resolution against “defamation of religion,” these two articles by [Read More...]

à tout à l’heure, Shane

For those of you who have followed along this last week, Shane and I have volleyed back and forth 7.5 times in a vigorous, rigorous, and somewhat wide-ranging debate primarily aimed at establishing whether or not religious faith constitutes an illicit appeal to arbitrary authority and whether religions, therefore, can be denounced on epistemological grounds [Read More...]

“You’re An Atheist Because You Want To Sin”

Austin Cline has a really nice reply that points out the unintelligibility of this old ad hominem: It is simply nonsensical to insist that people don’t believe in some particular god simply because they don’t want to be held accountable to that god. Do Christians disbelieve in Zeus because they don’t want to be held [Read More...]

Sincerity, Hypocrisy, and Mark Sanford

I loathe witch hunts over people’s personal lives.  What interests me are some observations on sincerity and hypocrisy which seem apparent to me watching the bizarrely unself-aware and narcissistic way that Sanford has acted as though he is a character in the Bible or some other morality tale in which he is the star. I [Read More...]

Experimental Philosophers Profiled On BBC

Click here for a half hour audio broadcast, introducing the basic notions of “experimental philosophy,” the new movement causing waves in moral philosophy the last few years. [Read more...]

Religion in the US Military

A report from Al-Jazeera English “We’re government paid missionaries when we leave here.” [Read more...]

Palin As Your Heavenly Father

I don’t think anything could say God-complex any clearer than this: When Trig was born, Palin wrote an e-mail letter to friends and relatives, describing the belated news of her pregnancy and detailing Trig’s condition; she wrote the e-mail not in her own name but in God’s, and signed it “Trig’s Creator, Your Heavenly Father.” [Read more...]