Nietzsche: Moral Absolutism and Moral Relativism Are "Equally Childish"

Recently Joel Marks, a career moral philosopher, concluded that the moral certitude he has felt and argued for his entire career was built as much on faith as many theists’ belief in God is. And in response he swung radically in the opposite direction and came to believe that there can be no rational objectivity [Read More...]

Are Supernaturalists Actually Super-materialists?

Ophelia plucks and highlights a comment so good and philosophically interesting from PZ’s comments section that I just have to reproduce it too. For the background, Colin Tudge falsely claimed that in Richard Dawkins’s new introduction to science for children, The Magic of Reality: How We Know What’s Really True, Dawkins dogmatically imposes on children a “crude materialism” that [Read More...]

Wanted: "Atheists Who Are More Upset If You DON'T Share The Gospel With Them"

Bloggers get apprised of the terms and phrases people have plugged into search engines to arrive at our blogs. Sometimes the search terms are bizarre and/or hilarious enough that a blogger will call attention to them on the blog. This is one of those times. Recently someone apparently arrived at Camels With Hammers looking for [Read More...]

Atheism and Tradition Building

This year on 9/11 I saw a number of my atheist friends dismissing the whole notion of memorializing that nationally traumatic day or even of taking its ten year anniversary as an opportunity to reflect on its impacts on our nation’s values and history in the last decade. For some it was a spirit of [Read More...]

The First Atheist Blogger?

That’s what VorJack dubs Charles Chilton Moore, who in 19th Century Kentucky started up a newspaper called The Bluegrass Blade. The Blade‘s tagline proclaimed it was “edited by a Heathen in the interest of Good Morals” (which was 19th Century speak for “ejaculations from a godless liberal”). Vorjack has a sample of his work, the proto-atheist-blogger [Read More...]

"Good Sex Without God": A Conversation Between Greta Christina and Stephanie Zvan

Two of Freethought Blogs‘ own bloggers, Greta Christina of Greta Christina Blog and Stephanie Zvan of Almost Diamonds sat down for an interesting talk about atheism. Get to know Camels With Hammers‘s new neighbors by listening to their chat here. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Moral Perfectionism, Moral Pragmatism, Free Love Ethics, and Adultery

Kelly: You are a moral absolutist, Jaime. Jaime: Nonsense. You are the one who wants to impose monogamy on everyone, whether they like it or not. Kelly: No, when we talked the other day, I conceded it was your right to have whatever kinds of open relationships you wanted. I only said that, given human [Read More...]

When Religious People Accuse Us of Being Religious, As An Insult

Don’t you hate it when anti-atheist pro-faith religionists ridiculously claim, as a put down, that atheism (or evolution) is a dogma or a faith or a religion or that it treats something as holy and as its “god”, etc.? Hank amusingly sums up the absurdity of such attempts to defend dogmatic faith-based religions from atheists and [Read More...]

Why Getting Away With Wrongdoing Does Not Make It Worth It

This past week across numerous different classes I am teaching in both ancient philosophy and ethics, I have been talking with my students about Plato’s Republic, Book II. We have discussed whether there would be any intrinsic goodness to justice such that it would be in our interests to choose just courses of action even [Read More...]


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