Dawkins Against Religion’s Claim To Superiority Because It Offers Absolute Morality

This is one of the most concise, eloquent, and accurate statements on the problem with religious absolutism in morality and the superiority of secular, non-absolutist approaches to morality I have ever heard. And it is certainly Dawkins’s best 2 and a half minutes on the topic of morality I have ever heard: Thanks to Lucy. [Read More...]

The Simulation Hypothesis

by Eric Steinhart Atheists can use the traditional arguments for God in strange new ways.  There’s no reason to reject those arguments – on the contrary, I think they should be carefully studied, and their flaws should be repaired.  But I don’t think they lead to God.  I love the Cosmological Arguments.  And the ones [Read More...]

Do Atheists Have An “Us vs. Them” Mentality?

Atheist Revolution argues we do but that it’s not our fault because religion started it and there is no avoiding it as long as religion perpetuates it, so we cannot be blamed for just acknowledging it’s there: I think that an “us vs. them” mentality was established long ago by religious believers and has been [Read More...]

TOP Q: “How Is It Fair To Question Other People’s Identity-Forming Beliefs While Demanding Respect For One’s Own Belief-Formed Identities?”

I always tell my students as they start studying philosophy that it is crucial that they not associate their ideas too closely with themselves.  They need to get used to not taking criticism of their ideas personally. I warn them that if they cannot disassociate from their ideas when they fail, they will never be [Read More...]

What Closed-Mindedness and Open-Mindedness Actually Entail

Yesterday, I offered 10 tips for religious people who want to reach out to atheists. Joseph wants me to mention one more thing: Very good! One thing that you missed and would have lived to see is the accusation from theists to us heathens that we are narrow minded or closed minded. This drives me [Read More...]

The Religious Conservative’s False Choice: “Big Brother” Or “Heavenly Father”

In an e-mail to me, Caroline proposes thought provoking reasons for non-believers to encourage (or at least to not actively discourage) religious beliefs: It would also be nice if people would carry out actions in good conscience of just being decent human beings rather than in fear of reprisal in the afterlife, but as there [Read More...]

Christopher Hitchens Rebuts The Atheist Atrocities Charge

Convincing? Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Why, As A Skeptic, Focus So Much On Religion?

Matt Dillahunty explains why he focuses his skeptical energies so much on religion: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

How An Omniscient Being Would Fulfill The Desire To Be Known Completely

Jean-Paul Sartre reasoned that the loss of belief in God causes an existential feeling of abandonment.  He was referring to our losing the potential for divine guidance but Jon Adams’s feeling of abandonment is a new one to me.  He wishes he could still believe there was someone up there who knew him completely: Atheist [Read More...]


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