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...]

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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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What Anti-Faith Commercials Could Look Like

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhAKzYr4-wg&feature=player_embedded (video via Hank) So, the premise, legally banning religion is of course something we should not take seriously. But these mock ups of commercials for more generally and informally discarding bad religious ideas and ending identity-based divisiveness in religion are really valuable as anti-faith messages. Maybe some day when simply saying “You Can Be Good [Read More...]

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On Rejecting Faith in Morality

Update: Joel Marks has replied to this post and to my first follow up post.  I have reedited this post to incorporate his remarks at the end. Joel Marks is at the Center for Bioethics at Yale University and is professor emeritus of philosophy at the University of New Haven. Though writing on ethics throughout [Read More...]

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7 Reasons Why I Label Myself An Atheist Rather Than An Agnostic

I have never joined a political party and even though I deeply mistrust today’s Republican party, I do not identify as a Democrat or a liberal or a progressive.  The most I will say is that politically I am “left leaning”.  I am happy to take any number of stands on any number of issues [Read More...]

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How Religious Bullying Makes Atheists So Angry: One New Atheist's Story

I thought I saw an atheist, with fur and pointed claws, And wicked teeth for chewing up Judeo-Christian laws, I ran, and tripped, and fell to earth, then hid behind a log— It caught me, though, and licked my face—of course, it was a dog. I thought I saw an atheist, though cleverly disguised Not [Read More...]

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Boy, Theology Is Hard: Archbishop Dolan Says God Used 9/11 To End Atheism In New York

We atheists are often accused of not taking on any serious theological arguments but picking on the low hanging fruit—the superstitious mythical obviously false bullshit that actual ordinary believers actually believe. We are assured that if only we engaged the serious thinkers of the great faiths we would have to respect the depth of what [Read More...]

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Why Clergy Rightfully Have No Place At A 9/11 Memorial (Or Any Civic Ceremonies)

Some clergy have been upset that they were explicitly excluded from today’s ceremonies about 9/11. I alluded to this, with a link where you can read more, in the following critical remark yesterday: some [are taking] the opportunity [of 9/11's tenth anniversary] to selfishly feel aggrieved because their religion and its pseudo-authority and pseudo-comforts are neglected. [Read More...]

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Islam, 9/11, and "True Religion" (Or "What Could George W. Bush Mean When Talking About True Islam?")

What did it mean when George W. Bush talked about Islam really being a “religion of peace” and argued that it was not to blame for the murderous actions of terrorists? Bush was (and is) a true believing Evangelical Christian. How could he argue for a “true” interpretation of Islam when Islam is a falsehood [Read More...]

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