Deriving An Atheistic, Naturalistic, Realist Account Of Morality

Tom Gilson thinks that theism accounts for moral realism better than atheism does.  My reasons for rejecting that view are here (though I am interested in tailoring a future post specifically to Gilson’s particular way of arguing for a theist basis for moral realism). For now, however, rather than counter Gilson’s positive claims for theism’s [Read More...]

How Morality Can Change Through Objective Processes And In Objectively Defensible Ways

Jason of Lousy Canuck thinks I am quibbling over semantics in complaining about his characterization of morality as essentially “subjective” and he wants me to clarify how my position diverges in substance from his own.  Answering his questions and his formulations may prove a fruitful way to clarify my own positions.  So, here goes.  He [Read More...]

Sundaily Hilarity: Colbert Sums Up O’Reilly

“There must be a God because I don’t know how things work.” The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c <td style='padding:2px 1px 0px 5px;' colspan='2'Bill O’Reilly Proves God’s Existence – Neil deGrasse Tyson www.colbertnation.com Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog</a> Video Archive PZ Myers quibbles interestingly over Colbert’s decision to [Read More...]

Dan Barker Interviews Dan Dennett About Ministers Who Are Closet Atheists

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Daily Hilarity: Bill Maher On The Founding Fathers Vs. The Tea Party

Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Michelle Malkin: Treat Atheists As Trolls

There’s one unstated attitude that makes all this reflexive self-righteousness, galling hypocrisy, and unblinking sense of privilege possible, and it’s “Who Cares About Atheists?” Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

The Separability Of Metaethics From Questions Of Theism

Earlier today, I argued that atheists cannot duck metaethics challenges from theists (or anyone else) and that we should not respond to such challenges with the knee jerk response that we are being bigotedly assumed to be incapable of moral behavior.  I wrote: it is not mere prejudice for theists to demand atheists give an [Read More...]

Being Personally Moral Is Not Enough, Atheists Need A Coherent Metaethics

Atheists can be as moral as anyone else.  When theists imply that atheism by itself entails that people will either likely or necessarily be less moral, they trade in oblivious, self-satisfied, prejudicial thinking which besmirches atheists unfairly. But it is not mere prejudice for theists to demand atheists give an account of their metaethical positions. [Read More...]

Is It A Waste Of Time For Atheists To Care About Spirituality?

Badger3K objects to my suggestion that rationalists should “take back” spirituality from the peddlers of woo and faith: Spirituality has always been associated with religion, superstition, and woo (including the new age bs). There has never been anything to “take back” – it was always their word to begin with. If you feel awe, say [Read More...]


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