Disambiguating Faith: How A Lack Of Belief In God May Differ From Various Kinds Of Beliefs That Gods Do Not Exist

Yesterday on Friendly Atheist there was a vigorous debate in the comments section about whether there is a real and important difference between claiming one lacks belief in God (or gods) and outright claiming that there is no God (or gods). Here is a nice formulation of the argument that the distinction is an irrelevant [Read More...]

More On Pascal’s Wager From Qualia Soup and Theramin Trees

Recently I posted a terrific video challenging the value of Pascal’s Wager  from numerous perspectives.  Qualia Soup and Theramin Trees, the creators of that video, have a new video replying to criticisms they received after posting the first video.  Below is first the original video again for those who missed it (or who saw it [Read More...]

How Did You Come To Be Irreligious?

And can you explain it in a 30 second video? (via) And even if you cannot (or simply are disinclined to) make a video, can you tell us in the comments section? Your Reasons For Rejecting Religion? [Read more...]

Atheist’s Wager

Atheist’s Wager provides sums up what I think the real wager would be were there any likelihood that a hell-threatening monotheistic God existed: I propose as my answer to Pascal’s wager, two choices and two outcomes. The choices come down to theism (of any religion, not just Christianity) vs. atheism. The outcomes include going to [Read More...]

Pat Condell’s Case Against The Catholic Church

After a tasteless joke early on, he’s justly scathing and deserves to be heard: Christians are too blithe when they distinguish the evils perpetuated by Christian institutions from those same institutions’ claims to moral and spiritual authority as founded by God or, at least, to their being the church of God at all. How in [Read More...]

The Logistics Of Noah’s Ark

A really terrific video from DarkMatter2525 which spells out the numerous impossibilities involved in the Genesis flood story: Daniel Florien has helpfully typed up the major points for easy reference here. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Smug Atheists?

Andrew Sullivan, whose blogging I usually admire and emulate a great deal as he’s really my blogging hero, had an astoundingly nasty post about the fact that atheists dared to meet up together to listen to Daniel Dennett mock the emptiness of apophatic theological gobbledygook last weekend. They’re really charming, aren’t they? It is as [Read More...]

Do True Christians Ever Leave The Faith?

Writerdd makes an astute observation: I’ve been reading the comments here lately and I have noticed that a lot of Christian readers say the same things over and over again: “If you REALLY had been a Christian you would have never de-converted.” I’ve been struck by another thing recently as well: noticing that many de-converts [Read More...]

Camels With Hammers Philosophy

After this introductory paragraph, every sentence in this post will summarize and link a different post expressing my views, primarily on topics related to atheism, philosophy, and ethics—which are the primary preoccupations of this blog. I am organizing all of these links into this one summary statement of “Camels With Hammers’ Philosophy.” This post will [Read More...]