The Eternal Return of the Same

The classical versions of eternal recurrence say that recurrence occurs within our universe.  Those classical versions say that there is a cyclical pattern of events in our space-time.  Since the classical theory of eternal recurrence makes claims about our universe, it is open to scientific study.  And it is almost certainly false.  There is no [Read More...]

From Aristotle through Buddhism to Nietzsche

This is a guest post by Eric Steinhart. Among all the classical theories of life after death, the one that seems to be most consistent with naturalism is the ancient Buddhist concept of rebirth.  This concept is developed in Theraveda Buddhism.  Theravedic Buddhism is an atheistic (or non-theistic) religion.  Rebirth is linked to the Theravedic [Read More...]

The Soul is the Form of the Body

This is a guest post by Eric Steinhart. According to the Wiccan theory of reincarnation, your soul leaves your body at death and enters a new body at conception.  The Wiccan theory of reincarnation thus presupposes that human beings are soul-body composites.  It is a type of soul-body dualism.  Cunningham writes “The soul is ageless, [Read More...]

Reincarnation

This is a guest post by Eric Steinhart. [I’m doing a long series of posts on atheism and Wicca.  I am not a Wiccan - I'm an outsider.   There are many good reasons why atheists should be interested in Wicca or neo-paganism more generally.  When I discuss some topic in Wicca, I do it in three stages:  First, [Read More...]

The Atheist Wheel of the Year

This is a guest post by Eric Steinhart. The Wheel of the Year involves eight solar holidays (the sabbats).  The sabbats include the solar quarter days (the solstices and the equinoxes) as well as the solar cross-quarter days intermediate between the quarters.  For theistic Wiccans, these days symbolize events in the life-cycles of the god [Read More...]

Criticizing Wicca: The Wheel of the Year

This is a guest post by Eric Steinhart. The Wheel of the Year is a division of the solar year into eight holidays (the solstices, the equinoxes, and four days in-between).   Insofar as the days on the Wheel of the Year mark natural points in the orbit of the earth around the sun, the Wheel [Read More...]

The Ontological Argument Against God

This is a guest post by Eric Steinhart. Many atheists seem to hate all metaphysics; perhaps the hatred is motivated by the notion that all metaphysics eventually leads to God.  Of course, that is entirely false – there is a long tradition of purely atheistic metaphysics, which is as deep and abstract as theistic metaphysics.  [Read More...]

The Wheel of the Year

This is a guest post by Eric Steinhart. [I’m doing a long series of posts on atheism and Wicca.  I am not a Wiccan - I'm an outsider.   There are many good reasons why atheists should be interested in Wicca or neo-paganism more generally.  When I discuss some topic in Wicca, I do it [Read More...]

Two Arguments for Evolution by Rational Selection

This is a guest post by Eric Steinhart. Although there is some empirical justification for the Principles of Sufficient Reason and Plenitude, much of the discussion of the logic of creation and evolution by rational selection has been highly abstract.  It has been a priori; a matter of pure reason.  But it is reasonable to [Read More...]


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