Rational Rebirth

Kurt Gödel (1906-1978) was an Austrian-American logician and mathematician.  He is best known for his incompleteness theorems and his work in axiomatic set theory.  However,  he also produced some deeply interesting philosophical arguments.  Some of these are found in his unpublished papers and letters.  One of these is an argument for life after death (for [Read More...]

The Soul is the Form of the Body

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, sexless, nonphysical, possessed of the divine spark of [Read More...]

Reincarnation

[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, I try to give an accurate presentation of [Read More...]

The Atheist Wheel of the Year

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 and goddess.  These days are marked by sabbat [Read More...]

Criticizing Wicca: The Wheel of the Year

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 marks a natural pattern.  It marks a natural [Read More...]

The Wheel of the Year

[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, I try to give [Read More...]

The Logic of Creation

At a very high level of abstraction, Sabin characterizes the god and goddess as symbols for two aspects of natural creative power (natura naturans, being-itself as the power to be).  She says that “The God represents, among other things, power unmanifest; the spark of life.  The Goddess gives this power form” (2011: 117).  We experience [Read More...]

Creation Stories

Many religions have creation stories.  The Judeo-Christian creation stories are found in the first chapters of Genesis, which is the first book of the Bible.  There is no need to repeat the Genesis stories here.  It can be agreed that there are some metaphorical or analogical correspondences between the Genesis stories and our best science.  [Read More...]

Revelation versus Manifestation

This is a guest post by Eric Steinhart, Professor of Philosophy at William Paterson University. The Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) are religions of revelation.  As is well-known, these religions are derived from the experiences of religiously privileged individuals (prophets, messiahs, inspired writers) to whom it is alleged that God spoke.  These religions say [Read More...]


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