Objections To Religious Moderates and Intellectuals (part 3)

Shane’s reply to this post addressing him (and you can find part 1 which initiated the conversation here): An excellent response! Much more in-depth than my teasing comment probably warranted. Sorry, but my response is a bit rambling. That comes with the blog commenting genre, I think. My earlier point wasn’t about intellectual virtues or [Read More...]

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Happy 80th Birthday Jürgen Habermas!

Jürgen Habermas, whose powerful account of deliberative democracy every one should study at some point, turns 80 today.  Here are some remarks they got from him about current events: ‘Politics ridicules itself if it moralizes, instead of basing itself on the coercive right of the democratic lawmaker” ‘In most countries of the continent there are [Read More...]

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Why Camels With Hammers?

Evangelos has asked and it’s a good question, so here’s a brief explanation: It’s a combination of two images in Nietzsche.  The camel comes from “The Three Transformations,” a section of Thus Spoke Zarathustra.  He is there describing transformations that the “spirit” must undergo.  First it must become a camel.  The camel represents austere, ascetic, [Read More...]

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Rape Victims

One of the sad things about democracy is the openings for majoritarianism, and no one is a bigger victim of that then the most universally loathed minority of all, prisoners.  And it’s telling that the little blog editor deep in my brain just screamed at me, “make sure you make clear you think they’re awful [Read More...]

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Atheist Bus Ad Banned

This ad (featured above) which ran in Indiana for the last month was banned after “complaints from mostly religious people” helped contribute to a new official policy which allows the board to review controversial advertising. And it was then the board realized that term, “controversial,” was much too broad, board Chairman Chip Lewis said. “Lack [Read More...]

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Objections to Religious Moderates and Intellectuals (part 2)

Shane writes in reply to this post, Hi Dan, long time reader first time commenter. Do you have any /empirical/ evidence that religious people are more credulous, more stupid on average than non-religious people of comparable education and similar sociology? If you do, I’d love to see it. But if you don’t have such empirical [Read More...]

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Objections To Religious Moderates and Intellectuals

Marcus Brigstocke has a rant (which I used to have in this post in video form before it was taken down from YouTube. The end of the rant goes like this: Now I know that most religious folks are moderates and nice and reasonable and wear tidy jumpers and eat cheese like real people. And [Read More...]

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Hope

My colleague, Joshua Thomas has an excellent set of preliminary remarks on his views about hope on his blog, which I recommend you go check out. Here are a few highlights.  First he distinguishes dreams as the objects or aims of our hopes, distinct from hope itself, which he takes rather to be related to [Read More...]

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“True” Christianity?

Yesterday, I excerpted from a blog post which discussed several books which make the case for an interpretation of biblical texts as not merely not homophobic but as positively homophilic.  Granting for argument’s sake that this intriguing interpretation was a sound textual reading of the Bible, does that therefore make it the “best” way to [Read More...]

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