Empowerment Ethics: “How Can Atheists Condemn Rape Without Theistic Moral Absolutism?”

This blog post is a new installment of my “Empowerment Ethics” series, in which I systematically explain, develop, defend, and apply my distinctive spin on humanist, perfectionist, virtue, consequentialist, ethical system called “Empowerment Ethics”. In response to my most recent repost in this series, about why moralities don’t need to be conceived of in moral absolutist terms in order [Read More...]

Dear Fellow Atheists, STOP Saying Christians Believe God is a Bearded Man in the Sky. They Don’t.

Not what any Christians think God is. Christians know full well God is not an old human being with a beard. God couldn't be that because God is not "a" being at all. God is the Ground of all Being. God is Being Itself. It is silly anthropomorphism to think of God as a human being.

So, I’m an atheist blogger and a professional philosopher. So this puts me in the unenviable position of having to deal with ignorant atheists who not only disparage philosophy but disparage sophisticated theology without understanding it. And honestly it makes me wince sometimes. I believe we can do better. We can make better arguments that [Read More...]

“God’s Not Dead” Fans, I Dare You To Study The Existence of God With Me, a Real Atheist Philosophy Professor.

This post is periodically updated from its original to keep the information current.  I spent 11 years teaching philosophy at universities and I am an outspoken atheist blogger. So, I took special interest in the mean-spirited mischaracterization of people like me in the evangelical Christian movie God’s Not Dead, in which an atheist philosophy professor [Read More...]

Becoming Alert to Conservative Protestant Sexual Abusers and Their Enablers

Last night I listened to the new Reasonable Doubts podcast, which included a detailed account of the case of self-righteously Christian former major league baseball player and eventual sex abuse convict, Chad Curtis. The show is a gripping and revolting listen, and as usual the Doubtcasters bring to bear a lot of insight in the process both of [Read More...]

“You Must Have Mistakenly Left The Perfect Christ Because The Fallible Church Hurt You”

One of the very most irritating things Christians do is infer that all those who reject Christianity must have had a bad experience with the church and then “mistakenly rejected Jesus for the church’s sins”. With guilty handwringing and desperation they throw their fellow Christians under the bus and plead, “Don’t reject God because of [Read More...]

Jesus Died For Our…Goats?

Jesus and Mo "Goats"

From Jesus and Mo. H/T: William Hamby. Bonus goat: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Creationist Cosmos

Equal time: Creationist Cosmos from Funny Or Die In case you’ve been missing any of the real Cosmos, remember you can catch it all on the web on CosmosTV. Episodes are only available for a couple months each apparently. So, here are links and how long the site is presently saying you have to watch [Read More...]

Standing Up To The Heretical Professor: One Young Christian’s Story

In response to the film God’s Not Dead, Cassidy remembers the time that her professor, and the Dean of her college who held a Master’s in Divinity, was going to examine the book of Job from a literary and historical perspective, rather than an ideologically theological one. As an unusually conservative 18 year old Christian she [Read More...]

Does Belief In Hell Increase Unhappiness?

This is a guest post by Matthew Facciani. He is a cognitive neuroscience graduate student at the University of South Carolina. Are religious people more happy than non-religious people? You may have heard other people provide an opinion about this or perhaps you have an opinion yourself. Fortunately, the scientific method can address such questions [Read More...]


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