Theologians Vs. Professors Of Religion

A terrific article from The Chronicle from K.L. Noll, (via a not-surprisingly miffed An und für sich) that addresses the issues that I covered here.  Noll brings considerably more depth and distinctions than I did and on some points may disagree with me, but has the same basic perspective at many essential points.  Check it [Read More...]

On What Counts As A Theological Position

Anderson Brown has an interesting post arguing that agnosticism is not a theological position because it is the claim that one cannot make a metaphysical assertion about the existence or non-existence of God and, therein rejects both the possible alternative theological positions (that there is a God and that there is not one): A “theological [Read More...]

Bill Maher A Controversial Richard Dawkins Award Winner

Orac explains the prize (which is given by the Atheist Alliance, not Dawkins or his foundation themselves) : The Richard Dawkins Award will be given every year to honor an outstanding atheist whose contributions raise public awareness of the nontheist life stance; who through writings, media, the arts, film, and/or the stage advocates increased scientific [Read More...]

Are Sex and Morality Merely “Evolutionary Tricks”?

Francis Collins trots out a familiar old argument against atheism.  The argument is that if there is no God then our morality is an illusion.  Collins’s presentation of this argument features an unusual and suspicious spin.  Collins knows that arguments can be made from evolutionary psychology that broadly moral thinking seems to have evolved in [Read More...]

For God or Morality? On Those Who’d Hold Morality Hostage For Faith

In his recent critique of Francis Collins, the Christian Evangelical and geneticist recently appointed by Obama to head the National Institutes of Health, Sam Harris referenced the slides from one of Collins’s speeches.  I want to take two posts (but possibly more if there are comments or if I otherwise have extra relevant ideas on [Read More...]

Carl Sagan On Charlie Rose

On the needs for scientific education: [Read more...]

Pastafarians: The Most Charitable Human Beings

Friendly Atheist Hemant Mehta reports: I’ve mentioned before how atheists are atop the leaderboard at Kiva — a website that “allows people to lend money via the Internet to microfinance institutions in developing countries which in turn lend the money to small businesses…” It’s a wonderful charity. The 5,000+ members of the Atheists, Agnostics, Skeptics, [Read More...]

Coyne Vs. The Dogma That Religion Aids Moral Progress

As part of a 9 page critical review of Robert Wright’s The Evolution of God, Jerry Coyne levels more than a few incisive challenges countering Wright’s faith in religion as an indispensible aid to moral progress.  Here are just a few of Coyne’s key points. First he enlists David Hume to challenge Wright’s assumption that [Read More...]

Scriptural Authority In The Early Church

Shawn Wamsley makes some interesting and illuminating claims about patristic understanding of what made their texts authoritative. Below is just an excerpt.  The entire piece is worth reading: The derivation of authority does not originate from the occasion of their writing or the exact syntax of words and vocabulary.  Rather, their authority is derived from [Read More...]


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