Same Facts Different Views?

Is the difference between a creationist and an evolutionist just a choice of interpretive frameworks to apply to the same facts?  Is the problem only their disagreement in “presuppositions?”  PZ Myers explains why this isn’t so as part of his report on his trip to the Creation “Museum” which discusses the sign pictured below with Blaghag:  This is their core premise.  They claim that scientists and creationists are all working from exactly the same set of facts, and the only difference is in how… Read more

Almost All My Opinions Remain Disputable

In a previous post I discussed part of my thought process in leaving Christianity and then contrasted my experience in Christianity, spent desperately trying to rationalize what were apparent falsehoods, with my experience of thinking free of faith ever since: it took me (and is taking me) years to painstakingly develop my own constructive conception of the world, of knowledge, of ethics, etc.  But I know why I think everything I think because I embraced as radical a skepticism as… Read more

What Happens When Christians “Let The Holy Spirit Illumine The Bible?”

A former Christian explores psychologically and logically what the Christian is actually describing when referring to the Holy Spirit’s guidance in reading the Bible: In retrospect I find that this “Holy Spirit” that was silently giving me “Knowledge of God” and “evidence” was merely my own understanding and desire for the Gospel to be the Truth. My need for God was providing me with all the evidence I required at the time…which for me then was nothing more than a… Read more

His Mom Doesn’t Take The Atheism News Well

Poor kid. Your Thoughts? Read more

Philosophical Or Psychopathic?

This made me laugh: If you are able to rise to this challenge, if you are able to honestly examine the moral arguments in favor of slavery and genocide (along with the much stronger arguments against them), then you are likely to be either a psychopath or a philosopher. Snipped from Jonathan Haidt and Fredrik Bjorklund’s “Social Intuitionists Answer Six Questions About Moral Psychology,” pg. 196, in Moral Psychology: Volume 2, edited by Watler Sinnott-Armstrong. Your Thoughts? Read more

Sundaily Hilarity: Trusting in Gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

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Plants vs. Zombies

via HorseGoesWest Your Thoughts? Read more

Proving The Existence Of Atheists

Iambilly tries to do it to an elderly stranger after helping her out of a jam she didn’t even realize she was about to be in had he not intervened.  Her reply led to his attempt to prove the existence of atheists: She beamed at me and said, “Oh, you are so wonderful.  You are a good Christian and one of God’s people.” I grimaced (internally).  Then I realized that, what the hell, it is past 5:15 and I’m not… Read more

‘Nuff Said Award Winner:Vorjack

In this thread at Unreasonable Faith, a poster starts a discussion by talking about how he left his life in porn to become a Christian.  When confronted with the idea that everything he says he learned about God in the Bible came from human beings, the convert from the porn world in reply claimed that he didn’t learn of God from human beings but instead: I learn more about “the existence and nature of the divine” by spending time alone… Read more

Is The Unhinged Fringe A New Phenomenon In America?

One Andrew Sullivan reader argues no: They have always been with us, the people who believed in manifest destiny, who delighted in the slaughter of this land’s original inhabitants, who cheered a nation into a civil war to support an economic system of slavery that didn’t even benefit them. They are the people who bashed the unions and cheered on the anti-sedition laws, who joined the Pinkertons and the No Nothing Party, who beat up Catholic immigrants and occasionally torched… Read more

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