Testing The Irish Blasphemy Law

In response to Ireland’s recent decision to outlaw blasphemy, a commenter at jesusandmo.net offers this suggestion for how to test the law’s fair applicability: Stonyground says: July 24, 2009 at 7:47 pm When the bill regarding a ban on promoting religious hatred was being discussed in the UK (a kind of blasphemy law in disguise) I actually posted a Bible to the relevant government department with bookmarks and references to all the people that the Bible promotes religious hatred against…. Read more

Craig vs. Stenger On The Existence Of God

Philosopher and theologian William Lane Craig squares off against scientist Victor Stenger on the existence of God.  The debate is in multiple parts, so I recommend you watch all the way through and not just what is posted here.  In fact, start this video about 8 minutes in so you can skip the longwinded introductions of the debaters and get started on the actual opening statements and then click through to the next installments. Your Thoughts? Read more

Religious Protesters of Star Wars

Christina finds this religulous bit of insanity: Your Thoughts? Read more

Answering Children’s Questions

End Hereditary Religion profiles an intriguing book: “The War for Children’s Minds” is a brilliantly clear and convincingly argued defense of liberalism in moral education. Stephen Law examines and demolishes all the arguments in favor of authoritarian ways of teaching, and shows that in spite of the insistence of popular commentators from the religious right, a liberal and rational examination and discussion of moral questions does not lead to moral relativism and the decay of moral behaviour, but can in… Read more

How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count The Ways

In the first part of this series, I explored the reasons for rejecting “unconditional” love as a candidate for the ideal essence of love since as a concept it is riddled with numerous problems as a recommendation for human psychology it is hopelessly unrealistic. In this part of the series, I sketch out a theory of love as any combination of 10 essential features, with the maximum ideal involving all 10 components in maximum strengths, and with various other combinations… Read more

Is Privacy The New Nudity?

Jennie Yabroff offers an interesting theory as to why a grainy spy video of a nude ESPN anchor, Erin Andrews (who they say is barely identifiable in the video), brushing her hair is in such high demand on the internet given the wide array of available high resolution porn on the internet: What’s really provocative about the Andrews tape, what makes it good copy for Fox et al., is not that she’s naked, but that she thinks she’s alone.Privacy, it… Read more

Daily Hilarity: Mr. Deity Defends His “Eye For An Eye” Policy

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On Freethinkers’ Groups

One of Andrew Sullivan’s readers was unimpressed with his experience with a freethinkers’ alternative to church: I was raised Southern Baptist. One of the few reasons I miss organized religion is the social aspect of “church as an event.” In Kansas City some years back, there was a freethinker’s group called the Eupraxophy Center. As an atheist, I was attracted to it for its “Sunday School Without Religion,” which promised to be a way to converse with like-minded individuals and… Read more

Make Your Own God Billboard!

Like that nifty billboard campaign of messages from God that was all over the place earlier this decade, you can make your own now! If you make any and send them to us, we’ll post them if we like them! Great find by The Friendly Atheist. Read more

Conceptual Problems For The Ideal of Unconditional Love

The ideal of unconditional love strikes many as the purest, most ideal way to define the essence of love.  It is easy to see why this characterization of the essence of love is appealing.  Unconditional love is an undiluted love—if I love only the good in you but do not love the bad in you, then I do not entirely love you in the sense that I do not love the entirety of what you do or the entirety of… Read more

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