Moral and Philosophical Arguments Against Fetal Personhood

In preparation for a forthcoming article on attempts by right wing activists and legislatures to pass “fetal personhood amendments” that would outlaw abortion or limit abortion rights, Valerie Tarico, author of Trusting Doubt: A Former Evangelical Looks at Old Beliefs in a New Light, interviewed me about a number of philosophical issues related to the [Read More...]

How To Criticize Religion. Part 3: Address The Question of “True Religion” With Nuance

Below is part 3 of my reprint of my “How To Criticize Religion” series, with one new paragraph added. This was originally published in the former Secularite digital magazine. This article is self-sufficient. No knowledge of Part 1: Understand Why and How Metaphors Work in Practice or Part 2: Don’t Treat All of Religion as a Monolith is assumed in what [Read More...]

Quotations Accumulated The Last 12 Months

2 years ago today, I decided to post the quotes I kept on my Facebook wall under “Favorite Quotations”. Then a year ago today, I decided to post more quotes that I had accumulated in the meantime. So now it’s a tradition. In the last year since, here are the things I came across or [Read More...]

How to Criticize Religion. Part 2: Don’t Treat All of Religion as a Monolith.

Below is part 2 of my reprint of my “How To Criticize Religion” series, originally published in the former Secularite digital magazine. This article is self-sufficient, no knowledge of Part 1: Understand Why and How Metaphors Work in Practice is assumed in what follows. We atheistic opponents of religion often shamelessly declare ourselves to be defenders and promoters of [Read More...]

Famous Homosexuals In History

I loved the show Soap when it used to run on Comedy Central. Yesterday, I discovered it’s no longer on Netflix streaming, which was a bummer. So, I turned to YouTube to see what scraps I could find and found this gem of a clip which happens to involve Plato and some vintage mainstream education against homophobia. [Read More...]

How to Criticize Religion. Part 1: Understand Why and How Metaphors Work in Practice

Some atheists see no need to understand religions in detail. They’ll say, “Just as one needn’t be a ‘unicornologist’ to justify a nonbelief in unicorns, one needn’t know the intricacies of theology to justify a nonbelief in gods. If religious beliefs are irrationally derived and systematically false, their particulars don’t matter.” Now it is true [Read More...]

The Smarter You Are, The More Trusting You Are?

The smarter you are, the more trusting you are? That’s apparently the pattern emerging in recent studies: A new study is giving the mistrustful something to consider:Intelligence strongly correlates with “generalized trust,” or the belief that most people can be trusted—that, on average, your fellow man or woman is probably a good egg. As it turns out, a [Read More...]

Philosopher-Scientist Massimo Pigliucci On The Colbert Report (AI Issues)

The Colbert ReportGet More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,The Colbert Report on Facebook,Video Archive Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Betty Bowers’s Handy Bible Interpretation Guide

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Yep. For my own posts on the self-servingness of contemporary hermeneutics, centered on questions of sexuality in particular, read On Back Door Ways of Keep One’s Virginity (And to Defend One’s Faith) , my post on How I Wish The Homosexuality Debate Would Go, and/or The Gay Enemy Threat in the Christian Home. For more [Read More...]


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