Philosophical Advice For A Rationalist Atheist Who Wants To Be Religious Without Betraying His Ideals

Can an intellectually honest atheist be religious? [Read more...]

From Aristotle through Buddhism to Nietzsche

Among all the classical theories of life after death, the one that seems to be most consistent with naturalism is the ancient Buddhist concept of rebirth.  This concept is developed in Theraveda Buddhism.  Theravedic Buddhism is an atheistic (or non-theistic) religion.  Rebirth is linked to the Theravedic doctrines of impermanence and no-self.  These doctrines imply [Read More...]

Asking Richard Wade About Atheism and Religions As Bases For Identities

In two previous posts, I have discussed with Friendly Atheist’sadvice columnist Richard Wade the origins of his “Ask Richard” column and the nature of family conflicts over atheism. In what follows we discuss the intersection of belief and identity. Daniel Fincke: Part of the problem when families fight due to someone in the family becoming [Read More...]

Brit Hume: Tiger Needs Jesus

Ah the greed of the religious zealot for a high profile, high PR-value convert.  In this video , Brit Hume despicably dangles the offer of public redemption at the cost of religious submission in Tiger’s face (and in the process uses his platform as a news commentator to tell us about the inferiority of the [Read More...]

Do The New Atheists Target Religion Too Broadly?

A reader at The Daily Dish has the following objection to the New Atheists: As an agnostic who sees all sides of this issue – brought up in a conservative Christian household, against which I rebelled, only to try to understand where they’re coming from, I can say that the main thing I object to [Read More...]

Is Karma Incompatible With Atheism?

An excellent question posed by a Scot, a reader at The Friendly Atheist. While Richard gives a fine answer supposing belief in a supernatural version of Karma, I find several of the comments interesting and more akin to the way I’ve used the term. Gary says: Actually, the word “karma” is sanskrit and simply means [Read More...]


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