TOP Q: “How Is It Fair To Question Other People’s Identity-Forming Beliefs While Demanding Respect For One’s Own Belief-Formed Identities?”

I always tell my students as they start studying philosophy that it is crucial that they not associate their ideas too closely with themselves.  They need to get used to not taking criticism of their ideas personally. I warn them that if they cannot disassociate from their ideas when they fail, they will never be [Read More...]

Clarifying The Relationships Between Dogmatism, Skepticism, And Properly Proportioned Belief

In a post last weekend entitled “Evangelical Atheism?” I explored the ways in which some atheists may both be called “evangelical” with some justification and yet deserve to be spared the moral approbation aimed at the most notorious kinds of theistic proselytizers.  In reply Greg Teed suggested to me that atheists could not be “evangelical” in any [Read More...]

Evangelical Atheism?

So we activist atheist types who like to be outspoken about our atheism and network with other atheists are often derisively called “evangelical” or “proselytizers”. In all cases, the irony is clear and in some cases there are allegations of hypocrisy attached to the claim that we aim to “convert” people. Is it right to [Read More...]

Florida Passes Bill Allowing Teachers To Take Part In Student-Led Worship

Another legislature with contempt for the 1st Amendment: “I know our football team prays a lot before and after games, and those are always student-led,” [high school junior John Bielby] said. “Once a coach gets involved, it might get more influential or less influential, and it kind of becomes a slippery slope.” That’s why some school [Read More...]

Hillsong

A critical video on the  internationally famous, multi-million dollar Australian prosperity Gospel megachurch/music group (the video starts discussing Hillsong at about the 2 minute mark): Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Evangelical Christian Sexism Galore

Mark Driscoll the mainstream megachurch pastor at Mars Hill Church attacks stay-at-home dads as “not real men” and, my favorite, “worse than unbelievers.”  Ouch dudes, you’re worse than us atheists if you stay home to take care of your kids!  Oh snap!  Enjoy being on the bottom of the pecking order!  We atheists who have real [Read More...]

Marrying For Sex

One of Andrew Sullivan’s readers has an interesting and accurate seeming account of the effects of conservative American Christianity’s obsessive and draconian opposition to all premarital sex and its implications for contributing to the hysteria about children learning about same sex couples: I teach at a large university in a conservative part of the country, [Read More...]

The Religious Who Cry Offense

Michael Brull exposes exactly the hypocrisy and evasiveness at the core of religious attempts to silence criticism from atheists on the grounds that it’s inherently “offensive”: Facing a new attack with an international audience playing close attention, religions have as little rational argument in their favour as ever. There was a time when they could [Read More...]

Stuff Evangelicals Like

In the spirit of the sensation Stuff White People Like, comes Stuff Christian Culture Likes which is written by a PK who married a PK.  And boy an embarrassing lot of these really take me back.  It’s eerie how on target they are.  And it’s weird to see some of the newer stuff since I [Read More...]


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