On Teleology and Intellectual Virtues and Vices

Below I quote Shane’s reply to part 4 of my series, “Objections to Religious Moderates and Intellectuals” (for further background to this debate, check out parts 1, 2 & 3) and reply to him.  The topic has evolved into questions of teleology and the “point” of life, so little background in previous installments should be [Read More...]

This Week in American Theocrats

This week’s American theocrat is Oklahoma state legislator, Sally Kern has offered this resolution (and click for video): WHEREAS, the people of Oklahoma have a strong tradition of reliance upon the Creator of the Universe; and WHEREAS, we believe our economic woes are consequences of our greater national moral crisis; and WHEREAS, this nation has [Read More...]

Actions

Box Turtle Bulletin highlights these stories: The Southern Baptist Convention has ousted Broadway Baptist Church of Fort Worth, Texas over the church’s acceptance of gays. Even though that church had sent their own gay-tolerant pastor packing over a controversy surrounding photos of same-sex couples in the church directory, it appears that what remained still wasn’t anti-gay enough [Read More...]

No More Theology Departments?

I still have to get to replying to a few outstanding comments but in the meantime, I figured I’d quickly address this question from Evangelos: would you contend that theology departments should not exist at the academic level, even if they were challenging traditional beliefs (I’m thinking of this fellow who appeared on Colbert a [Read More...]

Why Worship Someone With Mysterious Motives?

The Conversational Atheist raises a good point: When you ask a person to explain God’s apparently contradictory actions, you will inevitably get a shoulder shrug, and perhaps a “How am I supposed to know the mind of God?” Atheists need to figure out the kinds of questions that get a bit deeper. Don’t ask a [Read More...]

Objections To Religious Moderates and Intellectuals (part 3)

Shane’s reply to this post addressing him (and you can find part 1 which initiated the conversation here): An excellent response! Much more in-depth than my teasing comment probably warranted. Sorry, but my response is a bit rambling. That comes with the blog commenting genre, I think. My earlier point wasn’t about intellectual virtues or [Read More...]

Daily Hilarity: Mr. Deity

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“Everybody Must Get Stoned!”

or so the Bible would have it… [Read more...]

Worried What Will Happen To Your Pets If You’re Raptured?

Worry no more [Read more...]


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