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...]

When (And How) Should We Bother To Push The Issues?

Njustus offers a probing challenge to my recent post in which I defend Daniel Dennett’s argument that atheists should stand up for atheism rather than take the attitude that the religious beliefs that they do not share are good for their neighbors and should be encouraged.  I argued that Dennett’s position is not “ideologically narrow” [Read More...]

Fiery Furnaces

In Nietzsche’s  Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Part II, section 4 (Parkes translation, Oxford 2006)), we read: Zealously and with much shouting they drove their herd over their bridge: as if to the future there were but one bridge! Verily, these herdsmen thesmelves still belonged among the sheep! Little minds and capacious souls these shepherds had: but, my [Read More...]


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