Atheism, Language, and Theology

As a follow-up to my post from earlier today about atheism and the meaning of “god” I thought I would offer here some further thoughts that I also shared in comments on that post. If someone objects to calling something or someone a “god” because that is not an accepted use of that word in [Read More...]

Atheism Disproved

OK, so the title is intentionally provocative. But it seems to me that atheism can actually be disproved – depending, of course, on what you mean by “atheism.” Pantheists view the world, the cosmos, as divine, as God. And no atheist denies the existence of the cosmos. Ergo, at least one sort of “God” exists. [Read More...]

Irrational Hatred of Rational Religion

Joel Watts shared this image on his blog: While green could have more naturally been used to indicate a positive situation, the maker of the image chose to throw in a snarky “but still irrational.” What, pray tell, if anything, is irrational about Deism? Deism is a viewpoint that only accepts that which is rational, [Read More...]

Assuming a Circular Religion

I thought I would follow up after reposting my “Assuming a Circular Bible” cartoon with a post on assuming a circular religion. The reference of course is to the attempt to deal with things by addressing an abstraction that is much simpler than the complexities of reality – like the famous joke about a physicist [Read More...]

A Whirlwind of Inconsistencies

In the wake of the devastating tornado in Oklahoma, a number of people have drawn attention to John Piper’s tweet of Job 1:19. Far from this verse indicating the notion that God is judging Oklahoma (which is what some have come to expect to hear from spokespeople for conservative Christian viewpoints), in context the verse [Read More...]

Kept Apart by Theology

I'm certain that not all real-life situations mirror David Hayward's cartoon that I've shared above. Sometimes people eagerly put their theologies out in front of them to keep others away. But it is particularly tragic when people have the natural, positive sense that they ought to connect with other people, but are persuaded that their [Read More...]

Worse Than Losing Your Faith?

The vigor with which some people defend their beliefs online – refusing to do basic research, offering completely unpersuasive off-the-cuff arguments, and denigrating their opponents – has long puzzled me. Losing your faith (or, if you are an atheist, losing your lack of faith) can seem like a terrifying prospect, to be avoided at all [Read More...]

Like Shooting Feet in a Barrel

I sometimes wonder whether the key promoters of young-earth creationism are atheists trying to make Christians look foolish, and the key promoters of Jesus-mythicism are Christians trying to make atheists look foolish. If not, then there are a lot of people happy to shoot themselves and their stance in the foot. Examples abound… [Read more...]

Kinds of Mythicism

Ian has posted on his blog a range of different views which might be – or be mistaken for – forms of “mythicism.” Obviously most historians find there to be myth in the Gospels, and so if finding myth to be present were all it took for one to be a mythicist, then everyone but [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (Andrew Brown)

Myths have a power that should never be ignored and no one is more helpless against them than the man who supposes he has overcome them with reason. — Andrew Brown, “Sam Harris's dangerous faith in guns” in The Guardian.   [Read more...]

Converting to/from Fundamentalism

David Hayward shared this older cartoon of his today: The title seems to me precisely wrong. There is indeed a dividing line between those who see the world in terms of binary opposites, and those who see the world as rich, complex, deep, beautiful, and defying simple categories. But that line cuts through the whole [Read More...]


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