Opposing Beliefs That Cause Harm

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Blogger Kaveh Mousavi of FreeThought Blogs wrote a post yesterday criticizing my recent posts on progressive Christianity and theistic evolution. I want to take a moment to respond to his critiques and further explain what I've been trying to say. In this post I am going to look at priorities and what we mean by "truth." In tomorrow's post I'll look at Kaveh's claim that progressive values are not compatible with Christianity (or Islam).Kaveh starts out with this: [A]ny atheist who argues in … [Read more...]

Rochester University Professor Trivializes Rape of Unconscious People

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***Trigger Warning for Rape Apology*** I just read a rather horrifying post. Every time someone claims there is no such thing as rape apologia, I read a post like this. This one is by Steven Landsburg, a professor of economics at the University of Rochester. Say what? Say yes. Here are three dilemmas about public policy:Question 1:Farnsworth McCrankypants just hates the idea that someone, somewhere might be looking at pornography. It’s not that he thinks porn causes bad behavior; it’s just t … [Read more...]

Forward Thinking: What Do We Owe Our Parents?

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I’ts that time of the month again! Head on over to Camels with Hammers to see Dan’s roundup of the posts written in response to his prompt on punishment and moral failures two weeks ago, and with that said, it’s time to turn to our next Forward Thinking prompt.Nearly two weeks ago, an article on Slate asked an interesting question: When terrible, abusive parents come crawling back, what do their grown children owe them? This got me thinking. Given that one of the ten commandments orders child … [Read more...]

The Adventures of Ziggy the Zygote

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In my post on how I lost faith in the pro-life movement, I wrote two things about zygotes. First, I wrote about the utter lack of concern the pro-life movement shows for saving the huge number of zygotes - i.e. fertilized eggs - that are naturally expelled from women's bodies before they even have an inkling that a pregnancy may be about to begin. Second, I wrote that because birth control prevents ovulation, those who believe that zygotes are the moral equivalent of people should be working to … [Read more...]

“When God Closes A Door”

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Have you ever heard the phrase "sometimes God closes a door"? It was a common phrase in my evangelical upbringing. If you, say, were applying for a job and then didn't get it, well, you would say that God "closed that door." And this was good, of course, because by closing a door God was guiding you to something better for you.See, growing up as an evangelical Christian meant growing up believing that God was intimately involved in our lives in very real ways. We believed God was present, … [Read more...]

“Humanism” and “Atheism+”: What’s the Difference?

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Over the past year, it has become increasingly clear that there are portions of the atheist community that are sexist, misogynist  homophobic, and transphobic. Those atheists who care about feminism and LGBTQ rights have become increasingly upset as this has played out. Many have been wondering where we go from here. Blogger Natalie Reed and I both wrote posts on this issue last week: here and here. Now blogger Jen of Blag Hag has weighed in calling for a third wave of atheism. "It’s time for a … [Read more...]

Answers in Genesis: Are we more moral than God?

This week a read an article in Answers in Genesis' Answers Magazine asserting that if you think God's cruel for sending people to eternal torture in hell, well, you just don't truly understand God's goodness (yes, yes that is indeed their argument), and a post by the Slacktivist in which muses that it must be awful to believe that God isn't as loving as you want him to be. Reading these two in tandem brought to mind the "wager" I created while exiting religion. So hang on to your seats as we set … [Read more...]


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