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

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...]

Omniscience, the Trinity, and Free Will: Why I can’t believe

An Answers in Genesis article, "Was the Cross 'Plan B'?", poses the following question: Was Jesus's death on the Cross a result of God's best-laid plans gone wrong? Did human sin take God by surprise? Was there an emergency plan B forced upon the Creator of the universe after the Fall in Genesis? The article answers this question as follows: No, Jesus went to the Cross exactly as God had intended before the world began. ... Jesus is the very design and accomplishment of God's eternal wisdom. … [Read more...]

Worthwhile Reads: Abortion and Infanticide

Here are a couple articles to make you think:After Birth Abortion: The Pro-Choice Case for Infanticide, on SlateAbortion, Infanticide, Humanity, Free Speech, on Pandaemonium … [Read more...]

Prince of Egypt modifies a Bible story

I recently re-watched the 1998 animated movie Prince of Egypt. I've always loved that movie, with its beautiful animation and awesome songs (it's a bit of a musical). And that was all just as I remembered it, and just as moving. But there was one thing I noticed this time through that I don't remember noticing before. Specifically, the movie has a significant plot change from the original Biblical story of Moses on which it is based.The basic layout is that the Hebrews are slaves in Egypt, a … [Read more...]

On Ethics, Atheists, and “Absolute Morality”

As a child, I was taught that atheists had no basis for morality, no ethics, no nothing. Atheists just believed in . . . nothing. They did whatever they felt best, whatever pleased them most. If atheists ever followed the law, it was because they were afraid they might be sent to jail if they liked. Atheists had no check on their selfishness and lived hedonistic lifestyles as a result.In fact, I was even told that many atheists were atheists so that they could do whatever they liked, without … [Read more...]

Abortion, Murder, and Smokescreens

Many commenters on my most recent post dealing with abortion expressed skepticism that any anti-abortion activist actually believes the whole "abortion is murder" thing and argued instead that anti-abortion activists are simply anti-woman. While this may have once been the case, based on my experience I don't think it is the case today.It appears to me that opposition to abortion as the murder of babies is a sort of rhetorical bait and switch that has taken on a life of its own and acts as a … [Read more...]