Archives for November 2008

God Trumps

Check out the God Trumps "game" from the New Humanist. Sample card: … [Read more...]

We’ve Moved! (But We’re Still Here)

The Secular Outpost now has a new domain name: links to the old address will automatically forward to the new address, but please update existing links or bookmarks to point to this new address. … [Read more...]

Conservapedia on “atheism”

Here's a fun way to waste half an hour: look over the Conservapedia entry on atheism. It starts off with a picture of "The perverse and cruel atheist Marquis de Sade in prison," which is a pretty good indication of the sort of material that is to come. In some ways, it's a nice one-stop shopping center for calumnies against nonbelief favored by American conservatives. I will admit, it has links to some useful sociological information concerning religious versus nonreligious populations, though … [Read more...]

Christianity and the Resurrection Examined

I'm planning to write many posts that are focused on criticism of Christianity, and especially on the alleged resurrection of Jesus. The first in a series called "Resuscitation of the Swoon Theory" has just been posted on my blog : … [Read more...]

How secular can we get?

Take a reasonably secular bunch of people. They don't participate in the local religious rituals, have a worldly morality that pays no attention to what the religious leaders say, and are inclined to think of sacred stories as a boring genre of fiction. They don't identify with any particular religion, think religiously colored politics is a really bad idea, and don't spend much time worrying about "the meaning of life" and existential matters.Yet I would guess a clear majority among such very … [Read more...]

Advertising freethought

There appear to be a number of advertising campaigns going on to promote freethought, for example, AHA's "Why believe in a god" and Freethought Action. I suppose these are necessary in the present age and circumstances. But in a more cynical mood (more even than my normal baseline level of high cynicism), I can't help thinking of the way so many American churches are essentially commercial enterprises that heavily depend on advertising. … [Read more...]

New Chick Tract

Palestinians are in serious trouble. For decades, they mostly had to worry about the madness due to two monotheisms. Jews thought the land was holy, and Palestinians' own predominant monotheism, Islam, also insisted it was sacred. Nowadays conservative Christian fanatics in the US are also in on the act. According to Jack Chick, God punishes the United States with catastrophic weather whenever we are insufficiently enthusiastic about oppressing Palestinians.Sigh... … [Read more...]

Faith and Reason – Part 4

There are some questions about faith and reason that it would be helpful to understand and answer:Q1. Which is better, reason or faith?Q2. Is faith a real alternative to reason?Q3. Do reason and faith sometimes conflict with each other?Q4. Do reason and faith have separate and distinct intellectual jurisdictions, so that they can never come into conflict with each other?But before we can intelligently answer these questions, we need to get a handle on the basic concepts:Q5. What is reason?Q6. … [Read more...]