College Humor: Gay Men Will Marry Your Girlfriends (VIDEO)

And now for some culture war-related humor.CollegeHumor's Favorite Funny VideosETA: Not to be done, there is a lesbian response.CollegeHumor's Favorite Funny Videos … [Read more...]

Hurting God’s feelings…

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Learning and Grief

In preparing to teach a class for the first time, I've been reading past posts on the blog In Socrates' Wake (which is a great resource!). I came across a posted titled "Learning as a process of grieving", which quotes a part of the Wikipedia entry on the Kubler-Ross Model:Studies of epistemology, the process of learning, suggest that the patterns of grief are one way of describing the basic patterns of integrating new information that conflicts with previous beliefs. "All truth … [Read more...]

Adversarial Communications between Theists and Nontheists

I think it's really unfortunate that some people are adversarial in their exchanges with people who do not share their views. In exchanges between theists and nontheists, I have seen people from both sides do this. Furthermore, the problem seems to be getting worse.I am not sure what to do about this other than try to raise awareness, especially of behavior that is verbally abusive (see here for categories.). Here are some examples. Feel free to post others in the combox, but please try to … [Read more...]

Texas Veterinarian Claims to Have DNA Evidence of Bigfoot

(While this has little or nothing to do with metaphysical naturalism, my hunch is that most readers will find this of interest.)Read more: Texas veterinarian claims to have DNA evidence of more: testing confirms the legendary Bigfoot is a human relative … [Read more...]

Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi: Morality and Immorality among the Irreligious

Courtesy of Google books, the entire chapter by Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi is available online for free.  Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi, "Morality and Immorality among the Irreligious" in Atheism and Secularity (ed. Phil Zuckerman, ABC-CLIO, 2009), 113-148.You may need a valid Google account in order to access the content. Also, you will probably need to scroll down to page 113 or search on the title in order to jump down to the content.LINK … [Read more...]

Gregory Dawes: Religion, Science, and Explanation

Abstract: A recent legal ruling in the United States regarding ‘intelligent design’ (ID) argued that ID is not science because it invokes a supernatural agent. It therefore cannot be taught in public schools. But the important philosophical question is not whether ID invokes a supernatural agent; it is whether it meets the standards we expect of any explanation in the sciences. More generally, could any proposed theistic explanation – one that invokes the deity of classical theism – meet those st … [Read more...]

Atheists As “Other”: Moral Boundaries and Cultural Membership in American Society

Penny Edgell, Joseph Gerteis, and Douglas Hartmann. "Atheists As 'Other': Moral Boundaries and Cultural Membership in American Society." American Sociological Review April 2006 71: 211-234, doi:10.1177/000312240607100203.Abstract: Despite the declining salience of divisions among religious groups, the boundary between believers and nonbelievers in America remains strong. This article examines the limits of Americans' acceptance of atheists. Using new national survey data, … [Read more...]