Theism, Atheism, and Tragic Loss

This is the response by one Dennis Prager to an earlier article published in the NY times by Susan Jacoby:http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/337673/atheist-response-sandy-hook-dennis-prager# Does atheism offer less to those who mourn than theism? Let’s start by asking what theism has to offer. Well, naturally, there is the hope of eternal life, right? Surely, mourners are deeply comforted by the promise that their bereavement is only temporary and that they will be reunited in heaven … [Read more...]

Query

Say, just as a matter of interest, can anybody tell me who or what determines which ads are displayed when we look at Secular Outpost? I have been getting one that says "Liberty University: Training Champions for Christ since 1971." It has a faint image of someone who seems to be having an orgasm. Is it kind of peculiar that an atheist site would be carrying ads for fundamentalist schools (Liberty was founded by Jerry Falwell)? Also, there is one ad saying that three people have unfriended me … [Read more...]

Halloween: Satan’s Plot To Turn You Gay

http://www.truthwinsout.org/blog/2012/10/30713/ When you live in a parallel universe where dinosaurs were on the Ark with Noah, and talking snakes crawl into your garden, and vaccinating girls for HPV makes them promiscuous, and the Rapture could happen tomorrow, and the whole universe is 6000 years old, and trick-or-treating is a Satanic plot to make you gay, I can't help but wonder: How do you manage, in the real world, to dress yourself, drive cars, pay bills, vote (arghhhh), or hold a job? … [Read more...]

More Open Questions for Muslims

Note: These are not rhetorical questions. I really would like to know.Q: What is blasphemy against the Prophet? Is any criticism of Islam or the Qur'an or Mohammed considered blasphemy? If not, can you cite any instances of such critiques that are not blasphemous?Q: On the other hand, if even the mildest and most respectful critique is considered blasphemous, does this mean that non-Muslims may not, respectfully, express their reasons for not accepting Islam?Q: What about a religious … [Read more...]

Jesus Married?

So, Jesus was possibly married? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/18/the-gospel-of-jesus-wife_n_1891325.html?1347990916&icid;=maing-grid10%7Chtmlws-main-bb%7Cdl3%7Csec1_lnk1%26pLid%3D207309 Wow. What would his home life have been like? I guess we are allowed to indulge our imaginations: "Well, Mr. Big Shot! Mr. 'Son of Man!' Out with "the boys" all night again, huh? That Peter calls himself a fisherman. He looks like he is fishing for free meals to me. And that hussy Magdalene! … [Read more...]

Anselm for Undergrads

I have lately had the unenviable task of trying to explain Anselm's ontological arguments to undergraduates. Over the years I have read many expositions of ontological arguments and many critiques. However, I had never sat down and gone through Anslem's arguments line-by-line. Now I have done so in an effort to make a hand-out that will, I hope, things more tolerable for my students. I enjoyed doing it and I found it an instructive and challenging exercise, and I am appending it below.There … [Read more...]

New Mosque opens in Dogpatch

I see that after much opposition, including vandalism and arson--committed by "good Christians" I'm sure--a new mosque has finally opened in Dogpatch, er, Murfreesboro, Tennessee. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/11/after-long-fight-opening-day_n_1768915.html The article notes that the ambient idiots did hire some lawyers (I guess they paid them with chickens and jugs of moonshine). The lawyers argued that Islam is not a "real" religion, and so does not deserve Constitutional … [Read more...]

Fundamentalist Kidnapping Scheme

http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2012/08/08/655951/bryan-fischer-children-of-same-sex-couples-must-be-saved-through-underground-railroad-kidnapping/How about an underground railroad to remove innocent children from the homes of fundamentalist morons? … [Read more...]


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