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?;=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. 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 about an underground railroad to remove innocent children from the homes of fundamentalist morons? … [Read more...]

Tax Atheists!, if it comes to that, atheists should go to church! They should go to the local fundamentalist barn and sit on the front row in gym shorts and T-shirts. The T-shirt will read: "I won't teach evolution in your church if you don't teach creation in my school." Or maybe: "Jesus, protect me from your followers." They should laugh very loudly and scornfully at every stupid thing that is said, snicker … [Read more...]

“God Particle” Discovery Means Woes for Atheists?

Check this out: According to some Tweeters, the recent (probable) discovery of the Higgs Boson (unfortunately tagged "The God Particle" by physicist Leon Lederman) has some people once again writing obituaries for atheism. Of course, it seems unlikely that these particular individuals have advanced degrees in physics, philosophy, or theology, so their pronouncements should be given the weight of something lighter than a Higgs Boson. Still, the response should … [Read more...]

How to Think or What to Think?

John Loftus raises an issue that I would like to address:Should professors teach students how to think or what to think? John gives a link to an article by philosopher Peter Boghossian: challenges what John calls the “received” view of pedagogy. The received view can be summed up by the slogan that the instructor’s job is to t … [Read more...]