Stop Telling Me to be Respectful of Others’ Beliefs

Editor's Note: This is a guest post by Alyssa (aka the Atheist Nerd Girl) republished on The Secular Outpost with permission. The original post may be found on her blog, Atheist Nerd Girl. As an outspoken atheist I’ve come across the “be respectful of others’ beliefs” sentiment many times when expressing my thoughts. The funny thing about it is I’ve been told that sort of thing by fellow atheists on several occasions. It’s as though they feel they’re being very nice and protective of the religio … [Read more...]

It Takes More Faith to Be an Atheist Than to Believe in God?

Editor's Note: This is a guest post by Taylor Carr republished on The Secular Outpost with permission. The original post may be found on his blog, The Godless Skeptic. Unless you've been hiding under a rock somewhere, you've probably heard someone, somewhere, say at some point: "I think it takes more faith to be an atheist than to believe in god." Maybe you've even said it yourself. I've seen this amusing little remark bandied about in too many contexts to recount here, but most recently it's be … [Read more...]

LINK: Are Atheists and Christians Enemies?

According to this atheist, the answer is "no."LINK … [Read more...]

Stupid Atheist Meme #4: “Let’s Put an End to the Philosophy of Religion!”

Note: For the avoidance of doubt, in calling this and other memes"stupid" I'm not claiming--and don't think--that anyone who agrees with any or all of these memes is a stupid person.  J.L. Schellenberg has written all that needs to be said on this topic, in a combox on another site (skip down to comment #47). I think it’s worth quoting in full.Having done philosophy of religion as an atheist for more than twenty years, I find the idea that atheistic belief should lead one to view philosophy … [Read more...]

A Must-Read Book for Both Christians and Atheists

I'm referring to Randal Rauser's book, Is the Atheist My Neighbor? If you haven't read it yet, you should. But don't take my word for it. (I'm biased as a contributor to one small part of the book.) Instead, read this recent review which appeared in the "Progressive Christian" channel here on Patheos.LINK to reviewLINK to book at … [Read more...]

Stupid Atheist Meme #3: Freethinker = Atheist

LINK (to my old Secular Web article from 2001) … [Read more...]

God, Last Night’s Republication Debate, and Moral Disagreement

During last night's prime-time Republican Presidential Candidate Debate, Fox News host Megyn Kelly said this: after the break, we’re going to let the candidates make their closing statements, their final thoughts, and God. Stay tuned for that. After the commercial break, Kelly said:“An interesting closing question from Chase Norton on Facebook, who wants to know this of the candidates: ‘I want to know if any of them have received a word from God on what they should do and take care of fir … [Read more...]

Stupid Atheist Meme #2: “It is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence”

This is my second post in my series on stupid atheist memes. (For the previous entry, click here.) I'd like to discuss the following meme, coined by philosopher W.K. Clifford in his famous essay, "The Ethics of Belief." It is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence. While I am embarrassed to admit that, in my philosophical youth, I used to agree with this meme, I'm proud to say I got wiser.The problem with this meme (and the reason I think … [Read more...]