On the Idea of Doing Something “in the Name of Atheism”

Over at Dangerous Idea, Victor Reppert asks, "Why couldn't there be mass killings in the name of atheism?"I suppose there could be, just as I suppose there could be mass killings in the name of theism, but then I suppose there could be mass killings in the name of... a lot of things. It depends on what it means to do something "in the name of" something else. So it would be most helpful if Reppert were to clarify this: what does it mean to perform an action A "in the name of" X?Does it mean … [Read more...]

William Lane Craig’s Defense of Akin

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Benjamin Netanyahu on Communists vs. Theistic Terrorists

(redated post from March 26, 2006)Jim Still's recent entry on this blog, "Everything is Permitted Under God," reminded me of a Larry King interview of Benjamin Netanyahu from several years ago (2001?), in which Netanyahu made a very interesting comparison of the behavior of atheistic communists vs. the behavior of theistic terrorists. Ever since watching that interview, I have been trying to track down the exact quotation as I think it would be useful in the context of theistic complaints that … [Read more...]

The Evidential Argument from the History of Science, Part 4: Reply to ‘cl’

IntroductionTheists hold that there exists an omnipotent, omniscient, and morally perfect person (God) who created the universe. Metaphysical naturalists, on the other hand, hold that the universe is a closed system, which means that nothing that is not part of the natural world affects it. Metaphysical naturalism (N) denies the existence of all supernatural beings, including God. Therefore, N entails that any true scientific explanations must be naturalistic (i.e., non-supernatural) … [Read more...]

New York Times: Why Race Is Still a Problem for Mormons

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What Is a Hate Group?

After hearing (or being reminded, I'm not sure which) that the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) classified the Family Research Council (FRC) as a hate group in 2010, that got me wondering. What is the definition of a "hate group," anyway?It's unclear how, precisely, the SPLC defines "hate group." While searching their website, I found the following statement on their "Hate Map" page.All hate groups have beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for … [Read more...]

Friendly Atheist: Pat Robertson Wouldn’t Adopt Foreign Children Because They Might Turn Out ‘Weird’

The opening paragraph pretty much sums it up.This man makes my head explode. Why does anyone still listen to Pat Robertson? He pretends to be a moral leader and a good Christian. But doesn’t that mean taking care of those in need, especially when they’re children?! LINK … [Read more...]

Flowchart on the Futility of Prayer

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