The Atheist named Richard Swinburne

I was reading the Martyrdom of Polycarp recently, which is “the oldest written account of a Christian martyrdom outside the New Testament.” (The Apostolic Fathers, updated edition, edited and revised by Michael Holmes, p.222; hereafter: TAF). Polycarp was killed between 155 and 160 C.E:The Martyrdom of Polycarp sets out quite clearly both the issue at stake--Lord Christ versus Lord Caesar—and the state’s (as well as the general population’s) view of Christians as disloyal atheists who threate … [Read more...]

Alex Rosenberg’s 2012 Argument for Nihilism

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  In his 2012 book, The Atheist’s Guide to Reality, Alex Rosenberg defends an argument for nihilism.[1] In this article I want to evaluate his argument. Definitions Before we turn to his argument, we first need to understand how Rosenberg defines his terms. Let us begin with the word “scientism.” In his own words, Rosenberg defines “scientism” as follows. But we’ll call the worldview that all us atheists (and even some agnostics) share “scientism.” This is the conviction that [1] the … [Read more...]

An Atheist Guide to Love

Fellow Patheos Atheist channel blogger Libby Anne (Love, Joy, and Feminism) has a column in today's Washington Post in the Guest Voices section.LINK … [Read more...]

LINK: Science Says Atheists Should Come Out of the Closet for their Own Good

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Religious Belief Systems of Persons with High Functioning Autism

Abstract:The cognitive science of religion is a new field which explains religious belief as emerging from normal cognitive processes such as inferring others' mental states, agency detection and imposing patterns on noise. This paper investigates the proposal that individual differences in belief will reflect cognitive processing styles, with high functioning autism being an extreme style that will predispose towards nonbelief (atheism and agnosticism). This view was supported by content … [Read more...]

Pro-Life Atheists

Hemant Mehta's post about pro-life atheists is a great reminder of the diversity among nontheists. While the stereotype of atheists, at least in the U.S., is that we are all liberal on a variety of issues, that isn't the case. Pro-life atheists are an example. … [Read more...]

Jerry Coyne Blogs about Three Critical Reviews of Nagel’s Book

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Ryan Stringer on Nonbelief and Hope

Here is the abstract for Stringer’s new paper published on The Secular Web: Many people hold on to supernatural beliefs because they feel that certain psychological needs could not be met without them--in particular, they feel that they would not be able to have any hope without such beliefs. However, nonbelief need not be the "recipe for despair" that it is often assumed to be; in fact, not only can it leave ample room for hope, but it can help people hope in a realistic, psychologically h … [Read more...]


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