My New Political Blog

I try not to get involved in politics much, because it takes precious time away from thinking about issues in philosophy of religion and ethics, which are my favorite areas of thought (plus I have more educational background in those areas).However, the Citizens United decision of the US Supreme Court is a frontal assault on democracy in the USA, so I feel compelled to get more involved in politics than I would otherwise personally prefer.  I have therefore started a political blog to try … [Read more...]

LINK: Are Mermaids Real?

PZ Myers pretty much sums it up.It’s sad that NOAA even had to issue this statement.But are mermaids real? No evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found Are there any government agencies that would like to take a stand on elves, leprechauns, pixies, and Bigfoot?LINK … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll, the Pope of Seattle says Get on the Bus or I will Drive the Bus Over You

I informally debated Mark Driscoll (and Lief Moi) when they were co-hosts of a Seattle-based Christian talk radio show in the '90s. So it was interesting to read what Bruce Gerencser had to say about Driscoll, who he calls "the Pope of Seattle."LINK (Warning: off-color word use) … [Read more...]

LINK: Colin McGinn on Atheism

The Spring 2012 issue of Theoretical and Applied Ethics contains a symposium on Ethics, Atheism, and Religion.  The lead essay is by Colin McGinn and is followed by responses from Edward Feser, Steve Fuller, Ted Peters, and Robert Sinclair.  All the essays can be read online, so go take a look.HT: Edward Feser … [Read more...]

LINK: Leah Libresco of Unequally Yoked Converts from Atheism to Catholicism

I had never heard of her before this, but Leah Libresco of the blog Unequally Yoked has converted from atheism to Catholicism. It appears a big factor in her conversion was her belief that the Moral Law is a person.I hope that nontheists will (1) not commit the "No True Scotsman" fallacy and deny she was ever an atheist; and (2) be nice to her.LINK (HT: Paul Fidalgo)Update: Apparently her conversion is now being reported by MSNBC News. … [Read more...]

LINK: Does the threat of a highway to Hell deter a problem child? New study shows the complications of belief and crime

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LINK: How Dare You Threaten Me with Your Harmless Opinion?

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Can Theists Be Moral?

That's a pretty silly question, isn't it? I would argue that it is about as silly as the question, "Can Atheists Be Moral?" Even fundamentalist Christian philosophers grant that atheists can know moral principles and behave according to those principles. If someone wishes to deny that theists or atheists can have morals, it seems the burden of proof should fall on them to offer some reason why they could not have morals. … [Read more...]


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