Meet a Closet Anti-Abortionist Pretending to be Something Else

A recent Op-ed in the Washington Post was titled, “Democrats are the real abortion extremists.” Let’s examine the assertion in that title. Since Roe v. Wade was decided by the Supreme Court in 1973, anti-abortionists have tried every trick in the book to limit women’s access to abortion, especially poor women. The author of the Op-ed put it a bit differently: “The Supreme Court seized custody of the issue in 1973 (and) damaged political civility.” I think we need a… Read more

Unanswerable Questions Revisited

In a recent post, titled “Unanswerable Questions,” I posed two questions that I considered unanswerable: Does God exist? What is the origin of the Universe? The article attracted some great comments, but I think there is more that can be said about this. There are other questions that seem unanswerable…like the origin of life and human consciousness. Scientists have addressed both of these, and have posited some promising hypotheses, but at this point, we do not have definitive answers. Let’s… Read more

Pro-Life

You say you are Pro-Life. I am Pro-Life. Everybody is Pro-Life. Hitler was Pro-Life…except for Jews. Stalin was Pro-Life…except for his enemies. Serial killers are Pro-Life…except for their targets. What you mean by Pro-Life is not what I mean. For you, it is a euphemism for anti-abortion. Pro-Life sounds sweet and innocent, but it is acidly passive-aggressive. What you mean is that if I am not anti-abortion, I am pro-abortion, and therefore anti-life. That Is a logical fallacy, a false… Read more

Rand Paul Introduces Senate Bill To Allow Non-Experts Vet What Science Is Worth Funding

This week, Rand Paul introduced a bill (S.1793 – to be cited as the BASIC Research Act) to the United States senate that would fundamentally change how Federal research grants are reviewed and how funding is distributed. For each panel for a federal research grant, this bill proposes that the panel must include the following two reviewers – (1) at least one individual who is not professionally affiliated with any academic or research institution, has not been professionally affiliated in the… Read more

The Matthew Effect

One of the big arguments between liberals and conservatives is around the issue of inequality, particularly as it relates to wealth. My understanding of the predominant conservative position is that those that gain wealth through their own efforts should be allowed to keep more of that wealth, and should not be taxed at significantly higher levels than everyone else, as that would mean they are being penalized for being successful. I am aware that this might be a caricature, because… Read more

The Pertinence of Nominalism to Religious and Philosophical Debates

I have written about nominalism quite a number of times, both here at the blog and in my books (most recently in Did God Create the Universe from Nothing? Countering William Lane Craig’s Kalam Cosmological Argument). For those of you unfamiliar with the topic, let me briefly explain: Abstract Objects Abstract objects are incredibly important aspects within the context of philosophy. They include all of the labels and categories of things (tokens). These types are abstract. So, for example, a chair is both the token… Read more

Jesus’ Sacrifice Wasn’t All That

There is a ubiquitous notion that Jesus sacrificed an awful lot for our sins. Putting Atonement to the side for the minute (after all, it’s a completely nonsensical ideal), let us consider the sacrifice that Jesus made. So what happened to Jesus at the end of his life? Well, we know that, unbeknownst to him in a certain way at the time, his life was sacrificed for the good of humanity. What happened afterwards is that he appeared to go… Read more

Parent complaints force Church of England school to stop Christian group proselytising to children

Parents be vigilant! And this also is why groups like Humanists UK are so important, supporting such ideals. This is from them: A Church of England school in Kent has been forced to stop a Christian group from delivering assemblies and lessons to its pupils after parents complained about their children being exposed to ‘a potentially damaging ideology’. Humanists UK, which campaigns against the privileged position given to religion in schools, has stood by the parents, and called for a… Read more

Women Should Remain Silent – Were Paul’s Words an Interpolation?

The Apostle Paul has some infamous words regarding the position of women. Here he is in 1 Corinthians 14: 34 The women are to keep silent in the churches; for they are not permitted to speak, but are to subject themselves, just as the Law also says. 35 If they desire to learn anything, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is [n]improper for a woman to speak in church. 36 [o]Was it from you that the word of God first went forth? Or has it come to… Read more

Guest Post by Franz Kiekeben: William Lane Craig and Altruism

Here is a guest post from philosopher Franz Kiekeben – thanks Franz for adding to the mix! In a debate with Paul Kurtz, William Lane Craig contrasted theism and atheism with respect to self-sacrifice. He claims that on the theistic view, “God holds all persons morally accountable for their actions. Evil and wrong will be punished; righteousness will be vindicated. Despite the inequalities of this life, in the end the scales of God’s justice will be balanced. We can even… Read more

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