Which Apologetics Need Answers?

JT Eberhard of Freethought Blogs has some as-of-yet unspecified project in the works, and he's put out a request for help: I need to know what arguments you’ve heard for god’s existence. Which one, in particular, would you like to see me take a swing at? That sounds like a job for... the religiously diverse, scrappy, mostly well behaved commentariat of Unequally Yoked!JT is accepting requests all weekend, but, since he hasn't described the project, I don't know exactly what he's after, so I … [Read more...]

Telling Better Deconversion Stories

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A while ago, Hemant Mehta of Friendly Atheist had a post contrasting atheist deconversion stories with Christian conversion narratives.  He thought atheists need to beef up speaking skills to be able to match the intense emotion of Christian "once was lost" stories. A lot of atheists stop believing in god after a long process of introspection. Maybe they read a book or a friend (or, ironically, a pastor) started them down that path, but there usually isn’t a “born again” moment. When we talk abo … [Read more...]

Scared of Darwin for All the Wrong Reasons

UPDATE: I've expanded a response to a commenter in a new post: "Have Humans 'Won' Evolution?"Over at Patheos's group blog on science and religion, Connor Wood is trying to explain why people have a visceral discomfort with evolution.  He sees natural selection as the ultimate example of "nature red in tooth and claw" -- a rigged game that pits us all against each other and suppresses the better angels of our nature.  He writes: Once you start looking at evolutionary reasons for human beh … [Read more...]

Krauss Defines Philosophy Down

Previously on this blog, I was really teed off by Laurence Krauss contemptuous comments about philosophy at the American Atheists National Conventions (and I agreed with one of the big critiques of his book).  It looks like he's been catching flack for the anti-philosophy comments, and he's written an essay in Scientific American to clarify his position.  I'm excerpting below the parts I found most relevant, but you guys should check out the whole piece. [In physics], I, and most of the c … [Read more...]

This Doesn’t Look Like a Victory to Me

Over in Patheos's Catholic channel, Thomas McDonald of God and the Machine has run into a couple problem commenters.  Specifically, the kind of atheist who think posting the following in a Christian combox is equivalent to counting coup: The creation story of your own religion involves a man created out of dust who is convinced by his rib-woman wife to eat a magical fruit because a talking snake told her that it would make them like gods. The universe as we know it took much longer than six … [Read more...]

More Beating Up on Lazy Humanism

There was a link to the definition from Webster's that the Council for Secular Humanism highlights at the top of their "What is Secular Humanism?" page (ellipses theirs): Secular. "Pertaining to the world or things not spiritual or sacred."Humanism. "Any system of thought or action concerned with the interests or ideals of people … the intellectual and cultural movement … characterized by an emphasis on human interests rather than … religion." Holy False Dichotomy, Batman!I would never … [Read more...]

Atheist vs Humanist

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As you've noticed, Patheos has rolled out a site-wide redesign, and the best changes have come to the new 'Channel' pages (previously 'Portals') for the different religious groups on the site.  The old portal was kind of a placeholder, and they were holding off on major updates til the redesign.  One question that came up in consultations with bloggers before the rollout was whether our section should be under the heading "Atheist" or "Humanist."  It used to be "Humanist" and I'm quite glad we sw … [Read more...]