Why I Don’t Believe (Series Index)

 I've used this blog to pick at some parts of religion that I find off-putting (usually on a political level), but I haven't spent that much time explaining why I don't believe in Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Islam, Taoism, etc, etc, etc.The other week, I was in a long conversation with a student proselytizing for a Christian group on campus.  It made me think more deeply about what my most basic, factual objections to Christianity are (which are distinct from objections I have … [Read more...]

A Religion I Like (Series Index)

Telling someone I'm an atheist tells them very little about what I believe or why.  My atheism is just the result of my answer to one question about one truth claim.  Although I disagree with my Catholic boyfriend on many questions of religion, when we mix it up on matters of morality with our postmodernist friends (both atheist and Christian), we almost always end up on the same side.Therefore, I'd like to spend this week trying to paint a better portrait of what I believe, rather than just … [Read more...]

Gay Marriage Index

In August 2010, in the wake of Judge Walker's decision to strike down California's Proposition 8 in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, I ran a series of posts on gay marriage. Why Should Atheists Get Married? - Should the state only administer civil unions? And why would atheists ever value marriage anyway? Restricting Rhetoric, Mosques, and Gays - What kind of religious arguments should be allowed in public discourse? Natural Moral Theory is Bunk - Why I don't buy the Catholic logic … [Read more...]

Math and Morality Index

In August of 2010, I wrote a series of posts on the relationship between math and morality."From Dreams I Proceed to Facts" -- an introduction to my views on math and metaphysics by way of Flatland Hail to the Cylinder God -- being able to make negative definitions of God is essential As sure as I am of anything -- how does evidence for morality compare to evidence for causality, or the reality of sight Tangled Up in Blue -- a discussion of the tension between societal norms and the … [Read more...]