On the Conflict Between Science and Religion

On the Conflict Between Science and Religion

I’d like to take some time this week to give my thoughts on why it is that science and religion seem so incompatible. While there are many out there who actively balance these two worldviews, they seem to do so in one of two ways: either they believe that the questions of science and religion do not overlap, or they believe that one ultimately trumps the other whenever conflict arises. I believe the first is ultimately untenable, leaving the second option as the more intellectually honest position to hold.

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Moral Relativism v. Moral Objectivism: A Primer

Moral Relativism v. Moral Objectivism: A Primer

This week, I’d like to touch on two terms that come up quite often during religiously-oriented debates: moral relativism and moral objectivism. I will highlight the basic characteristics of moral objectivism and moral relativism and the importance of the differences between these two meta-ethical concepts.

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Arguing Fairly: Sam Harris, Murtaza Hussain & Twitter Fights

Arguing Fairly: Sam Harris, Murtaza Hussain & Twitter Fights

It amazes me just how much crap can be thrown between people in small intervals of time. The recent flap focusing on the words and works of Sam Harris, sparked by this article written by Murtaza Hussain, has lined up commentators on both sides who ready to launch the next volley of excrement at their intellectual opponents ... I believe this charge is relevant to the interests of all atheists and secularists and, as such, the lessons we can learn from this incident are important.

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The Problem of Absolute Truth: When Epistemology and Reality Collide

The Problem of Absolute Truth: When Epistemology and Reality Collide

I have been contemplating the issue of absolute truth over the last couple weeks. I have come to realize that this idea is possibly one of the most dangerous mankind has ever had given what it enables people to do: namely, to Know, with a capital K. This is an issue that deserves the attention of the skeptical and non-religious community because I think that we often fail to properly explain the worldly impact and importance of a skeptical worldview.

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Skepticism is in Need of a Makeover

Skepticism is in Need of a Makeover

Skepticism needs direction, it needs a fairly unified voice, and it needs a check on the infighting that threatens to Balkanize the movement. We skeptics are finally starting to coalesce into a movement that can be readily identified by the public at large... Why, then, do I feel we are so close to losing the ground that we have won?

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The Role of Philosophy Within the Skeptical Movement

The Role of Philosophy Within the Skeptical Movement

Steven sent me a link to this blog post, figuring it might pique my interest; as it turns out, it did. For those unwilling or uninterested in reading the original post (which I recommend doing, as it is a quick, well-written read), the synopsis is as follows: Brian Lynchehaun requests that professional, academic philosophers take the time to critique and comment on the works put forth by popular skeptical figures.

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The End of Faith: A [37G] Book Report

The End of Faith: A [37G] Book Report

Welcome to a new series of articles! I've decided that it would be a good thing to engage with some of the prominent skeptical and atheist literature out there and share my thoughts with the world. I’ve opted to do reports (of an informal sort) on books as I read them...

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Skeptics Skeptical on Sexism: Part Two

Skeptics Skeptical on Sexism: Part Two

In my previous post, I recapped my reaction to the idea that skepticism is suffering from misogynistic and sexist tendencies in light of the Elevatorgate incident. I was initially disbelieving that a group of people presumably dedicated to rational discourse could suffer from such irrationality, but I was forced upon further introspection to see that this was a distinct possibility that cannot be immediately dismissed.

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Skeptics Skeptical on Sexism (Part One)

Skeptics Skeptical on Sexism (Part One)

As someone relatively new to the online skeptical/atheist community, I can say I am genuinely disturbed to think that bastions of reasonableness could be mired in the bad behavior of their advocates. I'm speaking, specifically, of the worries raised by many people that these communities (from here on lumped under the label 'skeptical') are effectively barring women from their ranks through sexist, misogynistic behavior.

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