God Is Not Great: a [37G] Book Report (Part Two)

God Is Not Great: a [37G] Book Report (Part Two)

God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything is Christopher Hitchens’ broadside volley against religion in all of its forms. It is a grinding assault on the monolith that is religious belief, and it proceeds along three major fronts: religion has failed as an explanatory power; it has failed as a moral power; and it is an impediment to the intellectual and moral advancement of humanity. Read on for part two of this [37G] book report!

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God Is Not Great: a [37G] Book Report (Part One)

God Is Not Great: a [37G] Book Report (Part One)

God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything is Christopher Hitchens’ broadside volley against religion in all of its forms. It is a grinding assault on the monolith that is religious belief, and it proceeds along three major fronts: religion has failed as an explanatory power; it has failed as a moral power; and it is an impediment to the intellectual and moral advancement of humanity.

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Pope Francis, Catholicism, and the Modern World: Is Being a "Nice Guy" Good Enough?

Pope Francis, Catholicism, and the Modern World: Is Being a "Nice Guy" Good Enough?

I was driving home from work today when I heard an interesting blurb about some conciliatory remarks made by Pope Francis I towards homosexuals... While I am pleased that we have a man who seems grounded by humanist ideals, I am concerned. If Francis cannot fundamentally change the doctrines of the church, there is little hope that any substantive change will happen in the long-term.

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The Secular Holy Trinity: Atheism, Skepticism, and Humanism

The Secular Holy Trinity: Atheism, Skepticism, and Humanism

William and I filmed another podcast earlier this week, but this one took on a distinctly different feel from the moment we started recording. For the first time, we did not settle on a single topic, but instead briefly explored a large number of interconnected issues relevant to atheism, skepticism, secularism and philosophy... In light of this, I wanted to briefly give my thoughts on what I feel is the natural relationship between atheism, human and skepticism – how they reinforce, define, and ultimately serve one another.

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Who's Pulling the Strings? God, Agency, and You

Who's Pulling the Strings? God, Agency, and You

Another week, another essay! This time I’d like to focus on the intersection of agency and its relationship with the divine and the world in which we human beings find ourselves. This topic bubbled up into my consciousness from two different directions, and I think it can be a useful subject to explore for those aiming to advance a humanist and secular (atheist, agnostic, etc.) worldview, or for those who at the very least want to temper religious zealotry wherever possible.

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The Moving Target: Pragmatically Arguing Against Religion

The Moving Target: Pragmatically Arguing Against Religion

I have been doing my usual web-surfing over the last few weeks (crawling through some blogs, perusing Reddit, poking around YouTube, etc.) and I think that something needs to be said overtly: the argument we want to have with theists is very often not the argument they are willing or able to have.

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The Importance of Skepticism to Atheism and Secularism

The Importance of Skepticism to Atheism and Secularism

William and I discussed the intersection of skepticism and atheism (understood to include agnosticism/apatheism for my purposes here) during our last podcasting session and I felt that the topic deserved a slightly more formalized examination here. I think that the “skeptical bug” is a key motivator for many who have lost their religion and that it is a powerful tool for undermining religious authority in every sphere of inquiry.

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All Beliefs Are Not Created Equal

All Beliefs Are Not Created Equal

I read a short post by William Deresiewicz today that got me thinking on the subject of beliefs. The gist of Deresiewicz’s piece is to say that everyone is prone to the same sort of unfounded believing of which atheists love to accuse theists. While I wholeheartedly agree with the strict logical truth of what he says, something iffy seems to be hiding behind his suppositions.

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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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