Arguing Charitably: What One Can Learn from r/atheism

Arguing Charitably: What One Can Learn from r/atheism

A trip down r/atheism lane on reddit.com can be an amusing affair, albeit a rather one-sided one. The subreddit is littered with quips, memes, and snide attacks on religious institutions, persons, and ideas of every stripe, even after a fairly recent effort to reform the subreddit into something more constructive (and less dominated by Raptor Jesus and his meme-kin). There was a pretty serious uproar at the time, though things seem to have settled down since, but I must confess I sympathize with the effort. This is not because there shouldn’t be a place that atheists can blow off some steam at the expense of their philosophical adversaries; rather, it is because – as the largest online community of atheists, and definitely one of the most visible to the world at large – r/atheism has the potential to be something more than a clearing house for religion-oriented negative emotions.

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The God Delusion: a [37G] Book Report

The God Delusion: a [37G] Book Report

Welcome to the latest installment of the [37G] book report series. This week we highlight Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion. , a methodical and sustained attack on religion on both theological and practical fronts. It is interesting in its tone, which straddles the space between the rhetorical bite of Christopher Hitchens and the more scientific timbre of Daniel Dennett, though it is infused with more than a little dry, British wit. 

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Texas, Abortion Rights, and a (Temporary) Victory for Secularism

Texas, Abortion Rights, and a (Temporary) Victory for Secularism

We should all be happy that a federal district court judge in Texas has struck down sections of a law that would have restricted women’s access to abortion services in that state. This is a victory for secularism, plain and simple, and its value is completely independent of abortion debate itself. Sadly, it has proven to be a temporary victory as an appeals court reinstated many of the restrictions only three days later while legal challenges are moving through the courts. 

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One Year Later: a [37G] Recap

One Year Later: a [37G] Recap

It’s a little difficult for me to believe that [37G] is a year old. It’s been a productive year, with over 30 atheism/secularism-related articles and over 30 podcasts going up, along with William’s Magic: the Gathering coverage over at the Blog portion of the site. We’ve come a long way in that time, and we’ve got a lot further to go before we end up where we want to be, which makes the one-year mark a great place to reflect on what has been and what (we hope) will be.

 

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It's OK to Shout: Motivation for Atheists

It's OK to Shout: Motivation for Atheists

I recently re-watched one of my favorite movies: V for Vendetta and it got me thinking about the need for vocal opposition to religion in the public sphere ... While this is obviously a fiction through and through, I believe it highlights one way in which religious people can impact the lives of the non-religious, if only in theory.

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The Importance of Mythos

The Importance of Mythos

There is a tendency for atheists to demean religious traditions as “mere mythologies”, but I think that this is an unhelpful criticism because there is something very human about the love of a mythos. We would be better served to understand that mythologies, both ancient and modern, are powerful narratives that help us describe to ourselves what it is to be human, and that very few of us (if any) are entirely free from them.

 

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Rational Discourse Weekly - Episode 30 "Serious Accusations"

Rational Discourse Weekly - Episode 30 "Serious Accusations"

This week, we talk about a study that shows an interesting link between intelligence and lack of religiosity. We also discuss how rape accusations against Michael Shermer can be damaging, especially given how they were communicated and addressed. Finally, atheists pull to have secular literature put in Georgia state parks alongside Bibles.

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