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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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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