Why I Believe a More Inclusive Atheism Benefits Us All

Why I Believe a More Inclusive Atheism Benefits Us All

I was perusing r/TrueAtheism recently and came across a link to an article by Sam Harris. It turned out to be a response to Daniel Dennett’s criticisms of Harris’ book Free Will, written in the form of an extended, somewhat conversational (if not a bit irritated) essay. As someone with a strong philosophical inclination [looks at Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy hanging on wall], I found the essay’s topic – free will - to be quite interesting, even if I had not read either Free Will or Dennett’s extensive critique. What I found to be more interesting, however, was the lone comment attached to the article, posted by reddit user Siguard. To quote...

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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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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 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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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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In Defense of God: Why the Problem of Evil Isn't the Knock-out Blow You Think it Is

In Defense of God: Why the Problem of Evil Isn't the Knock-out Blow You Think it Is

A common thread I've run into during my atheistic travels has been the Problem of Evil and the force many non-religious types (of an argumentative persuasion) believe this problem poses. The Problem of Evil (sometimes called the Problem of Evidential Evil, or something similar) can be stated as follows...

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Metaphysics 101: The Importance of One's Ontology

A common thread running through most arguments between theists and atheists is what grounds reality. This is often framed in such a way as to ask how we can have morality without a moral authority, but the question goes considerably deeper than that. While I plan on addressing that question in due time, I believe an investigation of some basic philosophical concepts would be helpful here. For those who have not delved deeply into metaphysics, welcome! It's going to be a wild ride.

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