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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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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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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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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