The Evil God Challenge

There exists an all-knowing, all-powerful, conscious mind who created the universe and human beings. And of course, this being is perfectly, flawlessly evil. So is what I just wrote really all that less likely than what theists believe? The typical version of the god hypothesis postulates an all-knowing, all-powerful, conscious being who created the universe … Continue reading The Evil God Challenge

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The God of Jordan Peterson

Jordan Peterson is many things to many people. One thing he happens to be is a passionate opponent of atheism and defender of Christianity, claiming that atheism is destructive and that we need religion for civilization to continue. Oddly enough, he doesn’t really believe in god, at least not in any sense that the majority … Continue reading The God of Jordan Peterson

The Gruesome History of Christian Torture

Of course, I couldn’t possibly talk about every terrible event that would qualify to be in this episode — every grisly act, every theological splitting of hairs that led to those acts. The truth is I didn’t even set out to make this episode. Just in reading books that involved religion, I kept coming across … Continue reading The Gruesome History of Christian Torture

Evolutionary Argument Against Naturalism (EAAN)

The discovery of evolution by natural selection arguably did more to reinforce naturalism than any other single discovery in science. God was out of a job in a serious way because up until that point, most people believed that there was no way to naturalistically explain the diversity and complexity of biological life. The philosopher … Continue reading Evolutionary Argument Against Naturalism (EAAN)

Western Values Are Based on Judeo-Christian Values

More and more I hear the claim that western civilization is based on Judeo-Christian values. There are a few possible claims a believer could be making when arguing about western values and Judeo-Christian values. They could merely be making historical claims that Christians and Christian institutions played pivotal roles in the historical development of Europe. … Continue reading Western Values Are Based on Judeo-Christian Values

Panpsychism, Mysterianism, Epiphenomenalism

I’ve previously argued against the more intuitive, default form of dualism that religious people tend to believe in. But moving past our first guess at how consciousness works is only the first step. Among those who reject the notion of a ghost in the machine, there is a wide range of opinion. There is by … Continue reading Panpsychism, Mysterianism, Epiphenomenalism