Once we get past the bloody and bizarre Old Testament, it’s all “Love thy neighbor” and “Help the poor” from there, isn’t it? We’re expected to accept that Jesus was a wise moral teacher and that the New Testament is a valuable document of morals, even if we aren’t believers ourselves. But the goodness of … Continue reading “The New Testament is Better”
If there is no god, why do so many people believe in one? What is it about human psychology that has made belief in god, in one form or another, the default position for the majority of human beings? You may be tempted to attribute all religious beliefs to human irrationality, constant social reinforcement, the … Continue reading The Byproduct Theory of Religion: Why We Believe in Gods
Why doesn't god do anything that proves that he exists? I’m not sure what proof would look like, exactly; but an omniscient god would know what would convince any individual, and an omnipotent god would have the means to do it. So why hasn’t he? He could settle the matter, once and for all, anytime … Continue reading Divine Hiddenness
Pascal’s Wager is one of the most popular defenses presented when you’re in an argument with a believer. It doesn’t really come up in formal debates, but it’s presented all the time in informal conversations, whether you’re visiting religious family or telling someone you’re an atheist for the first time. It seems to be sort … Continue reading Pascal’s Wager: What If You’re Wrong?
Believers often claim that unlike atheists, they have an objective basis for morality. They’re not working with what’s socially useful, or what’s preferable to humans; but instead, they’re operating from the unassailable, objective standard of God. The idea that our morality is grounded in God’s will is what’s known as divine command theory. But DCT … Continue reading The Euthyphro Dilemma
Luck plays a bigger role in our lives than we tend to admit. Intuitively, you’d think that people couldn’t be held morally accountable for what is not their fault, or what happens due to factors beyond their control. But according to Thomas Nagel, “a significant aspect of what someone does depends on factors beyond their … Continue reading Moral Luck (Free Will pt. III)
I want to elaborate on why I think this question matters. Whether believers want to acknowledge it or not, Christianity makes claims about the universe and how it works. It makes claims about how human beings work. Our best science-based and evidence-based answers to many questions are in direct conflict with the Christian answers to … Continue reading Moral Responsibility (Free Will pt. II)