Religion is worse when it's taken seriously. I think there’s nearly a one-to-one correlation between how seriously you take your religion and how dangerous and harmful and wrong your ideas are. But I bring this up because there are real downsides to religious moderation. Too often, we act as if the moderates are harmless or … Continue reading Which is worse, religious fundamentalism or moderation?
Free will does a lot of work in Christian theology. People earn their lot in the afterlife, either in Heaven or Hell, based on their choices. Free will is the most popular answer to the problem of evil, and free will is what separates moral people from immoral people. To attack free will is to … Continue reading Free Will and Determinism
Is religion child abuse? There seems to be genuine controversy within the atheist community over this question. This is a long-form post that will touch on child beating, beliefs regarding hell, and religion's relationship to human sexuality. Before we argue over whether religion is or isn’t child abuse, we have to define religion and define … Continue reading Is religion child abuse?
Who was the better dystopian prophet, George Orwell or Aldous Huxley? After finishing Brave New World, I can’t help but think that we’re well on our way to proving Huxley right. After BNW, I went through Neil Postman’s Amusing Ourselves to Death, which is essentially the non-fiction version of Aldous Huxley’s dystopian vision. Rather than … Continue reading Amusing Ourselves to Death: Our Brave New World
My first real step towards atheism was thinking about faith itself. And the question of ‘how do we know what we know’ still seems profound to me. What are reliable ways of knowing? Take a claim or a belief you hold--how do you know that? One religious answer to this important question is to have … Continue reading Faith
We're going to address 20 common objections to evolution from creationists. This is episode 14 of Counter Apologetics, if you'd rather listen. But first, it needs to be said that atheism and Darwinism are not the same thing. And yet, as atheists, we often find ourselves explaining evolution in debate and conversation. Atheism and evolution … Continue reading Defending Evolution: 20 Creationist Objections Answered
After writing about prayer studies, I began to wonder, how is prayer supposed to work? In order for prayer to work, there has to be some interaction between God and the natural world. How does this interaction occur? If God is this immaterial being outside of space and time, how does he affect material within … Continue reading Prayer is Magic