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
Substance dualism is the standard view among Christians. They believe that the mind can’t be reduced to the workings of something physical like the brain, and that the mind and body are made of two distinct substances. There are many arguments from consciousness and a vast range of opinion among experts on the issue of … Continue reading Argument from Consciousness: Do You Have A Soul?
I saw an article on Patheos a while back called Ten Things Christians Accidentally Tell Me About Themselves. The author pointed out that Christians often project in the Freudian sense and he gave examples of Christians essentially saying “No, you are.” So I took a few of his and added a few of my own that … Continue reading No, You Are: When Christians Project
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”
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