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
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)
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?
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