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)

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The Byproduct Theory of Religion: Why We Believe in Gods

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

Defending Evolution: 20 Creationist Objections Answered

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

Hitler, Eugenics, and Darwinism (Podcast ep. 09)

Welcome to part II of our discussion on the death of god and whether atheism is responsible for the atrocities of the 20th century. Eugenics Apologists love to claim that Darwin was the basis for Nazi eugenics. They will also use this as an argument against evolution. Of course, as I mentioned at the outset … Continue reading Hitler, Eugenics, and Darwinism (Podcast ep. 09)

Dawkins Disinvited, Again

Richard Dawkins, one of the world’s most famous scientists, was deplatformed yet again in our latest spasm of confused self-injury. In the aftermath, the listener-supported radio station tweeted, “KPFA exercises its free speech right not to participate with anyone who uses hateful language against a community already under attack.” I’m certainly not arguing that KPFA … Continue reading Dawkins Disinvited, Again

Can Science Tell Us About the Supernatural?

On the first day of my introductory classes in biology, I was expecting the professors to directly address evolution. This is America, after all. We’re not exactly known for our science literacy or acceptance of Darwin’s great idea. The rows of seats were filled with future nurses, neuroscientists, and kids who just needed the credit, … Continue reading Can Science Tell Us About the Supernatural?