In this post, I am going to argue that Christianity is morally inferior to both Islam and atheism. Christianity purports to answer moral questions, but instead offers a loophole that bypasses and excuses all those possible answers to morality. Islam, at least, does have a clear moral message and lacks any obvious subversion of its… Continue reading the complete inferiority of Christian ethics. (xPrae: how I defeated you so soundly (part 5))
Inter-faith dialogues, despite their pretty name, should be a case of pitting infallible and mutually exclusive ideas against each other: God says this vs God says that. It’s not, and that’s a good thing. Anyone who has watched an interfaith discussion in a university, on the TV or listened to one on the radio will… Continue reading xPrae: How I defeated you so soundly (part 2: Understanding another religion)
Introduction I have recently been locked into a debate with a rather strange interlocutor, who I shall call xPrae (this is short for xPraetori, which in turn has a slightly different meaning on the blog in question). The strangeness comes from a number of elements, like encouraging the discussion to not cite or even use… Continue reading xPrae: How I defeated you so soundly (part 1: introduction and atheism)
I have a number of disagreements with the Bible on topics of history, science, ethics, the role of women and equality of people. I even disagree with the Bible at length about sexual practices, particularly what the LGBTX community can and cannot get up to. But, given a little lenience on the language, I have… Continue reading Where I agree with the Bible
New Testament Round If the rise of Christianity is evidence for the resurrection of Jesus, do you also believe in the tablets Joseph Smith claimed to find because of the rise of Mormonism? Sathya Sai Baba (died 2011) Sathya Sai Baba has witnesses to his miraculous healing of others, resurrections and virgin birth (among other miracles).… Continue reading Quick Fire Round
God-based morality is not good morality. It cannot be. Firstly, despite all the arguments that there cannot be morality unless it is God-based, there are no tenets of God-based morality. If there were any, they’d remain unknowable. Secondly, there’s no way for us to distinguish good from evil on the God-based narrative. Thirdly, what possible… Continue reading Why is God-based morality superior?
It is possible to argue that all superficially moral actions are actually selfish. The actors’ motives are issues of expecting a warm-fuzzy feeling, not being able to abide perceived injustice or suffering or just the mindset of not being comfortable with bad things happening. All of these have an internal locus of control, which is… Continue reading Book Excerpt: Game Theory, Moral Intuitions and the Failure of Christianity
I commented recently on post called “Mild Paedophilia in Light of Atheism”1. The post decried Dawkins for his use of the phrase “mild paedophilia”, and I didn’t mention in the comment that without context the phrase may have been entirely legitimate2. What I did mention is that the blogger was being inconsistent: where the blogger… Continue reading This is how Religion Blinds your Humanity and Decency
Yesterday (I think, I've lost all track of time and days and purpose) I put up a post to apologise for my over-zealous acceptance that the Christian God commanded child sacrifice for His pleasure. I did that without looking it up, and then I went on a narrow focused search to back up my post… Continue reading Educating Christians. Lesson #1: Abortion; your god LOVES it!
God cannot tell the future. God cannot even tell the future of the narrative in the Bible. This argument is partly a rebuttal—the prophecies aren’t true—that has somehow turned into an opening statement. I don’t understand that. But still, the prophecies in Isaiah that the Nile would dry up or that Damascus would cease to… Continue reading 16. The Biblical God is Ignorant about the Future