xPrae: how I defeated you so soundly (part 4: What does Compassion Look Like?)

There are many Christians who read their Bible in an incredibly specific and generally good way. I argue this method is not Biblical, but it is good. This good method is to find Jesus’ command to “love thy neighbour” and to assume “neighbour” means “all fellow human beings”. Jesus, thus, commanded ‘universal love and compassion’,… Continue reading xPrae: how I defeated you so soundly (part 4: What does Compassion Look Like?)

xPrae: How I defeated you so soundly (part 2: Understanding another religion)

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)

Why it’s impossible to argue that God is immoral

God's morality can be evaluated in two ways that I see: either one can assume that God exists and judge God according to the Book one accepts and what they believe It created, else God can be assumed to be nothing more than the work of fiction whose role changes depending on which story one… Continue reading Why it’s impossible to argue that God is immoral

Humanist Weddings, Equality and Aggression

This morning Facebook directed me towards a clip from 'The Big Questions', a BBC series that runs in the UK. They tackle three questions in an episode and the Big Question the clip is of is this: "Should humanists have equal rights to religions?" To be honest, the question made me laugh. I've long believed… Continue reading Humanist Weddings, Equality and Aggression

11. Love is a Many-Splendored thing, but only if God Exists

The argument here is that altruistic love, as an evolutionary advantage, is “bounded rationality”; stupidity. Wanting to protect the weak, especially when they are strangers, simply has no cause on the evolutionary perspective. No one raises a doubt about whether altruistic love can be explained by evolution (as, it can) but the Christian merely want… Continue reading 11. Love is a Many-Splendored thing, but only if God Exists

Scientism

Wikipedia defines scientism thusly: “Scientism is a term used, usually pejoratively, to refer to belief in the universal applicability of the scientific method and approach, and the view that empirical science constitutes the most authoritative worldview or most valuable part of human learning to the exclusion of other viewpoints. It has been defined as "the… Continue reading Scientism

A Spiritual Atheist

I meditate. I don’t know why I have taken forever to let you all know that; I think I was waiting until I could be sure certain people had gotten bored with my blog and stopped reading. But I do practice meditation. I’m not trying to contact any higher power or commune with God (although… Continue reading A Spiritual Atheist

Her Gift to Me

I promised myself I would stop writing about my ex-girlfriend, but I have a person in my life at the moment that keeps bringing her up and I have no real way to distract myself from the thoughts that wells up. My last session of ‘Hey-lets-talk-about-her-I’m-sure-that-will-make-you-feel-better-about-life’ doted heavily on the issue of why I am… Continue reading Her Gift to Me