In discussions on morality the conversation often stagnates around David Hume’s Is-Ought dilemma. The dilemma is that you cannot get from a truth claim about how something is to a values claim about what you should do about it. The problem is often plugged with more “is” claims—like the nature of God—in order to tell… Continue reading The “Ought” Problem
Apparently Ray Comfort still exists. Not only that, but apparently he's done some documentary, or something. On principle, I'm not going to tell you what it's called. Instead, I am going to show you the pictures he's given his followers to promote the documentary. Although these are promotional pictures, I'm not going to promote the… Continue reading Ray Comfort’s Promotional Pictures “The Primates”: theatrically displaying ignorance, again
It is irrational to belief that Jesus rose from the dead. I made that argument a while ago, using mostly the Bible and Dr Bart Ehrman as sources. My argument was that we have laughably unreliable, inconsistent, outdated oral tales supposedly based on second-hand eye-witness accounts that Jesus’ tomb was found empty three days after… Continue reading Jesus’ Resurrection: best explanation of the evidence
I have, in an earlier post, made a passing reference to transience. It got no traction at all, and now I want to talk about transience in the sense of atheism and, more correctly, humanism; transience is the very thing that endows us with value and worth. I want to compare that to a world… Continue reading We Hope You Enjoyed Your Journey: why the passing of life is why we should care
Morality is an issue that I like to write on simply because I find it cathartically simple and reassuringly complex at the same time. That paradox is aligned with my own moral standing, which is Sam Harris’ Moral Landscape (approximately), which my regular readers will already know. The simplicity comes from the simple mantra of… Continue reading Deep in Rivers of The Moral Landscape: secular morality drowns religious morality
In a previous post I made a call for a new informal fallacy: The Nietzsche fallacy. But as another blogger pointed out, I did do a rather poor job of explaining it; it needs some expansion (the post was in the series of twenty posts I wrote on the book God or Godless?. The book… Continue reading The Nietzsche Fallacy
In my tired stupor of writing my responses to the book God or Godless? I forgot to do something very important. When I talked about the implications of God commanding child sacrifice I forgot to go back to the source to see if the book ever actually says that: does God command child sacrifice? And… Continue reading Did God Command Child Sacrifice?
So this is it. Nearly a month of reading for you (and a weekend of writing for me, I knocked all these posts out at nearly the same time and just scheduled them to be one daily. There’s no telling what I have gotten up to while these were uploading themselves) and the climax to… Continue reading 20. The Biblical God is an Incompetent Redeemer
Jesus had a brother. This brother doubted there was anything divine about Jesus (a great guy, but God? He ain’t heavy… he’s my brother). But after Jesus’ death his brother—James—lead the Jerusalem Christians. Why would he turn from a doubter to a believer? On a related note, I received a junk email from a girl… Continue reading 19. Jesus was Resurrected, so Who do You Think Resurrected Him?
I’ve nearly finished my series of my two cents on the book God or Godless? If you haven’t read all of my post yet, go back to the first post to get a sense of what I’m doing. Or don’t, it’s all the same. Unlikely things happen. Very unlikely things happen less often. Near-impossible things… Continue reading 17. God Best Explains the Miracles in People’s Lives