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Craigart14 commented on Scott McGreal's blog post Making a mockery of the principle of charity: or see how easy it is to ridicule atheism when you don't understand it
"I didn't actually read past his Humpty-Dumpty definition of atheism.  As the OP points out, the "a" preceding English words such as moral, gnostic, sexual, causal, and many others is ordinarily rendered as "without."…"
Aug 20
Michael Penn commented on Scott McGreal's blog post Making a mockery of the principle of charity: or see how easy it is to ridicule atheism when you don't understand it
"Here we go again with articles by a philosopher, and so many people wonder what philosophy a person has studied to become atheist. I'm even asked that question on other blogs by many theists. To me it's a non-question and I don't give…"
Aug 16
Gerald Payne commented on Scott McGreal's blog post Making a mockery of the principle of charity: or see how easy it is to ridicule atheism when you don't understand it
"Anderson's critique shows the difficulty of having to defend a discredited idea. His categorising of atheism into levels of dogma, and insinuating these are gradations of some atheistic faith, are foolish. ''Metaphysical…"
Aug 15
John B Hodges commented on Scott McGreal's blog post Making a mockery of the principle of charity: or see how easy it is to ridicule atheism when you don't understand it
"Bertrand Russell wrote an essay titled "Philosophy's Ulterior Motives", in which he argued that many philosophers had a strong desire to believe in some abstract general position on metaphysics or ethics or something, and were not…"
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Making a mockery of the principle of charity: or see how easy it is to ridicule atheism when you don't understand it

People become atheists for all sorts of reasons, but one of the more commonly cited reasons is that atheism is a rational and reasonable position to take based on the lack of evidence for the existence of any sort of god. However, it is not uncommon for religious believers to argue that atheism is somehow based on faith and is inherently irrational, presumably more so than standard religious beliefs. A recent example of an attempt to argue for the irrationality of atheism can be seen in the…See More
Aug 15
Michael Penn commented on Scott McGreal's blog post "Zeus might be Real!" And We Might Live in a Magical Fantasy World Too!
"Re-Zeus-Kristna!        Je-Sus-Christ!  Where is Thor when you need him?"
Oct 16, 2013
Luara commented on Scott McGreal's blog post "Zeus might be Real!" And We Might Live in a Magical Fantasy World Too!
"Of course Zeus existed.  Zeus was a way of conceptualizing thunder.  Most people nowadays don't know why the air sometimes makes noise or light.  And perhaps, most people don't even know that lightning is electrical. A sort…"
Oct 15, 2013
Randall Smith commented on Scott McGreal's blog post "Zeus might be Real!" And We Might Live in a Magical Fantasy World Too!
"And banging pots and pans to get the eclipsed sun to return always works!"
Oct 15, 2013
Scott McGreal commented on Scott McGreal's blog post "Zeus might be Real!" And We Might Live in a Magical Fantasy World Too!
"Let's not forget deities from Dungeons and Dragons - they could be real too! Maybe even Peter Pan is real??"
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"Zeus might be Real!" And We Might Live in a Magical Fantasy World Too!

A few months ago, The New York Times published a bizarre opinion piece by philosopher Gary Gutting called Did Zeus Exist? With apparent earnestness, Gutting argues that not only did the ancient Greeks have good reason to believe in the existence of Zeus (and presumably their other gods) but that we should take seriously the possibility that they might just have been right. Not that they were right, but that the…See More
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Loren Miller commented on Scott McGreal's blog post Who are the true "Islamophobes"?
"What you said, Pat.  It would seem as though the islamists want to enjoy free speech while everyone else has to go fish.  I noted with interest the above sign: "Freedom of Expression Go To Hell!"  Seems as though SOMEONE was…"
May 28, 2013

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Making a mockery of the principle of charity: or see how easy it is to ridicule atheism when you don't understand it

Posted on August 15, 2015 at 8:30am 4 Comments

People become atheists for all sorts of reasons, but one of the more commonly cited reasons is that atheism is a rational and reasonable position to take based on the lack of evidence for the existence of any sort of god. However, it is not uncommon for religious believers to argue that atheism is somehow based on faith and is inherently irrational, presumably more so than standard religious beliefs. A recent example of an attempt to argue for the irrationality of atheism can be seen in…

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"Zeus might be Real!" And We Might Live in a Magical Fantasy World Too!

Posted on October 10, 2013 at 2:53am 5 Comments

A few months ago, The New York Times published a bizarre opinion piece by philosopher Gary Gutting called Did Zeus Exist? With apparent earnestness, Gutting argues that not only did the ancient Greeks have good reason to believe in the existence of Zeus (and presumably their other gods) but that we should take seriously the possibility that they might just have been right. Not that they were right, but that…

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Who are the true "Islamophobes"?

Posted on May 28, 2013 at 8:30am 3 Comments

To be "phobic" of something is normally taken to mean to be frightened of it. The Greek word phobos actually means fear or terror, so it would make sense to think that people who are "Islamophobic" are those who are frightened of Islam. However, in recent times, the term "islamophobic" has been used to describe those who publicly criticise Islam such as Richard Dawkins and other "new atheists" e.g. in a …

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Genocide is OK if the True God commands it – but how to know which God is the right one?

Posted on December 23, 2012 at 2:50am 4 Comments

Richard Dawkins in recent writings has referred a number of times to a charming fellow named William Lane Craig, also known as "the Genocide Preacher". For those who have not heard of him he has a webpage with the preposterous title of "Reasonable Faith". In a recent Q & A page he explains why it was perfectly…

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At 7:20pm on July 23, 2012, Dr. Terence Meaden said…

Hi Scott

Welcome to this world of rationality, truth and peace, where common sense and science lead to freethinking wisdom --- as you know as a non believer and freethinker like us.

We invite you to make good friends by joining the busy group "ORIGINS: Universe, Astronomy, Life, Earth, Humans, Religion, Gods, Atheism, Evolution, Darwin..." with 700 discussion topics and 3500 members.

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At 10:53am on July 23, 2012, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…

Welcome, Scott! Glad you could join us. :D

Please consider joining a group to meet people and talk about anything that's on your mind, Hang With Friends.You might also like Psychology.

After you've searched for topics of interest in "Groups" above and in the "Forums", don't forget to look at recent activity which hides along the right margin of the page all the way at the bottom.

At 10:17am on July 23, 2012, Steph S. said…

Greetings! Welcome to the site!

 
 
 

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