Added by Joan Denoo on July 1, 2015 at 7:57am —
A few days ago, I had a discussion with a friend who enjoys having informal debates with theists. This is not usually my thing. I find the discussions to be pedestrian on account of theists typically not understanding basic concepts of logic. Their arguments tend to get get muddled and if I can get them to understand that much, it might well be deemed a miracle by the Catholic Church and I could finally become Saint Patrick #2.
I find that inevitably the theist will fall back… Continue
Added by Patrick Brown on March 4, 2015 at 6:30am —
This weekend was a personal test for my parenting. As an atheist parent, I am pretty adamant in presenting both sides of an argument and using context when discussing religious belief with my kids. The only confirmation of how fair of a job I am doing is when the kids end up in awkward… Continue
Added by Bluegrass Skeptic on September 30, 2014 at 7:56pm —
Anyone here watch Grey’s Anatomy? It’s rather a scattered potpourri of mostly doctors at a fictitious Seattle hospital, playing out multiple plotlines, medical and interpersonal and too frequently with about as much reality involved as the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, but that’s beside the point. There was one particularly refreshing event which occurred in the most recent episode, broadcast naught but a handful of minutes ago as this was written, between Drs. April Kepner and Jackson… Continue
Added by Loren Miller on April 18, 2014 at 8:00am —
“I am treated as evil by people who claim that they are being oppressed
because they are not allowed to force me to practice what they do.” ~D. Dale Gulledge
Ignorance is our natural state: we were born that way. We learn what we know as… Continue
Added by Atheist Exile on April 13, 2012 at 5:00am —
At Virginia Tech, on Wednesday evening March 21, there was a debate on the question "Does God Probably Exist?" I wanted to post comments on two of the arguments given.
One argument given was the "fine-tuning argument". One of the debaters was studying high-level academic philosophy, and they stated it thus: Continue
Given the fine-tuning evidence, a life-permitting Universe (LPM) is very, very epistemically unlikely under the non-existence of a fine-tuner, and is not unlikely if a…
Added by John B Hodges on March 22, 2012 at 2:22pm —
(Cross-posted from the Teapot Atheist
Every Sunday, rather than offering commentary on a current event as I usually do, I present an argument from scratch, either against theism writ large or against some particular religion.
Among the many properties God is said to have (for reasons critically analyzed… Continue
Added by Christopher Ray on July 10, 2011 at 6:59pm —
Eight years ago, after quite a bit of scientific study and no small amount of soul-searching, I left the Christian Faith and began life anew as an atheist. My mother is, and probably always will be, crushed that I left, and is terrified of the prospect that I am (in her mind) going to burn in torment forever. Continue
Occasionally she expresses this hurt and fear to me. It runs so…
Added by Scott Popejoy on July 18, 2010 at 11:30pm —
For many young Christians, the belief in the literal resurrection of Jesus has become their primary justification for belief in the entire Christian system. One argument they use in particular is that they don’t believe that the apostles would have died for a lie.
These particular Christians often tell me how many of the apostles and early Christians were tortured for spreading the Christian belief and who in their right mind would die for a lie? Who indeed? Let’s look at this for a… Continue
Added by Staks Rosch on June 3, 2010 at 3:07pm —
Today I was having an argument with a couple of fundies, as always. If they called me vile, hateful or intolerant, I responded with
"Besides, you, Christians are the ones tormenting everyone else with hellfire if we don't believe your version of the story. The real difference between you and the muslims is, you threaten with hell, they make sure you get there… Continue
Added by Johannes S. on June 3, 2010 at 2:30pm —
The Power of Belief:
"So long as a belief in propositions
is regarded as indispensable to salvation,
the pursuit of truth as such is not possible."
Mary Ann Evans, a/k/a George Eliot
A short exchange:
if I choose to believe in anything from a god to a stone, no words will…
Added by Ory Stewart on April 18, 2010 at 6:16pm —
Problem of evil debate - William Lane Craig vs Walter Sinnott-Armstrong
While preparing for the Problem of Evil course I'm now running, I found this debate between Craig and Sinnot-Armstrong above. And it seemed like two people arguing, one in English and the other in French.
Sinnot-Armstrong like any atheist argues from the primacy of the physical world. So suffering is extensive… Continue
Added by Alex McCullie on November 18, 2009 at 4:30am —
As I was minding my own business this Friday afternoon on campus (U. Mississippi) waiting for calculus class, I was accosted by a street preacher. Before talking to me, I overheard the man talking with another student a few metres away. It seemed that he had the poor chap convinced. Anyway, when he was done with that student, he began talking with my friend I was waiting with, a Christian, about "salvation" and such. After being reassured that my friend would certainly go to Heaven upon death,… Continue
Added by ThorsDecree on August 28, 2009 at 1:17pm —
The other day, someone i'm very close to had just found out i'm an atheist. So she looked at me and said, "Katie, where does a rainbow come from?" I know it has something to do with the sun and a prism of colors, but i dont know everything about it and I don't know how it works exactly, so I took a moment before I answered. Seeing that I didn't answer right away though, and seeing me ponder it, she isaid , "see? Nobody knows. It's god." And I said, "No, its just a prism of reflecting light and… Continue
Added by Katie the Ninja on June 30, 2009 at 3:44pm —
When theists (Christians mostly) use the old watch maker argument because "The world is too complex to happen by chance." The counter argument is "Then God is much to complex to happen by chance." They normally counter with a few things "God is outside space and time; therefore he needs no creator." I couldn't help but say "What?!" I find this answer to be nonsense. How could anything exist outside space and time? How do you know this (bible verses). And how does this stop God from needing a… Continue
Added by Hekate Moon on June 10, 2009 at 8:30pm —
From time to time, I may post a short blog detailing problems with theistic world-views. These posts are meant to be rants that exist largely for my pleasure. They are also meant to be non-technical and easy to follow, so you won't find a lot of philosophical mumbo-jumbo here. I hope you enjoy them.
One of the recurring arguments you will hear from theists [especially Christians it seems] is that without an external law-giver we can have no "objective" morality. For the sake… Continue
Added by jc morrison on January 23, 2009 at 4:00pm —
Added by Lone Wolf on December 9, 2008 at 11:22pm —