All Blog Posts Tagged 'arguments' (10)

Argumentation and its Narrative Payoff

It’s been a long time since I read Lakoff and Johnson’s book Metaphors We Live By, but I was recently thinking the internet has surely added a lot of good material for some of its central themes. The the notion of argumentation as warfare comes to mind. In that book, they advanced the notion that a lot of the metaphors people use for argumentation are those associated with warfare and violence in general.…


Added by Dan Wall on March 20, 2016 at 3:45pm — No Comments

Counter-Apologetic to:"You're not an atheist! You're agnostic because you're not certain."

Many Theists make this argument at some point, but it was Carl Sagan who said it with the most clarity:

“An atheist is someone who is certain that God does not exist, someone who has compelling evidence against the existence of God. I know of no such compelling evidence. Because God can be relegated to remote times and…


Added by Kara Ward on December 28, 2013 at 1:09am — 27 Comments

First Cause

I consider the Cosmological Argument the best argument for a creator God. Given the theme of this blog, I don’t consider it a particularly good argument, but it is the best none the less. What follows is the most fair, if not conclusive, rebuttal I have to give.

The argument from the origin of the universe, or the Cosmological Argument dates back to the beginning of apologetics. If you are interested in the history, Google it. I plan on…


Added by Steven Murphy on March 29, 2012 at 10:13am — 2 Comments

A refutation of one theist argument

Sometimes one will hear theists claim that religion is necessary because it buttresses morality or produces more moral people. When they do so, they implicitly concede several points.

The first implicit conception is that theists and non-theists both find morality (however defined) worthy of protection. After all, why ask non-theists to protect morality if they have no morality? This grossly undercuts the favorite ad hominem claim of our intellectual opponents, namely, that…

Added by TB Godfrey on September 3, 2010 at 5:48pm — No Comments

What Happens When We Die: An Atheist’s Explanation

A lot of religion’s power lies in the laity’s fear of what happens to us when we die. The “flaw” in atheism (they say) is that it can not explain the “afterlife”. Well, here ya go: an atheists explanation of death:

What I have learned is this: The brain works on an electric charge that is roughly equal to your average car battery. This electricity jumps from neuron to neuron, interacting with other bits of electricity to create a sense of self. In order to leap across the… Continue

Added by William Hopper on May 20, 2010 at 5:00pm — 15 Comments

How to Kill Faith and Win Arguments with Religious Zealots

How to Kill Faith and Win Arguments with Religious Zealots

Most Christians would roughly define faith as a ‘belief without evidence ‘ that comes as a gift from a just and loving God. Of course, they also believe in talking snakes, pregnant virgins, and people rising from the dead, so it gets a tad fuzzy trying to follow their logic.… Continue

Added by William Hopper on May 20, 2010 at 1:13am — 4 Comments

Conversation with a Creationist

This convo kept me up until 2am last night. I'm probably wasting my time on this one, which is why I was reluctant to get drawn back into the evolution vs creationism talk the other night, but when we get together it's usually inevitable.

Is there anything I can do to gain some ground? I think I need to be quicker on the draw. She types like a demon.

Dinosaurs and Carbon Dating

Outlaw (9:39:53 PM): my question though, when it comes to this ancient… Continue

Added by OutlawGirl on November 27, 2009 at 8:54pm — 11 Comments

Eden: Entrapment?

Inspired by a discussion with a Christian friend of mine and this video:

This is a continuation of the argument presented in the video. When presented with this argument most theists will argue that Adam and Eve did know good and evil or that they simply knew not to disobey God, and that should have been enough. However, upon closer examination of Genesis, I don't think either of these arguments hold up. You see, I don't think that God's words are clear… Continue

Added by OutlawGirl on November 27, 2009 at 4:46am — 3 Comments

Why Sam Harris is WRONG WRONG WRONG, Part 1

I'm splitting this blog into several parts in the interest in my getting *some* sleep at night. I think I should be able to maintain my logical flow from day to day, but I make no guarantees whatsoever.

First off, I would like to make it clear that my main objection with Sam Harris is not the intent of his book but the content, and the methodology. Speaking about how faith ends is not what atheists and the burgeoning athiestic community needs to be hearing right now. We've already… Continue

Added by Your girl Friday on July 19, 2008 at 11:00pm — 5 Comments

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