Peter Boghossian looks at the word faith.
These faith-based conclusions reflect knowledge claims. The individual professes to know something about the external world. These commonly heard expressions use the word "faith".
1. "My faith is beneficial for me."
Added by Joan Denoo on August 5, 2014 at 1:53pm —
A few months ago my cousin - a highly religious girl - posted a status stating that she is extremely disappointed that she won't be enrolling her future unborn son in to boy scouts.
Why? Because they allow gay children in.
Naturally, I debated with her, in which her mother joined in, talking about how homosexual actions are a "sin against god."
I then pointed out many other "sins" against god (i.e: eating pork, or wearing clothing of two separate fabrics, etc.… Continue
Added by SnowyEmerald on November 15, 2013 at 10:54am —
When I hear the word evangelical, the hairs on the back of neck start to rise, my blood pressure starts to rise and a sea of anger begins to boil in my throat. However, there is one Evangelical Christian that I like and even admire even though I think his religion daily tries to make progress a… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on November 9, 2013 at 6:30pm —
(Note: I decided to change the title - it's one of the great things about episodes! They're adaptable.)
Following the suggestion of AN's own Steph S., I lurked moar before continuing this series on atheist morals and ethics. I'm glad I did. In addition to the discussion Steph S. started, which I found edifying, I was also… Continue
Added by Joseph Edwards VIII on June 23, 2012 at 7:46pm —
Last time: I blazed through the observation that a-theism and an-archy share certain similarities, both in how each word is defined, and how each idea is redefined by its critics in order to dismiss either without addressing the problems each poses for ethics. I concluded by mentioning that these redefinitions serve to cut each idea off from the moral center of the individual. This time, I'll clarify what I mean by that, and introduce my thesis - tentatively one could call this a theory of… Continue
Added by Joseph Edwards VIII on June 22, 2012 at 3:00pm —
In today's installment of this new episodic essay, I harangue readers with some thoughts on what I'll call "existential anarchy" from an angry, atheistic point of view. I want to consider the roots of two ideas:
A-theos: without gods.
An-archos: without rules.
Both words are defined by what they lack. Without the missing subject, each object would be meaningless, just as "no-thing" is ill-defined without the implicit missing subject -- the… Continue
Added by Joseph Edwards VIII on June 21, 2012 at 3:44pm —
Pennsylvania legislators recently adopted a resolution that among other things encourages Pennsylvanians to study the tenets of the Bible and says there is a "national need to study and apply scripture." The Freedom from Religion Foundation filed suit charging that the resolution violates the "separation of church and state."…
Added by Donald R Barbera on June 7, 2012 at 9:51pm —
When it comes to morals it seems that Christians never get above the belt-buckle unless it is to peer behind a brassiere. Genes for sexual obsession passed down from the Catholic Church evidently have not mutated over the centuries as Christian leaders remain overly concerned with who's doing who, how they are doing it and if there are any naked people or pictures anywhere near.
To be sure there is a need for watchdog organizations and laws keeping dangerous sexual predators, perverts… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on August 29, 2011 at 11:21am —
I am attacked regularly for the supposed oxymoron in the name @Moral_Atheist. The claims are often like the following all from this last weekend.
there IS NO logical basis for morals in an evolutionist-atheist viewpoint. Nature takes it's course, no?
& Moral Atheist IS AN OXYMORON…
Added by Moral Atheist on July 6, 2011 at 6:00am —
ever since i saw that "march of the penguins" movie, i've wanted to try a penguin.
they looks so fatty and juicy...
i love fish that live in cold water. and i love chicken.
if you think about it, a penguin is like a cold water chicken.
most of my atheist friends say, that's disgusting! you shouldn't eat a penguin.
but my christian friends say that god gave humans dominion over all the plants and animals.
should i convert to… Continue
Added by markystar on September 1, 2010 at 1:55am —
I've heard a lot of people say that they think rape is worse than murder. I'm not sure where I stand on this, but I have a few opinions that sway me either way.
1. You can have a good reason to kill someone, like they are trying to kill you, although this may not count a murder, since it was out of self defense.
2. There is never a good reason to rape someone.
3. After a rape, the victim is never fully healed. Rape victims often have flashbacks, memories long after the… Continue
Added by Hekate Moon on February 26, 2010 at 10:35pm —
"Everything in moderation, consideration, and observation."
This is the last segment of this series, at least for now, and probably my favorite of the three. Sit back, read, and try to use these Syn's to help better ourselves.
Lust is probably the most common Syn amongst men. I'm sure women lust, but when it comes to men, well... we can be dogs about it. Lust is a feeling of sexual arousal, and the desire to act… Continue
Added by Jasyn Taylor on December 19, 2009 at 1:23am —
Nature is, as Alfred Lord Tennyson said, “red in tooth and claw”. It has no morals. Morality is a human construct that usually reflects our social norms. As such, morality is formed by an amalgam of influences from family, religion, culture, evolution and the arts. This amalgam of influences varies from person to person and is relative to our exposure to, and experience with, these influences.
Almost half the human race subscribes to a religion that claims morality is objective… Continue
Added by Atheist Exile on November 27, 2009 at 4:22am —
98% of theists (don't ask where I got those statistics. I don't know.) I've talked to for some reason think this is an end-all good argument, when it really is a poor one.
They usually start out by asking if you believe in good and evil. My answer is yes, with a but. Yes but...people aren't all good or evil. Good and evil are very vague and broad terms, especially the word good. The idea of Good and Evil isn't the same for all people, but generally most people living in the same place… Continue
Added by Hekate Moon on June 29, 2009 at 8:16pm —
I am finally getting around to telling of how my atheism came to be. I guess it really did begin as a child. I must admit though that I have grown up in church surroundings and have not been an atheist all my life (or maybe I subconciously have been). I was christened as an infant in to the Catholic church, attended pre-school at a church, and have attended many churches growing up. I think I was more in love with the buildings and the architecture than god, or the idea of god. I think I just… Continue
Added by Leslee Love on January 6, 2009 at 12:39pm —
Added by Creature on November 25, 2008 at 11:30pm —
So far my atheist ministry is going well. I've educated a handful of people on the science of evolution. Taught a few people on how atheist can and do have morals and why. I even tried debunking a couple superstitions.
Added by TravCav on July 23, 2008 at 9:47am —