Sunday, September 1, 2019

Greta Thunberg Has a Superpower! Follow her on Twitter @GretaThunberg

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

John W. Loftus - Naked Diner Ep 158

John W. Loftus - Naked Diner Ep 158

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS John Loftus is an Atheist and author of several books on leaving religion including The Christian Delusion, The End of Christianity, Why I Became an Atheist, The Outsider Test of Faith: How to Know Which Religion Is True, and Christianity Is Not Great.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

The Power of Prayer vs the Logic of Anastasia Poulikakos

I am asking for your asistance with groceries. If you can. Thank you.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

A Link To My Flickr Photo Album and Group Regarding Apetivist and Related Subjects

There are 448 photos in all.  This isn't even close to my collection of notable sayings and of others.  If you have something you wish to share that is in common with these subjects or just funny stuff feel free to submit to me via Please keep it is good taste.  :D 



Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Right Wing Civil War 2 Fantasy Gun Nut vs Progressive Logic and Facts


Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Mena Mangal: Journalist and women’s rights campaigner shot dead in broad daylight in Kabul

This is so sad! Women are being oppressed in the name of religion and misogyny all over the world. If you can control the women then you can virtually control the whole of society. This is an evil we must resist. Conservative states are creeping their own version of Christian Sharia into laws. This is an epidemic. It may not be as extreme now but if we allow them to get away with establishing their Christian Dominionist Theocracy you can rest assured that they will enact a Hand Maiden-esque form of control over women.

Mena Mangal: Journalist and women’s rights campaigner shot dead in broad daylight in Kabul

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Masturbation Is Murder! (Sarcasm)

Monday, May 13, 2019

This Polish Film About Pedophile Priests in the Catholic Church is Unforgettable by The Friendly Atheist

This Polish Film About Pedophile Priests in the Catholic Church is Unforgettable

A Polish-language, independent documentary about the Catholic Church's pedophilia problem has just been posted on YouTube (with English captions if you turn them on). Tomasz Sekielski's film is called Just Do Not Tell Anyone and it gets your attention immediately.

Yes, you all know I am an atheist but what do I really think about how the way we should conduct ourselves and what we should base our thoughts and beliefs upon? This isn't a complete description of my views but it does encompass most of them. I can't for the life of me see how anybody thinks following ancient holy books can be better than subscribing to Secular Humanism. If they actually knew what Secular Humanism promotes I think more people would get on board.

A Secular Humanist Declaration | Free Inquiry

Issued In 1980 By The Council for Democratic and Secular Humanism (now the Council for Secular Humanism) Introduction Secular humanism is a vital force in the contemporary world. It is now under unwarranted and intemperate attack from various quarters. This declaration defends only that form of ...

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Border Patrol Aligned Militia Wants To 'Go Back To Hitler Days'

John E. Remsburg On The Absurdity Of Christianity

“An unlettered and credulous enthusiast, named Jones, imagines that he has had a revelation, and proceeds to found a new religious sect. He gathers about him a band of "disciples” as ignorant and credulous as himself. He soon gets into trouble and is killed. But the Jonesists increase-increase in numbers and in meanness--until at length they become sufficiently notorious to receive a paragraph from an annalist who, after holding them up to ridicule and scorn, accounts for their origin by stating that they take their name from one Jones who, during the administration of President Roosevelt, was hanged as a criminal. The world contains two billions of inhabitants-mostly fools, as Carlyle would say--and as the religion of this sect is a little more foolish than that of any other sect, it continues to spread until at the end of two thousand years it covers the globe. Then think of the adherents of this religion citing the uncomplimentary allusion of this annalist to prove that Jones was a god!”

The Christ: A Critical Review and Analysis of the Evidences of His Existence By John E. Remsburg (1909) p. 49

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

An Open Letter to the NRA and the RNC by Nicholas Lamar Soutter

On Beliefs And Why They Should Not Be Free Of Criticism by George H. Smith

“To express a cognitive belief, as we have seen, is also to affirm (at least implicitly) that the content of one's belief is true. And since to affirm the truth of a proposition is to judge its cognitive value, all such beliefs can reflect on our competency to judge.

There is an absurd but popular notion that one's fundamental beliefs are sacrosanct and therefore immune to criticism Religious beliefs in particular are often spoken of in hushed and reverential tones, as if their lofty content automatically confers upon them the special privilege of unearned respect. A person is said to be admirable because he is a "deeply religious" person with strong convictions."A person who has profound beliefs about God deserves our profound respect, however profoundly we may disagree with him.

All such claims are sheer balderdash. There is nothing admirable about a belief per se, whatever its object may be. To say that beliefs are a dime a dozen would be to overestimate their true value. A belief, subjectively considered, has no more cognitive value than a feeling, viz., none at all. We are overstocked with beliefs; everyone has more than he needs, and everyone tends to think that his beliefs are especially important simply because they are his.

"I believe in a God of love"; "I believe that life has a divine purpose and that everything happens for a reason"; "I believe in a life after death"; "I believe ... etc." Fill in the blanks any way you wish, but your belief does not command respect merely because you happen to believe it. What is relevant to others is not the fact that you believe this, or that you believe this, or that you believe this, or that you believe this-but rather why you believe as you do”. -George H. Smith (Why Atheism? 2000 Prometheus Books pp. 47-48)

Monday, April 29, 2019

The Problem of Religious Pluralism

If there is a god or gods and they want us to believe in them then it is upon them to present convincing evidence of their existence as well as presenting their plan for us and why we should care to follow such a plan. Making it a guessing game, a matter of faith, and poisoning the well by allowing 4,200+ religions throughout the world seems an odd way to go about establishing your existence as a fact. How can this god or gods expect anyone to make the correct choice regarding all these claims as well as the discordance between practically every version of each sect.

If this god or gods make claim that they are omniscient, omnipotent, omnisapient, and omnibenevolent then they have a very strange way both literally and figuratively of NOT showing it.

Debunked- A highly strategic card game of logic, reason & nonsense!

Friday, April 26, 2019

Add these words to your Twitter Block Words To Avoid Avengers: End Game Spoliers

Marvel Cinematic Universe
Red Skull
time travel
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Hope van Dyne
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Chadwick Boseman
Tom Holland
Karen Gillan
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Zoe Saldana
Peter Parker
Guardians of the Galaxy
Star Lord
Black Panther
Stephen Strange
Steve Rogers
Bruce Banner
Scott Lang
Clint Barton
quantum realm
James Rhodes
Natasha Romanoff
Bradley Cooper
War Machine
Danai Gurira
Carol Danvers
Infinity Stones
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Paul Rudd
Don Cheadle
Russo Bros
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Joe Russo
Anthony Russo
Captain Marvel
Brie Larson
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Marvel Studios
Nick Fury
Samuel L. Jackson
Tom Hiddleston
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Scarlett Johansson
Chris Hemsworth
Mark Ruffalo
Chris Evans
Robert Downey Jr.
Kevin Feige
Tony Stark
Spider Man
Dr. Strange
Ant Man
Black Widow
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****For Facebook I suggest downloading Social Fixer Chrome extension and then select Options then go to Filters and select Hide Avengers: End Game Spoilers.

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Professor Seth Abramson's Take On The Mueller Report

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Remembering Christopher Hitchens - BBC Radio 4

Archive on 4 - Remembering Christopher Hitchens - BBC Sounds

Catch up on your favourite BBC radio show from your favourite DJ right here, whenever you like. Listen without limits with BBC Sounds.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

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I think it is a wonderful depiction that Christian Soteriology isn't as simple as most Christians think it fact it is rather impossible to know if you are ever saved and even if somehow you did there is no guarantee that you can keep it as the Bible shows multiple ways this can happen while other verses contradict it and say that salvation is eternal. This is a total mind f**k. This all goes with never once providing evidence that the claims are even true or that there is such a thing as a god much less the Christian god.

The Bible Says What? Podcast: Episode 3: Atheist vs Christian Pastors

Friday, April 12, 2019

Some Reasons Why Humanists Reject The Bible - American Humanist Association

Some Reasons Why Humanists Reject The Bible - American Humanist Association: By Joseph C. Sommer Introduction Humanists reject the claim that the Bible is the word of God. They are convinced the book was written solely by humans in an ignorant, superstitious, and cruel age. They believe that because the writers of the Bible lived in an unenlightened era, the book contains many errors and harmful …

Comic Book Fantasy in the New Testament By David Madison PhD Biblical Studies

Comic Book Fantasy in the New Testament

It's no wonder there are thousands of different Christian brands. The New Testament itself has fueled so much heated debate, diluting the One True Faith and provoking endless irreconcilable interpretations. So pity the poor laypeople. Largely isolated from theological wrangling, they have to figure out the essence of the faith from what they've learned in Sunday school.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

How accurate are scientific predictions about climate? by potholer54

Right Wingers and their science denialism is exposed once again by Peter Hadfield aka potholer54 on YouTube.

David Madison PhD Biblical Studies Discusses His Book "Ten Tough Problems in Christian Thought and Belief: A Minister-Turned-Atheist Shows You Why You Should Ditch the Faith- Naked Diner Podcast Ep 14

The interview begins at 9:20 in the podcast. I can attest that Dr Madison's book is a seminal work and should be read by believers and unbelievers alike.

David Madison - Naked Diner Ep 142

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS David Madison has a PhD in Biblical Studies from Boston University and is the author of Ten Tough Problems in Christian Thought and Belief: A Minister-Turned-Atheist Shows You Why You Should Ditch the Faith.

The Journal of Higher Criticism

The Journal of Higher Criticism: Articles You Can Read Now!

Journal of Higher Criticism


Saturday, April 6, 2019

An Overview of Logical Fallacies by Skeptic's Guide To The Universe

Logical Fallacies

Introduction to Argument Structure of a Logical Argument Whether we are consciously aware of it or not, our arguments all follow a certain basic structure. They begin with one or more premises, which are facts that the argument takes for granted as the starting point.


"One of the painful things about our time is that those who feel certainty are stupid, and those with any imagination and understanding are filled with doubt and indecision." - Bertrand Russell

"Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge." - Charles Darwin

"A little learning is a dangerous thing." - Alexander Pope

"Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance." - Confucius

"Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies." - Friedrich Nietzsche

Friday, April 5, 2019

The Mormon Church REVERSED a Super Homophobic Policy + I PREDICTED IT by Mr Atheist

The Mormon Church REVERSED a Super Homophobic Policy + I PREDICTED IT

Today it was announced that the Mormon Church would reverse a super homophobic policy from 2015, something I predicted would happen almost immediately. ***Support the Channel*** Patreon - (Be my hero!)

Thursday, April 4, 2019

An Excellent Explanation Regarding The Assumptions Adopted By The Science Community

What are the assumptions adopted by the scientific community?

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

The Free Will Argument Is Riddled With Insurmountable Problems

The Free Will Argument Is Riddled With Insurmountable Problems.

If the Christian god was truly good he wouldn't risk our salvation upon faith amidst a world rife with conflicting religious claims and sects. He would provide an irrefutable and personal revelation via a direct message to each of us and the message would never conflict. A truly loving god would not leave it up to an accident of birth, geography, or what family you're born into to determine whether you will ever believe the right things.

Saying that the Christian god revealing himself would be infringing on our free will is ridiculous. Not only did he reveal himself to various people during the OT he even did so in the NT. If the Christian god is supposed to not favor one over another then it would be unreasonable and unfair for the Christian god to expect anyone to take another person's word for it much less an account told my someone that lives millennia ago and in whom we have no verifiable details about their life much less their motives or honesty in telling these stories.

The Free Will Defense also exonerates the Christian god from answering for the very problems he started. If the Christian god is omniscient, omnipotent, omnisapient, and omnibenevolent then he could very well have placed us in a universe where there would be no sin, evil, or suffering. In fact, an omnibenevolent god wouldn't be able to live with himself unless he did exactly that. If I had a way to prevent or solve suffering I would do it. That means that, I, a mere mortal has more compassion than the Christian god. If I had both the ability and desire to prevent evil and suffering and I didn't do so then I am not a loving or compassionate person.

100 Miles for Free Hearts, Free Minds Fundraiser for Kilian Korth

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

I Am Taking A Break For Medical And Other Reasons. I Will Return.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

What Happened To Us Ex-Minsters?

Thursday, March 21, 2019

What's An Efficient Way To Overcome Procrastination? by Oliver Emberton

What's an efficient way to overcome procrastination?

Answer (1 of 3143): You're not going to like what I'm about to say. But that's okay. Truth is often bitter. And it always hurts. Perhaps, that's the point of it. Here's something funny about this Quora thread. If you look at the stats on it, you'll find something amazing.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Ithiel de Sola Pool and Society's Need for "Apathy", "Passivity", and "Defeatism" by Elpidio Valdes

Ithiel de Sola Pool and Society's Need for "Apathy", "Passivity", and "Defeatism"

Let's talk about how the "liberal" elite perceive how a democratic society should function. In 1967, Ithiel de Sola Pool published a book in cooperation with the American Political Science Association titled: Contemporary Political Science: Toward Empirical Theory. Pool was a revolutionary figure in the field of social sciences, having studied under Harold Lasswell.

Christian Becomes An Atheist!

Bernie Sanders Shames Trump's Budget Director "Do You Really Not Have A Conscience?!?"

Friday, March 8, 2019

Right Wing SCOTUS Justices' Embrace Of 'Discrimination' Argument In N.J. Case Alarming

Guest Op-ed: Justices' embrace of 'discrimination' argument in N.J. case alarming

It's a troubling portent for our secular Constitution that three U.S. Supreme Court justices endorsed earlier this week the oft-repeated bogus claim about "religious discrimination." The U.S. Supreme Court did the right thing on Monday by deciding not to hear an appeal of our organization's winning lawsuit at the New Jersey Supreme Court level that barred the use of millions of state tax dollars to repair churches.

What is Christianity? Ehrman-Harris Podcast

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Measuring Morality by Grey Skeptic

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

The Hypocrisy of the Clergy by Elpidio Valdes

The Hypocrisy of the Clergy

Are there clergy men who don't believe in "God"? The answer is Yes! ...and they're the subject of a new study by Daniel Dennett and Linda LaScola from Tufts University, "Preachers who are not Believers". Imagine being forced to go to work every day and, as part of the job, profess something that you absolutely...

There Is No Such Thing As A True Christian! by Elpidio Valdes

There Is No Such Thing As A Christian!

Let's be honest, there is no such thing as a "true" Christian. It's common to observe Christians advertising the virtues of their faith and how they live their lives to honor and praise their God. Many Christians are fond of saying that "true" Christians are role models for the rest of the world which is...

Monday, March 4, 2019

What Is Atheism?


If there is a god or gods and he/they/she/it wants me to believe in it then it has done a really poor job of convincing me that it exists. It is hilarious that Christians and Muslims threaten unbelievers with Hell or tell us that there is no justice. We make our own justice and we always have. It may be finite in its scope and isn't by any means perfect but it does a good enough job to deter a lot of chaos. Sometimes there is no justice and that is a hard fact to swallow but to wishfully think that there is some divine afterlife justice such as Hell is ludicrous. Infinite punishment for finite crimes is beyond barbaric. If for some reason I discovered that the Bible god was real I would certainly not worship it nor would I respect it. If there is such thing as a god or gods I think its quite clear that they are disinterested with human affairs and human and animal suffering. In such a case I wouldn't care and have no respect for them either. 

The existence of evil/suffering is to me a strong indicator that there is no such thing as an omnibenevolent god or gods. Spend a day in a children's cancer ward and tell me just how wonderful your god is. Consider the massive loss of innocent life daily and the extreme suffering from diseases and injuries. Senseless suffering serves zero purpose and only adds misery and great pain. There is nothing good about it. We can all learn good lessons in life without suffering. If there will be a New Heavens and Earth as spoken of in the Bible then that means that it wasn't impossible for the Christian god to know how to make a Universe where there will be no suffering and where beings can freely choose to be loyal and loving toward this god. Why would an omnibenevolent god chose the mid experience of suffering and evil leading to lost souls going to eternal torment when he could have skipped to the end and only had the elect exist? It makes zero sense why an omnipotent, omnibenevolent, and omnisapient god would plan to do otherwise. The Christian god (and by extension by the same principles) is an illogical being (if it exists) and is unworthy of an ounce of my respect much less adoration.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Thousands of migrant children were sexually abused in U.S. custody, HHS docs say

Thousands of migrant children were sexually abused in U.S. custody, HHS docs say

Washington - Thousands of migrant children allegedly suffered sexual abuse while in U.S. government custody over the past four years, according to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) documents released Tuesday by Florida Democratic Rep. Ted Deutch.

An Ocean of Lies on Venezuela: Abby Martin & UN Rapporteur Expose Coup

Treatise On Morality by Scott Clifton

My Thoughts On The Problem of Evil by Apetivist

My Thoughts On The Problem of Evil by Apetivist

Is it not possible for Yahweh to have created us all with a sense to do the right thing and also give us the idea of what constitutes wrong things? If Yahweh created the Universe as it is then he intended the world to have evil in light of his omniscience. Free Will Defense nor Transworld Depravity is not a good excuse either and in the following paragraphs I think I will make it clear why this is the case.

Apologist, Alvin Plantinga, puts forth the his famous apologetic argument:
"It is possible that God, even being omnipotent, could not create a world with free creatures who never choose evil. Furthermore, it is possible that God, even being omnibenevolent, would desire to create a world which contains evil if moral goodness requires free moral creatures." (God, Freedom, and Evil by Alvin Plantinga, 1974)

With advances in neuroscience and physics we are beginning to see indications that free will might be illusory and that indeterminism actually means that we are not as in control of the electrochemical reactions in our brain as we may think. This will make for another discussion later.

But that means that Yahweh is not omnipotent and it even calls into question his omnisapience. Surely even I can imagine a world where humans could think of doing evil but any attempt to carry it out would be thwarted by some measure. They have the free will to act as they may but there would be no ill effect on themselves or another if they so choose to do so.

Take an example regarding moral evil. I decide I want to stab a person with a knife. But the moment I try to do so the knife dematerializes. Imagine that I try to push a person down a flight of stairs and the moment I touch them my arm passes right through them with no effect whatsoever. Evil could be considered but not carried out with any effect. Eventually people would realize how pointless evil would be. Free will should not be so important that it takes away the free will of another person.

Equally I can imagine a world with no moral evil or natural evil. Can’t we all learn the importance of life without pain and suffering? We can challenge our character without experiencing physical pain. There could always be challenges but they need not involve suffering.

Why in the Garden was Adam and Eve created ignorant of good and evil? Why couldn’t Yahweh have placed that within them? Could he not of trusted his own creations to do what was right? Especially if they knew what was right? Surely, they could think of doing otherwise but as I said before they could be physically prevented from ever carrying it out. In fact, they could have knowledge of doing every act of evil imaginable but it would only serve as a way to appreciate the good life that they had.

If I can imagine this can’t an omnisapient and omniscient deity be able to do so? It seems that Yahweh is more concerned with the free will of a rapist in our world than the free will of the raped. In our world the toll and consequences of moral and natural evil is beyond measure. Even if we get a heaven later does that mean that we are properly compensated? Even if compensation seems fair would that in and of itself rectify the justification for evil in the first place?

If Yahweh knew all along that there would be no evil or sin in the New Heavens and New Earth then why didn’t he just make it that way to begin with? Skip to the end. Why even create people that are destined for Hell? Why even create a Hell? It is all so senseless especially given the so-called omnisapience of Yahweh. It also paints Yahweh as being evil. Only an evil deity would create a Universe where there is evil. An omnibenevolent deity would never create a Universe whereby evil would exist.

For those that say I’m being idealistic then you forget that Yahweh is being idealistic with the New Heavens and New Earth. It makes no sense whatsoever to put trillions of animals through suffering if it never was necessary to begin with. That is why I say that if Yahweh exists as described in the Bible then he is a malevolent deity. We could imagine a Deistic god though that is either unaware or apathetic of our existence. This Deistic god could have just set things into motion and left it all to play out perhaps to a desired end or to no ends whatsoever.

However, until we have any evidence of a god of any sort then we are left with no other choice than to withhold belief in such a being and go with what is available to us through naturalistic observation and measurement. Science (hard and soft and in-between such as psychology) and most of useful philosophy helps us better understand the world around us in such a way that religion could never have. It tells us that we live in a naturalistic universe and there are physical causes for what happens. If a person chooses or carries out involuntarily a moral evil against another person it isn’t because of some demon compelled or influenced them to do it is because that person is either intentionally violent, mentally unstable, or mentally deficient to do otherwise. What caused them to do it can be complex thus we have all different fields of study that can help shed light on such reasons if there are any to be discovered. Some events happen for no apparent reason but that just means that presently we don’t understand it and perhaps soon by asking the right questions, research, and testing we may eventually know.

An omniscient and omnipotent deity could well have created the Universe but without evidence of such we are left with more questions. Why would this deity or deities place us in a Universe where there would be suffering? If this deity is omnibenevolent then what has it to gain in such a creation? The less absurd hypothesis based on available evidence proposes we live in a naturalistic universe. It may not be comforting for the religious to entertain this but it is less complex than the Creator Hypothesis. I personally am left to no other course of thought than to side with the postulates of Occam’s Razor.

50 Renowned Academics Speaking About God (Part 1)

Thursday, February 28, 2019

On Antiprocess


Antiprocess is the preemptive recognition and marginalization of undesired information by the interplay of mental defense mechanisms: the subconscious compromises information that would cause cognitive dissonance. It is often used to describe a difficulty encountered when people with sharply contrasting viewpoints are attempting (and failing) to discuss a topic. In other words, when one is debating with another, there may be a baffling disconnect despite his apparent understanding of the argument. Despite the apparently sufficient understanding to formulate counter-arguments, the mind of the debater does not allow him to be swayed by that knowledge.

There are many instances on the Internet where antiprocess can be observed, but the prime location to see it is in Usenet discussion groups, where discussions tend to be highly polarized. In such debates, both sides appear to have a highly sophisticated understanding of the other position, yet neither side is swayed. As a result, the debate can continue for years without any progress being made.

Antiprocess occurs because:
The mind is capable of multitasking;
The mind has the innate capability to evaluate and select information at a pre-conscious level so that we are not overwhelmed with the processing requirements;
It is not feasible to maintain two contradictory beliefs at the same time;
It is not possible for people to be aware of every factor leading up to decisions they make;
People learn argumentatively effective but logically invalid defensive strategies (such as rhetorical fallacies);
People tend to favor strategies of thinking that have served them well in the past; and
The truth is just too unpalatable to the mind to accept.

The ramifications of these factors are that people can be engaged in a debate sincerely, yet the appearances suggests that they are not. This can lead to acrimony if neither party is aware of antiprocess and does not adjust his or her debating style accordingly.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Poverty Isn't Lack Of Character, It Is Lack Of Cash!

The Second Court And His Court Eunuchs by Robert Conner.

The Second Cyrus and his court eunuchs.

By Robert Conner ~ Lately we are informed by some of America's leading Evangelical High Muckety-Mucks that Donald John Trump is literally the fulfillment of Bible prophecy. Not, as you might logically expect, the Whore of Babylon or the Beast of Revelation bearing blasphemous names, but Cyrus the Great, the Persian monarch who established a policy of repatriation following his conquest of the Babylonians.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

The Enlightened Hypocrisy of Jonathan Haidt's Righteous Mind by Dennis Junk

The Enlightened Hypocrisy of Jonathan Haidt's Righteous Mind

A Review of Jonathan Haidt's new book, The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion Back in the early 1950s, Muzafer Sherif and his colleagues conducted a now-infamous experiment that validated the central premise of Lord of the Flies.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Please Stop Calling Religious People Stupid

Please Stop Calling Religious People Stupid

I’ve heard or read it many times. Theists calling atheists stupid or atheists calling theists stupid. I wish this would stop. It isn’t only a poor debate tactic but it is also insensitive, rude, and in most cases, factually incorrect. In most cases it is just hateful language. The truth is that all atheists and theists are intelligent. The hallmark of intelligence is the ability to attain and use knowledge and skills. It doesn’t mean that one is always correct. If one person is more knowledgeable in one area than another person, with most factors being equal, it is usually because of additional experience or talent in that specific area.

We are all ignorant of something. Ignorance can be remedied with education. As long as a person is open to learning (and has no significant learning disability to prevent them) they can establish themselves with a previously unknown subject given enough time and effort. So where do people get off on calling each other names?

When we think that others should clearly know what we know, as if it is common knowledge, we can often resort to thinking that such people that don’t hold that knowledge are stupid. Rather than considering the reasons why people do not, at least in the present, hold such knowledge we can often be quick to judge them. This is in part because we feel a satisfaction thinking we are intellectually superior or far more insightful than another person (particularly our opponent in a argument or debate) but, by doing so we are often mistaken.

Theists and atheists can all be misinformed or wrong on any number of subjects. Often times we may believe things purely for emotional reasons. Those reasons could be good or bad, provable or unprovable. Sometimes we think we are justified intellectually to hold a position but we could be mistaken and our knowledge may be insufficient in the subject to rightfully make such a claim.
When I was a believer I was capable of using reason in almost every other area of my life except my religious beliefs. Not only is it discouraged in Christianity to have doubt or question but it is often judged to be a sign of some moral indiscretion. So I cordoned off my Christian beliefs from analysis. This is called compartmentalization (psychology) and people of many different beliefs do it, not just for religious reasons but also for political reasons, nationalistic reasons, superstitions, etc. When we call people stupid we are forgetting that we are also susceptible to such psychological defense mechanisms. These mechanisms stem from our evolutionary past and without them we would not have survived.

Trusting authority figures and going with the tribe often led to increased probability of survival.
Superstition and religion came on the scene earlier than the advent of science and as such it was the only game in town when it came to explaining the world around us. This eventually led to the development of philosophy which in turn led to natural philosophy (what we now call science). People raised in religion or in a religious culture often don’t give a second thought as to its veracity and even when they do they still subscribe to it because they feel included in a group that provides support as long as they continue to fit in. This really isn’t stupid. If it is all you have known and becoming an outsider means losing support then it is a wise strategy to stay within the in-group. It becomes even more intelligent to stay when becoming an outsider means losing family, friends, jobs, homes, and in some cases your life! This is why I tell fellow atheists that it is one thing to help deconvert a believer it is another thing to provide them an alternative support system. A lot of people don’t have it in them to rough it and start anew especially at such a heavy cost. So, do consider this and realize that even when you may feel superior to a theist, if you were in their shoes, you may very well be doing the same thing!

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Do You Really Have A Better Explanation Than Evolution?

Sunday, January 20, 2019

On Theists Killing Atheists

"At the heart of atheism is an acceptance of the reality that we are here on this planet, alone together, and no magic will save us: no gods, no avatars, no angels, no mantras, no prayers, no prophets, no deities. Just us. We can and will save ourselves. This fact is so terrifying to some, that they wield machetes to try and murder it." -Phil Zuckerman Ph.D.

Excerpt from Phil Zuckerman's article:

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Why Would Michael Cohen Lie?

Monday, January 14, 2019

E Pluribus Unum or In Gods We Trust?

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Why Can't Christians Understand the Word Atheist?

The Correct Definition of a Fool.