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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)

The Problem of Religious Plurality by Apetivist



The Problem of Religious Plurality by Apetivist

"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 a claim that they are omniscient, omnipotent, omnisapient, and omnibenevolent then they have a very strange way both literally and figuratively of not showing it." 

The Triple Tragedy of a Human Sacrifice | Linda LaScola

The Triple Tragedy of a Human Sacrifice | Linda LaScola

Things We Wish Jesus Hadn't Said, Episode 2 by David Madison PhD

Matt Dillahunty opens up about the toxic words from his own parents

The Honest Atheist Podcast

The Honest Atheist Podcast

Mark Twain said that the best cure for Christianity is reading the Bible. The focus of this podcast is studying the Bible without faith bias. Your host, David Madison, has a PhD in Biblical Studies from Boston University, and demonstrates through extensive analysis that the Bible is sufficient for the falsification of Christianity.

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.

The following diagram came from this article (https://new.exchristian.net/2014/01/go-to-hell-god.html). 


I think it is a wonderful depiction that Christian Soteriology isn't as simple as most Christians think it is...in 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.

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.

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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.

Shock and Awe: A Former Christian Ponders the Cosmos by Fibbs1701

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.

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Wisdom

"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



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