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
The Wasp
Hope van Dyne
Benedict Cumberbatch
Chadwick Boseman
Tom Holland
Karen Gillan
Evangeline Lilly
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
Josh Brolin
Paul Rudd
Don Cheadle
Russo Bros
Russo Brothers
Joe Russo
Anthony Russo
Captain Marvel
Brie Larson
Brie Larsen
Marvel Studios
Nick Fury
Samuel L. Jackson
Tom Hiddleston
Jeremy Renner
Scarlett Johansson
Chris Hemsworth
Mark Ruffalo
Chris Evans
Robert Downey Jr.
Kevin Feige
Tony Stark
Spider Man
Dr. Strange
Ant Man
Black Widow
Iron Man

****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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