Tuesday, April 30, 2019
“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.
Monday, April 29, 2019
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.
Saturday, April 27, 2019
Friday, April 26, 2019
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Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Friday, April 19, 2019
Thursday, April 18, 2019
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Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Monday, April 15, 2019
Sunday, April 14, 2019
Saturday, April 13, 2019
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.
Friday, April 12, 2019
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.
Thursday, April 11, 2019
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
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
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.
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Monday, April 8, 2019
Saturday, April 6, 2019
"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