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“Why Liberals Are More Intelligent Than Conservatives”

“Why Liberals Are More Intelligent Than Conservatives”

Why do liberals think they are more intelligent than conservatives? “Because they are So says evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa in Psychology Today. Empirical research seems to support the belief, but why would it be so? It is difficult to define a whole school of political ideology precisely, but one may reasonably define liberalism (as opposed to conservatism) in the contemporary United States as the genuine concern for the welfare of genetically unrelated others and the willingness to contribute larger proportions…

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Is Christianity Sexist? 2: A Revolution Of Liberation

Is Christianity Sexist? 2: A Revolution Of Liberation

Revolutionary words: Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her. — Ephesians 5:25 He who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh[.]” So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate…. Because of your hardness of…

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Is Christianity Sexist? 1: Definitions

Is Christianity Sexist? 1: Definitions

Recently I proposed that sexism is a human problem, not specific to atheism or to in fact to anything-ism. At the same time I suggested that atheism had nothing to offer by way of solving the sexism problem. No one disagreed, and I think there are both empirical and theoretical reasons to consider that a solid conclusion. Sexism is a human problem, and there’s no help for it in atheism. As for the various religions and cultures, sexism pbviously runs…

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You Stay Out!

You Stay Out!

Here’s an email I got from SteveK, a friend and frequent commenter here. He said I could pass it along to you: Christians to homosexuals: Stay out of our churches! No, wait a minute. That’s not right. Boston mayor to Chick-fil-A: Stay out of Boston! Yep, that’s it. And the reason they want Chick-Fil-A to stay away is because they think (falsely–check the sources) it’s not very welcoming.

Atheism and Atheism

Atheism and Atheism

Atheists often insist that atheism is the lack of belief in God or gods. (See here, for example.) Theists often dispute that. Here’s the problem: we’re equivocating on “atheism.” The word has at least three meanings: 1. The presence or lack of belief as a condition or state of a human being. A person who lacks belief in God or gods is in a state that can be described as atheism (or agnosticism, but many of them prefer the term…

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Then God Must Be Very Much An Atheist

Then God Must Be Very Much An Atheist

Atheists love to tell Christians we’re just about as atheistic as they are. We’re atheistic about millions of gods; they’re atheistic about millions plus one more. Okay, it’s silly, but I’ll address it one more time. If God exists, then God is an atheist toward all gods but himself. Therefore God, if he exists, is very nearly (within mere millionths of a percent or less!) as atheistic as atheists are. He’s actually atheistic about many more gods than any human,…

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To Study Atheism Is To Study Nothing?

To Study Atheism Is To Study Nothing?

If atheism is “not a belief,” if it has no positive affirmations, as so many Internet atheists keep saying, why do I get so many hits when I google “study atheism”? If all these atheists were right, then that would be synonymous with “study nothing.” My favorite hit on that search is the toddler t-shirt that says, “I’d rather be studying atheism.” I get it, in fact I’ve felt that way often enough: it means, “I’d rather not be studying…

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