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“Atheism Is Not A Belief”

“Atheism Is Not A Belief”

[Update: I updated and republished this material on August 14, 2013) “Atheism is not a belief,” atheists often say, “it’s just a lack of belief in a God.” Today it came up in this form: And, in addition, I would point out that atheism is not my ideology. It simply refers to my not subscribing to a particular belief (theism). It makes no more sense to treat my being an atheist as my ideology than it does to treat your…

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A Man of Great Faith

A Man of Great Faith

In his critical review in The New Republic of two theistic evolutionists, anti-theistic biologist Jerry Coyne speaks about various views of our fine-tuned universe. Contrasting materialist science with theism, he writes, Also, scientists have other explanations, ones based on reason rather than on faith. Perhaps some day, when we have a “theory of everything” that unifies all the forces of physics, we will see that this theory requires our universe to have the physical constants that we observe. Alternatively, there…

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Twisted Logic on Atheism and Proposition 8

Twisted Logic on Atheism and Proposition 8

If I thought this was an isolated sentiment I wouldn’t pay it much attention. Unfortunately it’s not. “We can sympathize with gay people because they are a minority and we are a minority,” said anti-Prop. 8 rally organizer Doug Kalagian, 17, a senior who founded the school’s Freethinking Atheist and Agnostic Kinship student club. “Prop. 8 is not only a religious issue. It’s an issue of discrimination and prejudice. Who’s to say atheists and agnostics won’t be next?” This is…

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What is Atheism?

What is Atheism?

Last week I started a new series, “What Is Christianity?” I have another shorter series to run parallel with it: “What Is Atheism?” The emphasis this time is on the question mark. The question I most want to address is whether atheism is a belief system. I have been taken to task for thinking that it is (also here), so I think it’s worth exploring. The author of The Twilight of Atheism, Alister McGrath, certainly considers to be one. Writing…

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“The Darwinian Delusion”

“The Darwinian Delusion”

Steve Fuller, Professor of Sociology at Warwick University, England, presents a provocative question in his article The Darwinian Delusion: The next time you want to stop a conversation among the soi-disant enlightened, ask what has atheism ever done for science. It’s one thing to admit that religious dogmatism has periodically halted the march of scientific progress but quite another to argue that atheism has actually advanced science. His own answer, in summary: More generally, atheism has not figured as a…

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“The Skeptical Inquirer”

“The Skeptical Inquirer”

One of the podcasts I enjoy listening to is the Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe, a science-oriented, religiously skeptical discussion conducted out of the New England Skeptical Society. The shows run long, so I can’t listen to all of them, but I’ve heard a couple of them, featuring Michael Shermer and John Rennie. You can learn a lot of science and unlearn a lot of myth from these discussions. When they wander onto religious territory, however, their skepticism tends to…

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God or Blind Nature? Philosophers Debate the Evidence

God or Blind Nature? Philosophers Debate the Evidence

Updates have been posted on one of the best online theism/atheism debates: God or Blind Nature? Philosophers Debate the Evidence I missed some of this as it was going on. Thanks go to Fides Quarens Intellectum for the reminder. Not sure when I’ll get a chance to read this, though, since I’m in the middle of a couple very busy weeks at work.

Atheism and Violence

Atheism and Violence

Regarding “new atheists” who imagine a faith-less peaceful utopia: “One would think that, given their insistence that faith and violence are inextricably linked, these authors would be a bit more circumspect about their own rhetoric. As it happens, one does not have to read too far into these books to see an underlying advocacy of violence animating their venom, an advocacy made most explicit in Sam Harris’s The End of Faith, which openly avows: ‘Some propositions are so dangerous that…

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