Category Archives: Religion

Ignorance

It is amazing to recognize how great a part ignorance plays in admiration of the Bible and other scriptures, and in reliance upon scripture for moral guidance. At the time that Jesus is reputed to have walked the earth, Aristotle … Continue reading

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Touching Note

While rereading an English translation of┬áDe Rerum Natura (The Nature of Things*), written by Lucretius around 50 BC, I came across a passage that I would paraphrase this way: If you cannot┬átouch your god, your god cannot touch you. In … Continue reading

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Islam

Components Islam is defined by four main components: the Koran, the Sharia and Hadith writings, and the traditional behaviors and beliefs of Islamic societies. The Koran is the main scriptural text of Islam; it is believed to be the revelations … Continue reading

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A Kinder, Gentler Atheism

My new eBook, A Kinder, Gentler Atheism, is now available on Amazon.com. The book consists of brief essays on various topics, a collection of shorter notes, and reading lists. Essays include “Questions for the Religious”, “The Joy of Atheism”, the … Continue reading

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Superstition and Supernaturalism

Why are superstition and supernaturalism so widespread in America, a Western society, centuries after the Enlightenment, with the results of that intellectual revolution all around us? Superstition, broadly speaking, is belief without recourse to evidence, especially belief in non-existent cause … Continue reading

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Ontology

In their book Reasonable Atheism authors Aikin and Talisse claim that any serious book about Atheism must tackle the Ontological Argument for the existence of a god. Let’s see what the argument is, and what we can say about it. … Continue reading

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Evolution Undermines Religion

People who understand evolution recognize that the facts of evolution undermine, or even disprove, many fundamental and definitive religious beliefs. Among those who understand it are some religious people who, viewing the subversion of religion with alarm, try to ignore … Continue reading

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