Religions and violence: they’re not pretty much all the same

Over the years, I've noticed it's rare for a skeptic to differentiate between the religions.  So rare that when noted Atheist and comedian Bill Maher takes people to task for placing Christianity and Islam on equal footings when it comes to violence 'in the name of', it actually makes the news.  And … [Read more...]

Morality: Social compact or discovered truth?

The subject of morality is always a contentious subject among those who debate it.  Understandably, no one likes it very much when those with differing views on what is or isn’t moral is seen as trying to force 'their version' of morality on you or society as a whole.  Whether a person or a group’s … [Read more...]

Do you censor yourself on social media?

The advent of social media outlets have made a small world even smaller.  Friends of yesteryear and family rarely seen or heard from have been brought back together via Facebook, Twitter and other internet social mediums.  In addition to reconnecting with family and friends, people voice their views … [Read more...]

Too few means to salvation?

One common complaint against Christianity is the doctrine of exclusivism.  The teaching that there is only one true God and only one true religion is something some people just find objectionable.  Whether they find this to be arrogant, narrow-minded, elitist, or worse; they think the idea that … [Read more...]

Hyper-spirituality and self-deification

I know many spiritual people, most of you do.  You know the ones, "spiritual...but not really religious".  Most of the ones I know were borne out of a feelings-oriented Christian church, the kind where how you feel is more valuable that if what you feel is true. I actually have the most difficult … [Read more...]

Pro-Choice vs. Pro-Abortion

When I discuss abortion and reference the pro-choice side of the issue, I use the term abortion defender.  It doesn't (shouldn't) come across as confrontational, poisonous, and accurate.  I understand defenders of the right to elective abortion tend to prefer the term pro-choice.  Many of those who … [Read more...]

Don’t judge others, you idiot

dont judge irony

I think it's safe to say none of us want to be told we're doing something morally wrong.  Who wants to be thought of as a bad person?  Well, the more I encounter this admonition from someone who preaches 'don't judge' the more I am finding it comes from the same kind of person: One who is … [Read more...]

Why I’m not a…

I'm often asked by skeptics why I'm not a member of some other religious belief system.  Is it because of where I was raised?  How do I reject other religions without rejecting my own for the same reasons?  Simple.  There is some deeply-rooted central premise within competing religions which renders … [Read more...]

Atheist thinking fail

atheist thinking fail

Let me begin by saying up front that I get the point: if you hold exclusive religious beliefs you, in essence, condemn those outside your group to hell.  But the atheist world view doesn't hold that non-Atheists receive any eternal punishment, so why not hold to atheism so you don't have to believe … [Read more...]

What is the meaning of life?

Life's most asked -- and arguably most important question also seems to be the most difficult one to answer. There's a lot to consider: Is the answer different for everyone, or is there a single purpose for all of humanity? Is the answer discovered or determined? Can it be answered in the … [Read more...]

Do all religions lead to God?

I know not everyone who holds to one form of theism or another believes that all religions are simply different paths to the same God, or deity, or higher power et al, but some do. In my experience these people consider themselves to be highly spiritual.  To these people I ask: How do you know this … [Read more...]

Jesus and love

Someone read me the thoughts of someone with whom they are friends with via social media on the same-sex marriage issue now in the news again.  Essentially this person said Jesus would be fine with same-sex marriage because Jesus was about love and would want us to love and be happy.  OK, that's a … [Read more...]

How much should you go along to get along, or should you at all?

There seems to be a common criticism from what seems to be everyone about everyone else with whom they disagree.  'They are too much this, or are too inflexible about that'.  Christians are too archaic regarding women in leadership roles within the church and too close-minded about homosexual sexual … [Read more...]

If believers in God are so gullible…

...then why do they hold on so dearly, for the most part, to their convictions? Why aren't they more easily tricked in to jumping around to different religious beliefs. It would seem that if they were so easily convinced of fairy tales, they would be just as easily convinced off of them, … [Read more...]

Question for Atheists…

I am under no illusion that the majority of Atheists believe that religious adherents are at least a little crazy.  They believe in -- as George Carlin put it -- an invisable man in the sky.  Some Atheists even refer to God as the invisable sky daddy.  Christians believe a man named Jesus came back … [Read more...]

Sunday Science: Incontrovertible evidence a benevolent God exists

Up until now the effectiveness of apologetic arguments for the existence of God have relied solely on who interprets the evidence.  In other words, unconverted Atheists claim that no good evidence exists for God because if there were good evidence, they'd concede their atheism.  However a new … [Read more...]

Karma

If there's one piece of "religious" fabric which is most woven into general non-religious life it's that of Karma.  Or at least what people believe to be Karma.  Getting what one deserves, the cosmic justice from the impersonal punishing people for one's selfishness, thievery, etc.  As with many … [Read more...]

How you choose religion

I have always been curious as to the method people use to choose their religious convictions. For some, they are born into a family and remain in the tradition. This is probably the case for most people. Some -- albeit relatively few -- will weigh the claims of competing faith traditions and … [Read more...]

Enjoy life now

enjoylife

Geez, I wish I could, but other people keep getting in the way.  I'd like to do lots of things that others have collectively and arbitrarily decided they don't want me to be able to do. If there is no afterlife, this sign really is right, we should eat, drink, and be merry -- for tomorrow we die. … [Read more...]

Pro-Life license plates unconstitutional?

A federal judge has determined that North Carolina may not offer "Choose Life" special license plates because the pro-choice view has not been afforded a specialty plate as well. (MyFox8) -- A federal judge has ruled it is unconstitutional for North Carolina to issue pro-life license plates unless … [Read more...]