Sam Harris, Grand Inquisitor

Celebrity atheist Sam Harris seems to have no problem with torturing and killing people for their beliefs, so long as it’s his tribe that’s in control. He explains it thus: “Some propositions are so dangerous that it may even be ethical to kill people for believing them. This may seem an extraordinary claim, but itContinue reading “Sam Harris, Grand Inquisitor”

Do Atheists Believe in Freedom of (Ir)Religion?

Do Atheists believe in freedom of religion? Fortunately I can say I’ve encountered many that do, but many more seem to have an amazing propensity to confuse freedom of religion with freedom from religion. What’s the diff? Just this: freedom of religion seats everyone, Atheists included, around a round table with one another; freedom from religion seats Atheists atContinue reading “Do Atheists Believe in Freedom of (Ir)Religion?”

Atheists, Christians, and Pagans on the social value of religion

Gus diZerega, who co-authored Beyond the Burning Times with my friend Philip Johnson, recently posted some thought provoking comments on Atheists, Christians, and Pagans. The recent plethora of books by militant atheists such as Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens is beginning to generate a good deal of return fire from people writing within theContinue reading “Atheists, Christians, and Pagans on the social value of religion”

Australians not so Sceptical about Jesus?

There seems to be a lot of chatter on the web this week about John Dickson’s new survey on Jesus in Australia. Christian Today has spoken of the “surprising” results “that 42 per cent of Australians believe Jesus had divine powers and 54 per cent believe he rose from the dead.” I, however, do notContinue reading “Australians not so Sceptical about Jesus?”

The Gods Must Be Godless

Here is a chart from Positive Atheism that epitomizes why I find the Atheist vs Theist conversation annoying and hopelessly mired mired in religious illiteracy. Notice, not only are Buddhists listed as Atheists … a dubious assertion at the best of times … but Hindus are as listed as Atheists as well! My head hurts.Continue reading “The Gods Must Be Godless”

Are Atheists Immoral?

Interesting comments here on the ethics of Atheism. Are atheists immoral? Like the speaker I would say no. But what is the basis for their morality? Can a transcultural ethic be derived from Atheist principles? That’s where I become more skeptical, that’s where I see more confusion and muddled thinking. Ethical relativism pronounced with absolute conviction.Continue reading “Are Atheists Immoral?”

Why Atheists are a minority

This week I observed a perfect example of why Atheism continues to be a minority path, even in contemporary secular societies. When a book advancing a positive apologetic for Atheism was reviewed on Friendly Atheist, it set off a flurry of negative responses. A positive agenda, of saying what Atheists are for, and not justContinue reading “Why Atheists are a minority”

John Stackhouse on Dawkins

I was scanning John Stackhouse’s blog last week and found he has written an engaging critique of a talk by Richard Dawkins at the University of British Columbia. Part One, Dawkins as Rhetor Part Two, Dawkins as Ethicist Part Three, Dawkins as Mirror Thoughts? Personally I preferred the old Atheism which stretched my thinking more.Continue reading “John Stackhouse on Dawkins”