All posts tagged logic

Why care about accuracy in scripture?

There are many points of disconnect between how atheists talk about religion and how religious people think about their own beliefs. I’ve written about various ones several times before (just a few old posts, but there are plenty others). However, while I’ve discussed contradictions and errors in scripture as reasons why I don’t believe — […]

When someone’s beliefs sound crazy

Some lighter fare today. I couldn’t resist blogging a comic titled “How to React When Someone’s Beliefs Sound Crazy to You,” especially when it opens with the line, “Some people honestly believe things that completely defy all logic and reason.” I don’t want to spoil any bit of it by posting even a panel of […]

Paring down God’s identity

Christian blogger Matt Appling at The Church of No People wrote an article yesterday called “I Stopped Believing in god” (lowercase g deliberate). It’s the sort of post that’s clearly bound to rile up the believers — or excite them with edginess — and bring some bittersweet hope to the nonbelievers. He writes: Many times […]

St. T-Rex’s Ontological Argument

Continuing what is apparently Webcomics Week here at No Forbidden Questions, here’s a panel from Dinosaur Comics that I’ve been meaning to highlight and talk about. You can click the image to see the whole strip (it’s amusing), but it’s not really important as far as the discussion I want to have right now is […]

Undermining rational thought

I stumbled upon this hilarious website called The emblem of the site is a circle containing the URL and the words “Absolute Apologetics,” as well as a tic-tac-toe board with X’s in all nine spaces — I guess to drive home the degree to which they feel they’ve won. The site leads you through […]

Is it wrong to tell a lie?

It’s been a while since I did one of my secular morality Sunday posts. I want to get back into it — but for those of you who’ve started reading my blog since the last time I posted one of these, I’ll begin with a bit of an explanation. If you know anything about the […]

Proof of Jesus’ resurrection?

I’m always prattling on about how, if presented with actual evidence and logical arguments, I would change my mind and convert to whatever religious belief system provided that compelling evidence. That’s why I feel like I ought to examine carefully the supposed compelling evidence put forward by theists, at least from time to time. Yesterday, […]

Free will is a non-response

When atheists bring up the age-old problem of evil (i.e., that the abundance of suffering in the world is proof that there is no god that is both omnipotent and benevolent), many theists — Christians, in my experience — reply that suffering is a necessary consequence of God giving humans free will. Free will, they […]

Religion: the world’s biggest white lie?

I have very little doubt in the soundness of the logic underlying my decision not to believe in any religion. I have spent a lot of time reading and listening to a variety of people making arguments for belief, and also a variety of atheist arguments to the contrary. The atheist arguments aren’t perfect — […]

Compatibility, or compartmentalization?

Thanks to vjack at Atheist Revolution for bringing this image and compelling quotation to my attention. One friend of mine has actually (actually!) cited Francis Collins to try to convince me that I could believe his religion while still being a scientist, and then immediately clarified that even though Collins accepts evolution, he just didn’t […]