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Yes, dear, we make it up as we go.

March 2, 2010 Leave a comment

The problem of evil, as it applies to atheists.

I have a few thoughts in response to the following article.

A brief quote that is central to what I wish to address:

“1. For these reasons, the problem of evil is a greater challenge for the non-theist, because it reveals the extent to which they borrow the absoluteness of their moral framework from theists (Christians in particular). Any moral authority they have is borrowed.”

Mind the gap, please.

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Categories: Religion and Atheism

I’ll just link this here.

February 24, 2010 Leave a comment

Long story short, this is a good example why, even if you wouldn’t do it yourself, you should still support legalized abortion, and avoid laws that limit what we already have available.

I know- some pro-lifers will say, but we would allow for them if the mother’s life was at risk. Okay, fine, but where do you draw the line? The author of the article has successfully had one child. It could be claimed that her risk isn’t as high as all that. Who makes the decision, but the mother, the person actually responsible?

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Take It or Leave It: Mm, Tasty Buffet

January 19, 2010 Leave a comment

Religion.

It isn’t evil.

No, really. It’s at the center of arts and culture of a lot of societies. Even if it has held them back in other ways. It isn’t an either/or question. To say that the world would have been better (or worse) without religion is ridiculous.

Accept what is, and move on.

For instance, we now have a useful concept of the separation of church and state.

I had a conversation with a close friend. He’s Catholic. Most of my friends are. Something of a side effect of where I went to university.

I don’t agree with their beliefs, but they’re good people.

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Medicine and Miracles

January 13, 2010 1 comment

We’ve all seen news stories like this. Someone’s child just survived a major surgery. Or was hit by someone’s stray bullet and lived.

And somehow, these people delude themselves into thanking some god.

The good news is, at least they went in for medical treatment. At least they didn’t claim faith as a healer.

Nonetheless, if someone does this in your presence, I would like to make a request- slap them for me.

Okay, do it metaphorically.

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Aliens Built the Pyramids. No, really. Well, you can’t prove they didn’t, can you?

January 9, 2010 2 comments

We’ve all heard, over and over, the so-called debate that “Intelligent Design” should be taught in science classes.

This is my screed.

Nope. There’s no other response, really. It’s an attempt to disguise Biblical Creationism as a science. Instead of looking at evidence and forming conclusions, it twists evidence to fit it’s previously defined conclusion, namely that God created the earth, etc.

It isn’t always Young Earth, which is the belief that the earth is only 6000 years old. It still isn’t a science. Remember, evolution has nothing to do with how life started. No evidence for evolution has anything to do with understanding how life started.

Sorry, you’re wrong.

Here’s a nice example from Blag Hag on the misinterpretation of scientific findings. This is pretty much par for the course. The claims look reasonable until you dig a little deeper.

So when they ask to “teach the debate”, they’re making shit up.  There is no debate. No scientist who understands evolution thinks that it is false.

So you know what? Creationism is fine in public schools, in a comparative religion class. I do think comparative religion would be great in high school.

I wonder how many parents are bright enough to tell the difference between teaching and preaching. Well, don’t say I’m not hopeful at times.

Nonetheless, it does not belong in a science class, even when referred to as intelligent design. Evolution is a hypothesis with a dump truck of evidence behind it; in other words, it’s the best theory available. It, in fact, is a theory. Let’s make sure we’re working with the proper definition. We don’t want our equivocation to slip, now do we?

Creationism has the Bible. Which from an objective standpoint has no more value than any other piece of (let’s be generous) historical fiction. Again, if you have any doubt as to whether it belongs in a science class, ask yourself one question:

Whose creation?

To expand that question, which religion? Christianity? Hinduism? Taoism? Intelligent Design is based on the Christian sense of creation. If it were a science, it would be open to other interpretations.

As far as I’m aware, there are no other “fields” of Intelligent Design.

None of these belief systems have greater authority than the other, which is to say, it’s all sociological mythology. The universe is carried by an old man in a sack who drew us all on stone. Think I’m wrong? It’s turtles all the way down, I tell you.

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Expressing the Impact of a Secular Holiday

December 29, 2009 Leave a comment

So, tell me, what is the meaning of the season, as a national holiday?

Where do atheists get meaning, without a god?

The same place everyone else does; we inherit some of it, and make the rest up as we go. Or coast along, if we’re lazy. Whatever works.

This video’s a good example. Another comes from my Christmas weekend.

We watched a handful of movies. Three in particular stood out: Avatar, Julie and Julia, and Choke. I found the same take-away message in all three, which might otherwise seem drastically different.

Let’s take a look at their individual emphasis first.

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