Tag: atheism

Why more atheists need to speak out against village atheism

Posted on 04/07/14 166 Comments

Over the last five years that I have been blogging I have noted the extensive presence of village atheism within the infidel blogosphere. While the blogosphere also has its share of “village Christians”, what is particularly ironic about the proliferation of village atheism is the fact that the online atheist/skeptic community persistently tries to brand […]

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Does the Copernican Principle favor atheism?

Posted on 04/05/14 75 Comments

The other day I linked folks back to an article I wrote three years ago titled “You’re not special because the universe is really, really big.” This resulted in Jeff Lowder taking note of this humble, old article and offering a comment. (As an aside, the article is tickled pink to be receiving all this attention […]

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Peter Boghossian’s Manual for Wasting Paper (Part 9): Don’t be a jerk

Posted on 03/14/14 94 Comments

I began my review of Boghossian’s book by pointing out the spurious definitions he provides for terms like “faith” and “atheism”. John Loftus immediately sprung to Boghossian’s defense (not surprising given that he had gushed about the book like a prepubescent superfan at a Justin Bieber concert). However, instead of attempting to critique my analysis […]

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Atheism, free thought, and Bible burning

Posted on 03/13/14 195 Comments

The other day I posted an interview with the apologist and philosopher Matthew Flannagan. The interview consisted of a forty-five minute conversation in which Matt developed a thoughtful and nuanced perspective on the nexus between biblical hermeneutics, metaethics, and normative ethics. The Atheist Missionary responded in the comment thread. While he declined to offer any […]

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How rational is atheist disbelief?

Posted on 03/09/14 44 Comments

In “God, Christianity, and the Bad Hyundai Objection” I noted that people often grant far more weight to personal anecdotal experiences than an objective assessment of the evidence. One bad experience with a particular car can tarnish an entire brand, even if the evidence considered objectively supports the overall quality of that brand of cars. […]

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Peter Boghossian’s Manual for Wasting Paper (Part 8): Anti-religious indoctrination

Posted on 03/07/14 71 Comments

Boghossian’s book evinces one of the clearest examples of indoctrination that I have yet encountered in atheist literature. One of the hallmarks of indoctrination (as I explain in my book You’re not as Crazy as I Think) is found in the categorization (and marginalization) of all opinions that dissent from the in-group in terms of mental or […]

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Justin Schieber on atheism and theism

Posted on 03/03/14 217 Comments

The question of God’s existence is arguably the most important of all philosophical questions. God is, by definition, that being than which none greater could be conceived. So it is little surprise that the question of whether that being exists has been considered a topic of supreme importance in the history of thought. Set against […]

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Atheists have lots of religious beliefs, and why it matters

Posted on 02/24/14 94 Comments

It is very common these days to hear atheists (skeptics, agnostics, free thinkers, humanists, apatheists, antitheists, etc…) insisting that people who have “religious beliefs” have some special epistemic burden, some particular justification threshold, that they must meet in order to hold those beliefs rationally. It goes without saying that the folks (the atheists et al) […]

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Peter Boghossian’s Manual for Wasting Paper (Part 5): Defining Atheism

Posted on 02/17/14 72 Comments

In this next installment of my review of Peter Boghossian’s A Manual for Creating Atheists we turn to consider his definition of “atheist.” In our last installment we saw that Boghossian ignored the way the word “faith” is standardly defined in formal and common usage, opting instead to construct tendentious definitions borne of his own boundless imagination. […]

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Is atheism a default position?

Posted on 02/16/14 129 Comments

Recently I’ve been reading Julian Baggini’s little book Atheism: A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2003). While the book aims to provide a general introduction to the topic, Baggini includes some interesting philosophical analysis which is worth commenting on. In this article I’ll focus on one section in which Baggini enters the debate about whether it is […]

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