Wester

Easter In last year’s Easter post I talked about the origin of that word, “Easter.”  It is a reference to the direction, east, where the morning sun rises as a metaphor for the resurrection to come.  In the early days of Christianity, new believers understood they were embracing the God of the Jews, and the […]

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Atheist Dogma

Trying, here, to say plainly why someone should not ever consider themselves neutral on the God question. Passive Choice People affirmatively embrace the ideology of Christianity as an overt choice. But when someone becomes an atheist, they typically are rejecting Christianity (or theism) rather than overtly embracing the competing ideology.  This way of thinking results in […]

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Mere Machines

New Atheists In the days of the frothing-at-the-mouth “new atheists” starting in around 2008, many of the more vulnerable fence-sitters on the God question were swallowed up and inoculated against rational thought on the subject. “Nones” What followed was an even larger rise in the number of people who apparently think one can remain neutral […]

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Simple Determinism

A central tenet of theist and especially Christian beliefs is that people have agency; that is, moral choice and therefore moral responsibility, based on a moral Authority outside themselves.  The modern view of reality, however, is that there is nothing beyond matter in motion governed by laws of physics, and therefore no God, and therefore no […]

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Fine-tuning

We sometimes refer to the “fine-tuning” of the universe as a way to denote the necessity of various constants being exactly what they are, for the universe to exist as it does.  This includes the forces identified as acting upon physical bodies, including gravity, the strong and weak nuclear forces, and electromagnetism.  It also includes, […]

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