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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Tunnel Vision

There is a disturbing trend afoot, and we should be aware of it.  It is a trend which seems to be gaining momentum.  It can be described as a collective tunneling of our vision, and not in the sense of healthy focus, but in the sense of disease-induced progressive exclusion of peripheral vision. Benjamin Jowett […]

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The Satanic Temple

(Photo Josh Reynolds/Washington Post) You may have heard about this effort to introduce a private after-school program for “Satanic Temple” in public schools.  As reported in The Washington Post among many other places, it is a program offered in reaction to after-school Christian clubs.  Their serious goal is to provide an atheist alternative.  Their not-so-serious […]

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Frozen Indecision

In Inside Baseball we presented what really amounted to a criticism of Christian practice, in adding an elevated kind of “knowing” to the project of ascertaining truth about ultimate reality.  That practice, we suggested, has seeped out into the culture at large in a way that now causes people to become alienated from the truth, […]

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Unraveling Agnosticism

It matters what we believe. A Condemning God? Maybe you’ve heard this criticism of Christianity before:  that God is unfair because He gives people the death penalty for not choosing Him.   That doesn’t reflect the goodness they associate with their conception of God, so they feel there must be no God. One flaw in this thinking is that […]

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Extraordinary Claims

The Artificial Standard Skeptics often approach a proposition with a screen through which they intend to sift any evidence:  “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.”   This phrase was popularized by Carl Sagan, and is repeated by skeptics routinely, when encountering any hint that there might be a God.  It sounds reasonable superficially, but it’s actually just a way of […]

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Materialism Is Not Religious Neutrality

In “Nothing” is Not Religious Neutrality, we suggested two competing ideas, A and Z. A and Z are mutually exclusive, and together they comprise the only two possibilities concerning the subject matter. If we disbelieve A, we should believe Z, and vice versa. Non-belief Does Not Create Neutrality We discussed how muddled thinking might cause […]

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“Nothing” Is Not Religious Neutrality

We considered the concept of “nothing,” for example in Is Nothing Something, and in It’s Not Nothing. Instead of conceiving of truly nothing, we tend to think instead of a something. That something may be simple or minimal or invisible or insubstantial, but it is not nothing.  Something from Nothing The tendency to mis-conceive nothing […]

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