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Morality Simplified

We’ve all seen nature documentaries, but I wonder why so many of us have missed a rather startling observation in many of them.  Animals have morality. I know… I know.   Animal morality isn’t the same as human morality, right?  Well, let’s examine this claim for a minute.  When we see a pack of wild … Continue reading

Imagine that… a theist double standard!

The UK Telegraph reports that an organization known as The National Federation of Atheist, Humanist and Secular Student Societies (AHS) is working actively to establish atheist social networks and organizations in schools, in an effort to combat the effect of evangelical Christianity in schools. The federation aims to encourage students to lobby their schools and local … Continue reading

A Post that Demands Refutation

A post from Uncommon Descent demands refutation.  I’ll be quoting it in its entirety, with my own comments interjected. Bleak Conclusions Barry Arrington In an earlier post I lamented the apparent extinction of what I called “Nietzsche atheists,” by which I meant atheists with the courage and honesty to accept the bleak conclusions logically compelled by … Continue reading

Morality: Innate and Cultural

I find that in America, there is a very pervasive and fundamental misunderstanding of human morality.  Very often, people try to classify acts as being moral or immoral, and this often leads to a deadlocked conversation, since for any conceivable act, there is some way (even if admittedly far-fetched) to justify it as good or bad … Continue reading

What we believe vs. what we do

Three new studies, published by a research team at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, give us another reminder that what we believe about ourselves is often dead wrong.  These studies were designed to determine two things — what we believe our mating preferences to be as emerging adults (18-25) and what they actually are.  Though the … Continue reading

Shirley Phelps-Roper on Nate Phelps

At the end of the day, rebel Nate who is a man of the flesh according to the Bible, cannot get it into his head the the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. The child crying over a fear of hell is exactly what is intended by the plain language of the … Continue reading

Sex and the Culture of Violence

In a comment on my last blog post, Larry Carter Center wrote: Thank you for a thorough analysis of religious implications from murder suicide perpetrators who are Christian. What you did not discuss is the culture of violence which is broadly validated from childhood on with toy guns, war & cowboys/indians movies, video games & … Continue reading

Campus Killer and Indoctrination

LINK An obviously deranged man shot a female student and then killed himself at a community college over the weekend.  As you watch the news report, you’ll note that Anthony seems to be having a very hard time with the idea of evolution.  He was raised Christian, and taught, as are many Christians, that evolution … Continue reading

Nate Phelps and Me

I hope to post several blogs inspired by the American Atheists Conference, but for right now, I’m going to write about the experience that was the most meaningful to me.  I mentioned before going that I was anxious to hear Nate Phelps speak, and I have to say that his speech was much more than … Continue reading

American Atheists Conference

Over the next few days, I’ll be at the American Atheist Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.  I’m particularly interested in hearing Nate Phelps, the son of Pastor Fred Phelps, the mastermind behind the loving ministry known as God Hates Fags.  (I’m not going to help him get hits.  Google search it if you want.) I’m also … Continue reading

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