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Can Science Talk About Morality?

Since this week’s topic appears to be accommodationism, I need to address one of the most common claims of accommodationists and theists:  Science is great at describing objective reality, such as comets and DNA, but it can’t address philosophical or metaphysical questions of meaning, especially morality. The idea is that religion contributes to the collective … Continue reading

Evolution and Accommodationism

At the recent Evolution 2010 conference, there was a two hour talk on accommodationism.  There’s been plenty of scuttlebutt on the blogosphere about it, too.  I was not there, so I can’t comment on the specifics of this particular talk, but this seems like a good time for me to discuss my views on accommodationism, … Continue reading

Black Gay Atheists with Asperger’s and Ugly Moles

I’m going to try to nip something in the bud before it turns into a senseless internet war.  Rather than respond to all the facebook messages and blog comments, here’s my take on the relationship between homosexuality and atheism in society.  If it sounds like I’m responding to you, I probably am. I am an … Continue reading

Hitler and the Nazis

I don’t normally go in for all the claptrap about Hitler being an atheist.  Anyone who says that is painfully ignorant.  Ignorant to the point that it’s probably not worth talking with them.  A two minute Google search is all you need to find volumes of proof that the Nazi regime was founded on Christian … Continue reading

Sexy Atheist Women

Edit:  I’ve been receiving a lot of support and a lot of criticism with regards to this post, and I’ve spent the better part of yesterday and today thinking about the implications of both.  The truth is, I’m going to have some people mad at me if I take it down or retract it, and … Continue reading

A Theist Talks About Anti-Atheist Bigotry

Like many others I thought that a belief in God was the foundation of morality, that Christians were superior to others and that atheists were a threat to believers. I didn’t, however, reach this conclusion consciously after weighing the facts and examining the issue independently. But rather it was something so ingrained within the culture … Continue reading

Drawing Mohammed, Round 2

Remember when I said Draw Mohammed Day could have serious repercussions?  Well, it still might.  The Friendly Atheist reports: Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is being investigated by Pakistani police under a section of the penal code that makes blasphemy against Muhammad punishable by death. Will Mark be joining Salman Rushdie and Ayaan Hirsi Ali in … Continue reading

Why Not Believe?

I love it when readers ask me questions.  For one thing, I haven’t been a theist in a long time, and sometimes I forget what it was like to have a totally different point of view.  For another thing, I tend to write about things that are interesting to me at the moment.  I get … Continue reading

No True Atheist

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Choosing Mates

I’ve been thinking a lot about choosing recently.  More specifically, I’ve been thinking about how we choose people to be with.  Coincidentally, when I checked Hooking Up Smart today, Susan Walsh had posted an article about this very subject.   She’s put together a list of “green flags” for women to look for in prospective … Continue reading

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