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Hell and Free Will

Every once in a while, I hit a brick wall trying to think about Christianity.  The one I just hit has to do with one of the oldest problems theologians encountered.  IF all that happens is the perfect and unalterable will of God, THEN God wishes people to suffer on earth, and then suffer for … Continue reading

Hell is Immoral

It’s likely that many readers have seen this article before, but I think it’s worth reposting for new readers.  In talking with ex-believers, I’ve found that getting over the fear of hell is one of the biggest hurdles to living “Life without a net.”  Hopefully, this essay will help put the whole thing in perspective, … Continue reading

Two Kinds of Doubt

I love discovering new conflations.   Or rather, I love discovering that there’s a conflation being bandied about that I hadn’t noticed before.  You see, I believe that a substantial number of disagreements, misunderstandings, and in general, a lot of the problems in the world, are caused by conflations.  There are two common ways in which … Continue reading

Pascal’s Fault #353

Among the faults of Pascal’s Wager is an oft-overlooked stumper.  Pascal proposed a hypothetical reality and then calculated “odds” based on that reality.  This is certainly fine for philosophical musing, but the very act of making the proposition gives others the same permission: Christian:  If God is real, then it’s better to have faith, (IF … Continue reading

The Love Drug

I mentioned in the post on kissing that love is very much like an addiction.  Robert Palmer’s hit song “Addicted to Love” paints a vivid picture: Your lights are on, but you’re not home Your mind is not your own Your heart sweats, your body shakes Another kiss is what it takes You can’t sleep, you … Continue reading

Assisted Dying

I suppose it’s old news now, but back in the 1990s, assisted suicide was all the rage.  “Dr. Death,” more politely known as Jack Kevorkian, served over eight years in prison for an assisted suicide.    The problem was that unlike other cases, the patient was unable to “pull the trigger” himself.  So it was … Continue reading

The Diminishing of the Gods

A thorough study of the history of gods reveals a pattern we’d expect if gods are not real.  The farther we move back in time (and the farther we move away from science) we see more and bigger claims of divine intervention.  Gods have been responsible for thunder, lightning, rain, comets, and holding up the … Continue reading

Yes, You’re My Brother, Governor

“Now I will have to say that, if we don’t have the same daddy, we’re not brothers and sisters. So anybody here today who has not accepted Jesus Christ as their savior, I’m telling you, you’re not my brother and you’re not my sister, and I want to be your brother.” Newly elected Alabama Governor … Continue reading

Myths, Guns, and Politics

I’ve been mulling over the Arizona shootings for several days now, and trying to think of a way to condense my thoughts into one or two concise ideas.  I think I can finally do it.  Unfortunately, I’m going to have to wade into politics to do it, and that’s something I’ve tried to avoid like … Continue reading

Faith-Think At Work

I’ve been on vacation for the last week, which is why I’ve been quiet on the posting front.  But my brain’s still been working, and I’ve got a few thoughts from various moments over the past few days. Faith-Think in Action I write a lot about the macro effects of religion and faith-ism.  But sometimes … Continue reading

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