Category Archives: Faith & Reason

Fixing Classical Arguments

In my last post, I wrote about how the premises of classical deductive arguments could be construed as either statements of logical definition or of observed fact. I argued that philosophers often confound the two and, as a result, either … Continue reading

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God and Other Minds

Theists like to point out that we can never prove that others (besides ourselves) have minds. The person sitting in the chair next to me may be carrying on quite a lively conversation—but how can I be sure there’s really … Continue reading

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Bad Faith

Reliance on faith demonstrates bad faith on the part of the faithful. What makes reliance on faith “bad”? It’s bad, I would say, because it is intellectually dishonest. But what makes reliance on faith dishonest? If the way we determine … Continue reading

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Five Revelations

I became an atheist through the back door, as explained elsewhere. It wasn’t until after I had been godless for several years that I began to discover the usual arguments that, for most non-believers, led to atheism. It was only … Continue reading

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Am I an Atheist Whackjob?

In a column in The Raw Story, Melinda Barton argues that just as the right has a problem with “religious nutballs” on their extreme, so the left has a problem with “atheist whackjobs” on the extreme left. Sounds plausible to … Continue reading

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Rev. Alberts: Time to Censure Bush

Writing in Counterpunch, Rev.William Alberts says it’s time for people of faith — in particular the Methodist Church — to bring disciplinary action against the President, who happens to be a Methodist. Rev. William Alberts: Time for People of Faith … Continue reading

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Thoughts, Feelings & Faith

People don’t like to be told that their feelings are wrong. Which is understandable. Feeling are, after all, not thoughts. They can’t be proved—or disproved. They just are. Which is why religion animates us, and philosophy does not. Religion is … Continue reading

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