I wrote about the charity of Warren Buffet and Bill Gates back in January. Last week another rich (assumed) atheist threw his name into the hat as someone who will donate the bulk of his money to charity. Paul Allen released a statement noting that the bulk of his money will go to philanthropic efforts. His 13.5 Billion Dolllar fortune will… Continue
This in one of those questions I tend to get from theists. Most of the time the theists asking me this question mean well and are curious but sometimes I wonder if they just want to point their finger and say “Ha! You don’t know everything!” Or perhaps, they are trying (feebly) to make a god of the
gaps argument. Or maybe they are even trying to use this question to show that science
has a weakness because it can’t explain everything.…
Believers in god often ask "Where do morals come from?" They expect the answer to be "from God", mostly because they can't imagine that something so much at the heart of human interaction can have risen naturally.
Well the answer is reasonably simple, but long. So let me see if I can be as brief as possible with this.
today i bring you one of the most wtf tales i got:
i was in school the other day and i where in a really heated discussion with a frien
me>....you can feel god, you can touch god, you can smell god, you dont have evidence that he was there, you dont have evidence for is interacions with the universe but you still choose to believe in him, thats the same that i decided to believe i fairies right now, but you are soo… Continue
According to secular humanists, human values should comprise the commitment to improve universal well-being. Ethical principles should be assessed by their effects on people, not by how well they conform to preconceived ideas of right and wrong.
Secular humanists reject that values and ethics are imposed from any deity. In that it echoes simple atheism. Secular humanism goes further challenging humans to develop their own values, and maintains that through a process of value inquiry,… Continue
I mentioned that I was going to have a meeting with a future priest and my friend. We begun and they just wanted me to ask all the questions, so I began with asking them to defied religion, and faith in their own words. We discuss if there is a Right type of faith and a Right type of religion, and to my surprise they are more confused than I thought - or maybe they are less confused than I hoped. The future priest did most of the talking, he tried to explained to me that there is not one…
Last night I attended both my first
lecture at the world-renowned Center For Inquiry (if you're reading this, I'm available for
volunteer work!) and my first group meeting with a new Buffalo-area
skeptics group, Drinking Skeptically. The lecture was given by author Ibn Warraq on secularism in the Muslim world (it was quite interesting).
While I looked forward to the lecture, I was really looking forward to
the group meeting afterwards.
I ran across this (rather long) public domain essay by Robert Ingersoll (a 19th century atheist) and found that it's still contemporaneous. I kept thinking of Islam as I read this, even though it's really directed at Christians. There are some really good points covered: particularly the secular nature of our constitution and the the break it represents from the divine authority previously assumed…
About 10 years ago, we got a bucket-O-chicken. Nah, not KFC but a hen and 10 eggs in a five gallon bucket. We were over run with ticks, my wife and son couldn't step out of the house without getting covered up with them (for some reason they pretty much ignored me?). Researchers at Auburn University would send their graduate students out to our place to collect ticks. My wife thought that maybe chickens were the answer. She was right, our dogs no longer look like they have grape clusters… Continue
(note: this is part of a debate between myself and two Christian friends. You can find a link to the entire series below)
Posted by Adam on 9/15
Ah, a great place to start a discussion. I've heard McGrath speak many times. For some reason he gets a little more cred because he was on the other side (it goes both ways - this is true of Christians that convert as well). He seems like a nice enough guy. I do… Continue
Added by Pesci on July 23, 2010 at 12:58pm —
Russia and America have to worry about agent Salt. Salt answers the age old question: What’s worse than an action movie with no plot?
CIA agent Evelyn Salt’s (Angelina Jolie) life is thrown into turmoil when her loyalty is questioned in front of her bosses by a man named Orlov (Daniel Olbrychski) who claims to be an agent high up in the Russian government. They accuse her of knowing about the murder of a Russian dignitary. Worse, she knows that her husband, a Mike Krause… Continue
(note: this event actually took
place last year but I thought it would be interesting to copy it from my
So the big evening finally arrived. I
was going to be dining with a local priest.
Father Pat was all that he was said to
be and then some. He was well-read, well-spoken, affable and at times
blasphemous. I know that many of you read my post yesterday and
probably thought that there was going to be some kind of showdown at my… Continue
Just to clarify: I don't mean "going on a date with Jesus." I mean historically determining the dates of his existence, although I like to think that the title caught your attention.
I've been really battling with proof of his divinity lately. I'm not too concerned about proof of his existence. I reckon if he did exist he was probably a Ghandi or Mandela-type figure, so I'm not too phased about whether he existed or not, although there are plenty of scholars with a fair amount of… Continue