The naturalist understanding of morality asserts that we have evolved empathy as an impetus to cooperation. Combined with personal experience, empathy leads most of us to a "Golden Rule" sense of morality. From experience, I know what hurts me: with empathy, I know the same things likely hurt you too. Experience and empathy is all we need to decide most moral matters. "Do unto…Continue
I gave someone (a Christian I love very much) a copy of a book recently at their request. I knew that the book would probably cause them to do some questioning about the origins of their religion. I thought it was cool that they asked me for it. To make a long story short, this person read about a chapter and then stopped. I’m not sure if he’ll pick it up again, but it didn’t seem likely that he would. He said he had “heard that stuff before,” and then gave me an apologetic response to it. I…Continue
I'm restoring a blog I previously deleted. Hope you enjoy!
The file is too large to insert all of it here (its a book, really), so I've provided an excerpt that should give you a feel for what it is about. You can download the entire document in word format here:…Continue
Added by Kir Komrik on January 6, 2012 at 12:09pm — No Comments
I hear this now and again from religious people, especially Christians. It was going around on Twitter today. Apparently a few people found it pretty profound. It's superficial and designed to sound clever, esoterical and wise. It's also, indirectly an argument from authority. God exists and that's that. Of course it's has no logic and is pure nonsense. It might better be inverted to say Atheists wouldn't need to exist if there was a God.
I sometimes wonder if…Continue
Every so often, someone will tell me that atheists are impossible to debate, because they think they know it all. Someone will tell me that I am dismissing their claims before I have even heard them. They accuse me of shutting out the “evidence” they have to “prove” god’s existence. They say I am doing what I accuse them of doing: sticking fingers in the ears and screaming, “La-La-la! Can’t hear you!”
Well, they may have a point. I…Continue