Searching for common ground

Over in the comment pages at the Guardian, Julian Baggini has been writing a series of articles attempting to outline common ground between the religious and the atheists. He has tried to identify what he calls 'reasonable faith'. In his latest...

Ex Nihilo

Creationists like me believe that God created everything seen and unseen ex nihilo, that is, out of nothing.  Atheists as well believe in an ex nihilo origin to the universe and while they believe that the mechanism of change from that state of...

No Free Will in Atheism

I understand that my actions are fully my own because God has given me the freedom of will that I praise Him for. With Atheism, however, we have no way of having free will as B.F. Skinner showed so clearly that all of our choices within the atheistic...

Atheism kills, the video

Atheists in the 20th century killed more than the religious have killed in all of the previous centuries combined. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rM6Mk0r8W38

Rwanda, Genocide, and a Catholic Priest

Yesterday Father Athanase Seromba went on trial for his part in the Rwandan genocide; the massacre of more than eight hundred thousand innocent people in a hundred days in 1994. Father Athanase Seromba is charged with genocide, complicity in, and...

Climbing Mount Polio

The eradication of smallpox is truly one of humanity's greatest achievements. It was the result of science, a relatively small amount of money, and a serious sustained effort, for to eradicate such an infectious disease, everyone must be...

Atheist extraordinaire

Andrew Brown is a journalist and editor at the Guardian. He is also a self professed atheist. And, I have to say, he is the most remarkable atheist I have ever come across. Mr Brown, when not proclaiming his atheism, spends his time defending...

On religion and metaphor

The smarter and more sophisticated of our religious friends like to claim that much of their scripture is metaphor. This helps them deal with the embarrassing tendency of empirical inquiry to show many of the factual assertions contained in their...

Fundamentalists and Moving the Goal Posts

Have you noticed that when talking to a fundamentalist that when they need to demonstrate physical evidence for their unscientific beliefs they either do one of two things. They can try to prove established science as false which generally range from...

The circular nature of god given morality

Has anyone noticed the circular nature of why the commandments of the monotheist's god is quite circular? I mean first god commands an action, a human performs the action and the action is morally acceptable because god commands it.  Circular...