Is Atheism a Religion?

In political discourse (if such a thing still exists) one often hears various religious groups claim that atheism is just another religion and therefore the removal of God from the public square is the same as instituting yet another religion, atheism. Though I understand this sentiment, the fact is atheism is anything but a religion.…

God, Santa, Tooth Fairies, and Spaghetti Monsters

There is a curious lack of precision today in the way many atheists and many Christians use the word “God.” “God” is, without a doubt, one of the most slippery terms, with infinite varying concepts from one person to the next, yet a term which both parties (atheists and Christians) tend to treat as if…

The Human: Not Just Another Animal

“Human” itself is an interesting word. One possible etymology is from the old-Latin rendering of “homo” (man) and “humus” (earth) combined to describe mankind as “earthly beings” distinguishing them from “heavenly beings,” i.e., the gods. Today our challenge is much different: rather than confusing ourselves with gods we have a tendency to confuse ourselves with…

Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks: on the Failure of Atheism

This is an incredibly timely and profound article written by the Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks. I believe this is the first time I have posted someone else’s article on my blog, Yes, its that good. http://www.spectator.co.uk/features/8932301/atheism-has-failed-only-religion-can-fight-the-barbarians/ “I love the remark made by one Oxford don about another: ‘On the surface, he’s profound, but deep down,…

Sam Harris: Riding the Philosophic Short Bus

To begin, I would like to tip my hat to Sam Harris. He is an all-star neuroscientist and fantastic author and speaker, but more than that, he’s brave! Brave? Yes, brave. Any scientist willing to commit to a strict philosophical naturalism and not allow the element of human thought to escape its clutches has attempted…

The Finest Argument Against Christianity

If I were an atheist, and wanted to land a right hook on the chin of Christianity, I would aim first at its disunity. If one took serious inventory of the differences between Roman Catholics, Anglicans, Lutherans, Reformists, Pentecostals and the endless myriad of non-denominational churches (some estimate such churches to be numbered in the…

The Finest Argument Against Atheism

The finest argument I have ever heard against atheism would have to be the ‘argument from reason.’ The typical arguments one hears in atheist vs. theist debates generally do not interest me. However, the argument from reason is one of those arguments that would definitely cause me to struggle with atheistic claims if I were…

Faith and Reason: The Challenge

As the famous American psychologist, William James said, “there is nothing so absurd that if you repeat it often enough, people will believe it.” This is the case with the shadow boxing match between faith and reason. This false dichotomy has been repeated so frequently that it has become axiomatic in the minds of many.