by Thomas Coleman III Introduction Planet earth appears to be filled with unseen forces that control the behavior of its inhabitants. No, this isn’t the beginning to a cheesy B-movie science fiction film script. This is reality and even the staunchest of skeptics act as if they believe in these invisible forces. That is, we … Continue reading Does the Atheist have a Theory of Mind?
by Massimo Pigliucci Groucho Marx, one of my favorite comedians of all time, famously wrote a telegram to a Hollywood club he had joined, that said: “Please accept my resignation. I don’t want to belong to any club that will accept me as a member.”  I have recently considered sending such a letter to … Continue reading Reflections on the skeptic and atheist movements
by Massimo Pigliucci Christmas is fast approaching. So, naturally, American Atheists has launched its usual billboard campaign to nudge closeted atheists to come out and embrace the good news. AA President David Silverman is again spearheading what he calls the organizations’ “firebrand” approach to fighting religion. Despite being a lifetime member of American Atheists, I … Continue reading It’s American Atheists billboards time, again!
by Daniel Linford Why is it that some people do not believe in God? Some popular religious writers have claimed that atheists reject God because they were presented with the wrong kind of God. Atheists reject a god that is too small, it is claimed, and most have not considered the more sophisticated God that … Continue reading Do atheists reject the “wrong kind of God”? Not likely
by Peter D.O. Smith Introduction This article is neither a defense of nor an attack against either religion or secularism. It treats them as well established sociological facts and no more than that. I take them as given and argue that a greater moral good can be achieved if the two belief systems find common … Continue reading Virtue Ethics: an ancient solution to a modern problem
by Stephen Law Introduction I recently wrote a blog post titled “Secular Humanism: DON’T define it as requiring naturalism”  in which I suggest that it is a strategic mistake for secular humanists (such as myself) to make naturalism a tenet of secular humanism, so that signing up to naturalism is a requirement, rather than … Continue reading Why you shouldn’t make naturalism a tenet of secular humanism
by David Kyle Johnson Santa Claus and the Origin of Belief Religious persons will also engage in unscientific thinking in defense of their belief. Consider a child confronting the evidence presented by their older sibling about the non-existence of Santa Claus: the fact that Santa can’t do it all in one night, the fact that … Continue reading Identifying the conflict between religion and science — Part III
by David Kyle Johnson Phlogiston and the Soul Many scientists used to think that heat was the product of a material called phlogiston. It flowed into objects to make them hot and out to make them cold. But when they tested for this material, they could find nothing — objects weighed the same both hot … Continue reading Identifying the conflict between religion and science — Part II
by David Kyle Johnson Many, both theists and atheists, acknowledge the conflict between religion and science. This includes New Atheists like Richard Dawkins  and also academic philosophers such as John Worall, who argue that one cannot be both purely scientifically minded and religious . Others disagree. Stephen Jay Gould, an agnostic, famously defended the … Continue reading Identifying the conflict between religion and science — Part I