I’m delivering a guest lecture at a local community college this morning on religious skepticism. The following is a bibliography of further reading on the main topics I’m covering for any students who want to follow up. Please feel free to add more in the comments.
I haven’t done this lecture since starting at Freethought Blogs, so it’s a bit light on some of the better resources around the network. The decision to include religious sources in many of these cases, however, is deliberate.
At the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, Steven Novella and David Bloomberg differentiate scientific skepticism from other modern definitions of “skepticism” and discuss untestable religious claims.
External Evidence for God(s) and Religion
Theopedia discusses the problem of “God of the Gaps” apologetics.
Primate Diaries discusses the existence and origin of morality in nonhuman animals:
- The Evolution of Morality
- Punishing Cheaters Promotes the Evolution of Cooperation
- Chimpanzees Prefer Fair Play To Reaping An Unjust Reward
Cognitive Daily reports on a study discussing how belief in free will versus determinism affects cheating behavior.
The Frontal Cortex looks at the complicated relationship between religious identity and moral behavior.
Internal Contradictions Within Religions
One bible school points up the “dangers” of several versions of the Bible that claim to be inerrant.
Another Christian group takes on the idea of inerrancy by looking at the contradictions between biblical passages.
August Berkshire tackles common apologetics addressing the problem of evil.
Deacon Duncan writes an ongoing series of gospel “disproofs”.
Common Philosophical Stances on Religion, Defined
John Wilkins of Evolving Thoughts delves into definitions of agnosticism and what can and can’t be known of the existence of god(s).
Doubt: A History: The Great Doubters and Their Legacy of Innovation from Socrates and Jesus to Thomas Jefferson and Emily Dickinson (book) and an interview with author Jennifer Michael Hecht on NPR’s Speaking of Faith.
Lousy Canuck discusses types of prayer and why prayer is nonsense.
Daniel Fincke on how atheism extends beyond skepticism. Daniel also has a highly browsable set of posts on basic topics in his sidebar.
Greta Christina on atheists and anger.