Monthly Archive: May 2008

May 16 2008

The end of god-13: The new apologetics, same as the old

(For previous posts in this series, see here.) Religion has always had its own defenders, called religious apologists, who have tried to find ways to make religious beliefs intellectually respectable and at least somewhat consistent with advances in knowledge in science and other areas. In response to the recent onslaughts on their faith by the …

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May 15 2008

The end of god-12: God and natural disasters

(For previous posts in this series, see here.) In the previous post, we saw how religious believer try to absolve god for his failure to stop wars and genocide by arguing that god gives us free will and that it is therefore our fault when things like that happens. This is a weak argument at …

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May 14 2008

The end of god-11: Trying to find reasons to believe in god

(For previous posts in this series, see here.) In response to the powerful new evidence and arguments against the existence of god brought forward by the new atheists, the defenders of religion have had to regroup and respond. The next series of posts will look at some of these developments on the pro-religion side. Today …

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May 13 2008

The end of god-10: When vinegar is better than honey

(For previous posts in this series, see here.) The previous post in this series raised the question of, given a conviction that religion is a negative influence in almost every area of life, what is the best strategy to persuade people to abandon their religious beliefs? Should we suggest that their religious beliefs are reasonable …

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May 12 2008

The end of god-9: Honey and vinegar

(For previous posts in this series, see here.) An argument that is often made against the new atheists is that their strong rhetoric (such as labeling god a delusion) can alienate people and not win them over to the atheist side. Thus one finds even those who concede that the new atheists are right and …

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May 09 2008

The end of god-8: Why even ‘good’ religion is not worth saving

(For previous posts in this series, see here.) When all else fails, religious people sometimes resort to utilitarian arguments in favor of god, such as that some people would act worse if they did not believe in a god who would punish them for doing bad things. Other alleged benefits of ‘good’ religion are that …

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May 08 2008

The end of god-7: How ‘good religion’ corrupts people

(For previous posts in this series, see here.) One major problem with religion is that it tends to dull the moral sensibilities of otherwise decent people, causing them to justify acts by ‘their’ people that they would unhesitatingly condemn if done by anyone else. The process starts in childhood. Take for example the study of …

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May 07 2008

The end of god-6: The biggest menace of religion: faith

(For previous posts in this series, see here.) The most basic problem with almost any religion is the fact that they raise ‘faith’, which is the irrational acceptance of things in the absence of, or even counter to, credible evidence and reason, to the level of a virtue. This is simply asking for trouble. Once …

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May 06 2008

The end of god-5: The politics of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ religion

(For previous posts in this series, see here.) Perhaps the biggest storm raised by the new atheists, and which has even caused a split within the atheist community about strategy, is that they have decided to ignore the polite fiction that there is ‘good’ religion and there is ‘bad’ religion. Supporters of this split (which …

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May 05 2008

The end of god-4: The death of god due to other causes

(For previous posts in this series, see here.) While developments in science have provided the most powerful arguments against the existence of god in any form, it is not only science that has led to the undermining of traditional religious beliefs. As far as Christianity and Judaism are concerned, other areas of scholarly work, such …

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