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Jun 17 2011

Limits to consensual actions

Although I do not consider myself a libertarian, I do agree with some libertarian principles, especially the ones that says that adults have the right to privacy and be able to engage in solitary or consensual practices that do not harm others free from interference from the state and society. But Michael J. Sandel in …

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Apr 28 2011

Humanism

Philosopher (and atheist) A. C. Grayling talks to Stephen Colbert about his new book The Good Book: A Humanist Bible. The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c A.C. Grayling www.colbertnation.com Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog Video Archive

Apr 05 2011

My talk on Why Atheism is Winning

The hour-long talk is now up on YouTube. There was a lively Q&A that went on for another hour after the talk. I will upload that later.

Apr 04 2011

Atheist groups in the US military

Some non-religious members of the US military at Fort Bragg in North Carolina have formed a group called MASH (Military Atheists and Secular Humanists) and applied for official recognition so that they receive the same benefits as religious groups. There are 20 similar unofficial groups of non-theists in US military bases around the world, according …

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Mar 17 2011

Why atheism is winning-11: Some concluding thoughts

(For previous posts in this series, see here.) The last hope of religion is the fear of death. Fear of death is what religion thinks of as its trump card. In any discussion with believers, they will invariably get around to talking about how you (as an atheist) are risking your immortal soul and ask …

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Mar 15 2011

Talk will be recorded

Thanks to the efforts of the officers of the CWRU branch of the Center for Inquiry, my talk tomorrow on Why Atheism is Winning (details here) will be recorded after all and uploaded later. Of course, this means that I will have to dress better and comb my hair. The sacrifices I make for science …

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Mar 15 2011

Why atheism is winning-10: Religion and insecurity

(For previous posts in this series, see here.) In this post, I want to look at what is happening in the US and why. The US is the outlier nation in that it still maintains high levels of religiosity despite its modernity. Gregory Paul and Phil Zuckerman in their article titled Why the gods are …

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Mar 10 2011

Why atheism is winning-9: The global picture

(For previous posts in this series, see here.) Gregory Paul and Phil Zuckerman in a long article titled Why the gods are not winning point out that the percentage of Christians worldwide is declining, that of Hindus is stagnant even as the proportion of people in its homeland India is rising, and the proportion of …

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Mar 08 2011

Why atheism is winning-8: Objective measures of religion’s decline

(For previous posts in this series, see here.) There are more concrete signs that the end of religion is nigh than the ones I gave in the previous post in this series. We have the phenomenon of churches closing all over the place. In Cleveland, the Catholic diocese closed a huge number of churches recently, …

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Mar 03 2011

Why atheism is winning-7: Signs of religion’s decline

(For previous posts in this series, see here.) The idea that religion is in a period of inexorable decline is, unsurprisingly, not one that is shared by religious apologists. In fact, Alastair McGrath in his book The Twilight of Atheism argues the opposite, that it is atheism that is in decline. I have not read …

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