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Mocking Religion

What is the difference between criticizing religious ideas and mocking religion? It is not possible for an atheist to mock God, or for anyone to insult a religion. To an atheist, “God” is only a concept held by followers of a particular … Continue reading

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The Right to Offend

On January 12, Maajid Nawaz tweeted an image of a cartoon that he said need not offend anyone. The events that are still unfolding from that innocuous act deserve attention, and I can’t phrase it any better than did Kenan Malik: … Continue reading

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Evangelizing, as a Hypothetical Christian

I think Christians generally do an inadequate job of evangelizing. I did poorly when I was an evangelical. That’s partly because Christian mythology is incoherent and confusing. If I believed in the Christian god now, and were trying to win … Continue reading

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Religion versus Science

In the controversy on whether religion and science are compatible, it’s easy: Science is about real stuff and things that actually happen. Religion is about other stuff. No conflict at all. Religion versus science, pfffft! Next problem. Source for image: Think … Continue reading

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It suddenly occurs to me that religious groups that persuade their members to stay loyal by threatening them with hellfire for questioning doctrine are very similar to child molesters who persuade their victims to keep quiet by threatening them with bodily … Continue reading

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The Fundamentals

Just a short note after that long conversation with an anti-gay Christian fundamentalist: I try to follow the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. I am in no way a fundamentalist. In fact, I would say that I reject all the … Continue reading

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