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One Year as an Atheist


It was last March that I became an “out” atheist, and the past year has been an interesting one. I’m a sucker for anniversaries, so indulge me in a few observations. The biggest surprise of my experience as an atheist … Continue reading

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and deliver us from palin


One Thing, Real Quick: Sarah Palin’s irrational beliefs are absurd. In this article (another version here), she tells James Dobson from Focus on the Patriarchy that “the election rests in God’s hands.” Dobson asked whether Palin was discouraged by polls … Continue reading

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What is Secular Humanism?


A recent comment on the blog asked an important question: What is Secular Humanism, and why do you adhere to it? One of our CFI-Pittsburgh members, Victor Benard, wrote an excellent essay about Secular Humanism, and I’m reprinting it here … Continue reading

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Logical Fallacy Thursday


Welcome back to Logical Fallacy Thursday: a brief look at inconsistent reasoning in moderate-to-well-known popular figures. This week, I’d like to examine a few quotes from David Ray Griffin, a leader in the 9/11 Truth Movement and author of two … Continue reading

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In God We Trust


I saw one of these in my neighborhood yesterday, and the plate frame prevented me from realizing it wasn’t a new kind of PA plate: Thank the gods it’s Indiana–so far. Does anyone have specific thoughts on these? I understand … Continue reading

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Illusory Pattern Perception


I recently came across this study from the October 3rd issue of the journal Science. It’s about how decreased control over life circumstances increases “Illusory Pattern Perception,” which is the tendency to see connections or meaningful relationships among random data … Continue reading

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We all know the Bible is true…


I’ve recently had a number of people tell me why I became an atheist. Most of the explanations hinge on the core assumption that I know in the back of my mind that God (presumably, the Christian god) is real, … Continue reading

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Logical Fallacy Thursday


Welcome back to Logical Fallacy Thursday. I’m going to look at one of the most common paragraphs in Christian apologetics this week. It’s from C. S. Lewis‘ Mere Christianity, and enough people find it convincing to ensure that I hear … Continue reading

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Logical Fallacy Thursday


If you’re reading this blog, chances are that your default position toward any claim is skepticism until evidence emerges to warrant belief–or at least that’s your ideal. Although skepticism is a cornerstone of critical thinking, I know that there are … Continue reading

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Morality Redux: Euthyphro


The ongoing discussion that I’ve been having (largely off the blog) about the recent entries on morality has prompted me to cover one last topic that I only mentioned in passing last time: the Euthyphro dilemma. This should be the … Continue reading

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