Contents tagged with Religion

  • That thing about contingency

    AquinasOne version of the cosmological argument relies, among other assumptions, on the following:

    Every contingent being has a cause.

    Leaving aside the necessity of defining what we mean by "cause", and of explaining how such an inductive statement could reasonably apply to a unique object such as the universe, I want to focus in this post on the concept of contingency.

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  • Metaphorical? But why?

    Dürer: the fall of manMost modern believers interpret their sacred texts as mostly metaphorical. Only the most hard-core fundamentalists maintain that Genesis for example is an accurate historical account of the origin of Humanity.

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  • Can God appear in a puff of logic?

    Saint AnselmLogic is a tricky thing. Any sound argument must rely on it, but it is easy to build seemingly sound and logical arguments that are still wrong or fail to apply to the real world. Fuzzy or wrong premises, shortcuts in reasoning, as well as plain fallacies such as circular reasoning, are easy to obfuscate, and apologists are kings at this game. It's what they do: take the conclusion they want to reach, and then build the rationalization for it. A prime example of this is the age-old ontological argument for the existence of God, that I will be looking at in details in this post.

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  • Left behind

    The RaptureThe date and time have come and gone and you are still here. As we are waiting for the rationalization from Harold Camping, it is time to ponder what this means for you. A few possibilities:

    • You are not a True Christian. You should probably enjoy life while you still can.
    • Rapture is postponed to another date. Redo Harold Camping's calculations and prepare new signs for whatever date you come up with.
    • The whole thing was the crazy ravings of a religious nut. What else could turn out to be a house of cards built on extremely bad premises without any regard for reality?

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    Tags: Bible, Religion

    Saturday, May 21, 2011 10:51:34 PM
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  • Rees, ethics, aesthetics and religion

    Sir Martin Rees said this right after receiving a huge pile of money from the Templeton Foundation:

    […]I think just as religion is separate from science, so is ethics separate from science. So is aesthetics separate from science. And so are many other things. There are lots of important things that are separate from science.

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  • Of taste and right

    Portrait of James MadisonWhen a Dutch cartoonist drew the prophet Muhammad, the world split between those who thought that was a serious crime that deserved death, and those who thought freedom of speech was more important than anybody’s susceptibility.

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  • What that guy believes

    Fig. 68Michael Egnor has now answered his own questions so we can now review his answers and discover in amazement how they make a lot more sense than what non-theists and scientists could come up with. Or not. His new post can be found here. My own answers to those same questions can be read here.

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