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Spirituality for the Skeptic

What does it mean to be a spiritual person? According to some, spirituality is about identifying with certain otherworldly beliefs. Others consider it to indicate faith in a deity or in supernatural beings. Recently, in Waking Up, Sam Harris has suggested that religious traditions have too often imposed their restrictive ideas onto spirituality. A spiritual person is not necessarily a religious person, and may only be spiritual in the sense of having a particular disposition towards life, the world, and the universe.

Robert Solomon, who was Quincy Lee Centennial Professor of Business and Phil...

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Armchair Atheism, Ep. 1

Ep. 1 – What is Atheism? with Dan Barker

This inaugural episode briefly covers the intent of the show, a little info on its creator/producer, and features a nearly hour-long conversation with Dan Barker on the question, ‘what is atheism?’ Mr. Barker is a former preacher turned atheist activist who currently serves as co-president of the Freedom from Religion Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to upholding the separation of church and state and to educating the public on subjects related to unbelief. He has authored several books including Losing Faith in Faith, Godless, and The Good Atheist, and also runs his own weekly...

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Value and Virtue in a Godless Universe

Often times public tragedies in the United States are followed by warnings against godlessness.1 When people have no promise of divine justice and no faith in a good god, the argument goes, it’s no surprise that lives are lost, since life on a naturalistic worldview is without value. Conservative politicians are not the only ones who have been known to make such claims...

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Why are we here?

Why Are We Here?

Why are we communicating? I am typing these words for you to read and you are reading them. But why are we doing this?

We might say we are communicating to better understand each other, to pass the time, to learn different viewpoints, and so on. While the answer may not be entirely clear to us, we will likely have a general idea of why we engage in this sort of behavior. We are social creatures, we enjoy each other, we have an interest in these subjects… whatever the case, most of us would agree that these are all quite valid explanations for why two people would communicate.

Now imagine that...

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Finding hope in a godless world

Finding Hope in a Godless World

What hope can the atheist have? This question, often intended to be rhetorical, has long been a favorite of theists and apologists seeking to emphasize the importance of a life lived by faith. Christian apologist William Lane Craig lists it as one of three reasons for why the existence of god makes a difference. “If God does not exist,” he contends, “then we must ultimately live without hope. If there is no God, then there is ultimately no hope for deliverance from the shortcomings of our finite existence.”1 These shortcomings Craig identifies as evil, aging, disease, and death, and because t...

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