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Awful Objections to Anti-Theism…


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Date: June 04, 2018

01) Awful Objections to Anti-Theism


“Anti-theism gets a bad rap from both atheists and the religious alike. With public figures like Jordan Peterson around, and droves of secular youtubers who go easy on religion, I think it’s worth discussing what anti-theism is, and what it isn’t. If only Hitchens was still around, public perception of anti-theism may be different.”

Almost threw this post straight into the trash, after encountering the negative “pedophile” comment…

It’s the sort of thing I’ve talked about in the past…

…In the atheist community, “pedophilia” is a rather typical talking point…always used in a manner to slight and demean the target.

…It’s a cheap, bigoted, hysterical tactic…which exposes a gross shortcoming within the atheist community.

Way too often…I find myself listening to some type of atheist media, thinking “this is really good”…and simultaneously putting together the post…when deep, or late, into the production…somebody slides in a nasty, snarky comment about “pedophiles”…

…A few times, I’ve posted the media…without having had the chance to get to the end [which I might do, a day or two later]…just to find out there is this sort of “middle finger” included in the media, for no good or intelligent reason.

…Why the hell do so many atheists have to be hell bent, on this ignorance?

Pedophile phobia is damn near cliché, in the atheist community.

You can barely watch any atheist media, without anticipating at least one swipe at “pedophiles”.

…I’m not just tired of hearing it…

…I’m tired of always feeling like I’m obliged to comment, on just what a brain dead, a-hole thing that was to do [on the part of self proclaimed “intelligent, fair minded truth seekers”, at that].

This colossal thing aside…these are really good videos.


5 More Awful Objections to Anti-Theism:

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Prager – the Left, Right and Wrong…


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Date: May 25, 2018

01) Prager – the Left, Right and Wrong


“Dennis Prager demonizes the left, showing how little he understands about science, politics or religion. No wonder he’s a creationist.
Here are a number of quizzes to help you figure out where you are on the political compass. The most in-depth is this one.

https://www.isidewith.com/political-quiz

You can and should increase that depth wherever you can expand or extend it. That will make your results much more precise. There are also similar quizzes here:

https://www.politicalcompass.org/test/

http://www.playbuzz.com/felixstablum10/the-definitive-political-orientation-test

http://www.gotoquiz.com/politics/political-spectrum-quiz.html

https://www.proprofs.com/quiz-school/story.php?title=what-is-your-political-ideology_1

Although this last one has the compass literally upside-down and backwards: They have Authoritarianism on bottom and the left is shown on the right. Don’t ask me why. None of these however will tell you whether you’re a Democrat or Republican. For that, I guess you’ll just have to decide which one you think represents whatever you want to get furthest away from or don’t want to be associated with.

Here is the link to my classroom supplement video on abiogenesis.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdozVq81gog

Here are the referenced videos where I deal with Dennis Prager.

The Damn Commandments

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8u3z69YpLx0

Theism is Not Rational

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvg3mRZXut4

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The Earthbound Parent: Raising Kids Without Religion…


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Date: May 22, 2018

01) The Earthbound Parent: Raising Kids Without Religion


“This broadcast addresses secular parenting, education VS indoctrination, and features a conversation with author Richard A. Conn Jr. about his book, “The Earthbound Parent: How (and Why) to Raise your Little Angels without Religion.”

More links:
David G. McAfee:
https://davidgmcafee.wordpress.com
Couple of Atheists:
https://coupleofatheists.com/category/secular-parenting/
Tiny Thinkers books:
http://tinythinkersbooks.com
Parenting Beyond Belief:
https://parentingbeyondbelief.com
Camp Quest:
http://www.campquest.org

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Science & Religion are NOT Compatible – Jerry Coyne…


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Date: May 18, 2018

01) Science & Religion are NOT Compatible – Jerry Coyne


“Jerry Coyne lecture at ImagineNoReligion4 2014 Kamloops, British Columbia

Jerry Coyne, a professor of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago and author of the seminal book, Why Evolution is True, is one of the world’s most eloquent defenders of evolutionary science in the face of legal, religious, and cultural opposition. In this talk, Coyne explored the multifarious evidence for evolution, why Americans are so resistant to accepting the theory, and what can be done to make the country more evolution-friendly.

Credits:
http://centreforinquiry.ca/imagine-no-religion-4/ – Imagine no Religion 4 & whyevolutionistrue.com”

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Daniel Dennett – A Thought Experiment on Religion…


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Date: May 16, 2018

01) Daniel Dennett – A Thought Experiment on Religion


“Daniel Dennett’s talk at ImagineNoReligion3 2013 Kamloops, British Columbia

Daniel C. Dennett, the author of Breaking the Spell (Viking, 2006), Freedom Evolves (Viking Penguin, 2003) and Darwin’s Dangerous Idea (Simon &Schuster, 1995), is University Professor and Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy, and Co-Director of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University. He lives with his wife in North Andover, Massachusetts, and has a daughter, a son, and three grandchildren. He was born in Boston in 1942, the son of a historian by the same name, and received his B.A. in philosophy from Harvard in 1963. He then went to Oxford to work with Gilbert Ryle, under whose supervision he completed the D.Phil. in philosophy in 1965. He taught at U.C. Irvine from 1965 to 1971, when he moved to Tufts, where he has taught ever since, aside from periods visiting at Harvard, Pittsburgh, Oxford, and the École Normale Supérieure in Paris.

His first book, Content and Consciousness, appeared in 1969, followed by Brainstorms (1978), Elbow Room (1984), The Intentional Stance (1987), Consciousness Explained (1991), Darwin’s Dangerous Idea (1995), Kinds of Minds (1996), and Brainchildren: A Collection of Essays 1984-1996 (MIT Press and Penguin, 1998). Sweet Dreams: Philosophical Obstacles to a Science of Consciousness, was published in 2005 by MIT Press. He co-edited The Mind’s I with Douglas Hofstadter in 1981. He is the author of over three hundred scholarly articles on various aspects on the mind, published in journals ranging from Artificial Intelligence and Behavioral and Brain Sciences to Poetics Today and the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism.

He gave the John Locke Lectures at Oxford in 1983, the Gavin David Young Lectures at Adelaide, Australia, in 1985, and the Tanner Lecture at Michigan in 1986, among many others. He has received two Guggenheim Fellowships, a Fulbright Fellowship, and a Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Studies in Behavioral Science. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1987.

He was the Co-founder (in 1985) and Co-director of the Curricular Software Studio at Tufts, and has helped to design museum exhibits on computers for the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum of Science in Boston, and the Computer Museum in Boston.

Citation:
http://www.inr3.com/

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Richard Carrier – The Importance of Philosophical Thinking…


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Date: May 15, 2018

01) Richard Carrier – The Importance of Philosophical Thinking


“This lecture took place on April 2017 at the Birmingham Temple, Farmington Hills, Michigan.

Honing our philosophical skills is important. We need them for building a coherent, evidence-based worldview to guide and center us, and that we can allow to change as we learn or realize new things. What skills do we need? How can we develop them? What should we do with them? Dr. Carrier outlines the basics with entertaining examples.

Richard Carrier, Ph.D., is an historian, atheist activist, author, public speaker, and blogger, and the author of “Sense and Goodness without God.” Dr. Carrier’s presentation is made possible by the generous co-sponsorship of Michigan Atheists and the Humanists of Southeast Michigan.

Credits: LibrarySHJ.com”

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Chris Hedges: What Can Atheists Learn from Religion? Interview with Alain de Botton (2012)…


Date: May 08, 2018

01) Chris Hedges: What Can Atheists Learn from Religion? Interview with Alain de Botton (2012)


“The degree to which one can be considered an atheist while simultaneously being an adherent of a sect of a traditionally monotheistic, polytheistic, or non-theistic religion is the subject of ongoing theological debate. About the book [Religion for Atheists: A Non-believer’s Guide to the Uses of Religion]: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0307476820

Some people with what would be considered religious or spiritual beliefs call themselves atheists; others argue that this is a contradiction in terms.

Christianity, as a theistic and proselytizing religion, tends to view atheism as heresy. According to the Book of Psalms 14:1, “The fool hath said in his heart,1 there is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.” However, high rates of atheism have been found among self-identified Christians in the United States. For example, 10% of self-identified Protestants and 21% of self-identified Roman Catholics were found to be atheists in a HarrisInteractive survey from 2003.
There is no single Christian approach toward atheism. The approach taken varies between Christian denominations, and Christian ministers may intelligently distinguish an individual’s claims of atheism from other nominal states of personal perspective, such as plain disbelief, an adherence to science, a misunderstanding of the nature of religious belief, or a disdain for organized religion in general.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church makes this explicit. While it identifies atheism as a violation of the First Commandment, calling it “a sin against the virtue of religion”, it is careful to acknowledge that atheism may be motivated by virtuous or moral considerations, and admonishes the followers of Roman Catholicism to focus on their own role in encouraging atheism by their religious or moral shortcomings:
(2125) […] The imputability of this offense can be significantly diminished in virtue of the intentions and the circumstances. “Believers can have more than a little to do with the rise of atheism. To the extent that they are careless about their instruction in the faith, or present its teaching falsely, or even fail in their religious, moral, or social life, they must be said to conceal rather than to reveal the true nature of God and of religion.”[20]
A famous idiosyncratic atheist belief is that of Thomas J. J. Altizer. His book The Gospel of Christian Atheism (1967) proclaims the highly unusual view that God has literally died, or self-annihilated. According to Altizer, this is nevertheless “a Christian confession of faith”. Making clear the difference between his position and that of both Nietzsche’s notion of the death of God and the stance of theological non-realists, Altizer says, “To confess the death of God is to speak of an actual and real event, not perhaps an event occurring in a single moment of time or history, but notwithstanding this reservation an event that has actually happened both in a cosmic and in a historical sense.”
Many would dispute whether this is an atheist position at all, as belief in a dead God implies that God once existed and was alive. Atheism typically entails a lack of belief that any gods ever existed, as opposed to not existing currently.
A 2001 survey by “Faith Communities Today” found that 18% of Unitarian Universalists (UU) consider themselves to be atheists, with 54% considering themselves humanist. For comparison, 16% of UUs consider themselves Buddhist, 13% Christian, and 13% Pagan, according to this study.

Citation:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atheism_and_religion

The Great God Debate – Dan Barker & Richard Carrier…


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Date: May 04, 2018

01) The Great God Debate – Dan Barker & Richard Carrier


“Recorded: May 8, 2004 – Holiday Inn Dearborn, Michigan.

Daniel Edwin “Dan” Barker (born June 25, 1949) is an American atheist activist who served as a Christian preacher and musician for 19 years but left Christianity in 1984. Barker, along with his wife Annie Laurie Gaylor, is the current co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. He has written numerous articles for Freethought Today, an American freethought newspaper. He is the author of several books including Losing Faith in Faith: From Preacher to Atheist.

Richard Cevantis Carrier (born December 1, 1969) is an American historian, atheist activist, author, public speaker and blogger.
Carrier has a doctorate in ancient history from Columbia University where his thesis was on the history of science in antiquity. He originally gained prominence as an advocate of atheism and metaphysical naturalism, authoring many articles on The Secular Web and later defending his basic position in his book Sense and Goodness Without God.”

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