Category Archive: Religion

Nov 18

Bad Arguments: Magical Thinking

Today I’m going to talk about a bad argument that doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with god claims, Magical Thinking. This type of faulty belief is the basis of all sorts of things from astrology, to ghost whisperers, and does, of course, include religion.

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Aug 12

The Gay Agenda vs My Idiot Parents

This story is a few years old, but I was thinking about it the other day. My parents are fundamentalist Catholics. Think Glenn Beck, with less reasoning skills. They decided to remove my little brother from the Boy Scouts because “the gays were attacking”. Now that quote came from my brother who was like 12 …

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Jun 15

Biography: Grigori Rasputin

It’s time for another biography. Today it’s the Siberian Swindler, Grigori Rasputin. Rasputin is primarily known for two things: His seeming ability to control the Russian Czar, and one of the most odd, confusing, unreliable deaths in modern history.

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Mar 26

Phil Robertson: Everything Wrong With Religion in a Nut(job)shell

NOTE: This is my longest rant. So far. And I’ve been doing this site for five years. Just wanted to warn you. – Chris Last time Phil Robertson, host of Duck Dynasty, said something stupid, I didn’t say much. I might have said something on Facebook along the lines of “He’s a dude who looks …

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Feb 12

Chapel Hill: Violence, Parking, and Religion

If you’ve paid attention to the news in the last few days, you’ve no doubt heard of the murder of three people in one of the Carolinas. For the rest of you, I’ll catch you up. On Tuesday, February 10th, Craig Stephen Hicks (because of course his last name is Hicks) allegedly shot three students …

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Nov 25

Bad Arguments: The Bible is the Word of God

While Pascal’s Wager is the most idiotic argument, and Personal Incredulity is the most pervasive, this is the most frustrating to me. It’s frustrating to me, because most of the people who use it, (the Christians who were raised to believe the Bible is the Word of God) are incapable of understanding why I question it. …

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Sep 15

Reclaiming “Islamophobia”

Islamophobia is a buzzword that has been around since the 1920s, but has recently become a common term used to decry any criticism of Islam. The suffix “phobia” means “fear”. Am I afraid of Islam?

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Jul 08

Intro to Religion

With ISIS and the ongoing fighting in the Middle East, I thought it would be interesting to explore the religious side of the topic. There are many contributing factors, so I’m not saying religion is the only cause, but it is part of it. Let’s start with some basics.

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Apr 30

MiniRant: God’s Forgiveness

I find the very concept of “God’s forgiveness” utterly repulsive. Let’s assume for the moment that a god exists. Let’s also assume that you have the correct god. We all do bad things, occasionally. Sometimes these bad things hurt others. The people from whom we should seek forgiveness are those we’ve hurt. Why does this god …

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Apr 17

The Epicurean Paradox

I recently pointed out that it’s not my job as an atheist to disprove the existence of gods. While this is true, it is a fun mental exercise. My favorite is the Epicurean Paradox. First, let’s examine the claim of a god’s existence. Most theologies attribute God with three traits. He is omnipotent (all powerful), omniscient …

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