The Necessity of Secularism, pg 148
Feb 13, 2018 · 3 

“Can Civilization Survive Without god?” was the sensationalized title given by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life to a 2010 conversation/debate between Christopher Hitchens and his brother, Peter Hitchens. That the Pew Forum, a project of the nonpartisan and respected Pew Research Center, would hold a conversation on this topic is by itself …

Life Driven Purpose, pg 168
Jan 29, 2018 · 28 

“Why does life have to have a point? If there were a point, then whatever makes the point would itself need a point. If whatever makes the point has a point, then whatever makes that point would have no point in itself. And so on. Eventually, we have to come to a place where we …

The Necessity of Secularism, pg 35-36
Jan 17, 2018 · 1 

“The principal argument that has been advanced for the view that the First Amendment permits the government to deviate from is secular character and involve itself in religious matters, at least to the extent of supporting religion in general, is the so-called nonpreferentialist interpretation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. Pursuant to this …

Life Driven Purpose, pg 151
Jan 4, 2018 · 1 

“Even if the spirit does exist in some unknowable way – in spite of my impertinence in asking for a definition – what do believers mean when they say it is “outside” of nature? Exactly where is that? If a spirit is outside of nature, it still must be somewhere, in a region “beyond.” And …

Coming Out Atheist, pg 186
Dec 18, 2017 · 5 

“But if it’s someone else’s personal space, such as their Facebook page or twitter feed or blog, they have the right to not listen to you blather about atheism, just like you have the right to not listen to them blather about religion. In their own space, they have the right to tone-troll, to shut …

Life Driven Purpose, pg 118
Dec 4, 2017 · 47 

“I think “religious morality” is an oxymoron. Morality is morality, and qualifying it with the word “religious” does no strengthen it. It weakens it. (The same is true with the phrase “alternative medicine.” Medicine is medicine. Sometimes “alternative medicine” actually works, and when it does we call it “medicine.”) As I mentioned in the previous …

The Necessity of Secularism, 78-79
Nov 7, 2017 · 1 

How do moral norms serve these functions? In following moral norms we engage in behavior that enables these functions of morality to be fulfilled. When we obey norms like “don’t kill” and “don’t steal” we help ensure the security and stability of society. It really doesn’t take a genius to figure out why, but that …

Coming Out Atheist, pgs 237-8
Oct 24, 2017 · 6 

” And there are parts of the world where simply being an atheist and defying religion can result in your family beating you, personally imprisoning you, or worse – as atheist activist Amina discovered, when she posted a topless photo of herself with the slogan “”my body belongs to me, and is not the source …

The Necessity of Secularism, pgs 29-30
Oct 9, 2017 · 1 

“(John) Locke was a Christian and his arguments reflected the temper of his times: expressions of piety and references to the importance of salvation abound. But if one removes these elements, his arguments for toleration and keeping the state out of religious affairs could be made just as easily today. His key insight is recognizing …

Coming Out Atheist pg 19
Sep 26, 2017 · 10 

“How else does coming out help other atheists? Well, coming out changes people’s minds about us. You’re probably familiar with the misinformation and bigotry about atheists: that we have no morality, that we have no meaning or joy in our lives, etc. The single best way to counter these myths is simply to come out: …

Purpose Driven Life, pg 15-16
Sep 12, 2017 · 3 

“I do not speak for all atheists. The subtitle of this book is “How an Atheist Finds Meaning,” not “How All Atheists Find Meaning.” Each atheist is an individual, not part of a religion or creed. We do not agree with each other on all issues, nor should we. Atheism is simply the absence of …

Life Driven Purpose, pg 42
Jul 31, 2017 · 11 

By the way, Christians believe that when they get to heaven there will be no more struggle, pain, or sorrow. This means there will be no problems to solve during an eternity of praising the Master. Since purpose comes from solving problems, heaven will be Ultimate Purposelessness! Most believers think the mere material world can’t …