Life Driven Purpose, pgs 122-123
Aug 2, 2016 · 21 

“Fundamentalists need truth to be absolute. They are extremely uncomfortable with uncertainty or estimates of truth. They think truth is an object. Jesus said, “I am the truth.” But a person cannot be the truth. Truth is not a thing. Truth is simply a measure of how well a statement matches reality. The only thing …

Coming Out Atheist, pgs 237-238
Jul 26, 2016 · 45 

Caught in the Pulpit, pg 70
Jul 18, 2016 · 9 

“There is a systemic problem that all religions face, no matter which policy they adopt: Somebody has to monitor the external world to decide what to let in and what to censor (if possible). Moreover, some of what gets in needs to be detoxified somehow, and doing this means that somebody has to attend carefully …

The Necessity of Secularism, pg 105
Jul 12, 2016 · 36 

“Facts by themselves do not entail moral judgments, but if we look upon morality as a set of practices that provide solutions to certain problems, for example, violence among members of the community, then we can see how facts are relevant to moral judgments. Part of the solution to violence among members of the community …

Coming Out Atheist, pg 148
Jul 5, 2016 · 2 

“Your workplace may have policies about how they want their company image to be presented by employees when they’re on the job – policies that might include not bringing controversial topics. And I don’t actually think that’s unreasonable. Just make sure the policy is being applied fairly – to believers as well as atheists. (That …

Life Driven Purpose, pg 137
Jun 28, 2016 · 7 

One way to show why Bertrand Russell thought the ontological argument was bad grammar is to point out its reductio ad absurdum when applied to something other than God. Anselm’s eleventh-century version of the ontological argument went something like this: 1. God is a being than which no greater being can be conceived. 2. If …

The Necessity of Secularism, pgs 42-43
Jun 21, 2016 · 28 

Not unexpectedly, Christian nation advocates emphasize letters or other writings that suggest Madison was a Christian. But their emphasis on Madison’s religiosity, just like the reliance they place on the religious beliefs of Madison’s contemporaries, exposes the key fallacy of the Christian nation thesis, which is that being a Christian somehow commits one to the …

Caught In The Pulpit, pg 129
Jun 14, 2016 · 10 

Until recently, mainline liberal churches – for instance, the United Methodist, Presbyterian, Episcopalian, and United Church of Christ – were the dominant religious force in American society, and as such, they didn’t have to explain much of anything to anyone in order to command respect. Obfuscation, rationalization, denial, worked just fine and served to protect …

Coming Out Atheist, pg 29
Jun 8, 2016 · 4 

Life Driven Purpose, pg 21
May 31, 2016 · 15 

Coming Out Atheist pg 19
May 17, 2016 · 5 

“How else does coming out help other atheist? 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: …