Changing your mind about Sam Harris and “New Atheists”

I’ve often been astonished at the manner in which Sam Harris is demonised. Various claims abound about him being Islamophobic, racist, a bigot, etc… and yet when you dig into what he is supposed to have said, it often turns out to be a rather stark contrast to what is actually being said. To give … Read more Changing your mind about Sam Harris and “New Atheists”

The scope of atheism does not include cosmology

A rather common claim that often pops up is the assertion that atheists believe that something came from nothing. Here is a specific example within the Christian Post … It seems atheists would much rather believe that something came from nothing, than to believe that Someone has always existed. Of course both beliefs are a matter … Read more The scope of atheism does not include cosmology

Claim: Atheism is a faith

The right-wing intellectual David Horowitz, previously a left-wing intellectual who changed his mind in the mid 80s, makes a rather strange religious claim … Atheists are closed to faith. Or to put it more accurately, atheists are devotees of a faith that God does not exist. The atheist faith fosters contempt for religious belief and denies … Read more Claim: Atheism is a faith

Daft Claim: Atheism will decline (prepare to be amused)

So an article on News24 caught my eye that claims that it is inevitable that Atheism will decline. Now when faced with such articles I do wonder if the author is serious, or if he is simply trolling for a reaction – in this instance, I truly do think that he is serious. So let’s take a look … Read more Daft Claim: Atheism will decline (prepare to be amused)

The Quote Mining of Sam Harris

If you have ever debated a Creationist then the concept of Quote Mining will be familiar. This is where a specific quote is lifted out of its original context and then presented in isolation in order to verify the quote miner’s view. For example, Darwin wrote the following in the Origin of the species … To suppose … Read more The Quote Mining of Sam Harris

Science, Atheism & the Joyful Life — by Sean Faircloth

In a FB group that I hang out in, somebody posted this quote and I confess I really like it … I added a comment in which I made the observation that “Sean is a truly fascinating guy to listen to … he really connects with his audience.”, and the basis for that observation was … Read more Science, Atheism & the Joyful Life — by Sean Faircloth