Atheism · Religion

The Last Superstition: Hedonism Killed Aquinas

Chapter 5: Descent of the Modernists This chapter deals with modern philosophers, i.e., René Descartes and later. The first part of it is pretty much philosophical inside baseball, of little interest to those who care less about how ideas have been developed than about which conclusions were eventually reached. I’ll only point out one passage… Continue reading The Last Superstition: Hedonism Killed Aquinas

Atheism · News · Religion

BillDo Doesn’t Like Blasphemy Day

PZ has already pointed out BillDo’s bit of anticipatory apoplexy over Blasphemy Day. But I want to draw attention to a specific bit of BillDo’s hypocrisy: The Center for Inquiry is factually incorrect to say that “Free speech is the foundation on which other liberties rest.” Freedom of conscience is the first liberty, and it… Continue reading BillDo Doesn’t Like Blasphemy Day

Religion

Freedom Of Religion and Freedom From Religion

This particularly hateful letter, published in the Kenai, AK Peninsula Clarion (registration required; see also here), promulgates a popular misconception: The United States is based on having freedom of religion, speech, etc., which means you can believe in God any way you want (Baptist, Catholic, Methodist, etc.), but you must believe. Let’s consider a scenario:… Continue reading Freedom Of Religion and Freedom From Religion