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Humanism a religion?

jon_the_d - 18 September 2010 18 Comments

I was taking part in a survey for YouGov, a professional pollster here in the UK, and one of the questions confused me. The questions was a "Which religion would you descirbe yourself as?"...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, MORALITY, RELIGION

Pope Scaremongering about Secularism...even more

jon_the_d - 18 September 2010 42 Comments

The pope has made one of his major subjects of this visit to the UK "the dangers of secularism". Apart from calling us all nazis and hinting at the atrocities that will befall us all if we pursue...

TAGGED: --, ATHEISM, POPE, RELIGION, SECULARISM

The "Atheist" fallacy (one god more than you)

jon_the_d - 17 September 2010 165 Comments

I've seen this argument several times, in several forms, usually posted as a witty, supposed argument winner. However, it's not right. It doesn't make sense. Here's how it goes: An atheist...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, DEBATE POINTS, RELIGION

Humanist traditions

jon_the_d - 26 August 2010 85 Comments

Many people comment that by being non-religious we are opting out of certain major events and ceremonies and traditions. Events which could have been really unforgettable experiences and cherished...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, BEHAVIOR

"But who created God?" and other infinite regressions...

jon_the_d - 26 July 2010 23 Comments

I have heard Richard Dawkins say that postulating that the universe was created by God only leads to more questions, namely, "But who created God?" This then leads to an infinite regression where...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, CREATIONISM, PHILOSOPHY, PHYSICS

Tackling religious closed-mindedness - Descending Mount Irrational.

jon_the_d - 07 July 2010 31 Comments

In another thread on here people were discussing how to get creationists to realize evolution was true, or to at least look into the evidence. Things were suggested such as books and you tube...

TAGGED: ACCOMMODATIONISM, ATHEISM, CREATIONISM, CRITICAL THINKING, EVOLUTION, IRRATIONALITY, REASON, RELIGION

UK Hospital support group asked not to refer to

jon_the_d - 23 June 2010 17 Comments

in the UK a hospital support group for parents of stillborn babies has been instructed by the NHS trust not to use the term 'Angel Baby' in its literature for fear it may offend. article here ...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, POLITICS, RELIGION

Reconciling Religion with a Secular Society.

jon_the_d - 21 June 2010 12 Comments

Many people would agree that religious indoctrination of the young is a bad thing. Many people would rather children be presented with all the different ideas and be taught to think rationally and...

TAGGED: ABUSE, ATHEISM, CHILDREN, CRITICAL THINKING, EDUCATION, RELIGION