Category Religious

Why not Islam? 

Scrolling through my Facebook feed I came across an argument that at its heart, was about the burden of proof. A Christian argued that the Bible was the proof for his beliefs, which is nothing new obviously. It occurred to me though, in that moment, that if the revealed Word of God as contained in […]

Christianity as Reality or Philosophy

Not all conversations are worth having. While sharing our thoughts is basically the only way we have of connecting with each other, most of the encounters in our daily lives are banal and trivial, the exchange forgotten moments after conclusion. There are many weighty matters worthy of a robust discussion available to us, but one […]

A virgin shall conceive

Tomorrow marks the celebration of the birth of the Nazarene. Although his actual, historical entry into the world cannot be known, December 25th is as good as any other date. We don’t know the actual date because there are no historical records, no contemporary writing or archeological evidence to clue us in, and while this […]

Libertarianism Won’t Catch On

Libertarianism as a political philosophy, values liberty as its core principle. It believes in maximizing individual autonomy and freedom of choice. Like any other political philosophy, it exists on a spectrum from one extreme to another, but generally the modern Libertarian is socially liberal, i.e. supporting that people can do what they want to do […]

Ain’t Nobody Got to Get Saved

At a NC rally for Donald Trump, Pastor Mark Burns was asked to warm up the crowd for the headliner. The good Pastor did his best to pump up for the Trump, but he also took advantage of the opportunity to have a microphone and a captive audience to comment on one of the Democratic […]

There is no Heaven

I can make such a statement and claim it to be a valid, scientific assertion.  To avoid any word play or semantics, I can clarify my statement by defining the Heaven I’m referring to. For example, there is no Heaven as described by the Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. In other words, a […]

Making it up as you go Along

Dedicated readers will know that my primary objective when I write on the topic of religion is to argue, hopefully persuasively, that the underlying premise is untrue. I understand that people like the sense of belonging to a community, that the idea of a continued life of some kind after our physical death has some […]

Stick to the Faith

The Faithful do themselves a disservice whenever they try to logically and rationally support their beliefs. Even though they’ve had thousands of years to find evidence to support their extraordinary claims, they’ve failed, so instead they develop premises, arguments and even wagers to hang on to their beliefs, and more importantly, to hang on to […]

The Dynamic Duo of Trump and Carson on Religion

It defies logic and probability that all of America’s political leaders are people of faith, yet none espouse their lack of faith publicly, particularly those seeking the Republican nomination for the highest office in the land. I always enjoy the early campaigning in the political cycle because we get to see people mount an effort […]

The Mormons come calling

For several years at least, I have anticipated being visited by the traveling missionaries of the LDS. I mentally previewed how the conversations might go, and apparently overconfident in my imagination, I envisioned life-altering persuasive arguments that would shake the delusional from their indoctrinated beliefs and into the realm of the rational.  Today, the day […]