Of Ants and Algebra

Did the natural realm have a cause? It would seem that the answer must be either yes or no. Let’s consider first the implications if the answer is no. In other words, what would it mean to say that the…

Happiness

Last night I had the pleasure of attending a meeting of Charlotte Freethinking Atheists. The main topic of our group discussion was not directly related to atheism. The topic was, instead, happiness. As I listened to the discussion, I formulated…

God as Purpose or Cause

Educated Christians honor what they perceive as the prop­er role of science by not asking science to vali­date their reli­gious dogmas. Instead, they defend their beliefs, or at least their intellectual right to hold their beliefs, by in­sisting that religion…

Consensus Argument

When a majority of people arrive at a rough consensus, whether about the existence of God or any other topic, we should grant their perspective due considera­tion. That’s just common sense. Unfortunately, that com­monsense dictum has a cancer­ous mutant form…

Quranic Inerrancy

Muslims, no less than Christians, fancy that their holy book is inerrant. Dr. Zakir Naik, a Salafist (conservative) Sunni Muslim scholar, declares that the Quran is a perfect source of knowledge and that it is wrong to try to critique…