Champions of inequality

How we treat one another matters. You probably know this intellectually. But you can really feel the truth of this statement deep in your gut if you’ve ever suffered the agony of rejection or if you have ever suffered the…

Pascal’s Wager

Blaise Pascal was a seventeenth century polymath, a master of French prose, who contributed to the advance of physics (especially hydraulics), laid the foundations for the modern theory of probability, discovered that air gets thinner as we ascend from Earth’s…

Children’s right to education

Teachers in public school classrooms sometimes recite a Christian prayer or voice explicitly religious sentiments. Public school teachers aren’t supposed to do this. It violates the separation of church and state. But some teachers nonetheless view it as their religious…

Contingency Argument

The theologian William Lane Craig presents a version of Wilhelm Leibniz’s contingency argument[i] as follows: Anything that exists has an explanation of its existence, either in the necessity of its own nature or in an external cause. If the universe…

Transcendental argument

The transcendental argument holds that logical absolutes prove God’s existence.[1] A logical absolute is an axiom of classical logic. One example of a logical absolute is the law of identity, which dictates that something is what it is and isn’t…

Deputy dimwit

Religion is the most striking mental malfunction of our species. But there are mental malfunctions that don’t lead to or from religion. Sometimes people just refuse to think—nothing to do with religion. Consider, as a case in point, the following…