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Martin A. Moe, Jr commented on Martin A. Moe, Jr's blog post Is it moral to use reason to deny the existence of God?
"Thanks for the complement, Tom. I try to think and write with the tool of reason. I'm not sure I would do that well in formal debate, I tend to think more slowly these days, and I don't do that well in debate with my wife, even after 55…"
Jan 17
tom sarbeck commented on Martin A. Moe, Jr's blog post Is it moral to use reason to deny the existence of God?
"Martin, your opening post and your two answering posts tell me you have a better grasp on morality than I do. I would not want to meet you in debate. "
Jan 16
Martin A. Moe, Jr commented on Martin A. Moe, Jr's blog post Is it moral to use reason to deny the existence of God?
"Asa, your comments are good and insightful. While it is true that religion in general holds that not being an adherent to the particular religion that is considered as “the true religion” is immoral, that view is a result of the…"
Jan 14
Asa Watcher commented on Martin A. Moe, Jr's blog post Is it moral to use reason to deny the existence of God?
"I think we can dispense with the idea of morality as a function of religion because religion holds that simply not being religious, or a “believer”, is immoral.  That’s why most atheists are essentially humanists when it comes…"
Jan 12
Martin A. Moe, Jr commented on Martin A. Moe, Jr's blog post Is it moral to use reason to deny the existence of God?
"In my opinion, Michael, morality is a codification of human behavior that is found in one form or another in all human cultures. It is sometimes simple with just an unwritten understanding of acceptable behavior in small family groups and sometimes…"
Jan 12
Michael Penn commented on Martin A. Moe, Jr's blog post Is it moral to use reason to deny the existence of God?
"Morality is defined by culture and not religion. This is a fact plain and simple, and a demonstrable fact as well. As for Martin Luther, he was one of the biggest liars on the planet. He believed that lying was OK if it furthered belief in god in…"
Jan 12
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Is it moral to use reason to deny the existence of God?

Is it moral to use reason to deny the existence of God? The answer is, unequivocally, It depends on . which version of absolute morality is subscribed to if morality is defined by culture rather than religion. In my opinion, the answer is no; that it is absurd to deny the application of pure reason in the quest for knowledge on any subject. Dependence upon faith as a moral requirement to provide supernatural enlightenment rather than pure reason to gain knowledge and solve problems is a pathway…See More
Jan 11
JP Carey liked Martin A. Moe, Jr's blog post Is Religion the Offspring of Evolution?
Jan 1
Freethinker31 commented on Martin A. Moe, Jr's blog post Is Religion the Offspring of Evolution?
"That is a very entertaining  story  ,DD, thanks  for sharing......"
Dec 29, 2014
Dyslexic's DOG commented on Martin A. Moe, Jr's blog post Is Religion the Offspring of Evolution?
"Yes Freethinker, seeing shapes in clouds is the same as seeing ghosts in dust. My old house had a massive gap in the corner of the dining area, the idiots who built it, did not join the corner properly and every now and then a cloud of dust will…"
Dec 29, 2014
Michael Penn commented on Martin A. Moe, Jr's blog post Is Religion the Offspring of Evolution?
"Yes, those images we see are just like the traditional image renditions that were handed down to us but only guessed at. WTF? My vision of the Virgin Mary is that illuminated pile of dust that comes into my room and acts surprised that I don't…"
Dec 29, 2014
Freethinker31 commented on Martin A. Moe, Jr's blog post Is Religion the Offspring of Evolution?
"When I was a child, one of my favorite  things to do was to lay on the ground face up and stare at the white  puffy  cumulus clouds  and  try to discern what  shapes they were  forming...It was amazing how many…"
Dec 29, 2014
Michael Penn commented on Martin A. Moe, Jr's blog post Is Religion the Offspring of Evolution?
"We have a natural need to know the questions that nobody can answer. We are born atheist and then somebody starts lying to us. We have questions of "who am I, why am I here, and who are all these others?" Once the liars get us and explain…"
Dec 29, 2014
Joan Denoo commented on Martin A. Moe, Jr's blog post Is Religion the Offspring of Evolution?
"Well, first of all, which god would you ask? Would you ask Horus, born of a virgin in Egypt who was worshipped three thousand years before Jesus? Would you ask Aramazd, creator-god and source of the Earth's…"
Dec 29, 2014
Dyslexic's DOG commented on Martin A. Moe, Jr's blog post Is Religion the Offspring of Evolution?
"We and in fact most mammals evolved the ability to pick shapes of predators through thickets and in grass, it is this pattern recognition that allows us to see animals in cloud formations and rabbits on the moon.  It is also this survival…"
Dec 29, 2014
Freethinker31 commented on Martin A. Moe, Jr's blog post Is Religion the Offspring of Evolution?
"Martin.....If  I misinterpreted  what you were  trying  to say, I truly  apologize.....I was just  reacting  to what I was reading...."
Dec 28, 2014

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Retired marine biologist but still very active, author of scientific papers, articles, and books

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Is it moral to use reason to deny the existence of God?

Posted on January 11, 2015 at 2:44pm 6 Comments

Is it moral to use reason to deny the existence of God? The answer is, unequivocally, It depends on . which version of absolute morality is subscribed to if morality is defined by culture rather than religion. In my opinion, the answer is no; that it is absurd to deny the application of pure reason in the quest for knowledge on any subject. Dependence upon faith as a moral requirement to provide supernatural enlightenment rather than pure reason to gain knowledge and solve problems is a…

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Is Religion the Offspring of Evolution?

Posted on December 27, 2014 at 9:51am 11 Comments

There are three biological events in the life of every individual plant and animal of almost every species of life on Earth, including Homo sapiens, that are the foundation of ecology and evolution. And in the human species, these three events also drive religion, and religion drives much of our behavior and hence our cultures. These events are birth, reproduction, and death. The birth of a new genetically unique individual is a result of reproductive biology, and with very few exceptions,…

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Genesis, what if?

Posted on August 8, 2014 at 1:51pm 2 Comments

Genesis, what if?

I’m not sure where to put this, or even if I should. But I’ll put it here in the hopes that some will find it of interest.

 

Dear God,

I’m sure you know that over my 76 years I’ve never heard from you. Not a peep, not even an hallucinatory “Your OK, little Skippy, no polyps.” as I was coming out of the anesthesia after a colonoscopy. But, I’ve thought about you with great wonderment. I want to ask you something and I thought that this web site…

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Is the perception that non-theism is negative correct?

Posted on August 2, 2014 at 11:43am 7 Comments

Of course, the concept that theism is positive, and non-theism is negative is two edged sword. If one is convinced that a supernatural entity or entities that dwell in a supernatural world created humanity for the purpose of developing a sentient creature that can understand the creators “power and majesty” and that will worship it/them to their death for the promise of eternal life; then, of course, theism is very positive and non-theism is so negative as to deserve (in some…

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At 10:54am on August 13, 2014, Steph S. said…

Greetings! Welcome to the site!

At 7:42am on August 3, 2014, Randall Smith said…

Hi Martin. I hear you--both on learning to navigate this site and on your dismissal of religion and leanings toward science. About the same time (actually 1954), when I was 11, I saw Saturn through a telescope and it blew me away. Leonardo da Vinci became my idol. Eventually, I became a science teacher which gave me a grand opportunity to impress the subject on young minds and indirectly diminish religion. I had to walk a fine line there!

Anyway, continue to explore the site and jump in any time.

Randy

At 7:13am on July 28, 2014, Randall Smith said…

Welcome to A.N. Your profile sounds impressive. I'm sure you'll enjoy this site.

At 2:14pm on July 27, 2014, Dr. Terence Meaden said…

Greetings Martin   

It is good to have you with us.  You are a welcome scientist. Welcome to this cheerful friendly Internet community of rationality and peace, common sense and freethinking evidence-based wisdom.    

We invite you to join the busy group "ORIGINS: Universe, Astronomy, Life, Earth, Humans, Religion, Gods, Atheism, Evolution, Darwin..." with 950  discussion topics and 4100 members.  http://www.atheistnexus.org/group/originsuniverselifehumankindanddarwin

There are 1100 groups in Atheist Nexus.  Do go visiting.

Terry

 
 
 

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