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The Dangers of Atheism

Started this discussion. Last reply by Madhukar Kulkarni Mar 22, 2013. 23 Replies

I ran a quick search for discussions on this topic and nothing came up, so I thought I'd make a thread on it to see what you guys think. The provocative title of this thread is identical to the title…Continue

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Agora and Hypatia: Separating Fact from Fiction

Started this discussion. Last reply by AgeOfAtheists14 Mar 26, 2013. 72 Replies

Alright, I know that this might be a bit of a serious topic to discuss around the "water cooler", but bear with me. I'm a bit of a history nut, and a big pet peeve of mine are the pseudo-historical…Continue

Atheist from Belgium

Started this discussion. Last reply by booklover Jan 1, 2012. 10 Replies

Hey what's up everybody ;)Just thought I'd stop by and say hi. I'm a 17-year-old (well, almost 18) atheist from Belgium. My name is Mathieu, but since you Americans have trouble with them French…Continue

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Matt VDB replied to Tezzie's discussion Did the gospel writers Matthew, Mark, Luke and John meet Jesus?
"It was more of a musing that when summarizing the modern view in two points, one of which is phrased poorly and the other of which is wrong, maybe you're not fully up to date on "the modern view" ;)"
Apr 23
Matt VDB replied to Tezzie's discussion Did the gospel writers Matthew, Mark, Luke and John meet Jesus?
"Errrrr, most "scientists" (historical scholars) would find that statement quite bizarre. It's a bit hard for the gospel writers to not be who "they say they are", when in fact nowhere in gospels do they actually say... who…"
Apr 22
Matt VDB replied to Tezzie's discussion Did the gospel writers Matthew, Mark, Luke and John meet Jesus?
"Daniel, If we're going to recommend people, I would recommend the work of non-Christian scholars who actually produce peer-reviewed work, like Geza Vermes, Paula Frederiksen, Joseph Hoffman, Bart Ehrman, Maurice Casey. There's no…"
Apr 22
Matt VDB commented on Dyslexic's DOG's blog post Debating Theists, A Bit Of Fun, Though I Would Appreciate Input, Brainstorming???!?
"Hey Dyslexic, Well sure, a discussion is always good, and often testing an idea in debate is a good way to figure out its flaws. I simply pointed out the flaws in the theory as I saw them. After all, stimulating thought is good, but stimulating it…"
Dec 23, 2013
Matt VDB commented on Dyslexic's DOG's blog post Debating Theists, A Bit Of Fun, Though I Would Appreciate Input, Brainstorming???!?
"I don't understand why you feel the need to make this central argument about theism being a transitional step. First of all, we have very little data on what the evolution of religion as a concept has actually been. Written language has only…"
Dec 20, 2013
Matt VDB replied to MB's discussion Dark Ages and science
"I don't dispute that. And I'll be one of the rationalist atheists who holds the feet of the non-rationalist atheists to the fire. Because I hold no allegiance with atheists; my allegiance is with reason. And I'm not going to get into…"
Aug 4, 2013
Matt VDB replied to MB's discussion Dark Ages and science
"Well, since we're overanalyzing... :)  I disagree that this is not (or should not be) a site for rationalists. As Sam Harris says, our issue with religion is for a reason: because the greater struggle is against dogmatism, against…"
Aug 4, 2013
Matt VDB replied to MB's discussion Dark Ages and science
"There's no need to take it personal. I also don't laugh at creationist jokes on evolution, because (i) things that are too misinformed just aren't funny and (ii) jokes that further propaganda in subtle ways are not nice. Graphs like…"
Aug 4, 2013
Matt VDB replied to MB's discussion Dark Ages and science
"I disagree that the graph is intended to be comedy. It is intended as a serious point, which is why it is shared ad nauseum on atheist fora and sites. Yet this particular point is so stupid that no references need to be supplied. For instance,…"
Aug 3, 2013
Matt VDB replied to MB's discussion Dark Ages and science
"The stupidest graph on the Internet. This whole site is now dumber because it was posted again."
Aug 3, 2013
Matt VDB replied to Thete.fi's discussion The Atheist New Testament
"I don't get the point of this. Is this supposed to be a historically accurate and realistic representation of the birth of Christianity, or just a rewriting of the Bible without all the magic? If it's the latter, that seems to be an…"
Aug 3, 2013
Matt VDB replied to James M. Martin's discussion Nietzsche: "Christianity is the Worst Catastrope To Befall Mankind"
"Hey Mathew, "At the very least, one party in the conversation will end up being completely honest, and I firmly believe that honesty is the only way to argue with someone lying to themselves." I really like this statement and will…"
Jun 12, 2013
Matt VDB replied to James M. Martin's discussion Nietzsche: "Christianity is the Worst Catastrope To Befall Mankind"
"Sorry Joan, but that sounds like a pretty harsh oversimplification. We can point fingers at various points in the past all we want, but any nuanced overview of the period also has to acknowledge that -myths of the Conflict Thesis notwithstanding-…"
Jun 11, 2013
Matt VDB replied to Mathew T.'s discussion A real Kalamity
"There's several problems with the Kalam Cosmological Argument, almost all of them associated with the fact that our language is horrendously inadequate to talk about metaphysics, and that it causes us to smuggle hidden assumptions into our…"
Jun 11, 2013
Matt VDB replied to eric stone's discussion fundamentalists are arguing that reason of the enlightenment led to the Holocaust
"Throughout the years I've found myself almost entirely incapable of agreeing with any article that wants to blame the Holocaust or communist atrocities on either "atheist philosophy" or "the Church". It seems that neither…"
May 11, 2013
Matt VDB replied to Mantiki Mjadili's discussion Do you have any unanswerable Biblical contradictions?
"Hi Michael, Precisely! I'm glad someone else making this point, as too many on this forum let their experience with creationist or literalist strains of Christianity inform their critiques to an unhealthy extent. We need quite a bit more of…"
May 11, 2013

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Correctly applying skepticism (in history)

Posted on January 26, 2012 at 7:30pm 1 Comment

I want to talk briefly about what it really means to be a skeptic. Skepticism can be variously defined, but it generally relates to the idea that information needs to be well supported by evidence to be believed. It seems characterised by an attitude that questions sources, checks facts, analyses data, and fields a healthy amount of incredulity with regards to nonsense.

In short, I think a skeptic is someone who comes to beliefs about reality through a process of rational inquiry into…

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Historical Myths and Atheism

Posted on January 11, 2012 at 5:30am 36 Comments

As most of you who know me have found out, I spend a fair amount of time on this site not just making friends and having conversations, but also have debates which usually center around history. I am not a professional historian, but I am pretty well-read on the subject and consider it one of my hobbies, so I usually find myself debating with people not very familiar with the issues.

What I've noticed is that many atheists are not as historically literate as they think (I've…

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At 5:55pm on March 18, 2012, Steph S. said…

I liked what you had to say! I sent you a friend request. Have a nice weekend!

At 9:00pm on January 7, 2012, Lorien said…

Watergate was a coverup. Yes conspiring does exist but the conspiracy theory rhetoric is a complete waste of time and never ends because they don't accept provided evidence proving there claims are wrong.

At 4:21pm on January 7, 2012, Lorien said…

I wonder if my double facepalm will be deleted again on that 9/11 blog. Some atheists just can't make the leap to being a skeptic. You can't be a real skeptic if you are not an atheist (non-believer) but you can be an atheist and believe in conspiracy and paranormal crap.

At 1:56am on December 31, 2011, Alice said…
At 7:30pm on May 15, 2011, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…
Greetings, Matt! I'd like to invite you to a group where we talk about anything on our minds, Hang With Friends. :D We'll have some interesting conversations. Maybe you can start one.
At 10:18am on October 3, 2010, Diana Agorio said…
Matt, I further defined "Mad Dog" and "Wild Boar" for you on Sigmund's blog post ''Did Jesus exist?' vs. 'Did God exist?''

I would appreciate a response. The reason I get a bit irritated with you is because you ask me question after question and once I have answered all your questions, you drop it. It would be nice if you could say: "I see your point" or "That makes sense" or something to that effect. Also, the story about the swine should be the easiest for someone not familiar with Babylonian mythology to recognize as an astrological tale. Can you see it?
At 5:35am on September 23, 2010, Rob van Senten said…
Hi Matt VDB,

Thanks, and you're welcome!
I hope that the discussion at the "Man Made God" blog from Richard Goscicki will not be completely derailed.
At 6:27am on September 21, 2010, Rob van Senten said…
Hi Matt VDB,

I just came by to tell you that I appreciate your input. A|N needs more people that actually check the facts before regurgitating them, thanks!
At 3:38pm on August 9, 2010, Mark R. Stevens said…
Not a problem here -I do understand that these are emotional issues and have had a lifetime of practice discussing them. I like to think that those of us independent thinkers are a cut above -if that's not being too pompous...

I appreciate the comment
At 1:26pm on June 9, 2010, nick altman said…
Thanks for the heads up. Quite a claim, his site at first glance seems to hint at a lot of woo and spiritualism. I hope he did not come here based on an appeal to our atheism to support his argument.
 
 
 

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