All Blog Posts Tagged 'ethics' (51)

Have I Lost My Mind? I Like an Evangelical!

When I hear the word evangelical, the hairs on the back of neck start to rise, my blood pressure starts to rise and a sea of anger begins to boil in my throat. However, there is one Evangelical Christian that I like and even admire even though I think his religion daily tries to make progress a…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on November 9, 2013 at 6:30pm — 35 Comments

A Letter_to_the_Editor regarding Ethics.

On April 19, I read a commentary in the Roanoke Times by Clonnie_Yearout; Yearout (gender unknown) was arguing for Creationism and against "Darwinism". I sent the following in reply. The Times printed at least two letters (by other people) replying to Yearout, but not this one.  



FROM: John B. Hodges

(contact info)

TO: Editor, letters page

I would like this considered for a COMMENTARY or OP-ED.



Greetings-



Clonnie Yearout's commentary ("A Tale of…

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Added by John B Hodges on May 4, 2013 at 4:23am — 1 Comment

Do Atheists Pose a Threat to Morality?

I mentioned somewhere else on AtheistNexus that xians fail to realize that ethics, as a field of study, originated with the ancient Greeks, who didn't attach it to the practice of their religion in any way. I found the following article on Psychology Today: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/experiments-in-philosophy/200806/do-atheists-pose-threat-morality

Added by Bud the Wonderer on December 16, 2012 at 9:39pm — 3 Comments

Angry Atheist in MO - Morals and ethics without rules (3)

(Note: I decided to change the title - it's one of the great things about episodes! They're adaptable.)

Following the suggestion of AN's own Steph S., I lurked moar before continuing this series on atheist morals and ethics. I'm glad I did. In addition to the discussion Steph S. started, which I found edifying, I was also…

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Added by Joseph Edwards VIII on June 23, 2012 at 7:46pm — 2 Comments

Angry Atheist in MO - Morals and ethics in atheistic anarchy (2)

Last time: I blazed through the observation that a-theism and an-archy share certain similarities, both in how each word is defined, and how each idea is redefined by its critics in order to dismiss either without addressing the problems each poses for ethics. I concluded by mentioning that these redefinitions serve to cut each idea off from the moral center of the individual. This time, I'll clarify what I mean by that, and introduce my thesis - tentatively one could call this a theory of…

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Added by Joseph Edwards VIII on June 22, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Angry Atheist in MO - Morals and ethics in atheistic anarchy (1)

In today's installment of this new episodic essay, I harangue readers with some thoughts on what I'll call "existential anarchy" from an angry, atheistic point of view. I want to consider the roots of two ideas:

A-theos: without gods.

An-archos: without rules.

Both words are defined by what they lack. Without the missing subject, each object would be meaningless, just as "no-thing" is ill-defined without the implicit missing subject -- the…

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Added by Joseph Edwards VIII on June 21, 2012 at 3:44pm — 3 Comments

Yes, Christian Fundamentalists are Teaching Genocide in Our Schools.

Katherine Stewart has an article on AlterNet:

Are Christian Fundamentalists Teaching Genocide in Our Schools?

http://www.alternet.org/story/155663/

There are many people who don't believe in a god but who don't call themselves atheists, because they don't regard it as important. They…

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Added by John B Hodges on June 2, 2012 at 7:18am — 1 Comment

Why I Am An Atheist, ten plus one!

First of all, I am who I am!  I will not, by godlessdamn, be anything other than myself. 

Second, I have little to loose.  I played the games, faked the faces, but I never could really hide who I am.  I became disliked, sometimes ridiculed, very often ignored, but because I have always believed in a few things very strongly, things like ethics and truth, and I stood up for them rather than…

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Added by Ted Gresham on February 22, 2012 at 1:54pm — 4 Comments

Norm's Conceptual Corner: Cultural Relativism

Greeting from The Project



Here we examine the merits (or lack thereof) of cultural relativism.  Is everything relative?  Does post modernism work?  Do Eskimo’s hate babies?  You say to-ma-toe, we say to-mat-NO.  Sharpen your critical thinking skills and prepare for some super-addition in this edition of Norm’s Conceptual Corner. Check it out at …

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Added by The Mile High Sanity Project on December 22, 2011 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

Interesting tech/ethics site...

From one Roy Fisher:

http://ieet.org/

Added by AgeOfAtheists14 on October 5, 2011 at 8:49am — No Comments

Tunnel Vision is 20/20

When it comes to morals it seems that Christians never get above the belt-buckle unless it is to peer behind a brassiere. Genes for sexual obsession passed down from the Catholic Church evidently have not mutated over the centuries as Christian leaders remain overly concerned with who's doing who, how they are doing it and if there are any naked people or pictures anywhere near.

To be sure there is a need for watchdog organizations and laws keeping dangerous sexual predators, perverts…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on August 29, 2011 at 11:21am — 4 Comments

Morality vs. Ethics

The questions are:

  • Do atheists have a moral ground for their perception of right and wrong? 
  • Is an atheist entitled to claim a sense of right and…
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Added by Karen Loethen on August 19, 2011 at 12:00am — 2 Comments

With Breeders Like These, I'm Surprised We're Not Extinct

This is from my personal blog on blogspot - www.integralmath.blogspot.com

 

I have a breaking news bulletin:  if there exists some method--irrespective how obscure, or nearly impossible to be found--to take what is at most a cheesy/almost possibly creepy hello and transmogrify that plum nearly gauche faux pas into some abject, intellectually deficient reason to lecture someone*, somewhere on…

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Added by The Justicar on August 15, 2011 at 3:14pm — No Comments

1995 essay: Why I am a former Objectivist and former Libertarian.

Nov. 12, 1995; Why I am a former Objectivist and former Libertarian. 



Mike Huben writes: (begin quote)

One of my eventual projects for my Critiques of Libertarianism web site

is to present something on folks who have left, like yourself. If you

have any material about why people leave, including your own personal

history, I'd be very interested to get ahold of it. What first cracks

the certainty, what conspicuously doesn't work, what was the turnoff,…
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Added by John B Hodges on August 3, 2011 at 1:46pm — 6 Comments

My Atheism Doesn’t Need Evolution

Atheists are often portrayed as die hard believers in evolution, and atheism is quite often portrayed as being dependent upon believing in the validity of evolution. But you know what? Some people, such as myself, did not need to rely on Darwin to steer our courses off the path of religion and onto the path of reason.

 

Consider:

 

The bible was not created by a god nor inspired by the word of any god. It was written by a number of people who tried…

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Added by Brian Bridson on July 17, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Valid and Invalid Beliefs: The Pope and Other Carlatans

Over the past week I have engaged a number of christians on Twitter, and it seems as though evidence for beliefs, and specifically, what is it that makes beliefs valid or invalid. So I want to address directly the nature of valid and invalid beliefs, and then would like to shift my focus to one tweeter in particular and the pope and some comments he recently made.



Because christians and atheists always seem to start running into problems here, each criticizing the other of not having… Continue

Added by Brian Bridson on July 16, 2011 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

The Time Has Come: Put catholics in Their Place

On July 1, 2011, Dalton McGuinty, the Premier of Ontario, announced that starting in Spetember, catholic schools would no longer be allowed to prohibit the formation of gay-straight alliances by students. In an address by a Member of Provincial Parliament, Glenn Murray (Toronto Center), read a statement from the Premier during Toronto’s Pride Week. The statement read, “Starting in September, it will be students, not principals or school boards, that will decide whether a school has an LGBT… Continue

Added by Brian Bridson on July 16, 2011 at 1:30pm — 6 Comments

Apologists of Circumcision

The Columbus, Ohio newspaper, The Republic, just today printed the story Religion: Battle Over Circumcision, describing the battle that is erupting in San Francisco over a November 8 ballot that would ban male circumcision. While much of the article tries to distract readers from the issue by making reference to Foreskin Man and how it incites the anger of religious groups like Jews. I think the real issue is not what the author of “Foreskin Man” is up to, but the fact that there is an…

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Added by Brian Bridson on July 15, 2011 at 7:30pm — 11 Comments

Even More catholic Whining

Back on June 13, 2011, I wrote the blog post More catholic Whining, in which I described the situations happening in some States like New York and Illinois, involving certain catholic charities having issues with their states making it illegal to discriminate against straight couples in common law relationships and to discriminate against gay couples when providing fostering and adoption services. Now I thought this story was…

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Added by Brian Bridson on July 15, 2011 at 2:30pm — 7 Comments

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