Questions on Jewish and Conservative Christian Moral Theology

Many people believe that they and others derive moral believes from religious scriptures. I personally do not buy into this. However, given that many do, I am driven to ask: Theologically speaking, where do observant Jews and Conservative Christians derive their moral precepts? Advertisements

There Will Be War.

“I believe in world peace. I believe it is possible.” – Every politician or beauty pageant contestant ever. Highly unlikely. That’s not to say that it wouldn’t be desirable. It’s just not going to happen. Even in an idealistic world where everyone had enough food, followed the Golden Rule, did not covet status, wealth or … Continue reading

Clearwater City Council NOT Going to Stop Anonymous Protesters

The St. Petersburg Times (or the SP Times, heh) is reporting that to the chagrin of some petitioning locals who are primarily Scientologists, the Clearwater City Council has no intent of preventing Anonymous protesters from assembling in downtown Clearwater. As was posted on a few days ago, business workers, managers and owners – again, most of whom are Scientologists … Continue reading

TFP Must Reads

The following articles are must-reads: In the wake of the release of Ben Stein’s Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, Science After Sunclipse writes an absolutely excellent piece (so excellent, in fact, that it was prominently linked on PZ Myers’ Pharyngula, which is, to my knowledge, the world’s most read science blog) on the depressing track record of … Continue reading

What do Jesus, Mohammed, Budai, Buddha, Ganesha, & XENU have in common?

I JUST KICKED ALL OF THEIR ASSES!!! And there’s more: I AM GOD AND SO CAN YOU! You can be (as well as fight) God in this game! You can also be or fight Jesus, Mohammed, Buddha, Budai, Ganesha and Xenu!  Step into imagination land and test your mettle against some of the most revered and/or feared mythical … Continue reading

Michael Schmidt-Salomon’s new anti-religion children’s book: A true embarrassment

Michael Schmidt-Salomon and illustrator Helge Nyncke’s new children’s book Wo bitte geht’s zu Gott?, fraqte das kleine Ferkel (which roughly translates to How Do I Get to God, Asked the Small Piglet) currently holds top spot on Amazon in Germany. From what I have seen of it, it is also a boatload of disingenuous unreasonably … Continue reading

Respect for religious beliefs stems primarily from politics, not compassion or respect; The case of Scientology

Religious moderates and appeasing nontheists frequently admonish those critical of religious belief to respect the beliefs of others. They often frame the treatment of religious beliefs in terms of respect, civility and compassion. I have argued that these considerations are merely the tip of the iceberg, with main operative factor being political power. If considerations … Continue reading

Ignorance and Ideological Rigidity: Achilles’ heels of democracies and individuals

Larry Moran asks At what point does something become an “ethical” issue for society? How many people have to be against something on “ethical” grounds” in order for it to become an ethical problem? What if their objections are irrational? For example I imagine that US Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is against stem cell research … Continue reading

MUHAMMED. There. I said it.

Political correctness in the form of bending over to the extremist and genuinely oppressive subset of the Muslim population has entered The Frame Problem. In response to The Koran in Question? Powerful new evidence against Islam?, a reader submitted the following comment:

Pascal Boyer illustrates the one-sidedness that often comes with religious belief

Pascal Boyer introduces the concluding chapter Why Belief? of his excellent book Religion Explained: The Evolutionary Origins of Religious Thought with the following passage: Some Fang people [a present daytribe in Africa] say that witches have an animal-like extra internal organ that flies away at night and ruins other people’s crops or poisons their blood. It … Continue reading