In the penultimate instalment in my series re-examining The God Delusion, I consider Dawkins’ moral case against religion, how he believes this interacts with the moral zeitgeist and the role of moderate religion.
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How not to respond to atheists, if you care about conversation
Plenty of thoughtful religious people and atheists have criticisms of the modern atheist movement. I want to improve my own criticism. So, when a Facebook friend shared a link to a free e-book by Bishop Robert Barron, I gave it a look.
Halo Reach, Sisyphus and religious apologetics
Debunking apologetics can feel like a Sisyphean task but can be a fun intellectual exercise and sharpen your skills. Just remember apologetics are not relevant to most lived experiences of religion, and there are more interesting discussions to be had.
AHS reads: The God Delusion, part 3
Welcome to part three in a five-part series re-examining The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins. In this part I will be responding to Dawkins’ arguments on the naturalistic (predominantly Darwinian) roots of religion and morality.
Our drab religious anthem and anti-racism protests
Taking the knee against racism at Euro 2020 seems a better reflection of our national values than our national anthem: a hymn to a conquering sectarian monarchy.
Stop gaslighting LGBT+ people about religion
Happy Pride! The disproportionate contribution of LGBT+ people to atheist, humanist, secularist and similar groups is something we should all be extremely grateful for. At times, this disproportionate contribution has literally paid my wages and has greatly enriched the groups that have provided a home for me. LGBT+ people have always been on the frontline in the fight against theocracy.
AHS reads: The God Delusion, part 2
Welcome to part two in a five-part series rexamining The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins. In part one, I introduced the series and how Dawkins set out the ‘god hypothesis’. In this part Dawkins responds to common arguments for the existence of a god and contrasts them with his own argument, that an agent capable of acting as a god would be supremely complex and unlikely.
Community matters: The importance of actively secular spaces
With Covid driving the shift to online meetings I have been to a larger and wider range of atheist, humanist, and secularist groups than in any time since my student activist days. I’ve been thinking about the different types of spaces which are needed to serve our communities.
AHS reads: The God Delusion, part 1
A review of The God Delusion hardly qualifies as a hot take. However, when deciding to launch this blog and considering the small contribution I could make it made sense to revisit the book which helped launch the modern atheist movement.
Atheism, religion, and the pitfalls of reasoning from first principles
Blunt force reasoning from first principles may work for the narrow question of gods’ (non)existence but the truly difficult questions require deeper engagement with atheistic, humanist and secularist philosophy.