Posts Tagged ‘ Faith ’

The Future of the God Debates

December 1, 2013
By
Dr. John Shook

Dr. John Shook

As Theology Evolves, Humanist Philosophers Keep Pace

Dr. John Shook and I discuss a little philosophy, the evolution and future of the god debates, and the meaning of the word faith. Shook is a scholar and professor living in Washington, D.C. He received his PhD in Philosophy at the University at Buffalo in 1994, and joined the staff of the Center for Inquiry in Amherst, N.Y. in 2006. He has authored and edited more than a dozen books and dozens of articles in academic journals, along with essays for Free Inquiry and The Humanist. He published The God Debates: A 21st Century Guide for Atheists and Believers in 2010. Shook is currently Director of Education and Senior Research Fellow for the Center for Inquiry; the Education Coordinator for the American Humanist Association; a Co-Mentor with the Humanist Institute, and President of the Society of Humanist Philosophers. He is also an editor of three philosophy journals: Contemporary Pragmatism, Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism, and Philo: A Journal of Philosophy.

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Click Here to Read Shook’s CFI Blog ‘It’s Only Natural’ • To RSVP to CFI Portland’s 3rd Annual Dark-to-Light Gala, Click Here

Learn to De-Convert the Faithful With Practical New Book

October 29, 2013
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Learn to De-Convert the Faithful With Practical New Book

Dr. Peter Boghossianʼs A Manual For Creating Atheists is a Must-Read. Iʼm starting to find the equivocations, vagueness, and the unmerited claims emerging from assertions of faith to be a bit tedious. Asking a believer for a definition of faith and a description of how it works will inevitably result in a…

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A Path From Faith to Reason: ‘A Manual For Creating Atheists’

June 12, 2013
By
Philosopher Peter Boghossian

Philosopher Peter Boghossian

Philosopher Pete Boghossian Slams Contemporary Academic Leftism as a Hurdle to Progress

Portland State University Philosophy Professor Peter Boghossian and I discuss his new book, A Manual for Creating Atheists, in which he provides conversational strategies and tactics designed to lead religious believers from faith to reason. Throughout his book Boghossian offers diagnostic methods, provides practical examples, and supports his project with evidence. He also criticizes a disturbing trend in modern liberalism that helps fuzzy reasoning flourish. A Manual for Creating Atheists will be published in November 2013 by Pitchstone Publishing. Boghossian will be appearing at The Amazing Meeting, also known as TAM, July 11-14, 2013, in Las Vegas.

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Pre-order A Manual For Creating Atheists (with forward by Micheal Shermer) by clicking here • See the video “Islam Supporters Bully College Republicans Out Of Their Own Event,” and read about it here • Follow Pete on twitter @peterboghossian

Faith Fails; Use Skepticism To Appraise Religion, Find Truth

May 7, 2013
By
John Loftus

John Loftus

Believers Should Be Skeptical of Their Religion – And Worried, An Interview With John Loftus

Minister-turned-atheist and author John Loftus and I consider how to appraise religions skeptically and fairly. We talk about issues raised in his new book, The Outsider Test for Faith: How to Know Which Religion Is True. In the 1980s Loftus earned three masters degrees in theology and studied under the tutelage of prominent Christian apologist William Lane Craig. He spent 14 years in Christian ministry, and in the 1990s experienced a full-blown crisis of faith. In 2008 he published a book titled Why I Became an Atheist: A Former Preacher Rejects Christianity. After my discussion with Loftus I’ll refute some arguments I recently discovered while visiting Christian apologetic websites. These claims are directly related to Loftus’ book and our conversation. That is at the end of the podcast (at the 33:15 mark).

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Here are some links mentioned in this podcast:
Faith: ‘wishful thinking’? by Steve Wilkinson at the Christian Apologetics Alliance
Common Objection #19- “Why Won’t God Heal Amputees?” by Chad at Truthbomb Apologetics
Can Science Lead to Faith? by Gary Marcus at The New Yorker


Killing Faith Kindly (Podcast)

September 6, 2012
By
Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta

Talking Godlessness with Hemant Mehta, ‘The Friendly Atheist’

Hemant Mehta is the chair of the Foundation Beyond Belief and the author of the 2007 book, I Sold My Soul on Ebay. His book recounts church visits resulting from an eBay auction in which he offered to attend the worship services of the winning bidder’s choosing. In May, 2012, Mehta wrote an online article for The Washington Post titled, “How the Web is Killing Faith.” He teaches high-school math in the suburbs of Chicago. We discuss how important the Web is to the atheist movement, the recent Atheism+ phenomenon, his Jain upbringing, and other topics.

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Click here to for The Friendly Atheist website, and here for an introduction to Atheism+.


How to Eliminate Faith: A Lesson

May 27, 2012
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One indefatigable participant in the admirable goal of separating people from the delusion of faith is philosopher Peter Boghossian, who describes faith as a cognitive sickness. So far this year, the controversial Portland State University professor has delivered speeches (see here and here), given interviews (see here, here, and here),…

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Philosopher Seeks to Devalue Faith

May 12, 2012
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Philosopher Peter Boghossian continued his criticism of faith with a succinct and cogent speech on May 6 in Portland, Ore. The Humanists of Greater Portland sponsored and hosted the Sunday morning event, which drew so much interest that the group opened three overflow rooms during the talk, said one volunteer. I enthusiastically support…

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Seeking the Eradication of Faith

April 21, 2012
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During my podcast with philosopher Peter Boghossian, titled Faith: A Barrier to Rational Thought, published Wednesday, April 18, Boghossian defined faith as belief without evidence, and described it as a way of rationalizing facts or knowledge that one really doesn’t know. Boghossian, a professor at Portland State University, calls faith…

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Faith: A Barrier to Rational Thought (Podcast)

April 18, 2012
By
Philosopher Peter Boghossian

Philosopher Peter Boghossian

An Interview with Philosopher Peter Boghossian

This inaugural podcast from The Malcontent’s Gambit discusses the inadequacy of faith and strategies toward living in world without faith with Philosopher Peter Boghossian, who lives in Oregon and teaches at Portland State University. Boghossian has been called the Richard Dawkins of Portland. If we relieve people of their faith, and convince people to be truly honest and humble about what they know, religion will fall, says Boghossian. This is a frank and honest discussion with a bold, outspoken philosopher.

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Rationality & Irrationality

A Live Tweetcast by The Malcontent’s Gambit

of a Public Lecture by Peter Boghossian
Professor of Philosophy at Portland State University

Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 10:00am
Friendly House Community Center on the southwest corner of
NW 26th and Thurman in Northwest, Portland, OR

Hosted by the Humanists of Greater Portland • More Details to Follow

www.malcontentsgambit.com • @MalcontentsGamb

Faith Fails You; Stop Using It

April 6, 2012
By
Philosopher Peter Boghossian

Enough is enough, says Peter Boghossian. The delusion of faith is making Boghossian, a Portland State University philosophy professor, sick and tired. This is Boghossian’s message: Faith fails you. Stop using it. Faith won’t reliably lead you to the truth and it won’t make you a better person, either. “People…

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