Posts Tagged ‘ Religion ’

Philosopher Seeks to Devalue Faith

May 12, 2012

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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Hatred, Oversensitivity Hijack Conversation on Faith, Part 2

May 3, 2012

My previous post discussed my benign anti-faith warning on my personal Facebook page that prompted a flurry of admonition and criticism from family and friends. The conversation included some polite but flawed responses from close Christian relatives. It also featured mean and negative comments from a close family member, as…

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Hatred, Oversensitivity Hijack Conversation on Faith, Part 1

April 30, 2012

I included this innocuous warning on my personal Facebook page when I informed my close friends and family last week of my recent podcast against faith: “If you are offended easily about criticism toward religion, I would be cautious. I’m not kind to faith-based beliefs.” I don’t badger my inner circle,…

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Herding the Godless

April 27, 2012

Indulge yourself in a brief daydream for just a few moments: Imagine if we awoke tomorrow morning and all faith-based beliefs, all religion, had disappeared from the planet. Think about starting a day on this earth in which no human being believed in a god. Now, try and stop humming…

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Faith: A Barrier to Rational Thought (Podcast)

April 18, 2012
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 • @MalcontentsGamb

Catholic Leaders Wallow in Victimhood, Nonsense

April 14, 2012

The Catholic Church has been up to some strange shenanigans, tomfoolery and hi-jinks, as of late. To begin with, Catholic League President Bill Donohue has been making noises of religious irritation and angst. The latest target of his immodest ire is the current movie The Three Stooges, which, of all…

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Writer Nicholas Kristof Panders to Religion in NYT Column

April 11, 2012

In a painfully acquiescent article for The New York Times, columnist Nicholas Kristof heralds the recent direction of discourse from atheist writers as nigh “reverential” to religion. He cites three recent books, one from Alain de Botton titled Religion for Atheists, Edward O. Wilson’s new book, The Social Conquest of Earth,…

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Plantinga’s Dubious God-Sense

March 5, 2012
John Calvin, 16th century theologian.

My previous post considered Alvin Plantiga’s claim that a rational belief in god doesn’t require evidence, as outlined in this speech. Paul Pardi, who runs the Philosophy News website, recently delivered the speech in Seattle. Pardi outlines the theologian’s ideas and points out that this particular assertion by Plantinga specifically…

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Puking to Santorum

February 28, 2012
Rick Santorum. Photo by Gage Skidmore

Rick Santorum is having trouble keeping his food down. A statement made about religion and politics a long time ago gave him a sour stomach. The candidate for the Republican presidential nomination was speaking out in favor of religion in the public square on Sunday, and according to CBS News:…

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Hidden Joys of the Godless

February 26, 2012
AC/DC, photo by James Hughes

I didn’t realize it at the time, but when I reached the conclusion that the evidence and arguments for the existence of a god were insubstantial or illusory, I gained entrance to a wealth of advantages for living a better and happier life. I recently realized one of these benefits…

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