Category: Atheism

What is Agnosticism? How does it relate to knowledge and beliefs?

The term, agnosticism, has a long history and many folks are unaware of how it originated or how it was applied. So let us first deal with a variety of definitions. When dealing with dictionaries please remember they are descriptive, not prescriptive, so we will not only be covering dictionary definitions but also referencing a…


Has Atheism Become an Ideology?

Atheism is not a religion. It is just a position on one topic. Whilst the term is polysemous, in some way shape or form it is a negation of the theistic claim. This article hopes to examine how atheism is used as a political tool, and how some atheists have turned it into an ideology….


Denialism and Pseudoscepticism

Among the sceptic community, we frequently see folks flexing what is known as denialist behaviour. Denialists are technically a subset of Pseudosceptics, but what do both those terms mean? Contents DenialismPseudo-scepticismKey Behaviours of a ScepticKey Behaviours of a PseudoscepticExample of a PseudoscepticBehaviour in a DebateThe Rejection of Philosophy in the Atheist CommunityThe Resistance to ChangePseudointellectualsAn…


Conflated and Misunderstood Terms – Volume 6: Unbelief and Disbelief

Unbelief (or non-belief) and disbelief are two words that seem to be conflated by many folks on the internet. I’m not sure if this is down to a misunderstanding of their definitions, or just due to how they are quite similar words. I’ve recently written a few articles that are worth reading before this article,…


A Coherent Case for God?

I come across a number of theists on the internet, and I actually enjoy discussing beliefs. There are many theists I prefer to talk to than atheists. You get dogmatic fundy types on both sides. Admittedly I don’t feel any danger from the fundamentalist atheists, they just discuss philosophical concepts ignoring the philosophy. (Which can…


Are we Born Atheist?

“We are all born atheist!” is something we have heard a lot. I’ve said it in the past. I am sure if you are an atheist you have said it too. But how true is that? What is an Atheist? An atheist is someone who subscribes to atheism. Atheism is polysemous (has many definitions).We have…


Why should we use the rules of logic?

I have written a few articles recently speaking of logic, propositions, and beliefs. Some folks agree, and others do not, so I thought I would expand on why I believe we should be using the rules of logic. In CMT5 – I don’t believe, I tried to explain the difference between how folks used the…


Fresh AiR – Season 1 – A Different Lens

Hello, and welcome to Fresh AiR! – I’m Joe… Words you will have heard a few times if you have already started listening to season one. What is Fresh AiR? ‘Fresh AiR’ is a podcast, hosted by Joe, Martijn and Dave. It is part of Answers in Reason but hopes to bring a fresh perspective…


Conflated and Misunderstood Terms – Volume 5: I Don’t Believe

When people say “I don’t believe” it is unclear what they are saying. When many folks say this, they are discussing a psychological state rather than disbelief in a normative logical sense. But what does that mean? Logic and Belief Propositions By belief proposition, I am essentially saying believing a proposition to be true, or…


On Morality: Part 2 – Subjective Morality

n the last part of this series we discussed, and argued for, certain definitions that were important in any discussion about whether morality is subjective or objective. In this part we will be discussing the topic of subjective morality. In doing so we will cover what it means for morality to be subjective, including how subjective morality is defined, arguments for subjective morality, and rebuttals against subjective morality….