Category: Religion

On Morality: Part 1 – Defining Our Terms

Welcome to part one of the series On Morality. In this short series of articles, we will cover the topic of objective and subjective morality, how the various terms are used, and the pros and cons for each stance. This series is a follow on, and supplement to, Davidian’s excellent article on objective morality posted previously, as well as episode three of the Fresh AiR podcast….


Dirty Words – Conflated and Misunderstood Terms Volume 4: Belief, Faith and Evidence

My fellow atheists and I often have extreme reactions to certain words*. I think due to the debate and some of the people we attribute them to, we have a knee jerk response. Whilst I understand why in some instances, it’s because we have a single minded view on the definition, in others it is…


On Design in the Universe

The idea that there is design in the universe, and that this design is evidence of a designer, is an argument often put forward by believers.  The argument from design is one that is easy to draw the listener into, and can be quite compelling to those that look only on the surface.  When asked…


The life worth living; meaning and purpose

“The unexamined life is not worth living”, quoth Socrates in Plato’s apology. By this statement, Socrates shows us the very essence of philosophy and science; To enrich our lives by understanding it, or at least have a kind of fascination with it. It should go unchallenged, that that which fascinates you in whatever way -even…


Conflated and Misunderstood Terms – Volume 3: Objective / Subjective – Morals / Morality

This article is to define and discuss objective and subjective, morals and morality. As with any article on AiR we don’t always agree. Where science is concerned and the evidence is irrefutable we of course accept and believe it to be true. When it is opinion or something philosophical we may have differences. As such…


The Bible is Inerrant! – Biblical Errors – Volume 1: Genesis & Creation

“The Bible is inerrant!” is something quite commonly said in debate. It’s part of the circular reasoning: “The Bible is the word of God, because it tells us so, God is perfect, therefore the Bible is infallible.” We have a number of articles that address things like: Common Theistic Fallacies (e.g. Circular Reasoning)Confirmation BiasContradictions in…


Conflated and Misunderstood Terms – Volume 2: Theism, Atheism, Agnosticism

Often in debate folks identify their position as one of the 3; Theist, Atheist, Agnostic. Some folks will sometimes use a combination e.g. Agnostic Atheist/Weak Atheist. It might surprise you, as it did me, that some of the definitions of terms we use are not strictly accurate. Language does indeed evolve, there is a difference…


Objective Morality: An Empirical Physicalist Approach (Pt. 2)

Free will, determinism, and moral responsibility. As a pragmatic, empirical physicalist, I try to take an evidence-based and reasoned approach to morality. In the first part of this series, I claimed that objective morality is a principle that operates exclusively at the level of species survival. But how can morality ever be objective? After all,…


What “Proof of God” justifies your position? (part four)

This is part four of a four-part series. So God isn’t omnipotent. He’s still the Creator. When believers say, “God is beyond understanding, beyond definition,” they don’t really mean it. At the very least, I would say, there is one characteristic that provides a very clear definition of God: “God is the entity that can…


What “Proof of God” justifies your position? (part three)

This is part three of a four-part series. Is God all-knowing? Well, this is absurd on so many levels. If God was all-knowing then why were Adam and Eve punished (kicked out of the Garden of Eden) for eating of the forbidden fruit? Didn’t God see that one coming? Is it fair to punish someone…