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 … Continue reading

The life worth living; meaning and purpose

Life Worth Living

“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 … Continue reading

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

Subjective and Objective Morals and 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 … Continue reading

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

Circular reasoning confirmation bias bible

“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 … Continue reading

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

Conflated and Misunderstood Terms terms atheist science morality belief

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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

Proof of God

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 … Continue reading

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

God's superpowers

This is part two of a four-part series. What is the nature of the Abrahamic God? Besides creating the universe and life, what does He do? What are His superpowers? There have been many secondary claims made about the Abrahamic God: He is variously claimed to be omniscient, omnipotent, and … Continue reading

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

God

What “Proof of God” justifies your position? I begin a four-part series today. Philosophers, theologians, and scientists have been grappling with the issue of God’s existence for millennia. Much of the discussion in past centuries may have been motivated simply by curiosity or by a protest against theological dogma. For … Continue reading