Tag: Debate

Subjectively Wrong

When something is subjective, it is based on personal opinion*. We are saying that there is no real external truth value, just opinions. *The term subjective can mean different things, though they are mostly akin to this definition, and this is how it is being used in the article. Preferences and Standards We can see this reflected in music taste. Our personal preference is something that is true for us, and it wouldn’t make sense to say someone is wrong…


Fresh AiR – S01:E06 – Reason and Rationality

In the last episode of the season we thought it prudent to cover reason as it is our namesake. What better to pair with reason, other than rationality? Show Contents We have a full house tonight, with Dave, Martijn, Kriss, Andy and Joe in tow. Definitions Reasons to believe, and if they are rational or irrational Altruism/RHB Diversions Thought Experiments Spotlight of the Week Fallacy of the Week (Request by Darth Killa) Related Links Belief, Truth, and Knowledge Common Theistic…


Fresh AiR – S01:E01 – Atheism and Atheists

Welcome to the first Fresh AiR Podcast! We got together to do a sound check and after half an hour of laughing and discussing various topics we decided to just hit record and enjoy the conversation! As such, this show is a little bit of a mish mash so please forgive a few mind blanks haha. In this show we cover a number of items such as: Who we are and our theological position The various definitions of Atheism, and…


Religious Apologetics – The Science of Excuses

Defining Apologetics Apologetics may be simply defined as the defense of the faith. The simplicity of this definition, however, masks the complexity of the problem of defining apologetics. It turns out that a diversity of approaches has been taken to defining the meaning, scope, and purpose of apologetics. From Apologia to Apologetics The word “apologetics” derives from the Greek word apologia, which was originally used of a speech of defense or an answer given in reply. In ancient Athens it…


Changing A Mind: Respect Matters

“Ridiculous beliefs deserve ridicule…” Introduction For those atheists that discuss and debate religion, we should ask ourselves what the purpose behind it is. Why do we do the things we do? For the Christian evangelist, or the Muslim performing Da’wah, this is a simple question to answer. They do it because they are attempting to spread their religion. They believe their way is the way, and their religion teaches them that they should be spreading the religion. What of the…


Which Atheist Arguments Should We Stop Using?

Introduction. Previously I have written an article that lists and explains some Common Theistic Fallacies that are often brought up in arguments. As an atheist who is active in several online debate and discussion groups, they are things that I see with exceptional regularity. However, it is unfair to think that it is only the Theists that present faulty, or fallacious, arguments. Although atheism, being the Null Hypothesis/Neutral Position is the more logical position than belief, belief being an illogical conclusion,…


Conversations with Theists – Volume 1: Mind Gymnastics and Tenuous Links to God’s Existence

Why have conversations with theists? It can be interesting to talk to people about their beliefs. It is always good to go in with an open mind. You can learn a lot, even if you are well versed on their religion. Whilst I find engaging in debate generally fruitless I occasionally jump in to conversations in groups and on people’s pages. There was quite an antagonistic post on someone’s wall and there was a bit of a petty bickering and…