religion

Was Joshua’s Slaughter of the Canaanites Morally Justified? Part 5: Pro-Life Hypocrisy

Before Moses and the nation of Israel reached the Jordan river, Jehovah was busy revealing himself to be a SELFISH JERK and a cruel and bloodthirsty tyrant.  The attempt to justify and excuse Jehovah’s command to MERCILESSLY SLAUGHTER thousands of Canaanites, including civilians, including elderly men and women, mothers and fathers, teenage boys and girls, Was Joshua’s Slaughter of the Canaanites Morally Justified? Part 5: Pro-Life Hypocrisy

Does God Exist? Part 3: Believe Whatever Makes You Happy

In my humble opinion, the question “Does God exist?” is best answered by taking a particular approach: We should answer this question by means of philosophical investigation, especially by critical examination of philosophical arguments for and against the existence of God. However, this is NOT the only way to approach the question “Does God exist?”.  Here Does God Exist? Part 3: Believe Whatever Makes You Happy

Does God Exist? Part 2: Believe What You Were Raised to Believe

In my humble opinion, the question “Does God exist?” is best answered by taking a particular approach: We should answer this question by means of philosophical investigation, especially by critical examination of philosophical arguments for and against the existence of God. However, this is NOT the only way to approach the question “Does God exist?”.  Here Does God Exist? Part 2: Believe What You Were Raised to Believe

Does God Exist? Part 1: How Should We Answer this Question?

ANSWERING THE QUESTION “DOES GOD EXIST?” THROUGH PHILOSOPHY How should we answer the question “Does God exist?” ?  Having studied philosophy as an undergraduate at Sonoma State University, and having studied philosophy as a graduate student at the University of Windsor, and then having studied philosophy for a number of years more at UC Santa Does God Exist? Part 1: How Should We Answer this Question?

Three Ways to Approach Christianity

DIFFERENT WAYS TO APPROACH CHRISTIANITY There is more than one way to skin a cat, and more than one way to divide a pie. There are three approaches to the analysis and evaluation of Christianity that I have noticed, and they each have different advantages and disadvantages: The Christian-Apologetics Approach The Philosophical Approach The Problem-Solving Three Ways to Approach Christianity

Skepticism about Religion – Part 6: Cultural Bias and Social Conditioning

========================= II. There are good reasons to be SKEPTICAL about religion and religious beliefs. A. Religion is NOT the key to Happiness and Virtue, contrary to common belief. B. Significant Disagreements exist Between Different Religions. C. Religious Beliefs are Typically Based on Cultural Bias and Social Conditioning. ========================   Religious Beliefs Are Associated with Geographical Skepticism about Religion – Part 6: Cultural Bias and Social Conditioning

Skepticism about Religion – Part 5: Disagreement between Religions

========================= II. There are good reasons to be SKEPTICAL about religion and religious beliefs. A. Religion is NOT the key to Happiness and Virtue, contrary to common belief. B. Significant Disagreements exist Between Different Religions. ======================== Significant Disagreements exist Between Different Religions According to Christianity, Jesus was God incarnate, fully God and fully human.  But Skepticism about Religion – Part 5: Disagreement between Religions

Skepticism about Religion – Part 4: Religion and Virtue

========================= II. There are good reasons to be SKEPTICAL about religion and religious beliefs. A. Religion is NOT the key to Happiness and Virtue. 1. Religion is NOT the key to Happiness. 2. Religion is NOT the key to Virtue. ======================== An Obvious Failure of Religion to Promote Virtue Many Catholic priests have sexually abused Skepticism about Religion – Part 4: Religion and Virtue

Skepticism about Religion – Part 3: More Caveats and Qualifications

========================= II. There are good reasons to be SKEPTICAL about religion and religious beliefs. A. Religion is NOT the key to Happiness and Virtue. 1. Religion is NOT the key to Happiness. 2. Religion is NOT the key to Virtue. ======================== MORE CAVEATS & QUALIFICATIONS ABOUT THE CORRELATION BETWEEN RELIGION & HAPPINESS 5. When a Skepticism about Religion – Part 3: More Caveats and Qualifications

Skepticism about Religion – Part 2: Caveats and Qualifications

DOES RELIGION HAVE A POSITIVE CORRELATION WITH HAPPINESS? There are many empirical studies that appear to show that religion has a positive correlation with happiness.  However, there are a number of important caveats and qualifications that need to be taken into consideration here: Viewed in geographic terms, religion has a NEGATIVE correlation with happiness. Whether Skepticism about Religion – Part 2: Caveats and Qualifications