Can you be a Christian atheist?

If you think Christian atheism is an oxymoron, you might be right. On Twitter, psychology professor Ben Winegard seems to favor the idea of separating Christian ethics from Christian theology: It’s hard to know if Winegard is being serious or sarcastic. I hope it’s the latter, but based on his follow up comments I wonderContinue reading “Can you be a Christian atheist?”

Faith & Doubt: The Case for Agnosticism

Can you be a doubter who also has faith? Is being agnostic the same as being an atheist?  From a rational perspective, agnosticism is the most tenable position because it acknowledges the limits of what we can know. This doesn’t mean, though, that faith is irrational. Something that’s not inconsistent what we know to beContinue reading “Faith & Doubt: The Case for Agnosticism”

What postmodernism gets right

Bashing postmodernism is popular. But maybe it’s not all bad. I have a theory about theories: Most beliefs, whether philosophical, political, religious, or otherwise, make at least some valid points. But most also take their good ideas too far. Postmodernism is skeptical of all grand narratives, which they say typically serve the interests of theContinue reading “What postmodernism gets right”

Is evil real?

Is that a dumb question? We can point to all sorts of atrocities, so why would anyone think evil isn’t real? And if evil isn’t real, then is goodness not real? Could only one but not both be real? Whatever, man Relativism—contrary to popular opinion—isn’t the attitude that anything goes. No one believes that. IContinue reading “Is evil real?”

It’s hard to be good

We all seem deeply concerned about other people’s moral behavior—while making excuses for our own. Most of us think we’re more moral and self-aware than most other people. But how can the majority be better than the majority? Truth is, most of us are lying to ourselves. Looney Tunes Cartoons with an angel on oneContinue reading “It’s hard to be good”

Eye in the Sky: A Not Really Movie Review

Eye in the Sky stars Helen Mirren and that guy from Breaking Bad (the kid, not the old guy). And Alan Rickman is in it too, which made me feel sad because of his recent death. The premis (no spoilers!) is that British and American forces want to bomb a house in Somalia with four notoriousContinue reading “Eye in the Sky: A Not Really Movie Review”

Religion, Secularism, & Atrocity

Religious atrocities are central to the atheist critique of religion. Christians often respond with a litany of atheist atrocities such as mass murder by communist regimes.  Even when religion or anti-religiousness is directly to blame, we must ask: What does this prove? That one is better than the other? If both sides are guilty of atrocities,Continue reading “Religion, Secularism, & Atrocity”