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May 25, 2015
The argument that 20th century atheist regimes are responsible for the worst massacres in history is often put forth, especially by Christian apologists bent on showing what happens when we "turn away from God." But what are the facts?
April 22, 2015
Added Examining the Hidden Value Judgment of the Fine-Tuning Argument (2015) by Aron Lucas to the Argument to Design and Moral Arguments pages under Arguments for the Existence of a God, as well as the William Lane Craig page under Christian Apologetics and Apologists in the Modern Documents section of the Secular Web Library.
The key premise of the fine-tuning argument for the existence of God is the alleged improbability of the physical constants taking on values that fall within the narrow life-friendly range. In this paper Aron Lucas examines whether this improbability alone is enough to ground a successful theistic argument from design. He concludes that the fine-tuning proponent is impaled on the horns of a trilemma: he can either reject the argument for having a false premise, reject it for being circular, or accept it at the cost of rejecting the moral argument for the existence of God.
April 19, 2015
New in the Kiosk: Defending Richard Dawkins: or The Open Windows of Science (2015) by Cathy Cementina
Richard Dawkins is an evolutionary biologist who is perhaps best known for his publicly proclaimed atheism. Some people find him "mean" and "arrogant" in his dismissal of religion and all things "spiritual." But if people could suspend their religious beliefs, they would recognize that there are few individuals as full of awe and reverence for natural existence as is Richard Dawkins--and that we can learn from him.
March 29, 2015
New in the Kiosk: You Don't Have to Be Religious to Be a Good Person (2015) by Dor
"I will argue that if everyone in the world adopted a position of respect and tolerance for all people and the environment the world would be a better place. This is more likely to happen with a secular morality than a religious morality because religions often do not preach tolerance and respect for other people or the environment. A religious morality often falls down due to intolerance and a lack of respect for others. Indeed, I go further and argue that a secular morality is better than a religious one because it will produce a more tolerant, respectful world."
March 12, 2015
New in the Bookstore: What If I'm an Atheist?: A Teen's Guide to Exploring a Life Without Religion (2015) by David Seidman.
What If I'm an Atheist? offers a thoughtful exploration of how atheism or the absence of religion can impact your life. From discussing the practical significance of holidays to offering conversation starters and tips, this guide is an invaluable resource about religion, spirituality, and the lack thereof. This compassionate, nonjudgmental guide includes peer interviews featuring both religious and atheist teens and provides a safe space to find answers to the questions you may not want to ask out loud, so you can decide what you believe--or don't--for yourself.
March 8, 2015
Creationists often point to the alleged orderliness of the universe as evidence for the existence of a creator deity, "God." But what are the facts? Is the alleged orderliness of the universe actually evidence for--or against--the existence of a creator?