A response to “Religion and science can we talk?”

We here at Atheist Analysis don’t usually create formal response letters to blogs or news stories unless they are of immense social and humanistic consequence, but recently a link was given to me that lead to a progressive christian blog.  This more compromising version of faith is, to me, less harmful and overall a step in the right general direction, while still providing enough material for all of us here on the blog team to continue picking apart the hypocrisy; it’s the cutting off heads and hellfire damnation that is lacking – for the better, most would concede.

 

For this short reply blogger Moonlit History and I, Deafilosophy (or Chris Hanna as there are a lot of pseudonyms being thrown around at the moment), will be commenting on some of the points, perspectives, open-ended questions, and conclusions made in the article linked above.  So without further ado, I will begin.

 

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Aside from the horrendous grammar in the title of the article at hand, or, more accurately, the lack thereof, I was initially quite content with just perusing the content with a smile as any time people of faith accept science over empty pseudo-superlatives I get all warm and fuzzy inside.  But, that title just ate at me. Let’s try, “Religion and Science: Can We Talk?” instead.  There, isn’t that better?

 

As an engineer and open atheist almost all my life, I did not know atheism had a name until high school. I am quite familiar with most of the apologetic and progressive arguments for God that absorb scientific explanations.  Immediately the fine tuning argument is casually implied with an invocation of the cosmological constant, and, of course, mentioning Albert Einstein, a noted Spinozan deist at best.

 

Two things and then I will give the floor to my esteemed colleague; the fine tuning argument is the most basic argument for the prime mover, for classical deism, and it is also the limit of our understanding of the universe at the moment.  But using this argument to prove the personal Christian God is to overextend and ultimately, as C.S. Lewis was so apt to do, try to prove too much with too little:

 

“Sigmund Freud wrote that the voice of reason was small, but very persistent. C. S. Lewis tried to prove too much by opining that the presence of a conscience indicated the divine spark” (Hitchens, “god is not Great,” 2007, p. 256).
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Review of Assault Ruinland by CJ Anderson

assault 1Full disclosure, no punches pulled, and get your riot gear; this is will be a review of the fourth libation “Assault Ruinland”, a chalice filled with blood.  Similar yet slightly differently than Nietzsche before him, CJ Anderson has stared long and hard into the abyss only to find nothing staring back, only the rules and limitations of our physical universe, plus the clear and present danger of a future razed by the hell fires of faith. I welcome you, dear reader, to the demise of the Phoenix and the silent wait thereafter, as nothing rises from the ashes.

 

The breakneck pace of Assault will upend you from the start, The Fate of Chiron echoing in the bridge of a salvage ship, as the sad empty face of a combat synthetic comes to terms with it’s insignificance within the cosmos.  An interesting way to start the fourth sacrificial tome of the Ruinland series, with an emphasis on the human conflict; but want not, as the evolutionary synthetic mind is given a new voice later in the wake of a manhunt for the murderer of Fort Bragg’s golden calf Lexa.

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Review of C.J. Anderson’s: Fate of Chiron

Chiron the centaur, educating the young Achilles on the lyre, providing tension and reverence guiding the soul of Dante in the seventh level of hell, and the human-beast amalgamation matching the skills of even the Apollonian Gods. The focus and antagonist in “Fate of Chiron”, CJ Anderson’s third entry into the Ruinland series, treads new territory in this easily recognizable world. The ash and soot figure prominently once again, but with a new pace, a new face, and the fate of a world cindered by faith.

 

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Top 10 Atheist Websites You Need To Bookmark

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http://www.reddit.com/r/atheism/

 

Finding the “best of the best” can be a daunting task. You want it. You need it. You crave it. Reddit has a system of “voting” basically. It allows users to rate content from all over the web so the good stuff is in plain sight, and the less than good stuff gets buried. Reddit is the world’s web’s largest atheist forum covering all topics related to atheism, agnosticism and secular living.

 

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http://www.atheismunited.com/wiki/Huge_list_of_atheist_agnostic_skeptic_humanist_websites

 

Resources are key. You have to be able to find what you are looking for in a moments notice. This page “keeps the links on a given page to a reasonable number.” avoiding Social Media Groups/Pages and Spam.  Atheism United Wiki List, might just be the most conclusive list of websites related to atheism, agnosticism, skepticism, humanism, non-belief, and any other godless word you choose to use.

 

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http://www.atheistsites.net

 

Again, Resources are key. No one site has them all. The structure of this site is simple and effective. This directory includes most of the top atheist websites plus some useful small sites. Note that the category structure is necessarily imperfect since some sites could fit into more than one group. Also note that several categories contain links to articles and other resources that might interest an atheist.
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Review of C.J. Anderson’s “Survive Ruinland”

Is it possible to hide away from the world?  Could a collective just weld the doors; thus, with the right amount of scientific and social planning, create a self-sustaining ecology, capable of a blissful ignorance?  “An isolationist xenophobic’s wet dream” you may mumble under your breath, as examples of non uniform thought in even the most aligned civilizations since the beginning of humanity, invade your consciousness.

 

It is in this light I wish to paint this review of the second portion of the Ruinland Series from C.J. Anderson; patience, all will be explained shortly…

 

“Survive Ruinland” begins immediately after the first entry, “Enter Ruinland“, and to my inward smile, as the blended, godless lecture, and descriptive stylings have now become synonymous with the rigid geometry of C.J’s worlds.  Our protagonist, or antagonist as you may see when we finish this verbal sparing, Petty Officer Lauren Vasquez has breached an oasis in the irradiated dust, graciously invited in like a protein through the wall of a cell.

 

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Review of Greta Christina’s New Book: Comforting Thoughts About Death That Have Nothing to Do With God

“Let’s stop treating death as though it belongs to religion….”

I dig Greta Christina and her writing has been a staple of my atheistic-readings-diet almost since the time of my deconversion, so naturally I was keen as beans to get my hands on her new mini e-book ‘Comforting Thoughts About Death That Have Nothing Do with God.’

 

I won’t lie, I was in two minds about this new book, Comforting Thoughts About Death That Have Nothing to Do With God. In spite of my familiarity with Greta’s previous work, I still found myself concerned that this would be a book filled with wishy washy philosophies as to why death isn’t scary, but I was also secretly hoping that maybe it would have some sort of information that helps assuage the fear of death human beings experience…

 

…this book does neither of those things, and thankfully so! Because what it does do is even better. It levels the playing field when it comes to Theist VS Atheist ideas surrounding the topic of death.

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Review of CJ Anderson’s “Enter Ruinland”

Naturally, one is supposed to be left feeling incomplete and mistreated by the first installment of a dystopian short story, rife with intentionally coarse and jagged imagery, right? Walking into this title knowing only the inspirations cited by the author and his religious history leading to the complete dismissal of faith; I braced myself for a Nietzchean Übermensch battling the relentless ash layered ruinscapes of Macarthy’s roads. To varying degrees I was entertained by many emotional peaks and valleys as my expectations were met, surpassed, and in some cases left wanting.
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Hunting with The Godless Aspie: Rob Beasley and His Two Wolves

Rob Beasley, author of “WHAT IS THIS THING CALLED GO(O)D?” and a regular on the Atheist Analysis, pointed me towards the “Two Wolves” story that he likes to use to support his arguments. After claiming I have not done much research into the life of Jesus, I conducted an investigation into his favorite “Native American” parable.

From a comment made after watching a video on Atheist Republic called “What has God done for mankind?”, Rob Beasley had this as part of his reply:

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The Best Argument – A Response to AiG

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The Best Argument Response 

Answers in Genesis thinks they have the ultimate answer to all the atheist’s responses to the existence of god.

Today I have the pleasure or should we say the distaste of seeing a post on the AiG website called “Chapter 27: What Is the Best Argument for the Existence of God?”. Now this title itself is an intriguing topic given that usually AiG asserts that “god is true because the bible says so, and the bible is true because god said so” which as we all are well versed is a circular argument. AiG is known to only pontificate that if it violates the bible it has to be false then they continue to try and force science to explain whatever scripture says has to be true. While this may satisfy many of the believers, most skeptics will find this distasteful at best if not just out right a form of willful ignorance. Science stands whether it violates your beliefs or not, pure and simple. But this is far past the point and we need to stay on topic as the AiG article is no short discussion, and their one sided viewpoint will become nauseating at times. So lets begin.

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“In Freedom We Trust: An Atheist Guide to Religious Liberty” Review and Ruminations

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One of the most frustrating features of being an evidence based rationalist is all that damn evidence.  It would be so easy to simply “pick” a position because when asked you merely have to point to a dusty book or towards the sky and say: “Cuz its true”  Can you imagine the ease with which you could navigate through life, the comfort of the weight of the world cast to the shoulders of some omnipotent curmudgeon, and of course the simplicity of human interaction when your point of view is the only one that matters?

I can only imagine the clear simplicity, the deep echoes of empty mental hallways, and the quiet peacefulness of a sign on the wall that simply says “When in doubt, GOD”.  I don’t always romanticize ignorance but when I do its usually at 3:24 in the morning and I have to work at 7.  The noise is inescapable, the data insurmountable, and the arguments are eternal when I simply wish to drift off to restless dreams.

Cue Ed Buckner’s book “In Freedom We Trust: An Atheist Guide to Religious Liberty”.  Okay, first off that sounds like a dig on this book, suggesting that it is a narcolepsy inducing snooze fest but alas it was exactly the opposite.  This book is a toolbox, one in which a reader could put all the arguments, the thoughts, and the questions in their respective drawers for safe keeping.  Using the wonderfully compiled set of resources in the “Selected Bibliography” I could read for months and never learn the same thing twice.

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