What Does It Mean To Say Muhammad Existed?

July 14, 2011

Agamemnon. Robin Hood. Jesus. Muhammad. Many stories are told about individuals with these names. Did any of these individuals actually exist?  To answer that question, we must first address some logically prior ones:  What does it mean to assert that an individual existed?  Are there certain key statements about a person which must be true before we can conclude the claim of existence has been confirmed?

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What the Catholic Church Wants

June 27, 2011

At times, the Catholic Church resembles a hulking, maladroit dinosaur. But give it some credit. It knows when its vital interests are at stake. This explains its determined opposition to same-sex marriage and assisted dying, as well as its notorious obsession with forcing women to bear children. The Church will do all it can to preserve its authority, and in doing so it focuses on the most critical decisions we make during our lives. Control: that’s what the Church wants and needs.

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Thanks, Derek

June 12, 2011

As Derek Araujo stated in his post a few days ago, he is resigning his position at CFI to pursue graduate studies in physics.  Let’s see . . . with his existing law degree from Harvard and now an upcoming PhD in physics from Columbia, this means Derek will become Master of the Universe in about four years time.  The good news is that it seems he will be a benign Overlord, and will treat us lesser beings kindly. 

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Much Ado About Foreskins

June 09, 2011

On the ballot in San Francisco this November will be a proposal to make it a criminal offense to perform a circumcision on a male under the age of 18. Should secular individuals — who obviously have no religious motivation to carry out such a procedure — support the ban? No. The proposed ban is a singularly bad idea.

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The Legacy of Jack Kevorkian

June 07, 2011

Dr. Jack Kevorkian died Friday. To say that Kevorkian was a controversial figure would be an understatement. Controversy was what he sought, and he was not disappointed.

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Blame It on the ‘60s

May 18, 2011

The Catholic Church says permissive culture contributed to priests' abuse of minors

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Think Only a Few Fools Believe in the Rapture? Think Again.

May 03, 2011

It might not happen on May 21, but it will happen

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Atheism, Humanism, and “Interfaith” Coalitions

April 25, 2011

Nonbelievers should be very hesitant about embracing the term "faith"

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Three Dimensions of Morality

April 21, 2011

In what ways is humanist ethics superior to religious ethics?

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Outsourcing Justice

April 06, 2011

The decision to try the 9/11 conspirators in Cuba

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