The Course of Reason

Skeptical Kid is Skeptical

October 18, 2011 Dren Asselmeier

When we think of the typical “students” that are in CFI college affiliate groups, I bet most of us imagine someone 15-24, single, loves Doctor Who, and so on. The truth is that most student groups have at least a few members who are non-traditional, meaning that, among other things, they might be married, over twenty-three, or a parent. My student group had mostly non-traditional students, and I was one, so I try to consider the non-traditional point of view and circumstances while organizing and helping other groups to plan.

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Music Monday: Cake - “Sheep Go To Heaven”

October 17, 2011 Cody Hashman

Some days you just need a fun song to listen to. Today that song is Cake's "Sheep Go To Heaven." 

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Faith

October 13, 2011 Dave Muscato

Trigger Warning: In the course of this article I will be making an analogy to sexual assault.

All belief in supernatural things, by definition, boils down to faith. There is no evidence for supernatural beings, in fact there can’t be any (evidence, by definition, exists only in the natural realm). Supernatural entities are by definition postulatory, since they live or exist outside of our experience. Their existence, by definition, is not parsimonious, and must be preceded by the word “alleged.”

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Stop Calling Religion a Mental Illness

October 11, 2011 Chris Burke

“Religion is a mental illness.”

You’ve probably heard this phrase, or variation of, used by a fellow non-believer. You could be like myself, someone who has, unfortunately, used a similar expression. I’ve come to realize how wrong and immature this is.

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An Atheist Goes to a Cru Meeting

October 11, 2011 Dan Linford

This post originally appeared on blog Libere Cogitare et Ratio.

A few weeks ago (September 15th), I attended my first Cru meeting. For those not in-the-know, Cru is what was formerly known as "Campus Crusade for Christ." They're an interdenominational, conservative Evangelical, youth ministry that operates on many college campuses across the country. To their credit, they're actually one of the largest Christian organizations in the US. Being a Northern-bred, scientifically minded, atheistic liberal, I fully expected to witness an entirely different culture—and therefore was looking forward to the experience with excitement and anticipation.

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