The Course of Reason

Does Skepticism Imply Atheism?

October 10, 2011 Matt Reichenbach

Many skeptics also identify as atheists, to such an extent that these two groups often look identical. But the relationship between the two philosophies is not one of equality, and treating them as such can be detrimental to the cause of skepticism. Skepticism is a mode of thought, whereas atheism is an actual claim about the universe. As is true with all such claims, atheism can become dogmatic. This is the danger it poses to skepticism through its association, because skepticism inherently gives no validity to dogma.

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Review: The Magic of Reality: How We Know What’s Really True

October 7, 2011 Kate Tubbs

Last week, as occasionally happens, a package mysteriously appeared in my mailbox at work. These packages contain books that my coworkers have requested or that publishers send to our company for review prior to their release. (They always seem to come to me by mistake.) I tore this one open and found myself holding The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True by Richard Dawkins. This, his most recent book (released yesterday, as a matter of fact), is a book about evolution written for children aged ten to twelve and up. I had heard about this book for months and I couldn’t help but be excited.

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Religion’s Insidious Marketing

October 6, 2011 CFI On Campus

When discussing the absurdity of organized religion, it's important to recognize that while the tenets themselves may be silly, the mechanisms utilized to instill brand loyalty are so skillfully designed that Madison Avenue can only look on in jealousy.

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Blasphemy Rights Day 2011: In Case You Missed It

October 5, 2011 Dren Asselmeier

International Blasphemy Rights Day was September 30th, but there is still time to celebrate and promote the right to dissent! Check out what others have been doing and saying about IBRD.

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Music Monday: Dan Bern - “Jerusalem”

October 3, 2011 Cody Hashman

Well, I just got home from a long day of school and can't think of a better thing to do than listen to some good music. I can't think of a better artist right now than one that I was recently introduced to by none other than the one and only Debbie Goddard! Did you know that Debbie knows how to play guitar? Well she does and I heard today's Music Monday song, "Jerusalem" by Dan Bern, played by Debbie a few weeks back. She later sent me a list of Dan's songs that will certainly be featured again.

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