The Course of Reason

ISSA Freethought Library Update!

July 27, 2011 Rebecca Tippens

It's been two weeks, and ISSA's Freethought Library has more than doubled in size! Sure, that means we now have nine books instead of four, but progress is progress! I'd like to thank those who've donated thus far... This is, of course, for a great cause -- arming our members with the most fundamental atheist arguments, facilitating productive discussion and promoting further inquiry. In short, we need to keep these freethinkers freethinkin'! Get it? Got it? Good.

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UNIFI is Good Without God in Vinton

July 26, 2011 Michael Dippold

Residents of Vinton, Iowa are still recovering from a storm that tore through their small town two weeks ago. It brought winds upwards of 130 miles per hour that destroyed buildings, rolled cars, and uprooted trees. I was shocked by how much damage a relatively quick wind storm could do after surveying the damage for myself on my way into town. Luckily, there were not many injuries, and no deaths to the best of my knowledge.

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Pigs Can’t Fly, but They Can Probably Feel Pain

July 25, 2011 Seth Kurtenbach

Hey folks. This is a continuation of an earlier post in which Maggie and I (I’m Seth) argued that the skeptic community, insofar as it cares about being good without god, ought to extend moral consideration to the non-human animals raised for meat production. A consequence of this is to cease contributing to the so-called factory farming system, as it causes a large amount of unnecessary suffering. One of our commentors challenged the rational humanist basis for such a view. 

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Atheists Know Math, and They Know What is Right

July 24, 2011 Dren Asselmeier

There is a magical store that has a no-candy checkout aisle for grabby children, umbrellas you can borrow to get to your car, and probably the happiest employees I have ever seen at a grocery store. That store is Wegman’s and it is new to me, since I came from the Midwest where Meijer was king.

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Possibly the Most Insulting Apologetic I’ve Ever Read

July 23, 2011 Cory Derringer

Dr. William Lane Craig is well known in some atheist circles for his elusive and slippery style of debate, and for his contributions to apologetics in the form of valid (but hardly sound) arguments, some of which I've even discussed on this blog. I've never admired Dr. Craig, but until now I've never been offended by him either. The argument to which I'm referring isn't new; it's actually from his 1994 book Reasonable Faith (which incidentally just made my reading list if for no purpose other than blog fodder).

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