Monday, August 30, 2010

Do Christians Really Believe?

Something that always has bothered me about Christians is that they say they believe in The Bible, but then their actions contradict that assertion time and again. A column over at the Huffington Post recently addressed just this issue, so I figured it was high time that I addressed it here, as well.

Then Why Don't You Kill Yourself?

As a lead-in to this topic, I give you a video clip wherein Bill Maher backed a Christian (actually, a Jew for Jesus) into a corner in his excellent documentary Religulous:

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Do Human Morals Come From Religion?

The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human ValuesTo a depressingly large number of Christians, atheists are depressed, angry, amoral people. I'll handle the first two at a later point in time (although, geeze, all of the atheists I know are super happy, and the Christians tend to be more depressed), but in this post I wanted to focus on morality. Morality is an especially timely subject considering the imminent release of Sam Harris' new book The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values. (Set for release Oct. 5, 2010)

Two separate questions are brought up in religious debates regarding morality:
  1. Are religious people more moral than non-religious people?
  2. Does morality trace its roots to The Bible?

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