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Definition of Pragmatic Atheist

2017-02-27T11:01:26Z

A pragmatic atheist is defined as one who rejects belief in gods because believing in gods is unnecessary for any pragmatic, important part of one's life. This definition of pragmatic atheist is derived from the application of the philosophy of Pragmatism to the question of whether any gods exist. A pragmatic atheist is thus both a Pragmatist and an atheist. Pragmatic atheists do not positively assert that any gods do or do not exist.



Theories in Epistemology: Are Our Senses...

2017-02-27T11:01:26Z

Theories in epistemology attempt to describe the relationship between our knowledge and the objects of that knowledge.



What are the different types of ethical systems?

2017-02-27T11:01:26Z

Types of Ethical Systems. Agnosticism & Atheism.



Teleology and Ethics: Actions and Consequences

2017-02-27T11:01:26Z

If you judge the morality of actions by the consequences, then you are following a teleological moral system, also known as a consequentialist system.



James the Apostle: Profile & Biography

2017-02-27T11:01:26Z

James was present at the resurrection of Jarius’ daughter, at Jesus’ transfiguration, and at the Garden of Gethsemane before Jesus was arrested. Learn more.



Mictecacihuatl: Goddess of Death in Aztec...

2017-02-27T11:01:26Z

Mictecacihuatl was the Aztec goddess of death who lived in Mictlan, the Aztec underworld, with her husband Mictecacihuatl. Learn more.



John the Apostle: Profile & Biography of...

2017-02-27T11:01:26Z

John, the son of Zebedee, was called along with this brother James to be one of Jesus' twelve apostles who would accompany him on his ministry. John appears in the lists of apostles in the synoptic gospels as well as Acts.



Court Decisions on the Ten Commandments

2017-02-27T11:01:26Z

Should displays of the Ten Commandments be allowed in public buildings? Should large monuments be erected on the grounds of courthouses or legislative buildings? Should there be posters of the Ten Commandments in schools and other municipal buildings? Some argue that they are part of our legal history, but others contend that they are inherently religious and, therefore, cannot be allowed.



Myths About the Separation of Church and State

2017-02-27T11:01:26Z

When discussing the separation of church and state, it quickly becomes apparent that there is a lot of misinformation, misunderstandings, and myths floating around which distort people's perception of critical issues. It simply isn't possible to come to a reasonable understanding about the nature of how religion and government should interact when people do not have all of the facts - or, even worse, when what they think are facts turn out to simply be errors.



Religion vs Spirituality - What's the Difference?

2017-02-27T11:01:26Z

Is such a distinction valid? It is important to keep in mind that it presumes to describe two fundamentally different types of things.



What is Critical Thinking? - Open-Mindedness

2017-02-27T11:01:26Z

The term 'critical thinking' is used, in one form or another, throughout this site - but what does it mean? Some may get the impression that it simply involves finding fault with others and others' ideas, but that isn't really the case. As a general rule, critical thinking involves developing some emotional and intellectual distance between yourself and ideas - whether your own or others' - in order to better evaluate their truth, validity, and reasonableness.



The Gospel According to Mark, Chapter 9

2017-02-27T11:01:26Z

The ninth chapter of Mark starts out with one of the most important pre-passion events: Jesus' transfiguration, which reveals something about his true nature to a select inner group of apostles. After this, Jesus continues to work miracles but includes further predictions about his coming death as well as warnings about the dangers inherent in giving in to temptations to sin.



Embryonic Homologies - How Embryonic Homologies...

2017-02-27T11:01:26Z

Most anatomical homologies, whether active or vestigial, are present in the adult members of a species. A few anatomical homologies, however, only appear briefly during the embryonic stage of an animal's development. These short-lived anatomical homologies are referred to as embryonic homologies and serve as evidence that the species in question is related to other species where the organs or anatomical structures persist past the embryonic stage and through adulthood.



Atheism & Skepticism with Greek Philosophers

2017-02-27T11:01:26Z

Ancient Greece was an exciting time for ideas and philosophy - perhaps for the first time there developed a social system sufficiently advanced to let people to sit around and think about difficult topics for a living. It's no surprise that people thought about traditional notions of gods and religion, but not everyone decided in favor of tradition. Few if any could strictly be called atheist philosophers, but they were skeptics who were critical of traditional religion.



A Timeline of the Crusades: Fourth Crusade,...

2017-02-27T11:01:26Z

Launched in 1202, the Fourth Crusade was in part instigated by Venetian leaders who saw it as a means to increase their power and influence.



Request of James and John to Jesus (Mark...

2017-02-27T11:01:26Z

Jesus uses this occasion to repeat his earlier lesson about how a person who wants to be in Mark 10:35-45.



What You Should Know About Pragmatism as a...

2017-02-27T11:01:26Z

According to Pragmatism, the truth or meaning of an idea or a proposition lies in its observable practical consequences rather than anything metaphysical.



What Is Monotheism?

2017-02-27T11:01:26Z

What is monotheism? Learn about the belief in the existence of a single god and how it differs from polytheism and atheism.



An Atheist's Guide to Lent

2017-02-27T11:01:26Z

Learn about the traditional Christian observances of Lent, including its origins, length of time, fasting practices, and more.



What's Wrong With Judging Ethical Decisions By...

2017-02-27T11:01:26Z

What are teleological ethical systems? What are some problems with judging ethical decisions based upon their consequences?



Which Religions Believe in One or More God?

2017-02-27T11:01:26Z

There are many forms of theism, from believing in one god to believing in many gods. They aren't all the same, and can't be critiqued in the same way.



Why Does Religion Exist?

2017-02-27T11:01:26Z

There have been as many theories as theorists and all offer important insights on the nature of religion and possible reasons why religion has persisted through human history.



The Gospel According to Mark, Chapter 6

2017-02-27T11:01:26Z

In the sixth chapter of Mark’s gospel, Jesus continues his ministry, his healing, and his preaching. Now, though, Jesus also sends out his apostles to try to do the same things on their own. Jesus also visits his family where he receives something less than a warm welcome.



Is Atheism a Religion? Defining Atheism and...

2017-02-27T11:01:26Z

Many Christians seem to believe that atheism is a religion, but no one with a fair understanding of both concepts would make such a mistake. Because it's such a common claim, though, it's worth demonstrating the depth and breadth of the errors being made. Presented here are the characteristics which best define religions, distinguishing them from other types of belief systems, and how atheism utterly fails to even remotely match any of them.



Mictlantecuhtli: Mictlantecuhtli, God of Death...

2017-02-27T11:01:26Z

Mictlantecuhtli was the Aztec god of death and the underworld. To honor Mictlantecuhtli, Aztec sacrificed an impersonator of Mictlantecuhtli at night and at a temple named Tlalxicco, which means 'navel of the world.' When Hernan Cortes landed, Aztec ruler Moctezuma II thought that it was the arrival of Quetzalcoatl, signalling the end of the world, so he stepped up human sacrifices to offer the skins of victims to Mictlantecuhtli in order to placate him.



Pantheon in Rome - History and Architecture

2017-02-27T11:01:26Z

Today a Christian church, the Pantheon is the best preserved of all ancient Roman buildings and has been in near-continuous use since its reconstruction.



Godless Views on the Legality and Morality of...

2017-02-27T11:01:26Z

Abortion debates in America tend to focus on religious perspectives and what religious believers think. Godless views on whether abortion is moral and whether a woman's right to choose abortion should remain legally protected are almost never consulted. This is somewhat understandable, given the fact that there is no single atheist position on abortion and no authority to determine what atheists are supposed to think. This doesn't mean, however, that atheists have nothing to offer.



Arguments Against Gay Marriage: It Would Be a...

2017-02-27T11:01:26Z

Although rarely offered as an explicit argument against gay marriage, the idea that marriage is a sacred religious sacrament is one of the most important arguments for opponents and underlies much of the vehemence which motivates them in a way that the other arguments fail to explain. Indeed, if it weren't for the idea that marriage is sacred, it seems unlikely that the debate would be as rancorous as it is.



State Laws on Flag Desecration, Burning, Abuse,...

2017-02-27T11:01:26Z

Why do some state laws ban publicly desecrating the flag instead of banning it in private as well? Why do some specify that it doesn't matter if you deface your privately owned flag? What does it mean to make it a crime to 'cast contempt' upon or 'speak evilly' about the American flag? Why do some state that a crime occurs only when an act outrages the 'sensibilities' of those watching? Why do some states make it a crime to deface or cast contempt upon the Confederate flag?



Roman Catholic Popes of the 20th Century

2017-02-27T11:01:26Z

A list of all of the popes who reigned during the 20th century with short biographies of each pope and what impact they had on the Roman Catholic Church.