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Your Skeptical Guide To Religion

RD kicks off its "Summer Genocide Series" with a critical review of Paul Copan's book "Is God a Moral Monster?" Copan argues that the holy war waged against the Canaanites was not the blood-soaked genocide that critics of the Bible make it out to be . It was a limited, relatively humane campaign that was morally and spiritually justified. Thom Stark disagrees. He's written a massive point-by-point refutation of Copan's book entitled "Is God a Moral Compromiser?" (free pdf available here!). We'll take a look at Copan's arguments and Stark's response for this weeks Counter- apologetics segment. …

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[![](http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ngPjDDUvPi8/TijofQQstcI/AAAAAAAAAe8/-rLiMjgQmfg/s200/jeremy_at_the_beach_2.png)](http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ngPjDDUvPi8/TijofQQstcI/AAAAAAAAAe8/-rLiMjgQmfg/s1600/jeremy_at_the_beach_2.png)This episode features the lecture "Deceived Into Thinking: Teaching Students to Think Critically Through The Study of Deception" presented by Jeremy Beahan to CFI Michigan on May 11th, 2011 Description: After trying (unsuccessfully) to get young students excited about learning informal logic, Jeremy Beahan began flirting with a different strategy. …
[![](http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-SEzFTQsqHAk/ThOm7hPWZ6I/AAAAAAAAAes/XtSAwYLY5tM/s200/atheists_sex.jpg)](http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-SEzFTQsqHAk/ThOm7hPWZ6I/AAAAAAAAAes/XtSAwYLY5tM/s1600/atheists_sex.jpg)The design argument may be the most intuitively appealing argument for the existence of God. Creationists often point to organs such as the human eye as examples of complex systems that could not have arisen by chance. But take a closer look at nature and one will find several instances …
[![](http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-egdo33BWVvk/TgO9qvDWHFI/AAAAAAAAAek/t7G3yCx- rPs/s200/hemantmehta.jpg)](http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-egdo33BWVvk/TgO9qvDWHFI/AAAAAAAAAek/t7G3yCx- rPs/s1600/hemantmehta.jpg) Hemant Mehta (author of the [friendly atheist blog](http://friendlyatheist.com/)) was only looking to expand his horizons and raise a little money for a local freethinking student group when he came up with the idea that made him a media sensation. He started a page on Ebay where he …
[![](http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-BT95YFNEvC8/Te6cXupeZUI/AAAAAAAAAec/eJtGxiiy- bo/s200/lady_justice_is_so_hot.jpg)](http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-BT95YFNEvC8/Te6cXupeZUI/AAAAAAAAAec/eJtGxiiy- bo/s1600/lady_justice_is_so_hot.jpg) Life isn't always fair. Sometimes good people suffer needlessly while immoral people prosper. Nevertheless belief in a just world persists. Deep within the human psyche is a strong urge to believe people get what they deserve and while this mentality may bring some comfort to the individual …
[![](http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-K2crbEYlzOs/TdWTt6mg4pI/AAAAAAAAABI/cpw9l-IGVaw/s320/Rapture.jpg)](http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-K2crbEYlzOs/TdWTt6mg4pI/AAAAAAAAABI/cpw9l-IGVaw/s1600/Rapture.jpg) On May 22nd, 2011 dozens of people will be disappointed to find that the world is still spinning, hundreds of billboards across the world will look ridiculous and Harold Camping will struggle to find an explanation for how he could have gotten it wrong once again. Yes, yet another …
[![](http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-VTr9B4m15cU/Tbl_8wdk9tI/AAAAAAAAABA/Gk_cwK_OjUs/s320/moses- pharoah_001.jpg)](http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-VTr9B4m15cU/Tbl_8wdk9tI/AAAAAAAAABA/Gk_cwK_OjUs/s1600/moses- pharoah_001.jpg)The Biblical account of the Jewish slavery in and exodus from Egypt is regarded by many as a historical fact, give or take a few miracles. But what does modern archaeology have to say on the subject? We dive into the evidence (or lack thereof) for this ancient …
[![](http://www.cfimichigan.org/images/uploads/speakers/Luke2.jpg)](http://www.cfimichigan.org/images/uploads/speakers/Luke2.jpg)This RD Extra features a lecture by Luke Galen entitled _The Roots of Morality: Does Religion Play a Role or is the Tail Wagging the Dog?_ Grand Rapids Community College hosted and sponsored the event as part of the 2010-2011 Psychology Department Speakers Series. A pdf file of Luke's lecture …
[![](http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-oTM- sRgEg1U/TXWS_K8uAGI/AAAAAAAAAAc/EFWf0kd9dIM/s200/lamb-chop- puppet.jpg)](http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-oTM- sRgEg1U/TXWS_K8uAGI/AAAAAAAAAAc/EFWf0kd9dIM/s1600/lamb-chop-puppet.jpg) The DoubtCasters take on some of the most bizarre stories in the news recently, including the latest Catholic sex scandal (not what you expect), the latest anti-gay crusader's sex scandal (exactly what you'd expect), the Supreme Court, Fort Bragg, and beyond. Plus, liberal use of the …
[![](http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-bVZ6vcLed6A/TXVO4e2VupI/AAAAAAAAAAM/6Kqqu12ffCQ/s200/polyAthesim%2Bcopy.jpg)](http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-bVZ6vcLed6A/TXVO4e2VupI/AAAAAAAAAAM/6Kqqu12ffCQ/s1600/polyAthesim%2Bcopy.jpg) Episode 80 - Faith of the Fatherless In his book Faith of the Fatherless, Dr. Paul Vitz explains that atheism is the result of weak, absent or abusive fathers. Dr. Prof. Luke debunks Vitz's 'theory' through the wily use of actual research. In counter-apologetics, Justin offers desire utilitarianism as …
First, we take a look at XXXChurch.com's latest attempt to dress puritanical sexual policies in a slutty outfit. Then we focus on recent events in Egypt and discuss whether or not we should be afraid of a Muslim Caliphate taking over the world like Glenn Beck says we should. In …
Episode 78 Why Bother? Jan. 25, 2011
[![](http://profile.ak.fbcdn.net/hprofile-ak- snc4/hs1348.snc4/162080_117489434969625_8124141_n.jpg)](http://profile.ak.fbcdn.net/hprofile- ak-snc4/hs1348.snc4/162080_117489434969625_8124141_n.jpg) Getting into debates over religion can be frustrating and people rarely ever change their minds. So why bother? What would an atheist possibly hope to achieve by debating religious apologists? Justin Schieber has had plenty of time to ponder those questions. He represents the atheist viewpoint for …
[![](http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_29Qc64eUTDw/TTI0GXQcoOI/AAAAAAAAAeA/XVjJ2_Qk_EE/s200/cell- research.jpg)](http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_29Qc64eUTDw/TTI0GXQcoOI/AAAAAAAAAeA/XVjJ2_Qk_EE/s1600/cell- research.jpg) With exiting new developments in stem cell research hitting the media, we thought it would be a great time to revisit the science behind the controversy. Is stem cell therapy really the panacea it's advocates claim it to be? How is an embryonic stem cell different from …
[![](http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_29Qc64eUTDw/TPwYhRvrkTI/AAAAAAAAAdk/JpyvgeJOCJY/s320/you_will_always_be_my_hero_carl.jpg)](http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_29Qc64eUTDw/TPwYhRvrkTI/AAAAAAAAAdk/JpyvgeJOCJY/s1600/you_will_always_be_my_hero_carl.jpg) This extra was recorded at the Carl Sagan Day 2010 celebration hosted by the CFI On Campus group at Grand Valley State University. Doubtcasters Luke Galen and Jeremy Beahan share their respect for Carl Sagan with two short presentations. Luke talks about Sagan's "[baloney detection kit](http://www.amazon.com/Demon-Haunted-World-Science-Candle- Dark/dp/0345409469/ref=pd_bxgy_b_img_b)" and Jeremy …
A broad secular education can undermine dogmatic religious faith. Knowing this many conservative Christians choose to isolate their children intellectually through homeschooling or enrolling them in religious private schools and Christian colleges. Such children can reach adulthood without ever being challenged to think critically about their religious or political beliefs. …
[![](http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_29Qc64eUTDw/TNC69-TmVzI/AAAAAAAAAdU/GI3O2zD6NSk/s320/religion.jpg)](http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_29Qc64eUTDw/TNC69-TmVzI/AAAAAAAAAdU/GI3O2zD6NSk/s1600/religion.jpg) America is one of the most devout nations in the west but it also has one of the lowest levels of religious literacy. According to the [U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey](http://pewforum.org/Other-Beliefs-and-Practices/U-S- Religious-Knowledge-Survey.aspx) published by the [Pew Research Center](http://pewforum.org/) most Americans cannot correctly answer simple questions about their own faith. But …
[![](http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_29Qc64eUTDw/TLxdkrJes7I/AAAAAAAAAdE/aHzGo62cyO4/s320/debate.jpg)](http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_29Qc64eUTDw/TLxdkrJes7I/AAAAAAAAAdE/aHzGo62cyO4/s1600/debate.jpg) On October 7'th Jeremy Beahan debated [Cliff Knechtle](http://givemeananswer.org/?page_id=177) (of [Give Me an Answer Ministries](http://givemeananswer.org/)) on the question "Is Christianity Rational." The debate covered the following topics: the existence of God, the historical reliability of the gospels and the historicity of the resurrection. The debate was organized by Epic: the …
[![](http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_29Qc64eUTDw/TKoYBAufmKI/AAAAAAAAAc8/cxte0Zue06c/s200/stephenbatchelor.jpg)](http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_29Qc64eUTDw/TKoYBAufmKI/AAAAAAAAAc8/cxte0Zue06c/s1600/stephenbatchelor.jpg) While the doctrines of early Buddhism were pragmatic, skeptical and humanistic it did not take long for Buddhism to acquire the familiar trappings of an organized religion. Just a few hundred years after the Buddha's death many of his followers began to teach that the Buddha was not an …
Episode 74 Mindfulness Sept. 20, 2010
[![](http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_29Qc64eUTDw/TJavF1npq0I/AAAAAAAAAc0/1A2DneFWyjE/s200/mindfulness.jpg)](http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_29Qc64eUTDw/TJavF1npq0I/AAAAAAAAAc0/1A2DneFWyjE/s1600/mindfulness.jpg)For this, the second in a three part series on Buddhism, the doubtcasters turn their attention to the Noble Eightfold Path and its emphasis on mental discipline. While some meditation techniques aim at achieving deep trance-like states, Vipassana or "mindfulness" meditation is relatively free of mysticism. The goal of mindfulness …
[![](http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_29Qc64eUTDw/TIVKTYifT3I/AAAAAAAAAck/WWvbIgp6C90/s200/confession- of-a-buddhist- atheist.jpg)](http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_29Qc64eUTDw/TIVKTYifT3I/AAAAAAAAAck/WWvbIgp6C90/s1600/confession- of-a-buddhist-atheist.jpg) [Stephen Batchelor](http://www.stephenbatchelor.org/stephenbio.html), author of "[Confession of a Buddhist Atheist](http://www.stephenbatchelor.org/book- confession.html)" joins us for the first installment of a three part series on Buddhism. Batchelor, a former monk in both the Tibetan and Zen traditions, was trained by monks in the Dali Lama's inner circle. Over time …