Olaf Simons: You have made a beautiful film on Positivism in Brazil. "The Last Religion" (Documentary about Positivism in Brazil, 2015) from Hugo Pinto on Vimeo. What gave you the idea to work on such a – shall I say strange –... Read More | Share it now!
Atheist Dogmatics (1): Atheism is not a belief but the *absence* of belief
Sorry to begin with this part of really tricky dogmatics. It will be a dance around minute decisions, but, promised!, of tremendous consequence (as any encounter with dogmatics – yes, I know). A tour with Godless Mom™ can, perhaps,... Read More | Share it now!
Drei Tage in einer Facebook-Hass-Gruppe “vernunftorientierter Atheisten”
Was brachte mich auf diese Seite? Gar keine so abwegige Frage. Eine Rekalibrierung meiner politischen Koordinaten durch Facebook, nachdem ich mich mit mehr Spaß mit einem Facebook Freund unterhielt, der hier schon war? Vernunftorientiere... Read More | Share it now!
All God’s Twitter Accounts
You are an atheist and fear that God might actually exist? A Christian, Jew or Moslem in fear that he might not? Relax and get all the the emanations collected on this site from all the Twitter accounts we have heard of. The scene is in silent turmoil... Read More | Share it now!
And finally the biscuit
From my Twitter stream – and so sad: By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. pic.twitter.com/2KEgrXQ9CJ — Rapture Oct 7th 2015 (@oct7th2015Rapt) December 17, 2015 ... Read More | Share it now!
Patheos | An Interview with Dale McGowan, managing editor of the Patheos Atheist Channel
The following is an interview with Dale McGowan, managing editor, of the Atheist Channel on Patheos – an interview about what is probably the most exciting web platform of inter- and supra-religious dialogue to be found on the web:... Read More | Share it now!
Must Christianity be Empirically Falsifiable? A Reply to Dave Armstrong
Must Christianity be Empirically Falsifiable? It was the subtitle that caught my attention in Dave Armstrong’s recent Patheos post: — …in Order to be Rationally Held? Positivist Myths and Fallacies Debunked by Philosophers and... Read More | Share it now!
Nonreligion at the #IAHR2015 – the Mega-Event of International Religious Studies
Friday 28. The last day of the IAHR 2015 Conference. This is the session guide, and this the Abstract Book of the XXI Quinquennial World Congress of the International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR), Erfurt, Germany, August 23-29,... Read More | Share it now!
Is Atheism a Belief? Yes, for a certain kind of atheist
As William noted in his post, atheism could be considered a kind of belief for those atheists who do not simply lack a belief in God, but believe precisely that there is no God. It is one thing to say “There’s no evidence for God, I have no reason... Read More | Share it now!
The Socratic Method Applied to Faith
Preface In this document, I hope to engage you in a calm and rational discussion of what faith is and what kind of beliefs it fosters. Absolutley nothing in this text should be taken dogmatically. It’s an invitation for us to bring an open mind to... Read More | Share it now!
We are all trained to use more than one belief system
I know that this is mined territory but I assume that we are all wondrously competent to think in more than one mode and that all the time. The believer can tell me all kinds of things about her trust in God. If I ask her to let her two year old kid... Read More | Share it now!
Is Atheism a Belief? It depends | by William Oliver
The terms “atheism” and “god” mean nothing So, as you can probably tell by these extremely varied answers it depends. Atheism is just a word, a word. God is also just a freaking word. Let me explain what I mean by all of... Read More | Share it now!
A vida de Auguste Comte: Capítulo final – “Habitando um túmulo antecipado” | por Henri Gouhier
Available also in English Sobre as orações de Comte – algumas observações introdutórias O quadro esboçado por Henri Gouhier – exposto com fortes doses de ironia, a título de “crítica” – apresenta um painel intenso e bonito de alguns... Read More | Share it now!
Auguste Comte’s Religion of Humanity | by John Stuart Mill
The following passages are an excerpt from John Stuart Mill‘s Auguste Comte and Positivism, a book lenght appraisal of Comte’s philosophy including his theory of knowledge, his Religion of Humanity and his ideas of future societies. The... Read More | Share it now!
A Young Positivist | by George du Maurier
A Young Positivist Parson. “What’s a Miracle?” Boy. “Dunno.” Parson. “Well, if the Sun were to Shine in the Middle of the Night, what should you Say it was?” Boy. “The Moon.” Parson. “But if you were Told it was the Sun, what... Read More | Share it now!
Revisiting Early Modern Prophecies – reflections of a recent conference
From the 26th to the 28th of June Ariel Hessayon and Lionel Laborie welcomed about a hundred historians at London’s Goldsmith College to take a broader look at prophecies of the three centuries between 1500 and 1800. Science fiction fans might start... Read More | Share it now!
Two Years on a Mormon Mission: Gotha
The following is an interview between Olaf Simons for positivists.org and Elder Brown and Elder Colson, Nate Brown and Eric Colson, two Mormon missionaries, who are presently stationed in Gotha, east Germany. Perhaps a bit of information to frame the... Read More | Share it now!
Promoting Science | An Interview with Hashem Al-Ghaili
Olaf Simons: Rumours have it that you are planning a temporary Facebook abstinence – can it be? Hashem Al-Ghaili: Yes, that’s right. Due to work pressure, I have to quit Facebook temporarily for a couple of months. I think that’s what... Read More | Share it now!
The seven allegations of the Tom Phillips vs. Thomas S. Monson case
The following lines will exploit the interview Tom Phillips gave to people from Infants on Thrones – The Philosophies of Men, Mingled with Humor (a website whose very title betrays a complex interest Mormon creeds). The interview appeared only... Read More | Share it now!
Some juridical reflections on the private prosecution of the Mormon leader for fraud (Phillips v. Monson)
This is indeed an interesting case, though, for a number of technical reasons, I do not think that this private prosecution goes to trial. Having said that, I think that the key question for English courts (as distinct from Scottish courts) would be... Read More | Share it now!