While We’re On the Subject

Amidst my frantic assembling of necessities for my third (and final) year of collegiate education, I’ve been catching up on my myriad of awesome podcasts. Another great one for your consideration is Atheists Talk, produced on AM 950 by Minnesota Atheists. They do a great show and have had the likes of PZ Myers and Lori Lipman Brown of the Secular Coalition of America among their guests.

This past week’s show is titled All About Humanism and is an excellent primer for anyone interested in the subject. They take questions from a live audience (this broadcast was hosted at the Minnesota state fair) and go over the key points of the Humanist Manifesto, a wonderful document that begins thus:

Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without supernaturalism, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity.

The lifestance of Humanism—guided by reason, inspired by compassion, and informed by experience—encourages us to live life well and fully. It evolved through the ages and continues to develop through the efforts of thoughtful people who recognize that values and ideals, however carefully wrought, are subject to change as our knowledge and understandings advance.

It’s hard apparently easier than you’d think to imagine how anyone could disagree.

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The Names We Give Ourselves

In response to this blog’s creation, a friend of mine queried thus:

what actually convinced you that there isnt such a thing as “god” anyways?

i just don’t see any sufficient evidence for either side anymore, and i want to know how you can call yourself an “athiest” when i can’t leave the viewpoint of an “agnostic”.

i wish i could believe in a “god” like i used to, however i’ve grown too much in the past four years… from someone with blind faith to someone too logical to even know how i feel about the word “faith”.

This is a legitimate question that a lot of agnostics pose and I’m glad she brought it up because I feel it’s worth addressing. First off, I’d like to define Atheism.


–noun a person who denies or disbelieves the existence of a supreme being or beings. (emphasis added)

Many people forget that atheism can mean both active denial or a simple lack of belief. In this second sense, agnostics can also be accurately described as atheists. So to be clear, there is no way to disprove the existence of a supernatural being, making me in the strictest way, an agnostic. I choose to identify as atheist because while we may never be able to say conclusively one way or the other, that does not mean that both are equally probable propositions.

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