LOGICAL SYLLOGISMS: “The Beautiful and Ugly ‘Truth’ About Logical Arguments” / Atheist Debates Patreon Project / Matt Dillahunty ☮

The value of logical syllogisms are in their utility – tied to what we ‘accept’ rather than merely what is ‘true’.

ABRAHAMIC METAPHYSICS: “History Lesson: Religion’s Portrayal of ‘Hell’ is Totally Misunderstood” / Big Think / Rob Bell ☮

A lot of us are banking on heaven for ourselves and hell for certain others, but spiritual teacher Rob Bell urges us to think about those concepts as states of consciousness, and rethink the nature of the afterlife.

MORAL PHILOSOPHY: “Pope Francis Just Dropped the Mic on the Death Penalty” / John Iadarola ☮

Pope Francis just laid down the law on the death penalty, saying that it fosters vengeance in the hearts of crime victims, not justice. This is just the latest in a long line of liberal positions the Pope has laid out. (He ain’t perfect though)

MORAL PHILOSOPHY: “Limbaugh: Liberals Want to ‘Obliterate the Whole Notion of Morality'” / Secular Talk / Kyle Kulinski ☮

Rush Limbaugh weighed in today on the controversy over “bathroom bills” in a number of states that have been decried as anti-trans. . . .

MORAL PHILOSOPHY: “A Discussion About Hell” / Atheist Debates Patreon Project / Matt Dillahunty ☮

What is hell? Is it a literal place of torture and torment? Is it separation from a god? Is it annihilation? Is there anything real behind the threats? Which religion’s hell should we avoid? What is this concept doing to people?

This talk was delivered to the Unitarian Universalist Humanists of Tampa Florida in April, 2016.

ATHEIST DEBATE: “Professing Atheist?” / Matt Dillahunty ☮

From time to time we’ll see and hear atheists referred to as “professed atheist”, “self-professed atheist” and “professing atheist”. What does this mean? Where does it come from? Is it just a claim that we’re lying? Or does it tell us far more about the person using the label than the person the label is applied to?