Death by Faith: The Venomous Consequences of Religious Irrationality
Natalie Ogle April 24, 2014
"Deeply held" irrational beliefs are still irrational, whether those beliefs call for handling dangerous snakes or burning “witches” or flying airplanes into buildings. Integrity does not consist in loyalty to irrational principles or beliefs; it consists in loyalty to rational principles—principles based in observation and logic and in service of human life.
Aristotle Versus Religion
Andrew Bernstein February 21, 2014
Offers a concise history of the relationships and conflicts between Aristotelianism and the three major monotheistic religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; illustrates the varying degrees to which Western and Middle Eastern cultures accepted or rejected The Philosopher's ideas and attempted to mix them with religion; and shows the power of rational ideas to sustain and further human life and the power of irrational ideas to throttle and thwart it.
Good Living, Philosophy
A Peek at Thinking in Principles: The Science of Selfishness
Craig Biddle February 21, 2014
Discusses the nature of principles, surveys various kinds of principles, draws crucial definitions of “principle” from the survey, and shows the vital role of principles in thinking.
Answering Sam Harris’s “Moral Landscape Challenge”
Ari Armstrong February 9, 2014
What is the proper moral standard? As Ayn Rand identified, it is only a person’s own life that, ultimately, can serve as his highest value, which all other values properly support. Life, Rand pointed out, makes values possible and necessary.
Philosophy, Politics & Rights
Conservatives Concede Moral Premises of Welfare State
Stephen Bourque January 25, 2014
Although some conservatives claim to defend limited government and individual liberty, conservatives in fact fail to defend these values consistently. The reason is that conservatives share with their leftist “opponents” a commitment to the morality of self-sacrifice. Take a recent example. In her article for the Heritage Foundation, “How to…
“A Cause Greater Than Yourself”—In What Sense?
Ari Armstrong January 24, 2014
[caption id="attachment_10286" align="alignright" width="300"] Wikimedia Commons[/caption] Listen to the mp3 audio of this post. Google the phrases “greater than yourself,” “larger than yourself,” and “bigger than yourself,” and you will find millions of related links. We all know the refrain (and its variants): “Live for a cause greater than yourself.”…
John Cisna’s All-McDonald’s Diet Illustrates Importance of Choice
David H. Mirman January 13, 2014
Eating at fast food restaurants causes weight gain, right? Didn’t Morgan Spurlock show this in his 2004 documentary Super Size Me, in which he ate only at McDonald’s for thirty days and gained twenty-five pounds as a result? Not so fast. As reported by KCCI News, high school science teacher…
Basic Moral Theories Essentialized
Craig Biddle January 10, 2014
[Click for a PDF of the full chart] Human action, whether by individuals, groups, or governments, is driven by ideas—most substantially by the ideas people accept as morally correct. Why did Rosa Parks refuse to give up her bus seat to a white passenger? Why did Edward Snowden release classified…
A Pretend “War Against Christianity”
Natalie Ogle December 28, 2013
Recently Bill O’Reilly interviewed Southern Baptist megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress about the alleged “War on Christmas” and “War on Christianity.” Jeffress said: [T]he war on Christmas is real, but, Bill, it’s a part of a larger war against Christianity that's being waged around the world. And, yeah it’s true, we…