Does background matter in research?There are many scientists who study the history and customs of religion. Among these researchers are people who practice the religion themselves. And other researchers do not practice this religion. But does this affect their research? Do they paint an inaccurate picture of the religion they research because of this?Does background matter in research? by ResponsibleAtheist
On July 16, 2013, Reza Aslan published his book Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. The book gained much publicity after Aslan’s interview with Fox News anchor Lauren Green. She criticized Aslan for writing about Jesus while he himself is a Muslim. Aslan defended himself by stating:
''I am a scholar of religions with four degrees, including one in the New Testament, and fluency in biblical Greek, who has been studying the origins of Christianity for two decades, who also just happens to be a Muslim. So it’s not that I'm just some Muslim writing about Jesus. I am an expert with a Ph.D. in the history of religions.''
This small controversy does raise
The religious idea of free willIn discussions about religion and God, a common thing religious people bring up is free will, which they use to explain God´s lack of interference. However, many don´t seem to understand what free will exactly is, and especially not what the implications are. This is the definition of free will according to the dictionary:The religious idea of free will by ResponsibleAtheist
1. free and independent choice; voluntary decision: You took on the responsibility of your own free will.
2. Philosophy . the doctrine that the conduct of human beings expresses personal choice and is not simply determined by physical or divine forces.
There's still some disagreement about free will among philosophers. Some claim that it can’t exist because our actions have been predetermined by past events. Others claim that this doesn’t prevent free will (compatibilism), or that our choices aren’t affected by these events (libertarianism). However, most agree that free will means making decisions without them being restricted. For exam
Authority: All we need?When I argue with Christians, I often get a lot of arguments from authority (although that goes for most discussions unfortunately). I've argued with people who dismissed my arguments simply because I don't have any authority (mostly because of my age). People often act like authority is all someone needs, and that it wishes away any problem.Authority: All we need? by ResponsibleAtheist
However: It doesn't. The fact that you're an authority on something (due to your work or just education) doesn't make you infallible. If that was true, we would be thousands of years more avanced because no professional philosopher or professional scientist would ever make a mistake. But this isn't the case due to several reasons. One: We are human. Humans make mistakes. Two: While people have lots of experience with certain things, they will always come across things that they don't have experience with. For example, if a new theory is proposed, you can't claim to be an expert on the theory just because of your earlier success or education. Our e
God of Steel (SPOILERS)(This review was written shortly after watching this movie. I´ve made a few changes since then, but it still doesn´t represent all the problems I have with the movie. The Nostalgia Critic will review this movie november 26th, and he´ll probably do it better than I did.)God of Steel (SPOILERS) by ResponsibleAtheist
I have never really done a movie review, but I felt like doing it for once. Like many, I went to see Man of Steel, the newest Superman movie, in the cinema. I had heard some guys, like IGN and Angry Joe, give positive reviews, but I also heard a lot of bad stuff about it from guys like Doug Walker and Brad Jones. So I went to see it for myself. I went there with my father (we decided to watch a lot of movies this summer), and at the end of the movie, I wanted to cry because I spend money on it.
Long story short: This movie is AWFUL.
In the beginning of the film, I didn't think it was so horrible. Krypton looked interesting (although it clearly got some inspiration from LOTR and The Matrix). But even at
Christian Persecution in the USAA lot of Christians seem to be fond of crying about the oppression they experience in American society. My first response is to laugh, but a lot of these people take themselves very seriously so I feel like I should give them a semi-serious answer to some of the claims I've heard. By "semi-serious", I mean I will include some facts but I will still have a deriding attitude. I can only try so hard. Now usually, I don't like formatting a question-answer session against an imaginary opponent since it seems unfair, but this isn't really an imaginary opponent. All of these statements or questions have been put to me before so, as far as I'm concerned, they are fair game.Christian Persecution in the USA by EternalGeekExposed
"Christianity is becoming endangered."
Honey, this is America. Christians are the vast majority in this country. A 2007 poll places the percentage at 78.4% Christian . The vast majority of our politicians and even our president identifies as Christian. The fact that people were