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A Thought Experiment About Personhood

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A Thought Experiment About Personhood

This is a mini-post related to a (much) longer post discussing the argument from future deprivation. Briefly, the argument supposes that the ending of human life is wrong fundamentally because of its denying them of a future filled with the sorts of experiences that make a person’s life meaningful. Thus, according to the argument from future deprivation, aborting a fetus is wrong because it deprives a human life of its future. Now, the argument also asserts that the question of whether or not a fetus is also a person does not matter—that its mere biological humanity is enough to merit it...

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Abortion, Philosophy, and Godlessness: The Argument from Deprived Future Part 2

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Abortion, Philosophy, and Godlessness: The Argument from Deprived Future Part 2

By: Brandon Christen (Part 2 of 5) One of the strongest arguments against abortion which I have come across has been the argument from a denied future. This argument is presented by anti-abortionists from within the secular community as a completely secular argument that, allegedly, philosophically showcases why we cannot allow abortion (except for certain circumstances, which we shall come to in due time). This argument is perhaps best articulated by a philosopher named Don Marquis from his article “Why Abortion is Immoral” in The Journal of Philosophy in 1989. I first read it in the...

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Everything Happens for a Reason…. or Does it?

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Everything Happens for a Reason…. or Does it?

Everything Happens for a Reason: An Open Letter to My Friends and Others Who Believe This ©2014 By Martha Readyoff First of all, let me say that I love you and admire you. If you are my friend, I love you and you know who you are. If I don’t know you and if you believe that everything happens for a reason then I have strong evidence to think that you are like my friends who believe this and are therefore a good person and probably pretty pleasant to be around- other than having to listen to you say “everything happens for a reason.” Just kidding . . . sort of. I find this phrase and...

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Abortion, Philosophy, and Godlessness: Considering abortion from Atheistic Perspectives Part 1

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Abortion, Philosophy, and Godlessness: Considering abortion from Atheistic Perspectives Part 1

Guest blog by Brandon Christen This will be a 5 part series.  Each argument will be broken down individually to give it the explanation it deserves. With perhaps the notable exception of gay marriage, there are few issues that seem—on the face of it—more starkly divided, and dividable, along religious and non-religious lines, it is abortion. The broadly portrayed narrative in the past has been one of conservative, religious ideologies making the claim that an embryo is a full person by merit of its possessing a unique and individual “soul”—this being the same soul that, in many...

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IRS ends VIP treatment for churches

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IRS ends VIP treatment for churches

Guest blog by: Jason Paul Benell Recently the IRS settled with the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) concerning the political activism that many religious groups have engaged in over the past years. FFRF challenged the IRS on the grounds that religious organizations receive preferential treatment due to their church status, citing the requirement for all non-profit groups file special financial accountability forms while churches do not. They allege that “this preferential treatment directly benefits churches while discriminating against other non-profit organizations solely on the...

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Exploring Your Atheist Communities: Why Atheists Hang Out With Other Atheists

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Exploring Your Atheist Communities: Why Atheists Hang Out With Other Atheists

Something I’ve heard from well-meaning, and not-so-well-meaning, believers: why do you need atheism? Why congregate for something you lack like we do for something we have [their religious beliefs, god, etc]? This is a multifaceted question, with multifaceted answers. On the face of it, nonbelievers need to congregate because they need to be around other people that don’t believe. They need to organize not to proselytize, but occasionally to spread the good word…that you can be good without god, that atheists believe in good. Humanism. Mine – and My Husband’s Answer My husband,...

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