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Why remove public displays of religion?

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Why remove public displays of religion?

What’s the big deal?  Why should religious symbols, quotes, adornments, and other forms of religious displays be removed from the public sphere?  I get this question a lot and recently in Grand Haven, MI a local patron of the city who lives in a nearby town, Mitch Kahle, decided to ask the city to remove this giant cross from the public land as well as refrain from putting up nativity scenes and other religious messages unless they make clear space for other forms of public information dissemination. See the original letter here.  I want to be clear that what Mitch Kahle and...

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Part Four: Concerning the Argument from Numerical Identity

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Part Four: Concerning the Argument from Numerical Identity

by: Brandon Christen Sorry for the delay in publishing this, the final part in this multi-part series about secular arguments against abortion. Let us recap the argument from numerical identity. The argument states that an entity, A, is numerically singular—that is, it is equivalent to itself. A given chair is itself, and it remains itself at any point in time through the fifty years that it exists. This is a very intuitive position, and is arguably the common sense position most people maintain. When applied to abortion, the argument is that a human being is a human being at age 1, and...

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Abortion, Philosophy, and Godlessness: Part 3, the Argument from Rights

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Abortion, Philosophy, and Godlessness: Part 3, the Argument from Rights

Some people make the claim that all human beings have rights. This being the case, they go on to say that to abort an embryo is to violate that human being’s right to life. Thus, they conclude, it is wrongful to practice abortion. I find great problems with this line of thinking. So, for part three, I wanted to discuss the issue of rights. Previously we discussed my belief that what matters about someone is not their mere humanity (in terms of their being biologically human) but their personhood, which comes about subsequent to their humanity. Human-being, under the proper conditions, gives...

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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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