Posts tagged "Socrates"

Why we still love Socrates

A very long time ago there once was an ugly little stone cutter. He had no family name of any wealth or recognition. No fancy education. He was nothing more than working class. As a young man he served as no more than a grunt in the military. He was unattractive and certainly no son... Read more »

Blame Genesis, not Plato, for delays in evolutionary science

When fellow biologists read Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species in the 19th century, some outspokenly questioned why they didn’t think of it themselves. The evidence was all around them, especially in human guided breeding of animals such as pigeons and dogs. So why was something so obvious not discovered and well defined centuries if not... Read more »

The Machiavellian perfection of god

God is perfect! He is just and holy and merciful. That is how Christian and Muslim apologists often begin a public debate with an atheist. Once they’ve established the definition of perfection they are then able to make their case for believing. If god is perfect he is a transcendent foundation for moral values. But... Read more »
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“Lack of belief” blurs the line between atheist and agnostic

When Thomas Huxley created the term agnostic, he considered atheist to mean anti-theological “gnosis” while the religious side was theological “gnosis”. Agnosticism was meant to be anti-dogmatism more than anything else. Huxley was not agnostic regarding the Bible which he criticized heavily, nor was he agnostic regarding the evolutionary work of his dear friend Charles... Read more »

250 Quotes to strengthen our minds

A harvest of philosophy from different times, people and cultures can provide a supplement or alternative to guidance that is typically sought after in religion. 1. “I think, therefore I am.” — René Descartes 2. “I am what I am.” – Popeye the Sailor 3. “Know thy self, know thy enemy. A thousand battles, a... Read more »