Welcome to Where We Ask You to Question Before You Believe

An interview with CW Brown – Founder and CEO of Philosophical Atheism, and Executive Director of the Atheist Alliance of America

By Angelos Sofocleous

CW, you are the CEO and Founder of the Philosophical Atheism online community. How did this idea come about?

I wanted to create a forum for people to discuss complicated philosophical concepts based in reason, evidence, understanding, and proper argumentation. We also joke, laugh, and educate ourselves as we go. I am excited that it has become so popular. We have a lot of fun and learn a lot about life while doing it.

How do you believe the two relate? Is there a need for atheists to be philosophical and for philosophers to be atheists?

To be without religion is a beginning, but to better navigate life without a god or gods, we need a decent philosophy to live by. Some atheists are nihilists, while others are humanists. I prefer to say that we all create meaning for our own lives, as we see fit. To do this, we need good philosophy and there is plenty for us to learn. Philosophical Atheism helps people do this.

Modeling An Honest Investigation

by Daniel Reynoso

In the grand divide between philosophical positions of theism and atheism, we all make a variety of claims about our world and the nature of reality. These claims can be true, false, or ultimately unknowable, but we make them nonetheless; furthermore, we usually string claims together to form arguments about the best way to interpret the evidence at our disposal.

Whether we’re looking to persuade, debate, or just make sense of our worldview for no one else but ourselves, we’re always busy reasoning about our lives and our world by means of arguments. Arguments are nothing more than a set of reasons—known as “premises”—that leads us to form a judgment—known as a “conclusion”—about a given subject. But arguments can be tricky

Evangelicals, Trump, and Women

by CW Brown

“Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet.”

 1 Timothy 2:11-12 ESV

The United States’ Women’s March on January 21nd certainly animated a variety of responses from both its participants and its onlookers. So much so that it became difficult to understand its importance. As such, I’m trying my best to unpack why I think it happened and why it’s relevant to many women whose voices are desperately needed in these uncertain times.

Is A Miracle Empirical?

by Steve Miller
I’ve recently been asked by several people, “if God isn’t real then how do you explain miracles? There must be some sort of higher power. And that higher power evidently approves of the practices of my religion because those miracles are occurring to people of my religion. And many times it even happens as a direct result of my religion’s prayers or practices.”
 
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Why Atheism Nowadays

Why Atheism Nowadays?

by Daniel Reynoso

 

Scrolling through my Facebook feed is always a two-edged sword. On the one hand, I’ve got access to some of the most creative, insightful, and all-around amusing content to be found on the internet. On the other hand, I’m taken aback by some of the most ignorant, childish, and counterproductive approaches to important ideas that I’ve ever seen!

 

Our “deep” discussions often devolve into a chaotic back-and-forth of anecdote, alleged evidence, and rejections of various sources of so-called authority. Just try to salvage a coherent, level-headed argument in the minefield of the comments section of any given post! It can make you swear off social media—at least temporarily.

 

Of course, some topics tend to evoke this kind of erratic behavior more so than others. Few of us ever become emotionally embroiled in a charged debate about our favorite Netflix series, but controversial claims about the nature and meaning of our existence will always find stalwart soldiers on all sides of a debate.

Heavens and Earth or Earth and Heavens

by CW Brown

 

افلا يتدبرون القران ولو كان من عند غير الله لوجدوا فيه اختلافا كثيرا. ٤:٨٢

“Do they not ponder the Quran? Had it been from any other than God, they would have found in it much discrepancy.” 4:82

It is clearly stated in the above verse that the Quran is the word of God and the argument is that if it had been from other than God (or written by a human being), then you would have found many contradictions within it. Now, we need to explore whether the Quran has contradictions in it or not. It is not our topic whether it is actually the word of God, only if it does not have any contradictions. The Quran claims that it is flawless and perfect, so we need to examine this further to find out.

We think that anyone should be able to find many internal and external contradictious in the Quran if he or she analyzes it critically and logically. For the moment we will present some internal contradictions of the Quran for you.

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Through the Struggle

Through the Struggle

By Nate Gaunder

As a young Christian, I had a very poor, limited view of the world. I’ve been told that,

“This world is broken, it’s wicked, it’s lost, it’s sinful, it’s evil throughout. That is why it is ‘our job’ as Christians to bring the light of the lord to shine for all to see, for all to receive the fathers gift. To bring people to the kingdom of heaven.”

The more I spend time alone reminiscing on my young christian life, the more I realized just how much this ‘religion’ (theism) kept forcing me to surrender to it; emotionally.

You see, the quote stated above is meant to be empowering, its goal is to give you motivation and encouragement to fight the good fight. Any Christian would agree that it is “our job” to save mankind, to save people from their sins, save them from demons, the devil and all that is wicked. But what about us? What about our emotional growth? Until I stepped into ’emotional therapy’ about a couple months ago, I had no idea what emotions truly were. I thought it was just the way that you think of things, that it is a guide to help us with our ‘process of examining ones own thoughts’. I was wrong. Turns out, it’s ‘energy in motion’! It is something that is completely ‘unconscious’ to our state of consciousness. It can happen out of nowhere and it’s usually something that starts in your gut. It has nothing to do with the human mind at all. Once I learned this, I started to have a new outlook on my life, and not necessarily in the most positive light.

I Scared The Hell Out of Myself!

 

By Nate Gaunder

 

i-scared-the-hell-out-of-myselfI remember being young, obviously. I remember being told a lot of things, especially in Sunday school. I learned a lot about this guy named God. I was taught that God was the creator of all existence by literally everyone in the church! They would tell me he is the beginning and the end, the alpha and the omega, he was king. I was taught that he is the one who made me, as well as everyone and everything else. Turns out, that God was also my father? This was news to me since I already had a dad, yet everyone knew. A matter of fact, God was everyone’s father. “Who’s your daddy, and what does he do?” My daddy made the universe! I also learned a lot about God’s son Jesus. He was a Jew, something everyone made clear. I was taught that Jesus was the reason why I get to live with him and God forever! Oh, and he too was also my father.

 

[Side note: So God is our father, as well as Jesus’s father? Yet Jesus himself is also our father? But Jesus is not God’s father? Jesus is his son? But they are not related, yet they are the same? Hmm… think of Jesus as God’s adopted son, and we are his less fortunate spoiled kids. Damn, child support must be a bitch! ]

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ALL DRESSED UP

ALL DRESSED UP

By  Nate Gaunder

 

:::This poem is an explanation of Nate’s experience with anxiety while attending church as a teenager:::

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Greeted words. “Wake up… it’s time”.

*Eyes open, Lungs fill*

Hears them calling.

“Get up, its time”.

(Stares at door)

*sigh*

Debate Between a Jew and an Ex-Jew

by
Steve Miller
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Here’s a three hour debate that I had today with an orthodox Jew:
Jew: How can you not believe in God? Do you think that your father, grandfather, great grandfather, etc. were all liars?
Me: No. I think that they sincerely believed that Judaism is true but somewhere along the lineage, one of my grandparents were duped, just like cult leaders do to people today.
Jew: What are you talking about? Cults are nothing. They don’t last.
Me: What about Mormonism? It started less than 200 years ago and it grew into a religion of over 14 million followers. Judaism could have started the same way. It could have started 2,000 years ago, with just a few people and then grew bigger over time. After all, it was much easier to deceive people 2,000 years ago, than it is today.
Jew: When do you think that it started? If someone would claim that they have a sacred script that was given to their parents at Mount Sinai, nobody would believe it. Everyone would ask, “why didn’t I hear about this from my parents?” Nobody would accept it.

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