Wednesday April 16, 2014
The concept of "nonconscious ideology" was created to describe those ideologies whose implicit, unreflective, and uncritical acceptance help maintain their dominance in society. Sexism and racism are nonconscious ideologies in which the inferiority of one group is reinforced through a multitude of assumptions and interactions that occur outside our conscious consideration. The same is true with Christian Privilege: Christians are continuously told that they are special and deserve privileges.
Read Article: Christian Privileges: Hidden Ways Christians are Privileged in American Society
Tuesday April 15, 2014
Being mistaken about something is not by itself a flaw in a person's reasoning process, and neither is being unskilled when it comes to constructing and analyzing logical arguments. However, the worse a person is at such tasks, the less likely they are to realize it, the more likely they are to overestimate their abilities, and the less likely they are to realize that others' efforts are superior.
Read Article: Unskilled and Unaware: Overconfidence in Self-Assessment
Monday April 14, 2014
Theism, broadly defined, is just the belief in the existence of at least one god. Contrasted with this is atheism: broadly defined, atheism is the absence of belief in the existence of any gods. Most disagreement over this comes from Christians who insist that atheism must be the denial of gods, or at least of their god. Mere absence of belief in gods is, they claim, properly labeled agnosticism - even though agnosticism has it's own definition and is about a different concept entirely.
Read Article: What Is Atheism? Narrow vs. Broad Definitions of Atheism
Monday April 14, 2014
Another biography of Francis of Assisi? So many have already been written, what is the point of another one -- and why would it be of any interest to skeptics and nonbelievers? Unlike most who write biographies of St. Francis, Adrian House deliberately writes both for religious and irreligious people. St. Francis was among the least dogmatic of Saints, and did more to try and live by Christian ideals than anyone else; his life thus serves as a counterpoint to what Christians today actually do.
Book of the Week: Francis of Assisi: A Revolutionary Life