Although I welcome all honest discussion of philosophy and morality, there are a few topics that have come up so often that I don’t have anything new to say about them. On this page, I list those topics and my general response (and will add new ones as needed).
I figured out that you are a man/I figured out you are a woman/I figured out who you are!
That’s fine. It’s not actually a secret. It’s still not something I discuss in the context of this Web site.
By the way, this site is managed by Pants Aflame Productions. Pants Aflame manages sites that are run by a number of different people — you can’t assume that I am the owner of Pants Aflame, so looking up the name of the person who registered this domain name, etc., won’t do you any good.
Einstein was an atheist.
You need to define your terms, but in general I agree.
Hitler was religious.
The arguments on the Arguments Against page are terrible.
They are not intended to be taken seriously and are, instead, more of a “things I wish I could say” list for atheists who might have heard these same arguments one too many times. There are plenty of places on the Internet where serious refutations can be found.
Your “rights and responsibilities” page does not apply to atheists.
That page is not intended to be a real list of exhaustively defined atheistic principles. Rather, it is a demonstration that atheists and Judeo-Christian theists can have much the same philosophy. Even so, I would say that most of what is on this page applies to any moral individual, and therefore applies to atheists.
Atheists have no rules.
Because atheism is not an organized religion, atheism does not have any rules in and of itself. However, moral atheists do have rules — just as any moral people have rules. What these rules are is subject to debate.
Please respond to the arguments at the following Web pages.
I don’t allow argument via URL. If you have an argument, put it into your own words and send it to me.
You can’t prove that God doesn’t exist.
That’s true, and I don’t claim to be able to prove such a thing. However, the burden of proof is not on me, but on the person claiming that God exists.
You’re not really an atheist.
I define “atheist” as anyone who is without belief in deities. By that definition (which is compatible with most dictionary definitions), I am an atheist. Some atheists categorically say that there is no God, but my not doing so does not make me any less of an atheist. I do not believe deities exist, but I also admit that I cannot prove that there is no possibility that deities exist.