Is Epicurus Neither Able nor Willing to Understand Evil and the Mercy of God? Then Why Give Him the Time of Day?

Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God? Thus spake Epicurus, the Greek philosopher who lived from 341-270 BC. The riddle is undoubtedly a clever one, and yet it turns out to be loaded with a couple of erroneous presuppositions: firstly, a flawed […]

You Know What You Remind me of Man? A Beautiful Painting Daubed in Graffiti and in Need of a Work of Restoration

I recently engaged with someone on a comment thread under one of my articles for The Conservative Woman, on a point which is — in my experience — a very common response to Christianity. The commenter said that Christians seem to claim a monopoly on doing good deeds, and he then went on to mention that although he is not religious, he both believes in doing good and actually does it. Since this is such a common response to Christianity, […]

The Modern’s Creed

We believe in one God, Ourselves, the Almighty, makers of heaven on earth, of all that is now and future. We believe in one correct ideology, Tolerance’n’Diversity, the only acceptable thought system, begotten by us after all ages (of patriarchal oppression); Good from the Intrinsically Good, Light after eons of Darkness, true Tolerance from the truly Tolerant, of one being with Ourselves. Through it all things have been remade. For us and our own self-justification, it came down to cast […]

Guest Post: The Future Decline of Christianity and the Consequences — by John V

Instead of looking at religion from the perspective of belief and the never-ending-debate vs science, let’s consider a different approach and substitute the question of belief for the reality of societies without Christianity. From moral absolutes and the laws which follow, enshrined within western civilisation, the phrase, “Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s” produces the visible divide currently narrowing throughout the west. When a society abandons Christianity, it leaves a […]

Religion is the Cause of all Wars? Well, Apart From … and … and … and oh Yes … and There Was … Not to Mention … But Apart From Them…

I haven’t posted an excerpt from my book, A Christian and an Unbeliever Discuss: Life, the Universe and Everything, for some time, so I thought it’s time for another. You can order a copy by clicking on the front cover on the column on the side. ‘And well might he have said that,’ remarked Alex sardonically, ‘since religion is the cause of all wars.’ ‘Well, apart from the Iraq war, the Falklands War, the Vietnam War, the Korean War, the […]

Answering Archbishop Justin Welby’s Doubts: Part 2

This is the second part of my piece answering the Archbishop of Canterbury’s response to the Paris atrocities. The first part can be found here. Walking down the road which says “There is no God” doesn’t actually answer any of our questions (see Part 1). In fact, it throws up more intractable problems for us. Yet those questions still remain – “How does a God whom Christians claim is both good and omnipotent God appear to be utterly impotent or […]

Answering Archbishop Justin Welby’s Doubts: Part 1

My latest piece for Conservative Woman The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, recently made the news when he admitted that the terrorist attacks in Paris had caused him to “doubt where God is,” and that they had put a “chink in his armour.” Interviewed for the BBC’s Songs of Praise, he said: “Yes. Saturday morning – I was out and as I was walking I was praying and saying: ‘God why – why is this happening? Where are you in […]

The Inconsistent Morality of Ashley Madison

This is my latest piece for Samaritan Ministries International Ashley Madison, the adultery-promoting internet dating site, recently received a taste of its own relativistic medicine and apparently found it didn’t go down too well. For those who aren’t aware, Ashley Madison is a dating site with a difference, operating not on the principle of bringing singles together, as is usual for such sites, but rather with the intent of bringing married people together to commit adultery. And they are not in […]

The Atheist’s Miraculous Rejection of Miracles

Here’s another excerpt from A Christian & an Unbeliever Discuss: Life, the Universe & Everything “What I am saying is this: ultimately the rationality or irrationality of miracles does not depend one iota on whether such events occur today or not, as you have implied, but on just one simple question—is the universe the product of completely ‘naturalistic’ causes or is it the product of an infinite-personal God? If it is the latter, the ‘problem of miracles’ simply vanishes away. […]

“Disclaimer: The BHA and Professor Dawkins accept no responsibility for the actions of people who suppose that the probable non-existence of God means they really can stop worrying and enjoy themselves in ways that we ourselves wouldn’t necessarily approve”

Another extract from my soon-to-be published book, A Christian and an Unbeliever Discuss: Life, the Universe and Everything To illustrate the point, I asked him whether he had ever seen those adverts on London buses, funded by Richard Dawkins and the British Humanist Association, which said: “There’s probably no God, so stop worrying and enjoy yourself.” Alex replied that he was familiar with them and added for good measure that they had probably helped a lot of people over their […]

The Archbishop of Missed Opportunity

I see that the Archbishop of Canterbury has weighed in on Stephen Fry’s declaration that the God he says isn’t there is a really bad God (which I wrote about here). Here’s what Mr Welby had to say: “We find it fine to say that a particular church is doing incredibly well and is full every Sunday but at the same time feeling uncomfortable about the Mosque down the road that has people outside because they can’t fit them in. […]

Stephen Fry: There is no God and He’s Horrid

Poor Stephen Fry. Having just fooled himself into the belief that he is somehow “married,” he has now decided to try and outdo his late friend, Christopher Hitchens, and Richard Dawkins in the “thunderous denunciations aimed at the God we don’t believe in” contest. Here are some snippets from this sage of our age in an interview with Gay Byrne on RTE television’s The Meaning of Life: In his imaginary conversation with God, Fry says he would tell him: “How dare you create a […]

Is Happiness Possible at Coventry Railway Station?

I happened to be passing through Coventry railway station yesterday on my journey back home from a meeting. I had never been to this particular station before, and so was a little unprepared for what awaited me as I stepped off the train. Surveying my surroundings I found I was standing in the midst of a 1960s experiment in dull, grey concrete hideousness. Although I didn’t immediately make the connection, as I wandered around the place it began to dawn on […]

Christmas Musings: The Atheist Hope and the Problem of Dust

Biblically speaking, dust is usually symbolic of death: “Then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.” — Genesis 2:7 “By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” — Genesis 3:19 “What profit is there in […]