Teaching Atheism . Prof. Matt McCormick Department of Philosophy California State University, Sacramento firstname.lastname@example.org www.atheismblog.blogspot.com. Proving the Negative. There is no God . Inductive Disproofs (God is improbable). Deductive Disproofs (God is impossible).
Prof. Matt McCormick
Department of Philosophy
California State University, Sacramento
There is no God.
(God is improbable)
Deductive Disproofs (God is impossible)
Single Property Disproofs
Problem of Evil
Omnipotence is impossible.
Omniscience is impossible.
Omnibenevolence is impossible.
Proof from Non-Belief
Multiple Property Disproofs
Burden of Proof Problem
Omnipresent and Conscious.
Free and Omniscient.
Creator and Outside of Time.
Transcendent and Inside of Time.
Argument from Anthropology, Psychology, Evolution
Is teaching it indoctrination?
Does the act of talking openly about it
Historically, organized religions have said to even think about it is to lose faith, sin, or do something wrong.
The test of human rights: when someone wants to exercise that right to do something that you find profoundly offensive.
In academia (and everywhere else) people need to be able to explore and express offensive, repugnant, controversial, or inflammatory ideas.
Reason, autonomy, human freedom first, atheism second.
It’s more important for people to have liberated minds than for them to be atheists.
A liberated mind is one that reflects, analyzes, critiques, and then slowly and carefully comes to a conclusion on its own.
The seduction of emotion, youthful rebellion, contrariness, sudden conversion are not the paths to reasonable belief.
The human race has been highjacked by a seductive idea, a mind virus, that has the potential to consume, destroy, distract, and derail.
By every reasonable measure, science has improved the lot of humanity by orders of magnitude more than any other institution.
The scientific method is the the most important discovery in the entire history of the human race.
The essence of that method is actively seeking out disconfirming evidence. Doubt, analysis, critique, skepticism, and defeasibility.
The essence of religion is dogmatism, belief, authority, stagnation, apologetics, rationalizing and conformity.
Formula for Success: a social institution that propagates the view that disagreeing with it is disrespectful, intolerant, sinful, and evil.
The most important thing we can do for each other is listen closely and disagree vigorously.
Religion and religious belief bad.
Freethought atheism. . . good.