Jesus, the Easter Bunny, and Other Delusions: Just Say No!

This presentation was given by Dr. Peter Boghossian of Portland State University on January 27, 2012. In this talk, sponsored by The Freethinkers of Portland State University and published by philosophynews.com, Dr. Boghossian argues that faith-based processes are unreliable and unlikely to lead one to the truth. Since our goal as knowers is to have more true beliefs than false ones, faith, as a process for getting to the truth, should be abandoned in favor of other, more reliable processes. The talk was followed by a question and answer session from the audience. [More]

Faith Claims Are Not Only False But Delusional, Professor Says

Trip Report. Professor Boghossian doesn’t mince words when it comes to his opinion about faith. Not only are faith claims false, he argues, they have all the earmarks of being delusional. And while many people believe their faith either is harmless or even helpful, Boghossian claims that any beliefs that are based on a delusion are in fact detrimental to the person holding them. Faith claims should be rejected on this ground. [More]

Boghossian to Speak on Religion as a Delusion

Dr. Peter Boghossian of Portland State University will be giving a speech at Portland State titled, “Jesus, the Easter Bunny and Other Delusions: Just Say No!” The talk is being sponsored by the Freethinkers of Portland State University.
Dr. Peter Boghossian of Portland State University will be giving a speech at Portland State titled, “Jesus, the Easter Bunny and Other Delusions: Just Say No!” The talk is being sponsored by the Freethinkers of Portland State University. [More]

Liar, Lunatic, Lord, or Psychological Addiction?

The Freethinkers of Portland State University is proud to present Dr. Peter Boghossian (who Philosophy News interviewed recently) and his upcoming lecture, “Jesus, the Easter Bunny, and Other Delusions: Just Say No!”
The Freethinkers of Portland State University is proud to present Dr. Peter Boghossian (who Philosophy News interviewed recently) and his upcoming lecture, “Jesus, the Easter Bunny, and Other Delusions: Just Say No!” [More]

Buddhism: A Religion, A Philosophy, or Just Annoying?

While “hardcore naturalists” like Sam Harris and many who espouse a scientific worldview are glomming on to Buddhist practices, Horgan sees Buddhism as little more than a gateway religion and harmful at worst and unnecessary at best.
While “hardcore naturalists” like Sam Harris and many who espouse a scientific worldview are glomming on to Buddhist practices, Horgan sees Buddhism as little more than a gateway religion and harmful at worst and unnecessary at best. [More]

God and the 12 Percent

Eric Weiner reflects on the state of religion as the Christmas holiday approaches. In a New York Times article, he observes that there is are a number of people who prefer not to affiliate with any formal religious system but who find that abandoning God altogether isn’t attractive.
Eric Weiner reflects on the state of religion as the Christmas holiday approaches. In a New York Times article, he observes that there is are a number of people who prefer not to affiliate with any formal religious system but who find that abandoning God altogether isn’t attractive. [More]

Plantinga and the Debate Between Science and Religion

This podcast is a recording that was made in August of 2007 at Rainier Beach Presbyterian Church in Seattle Washington. The speaker is Dr. Alvin Plantinga and the title of the talk is
“Religion and Science: Why does the Debate Continue?” This 2007 lecture is of particular interest because this month Dr. Plantinga has released a new book taking on the claim that religion and science are incompatible. His book, Where the Conflict Really Lies, is sure to generate a lot of discussion and be the subject of much debate. [More]

Interview with Peter Boghossian

In this podcast, we talk to professor Peter Boghossian about his view of the role of the educator and why he thinks faith claims should be given no countenance in the classroom. We also discuss his work with prisoners and how he thinks the Socratic method should be used as a philosophical tool.
In this podcast, we talk to professor Peter Boghossian about his view of the role of the educator and why he thinks faith claims should be given no countenance in the classroom. We also discuss his work with prisoners and how he thinks the Socratic method should be used as a philosophical tool. [More]

Faith and Reason in Tension

“Faith has declined in contemporary western culture because contemporary westerners have become emotionally and imaginatively impoverished. We have ceased to care in the right way about the right things.” – C. Stephen Evans, “Kierkegaard: An Introduction” Reason: If anyone is to have justified beli... [More]

Faith and Reason in Existentialist Thought

"There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart's desire. The other is to get it." – George Bernard Shaw I sit here at 1am writing this essay. I put in a full day at the office, spend hours commuting to and from work, and then enjoy time with my family over dinner and a movie. I... [More]