Is it likely that Deuteronomy 13 still has a degree of influence on our penal law, for instance in clauses about blasphemy?
We learn from the story of Phinehas that not only organized but also unorganized religion poses challenges we have to meet.
A good place to start on the scriptural foundations of violence in the Bible is with Deuteronomy 13:1-3 (punishment of apostates).
For apologists of religion, the violence in Scripture is only superficially there. It has to do with the "translation" of the text in question.
That there is a “religion per se” apart from the social manifestations of that religion is simply presupposed by many people active in this debate.
A religion does not simply exist in the fantasy of some of its enlightened followers, it also manifests itself in the real world.
The two elements of critique of religion and predilection for free speech adequately sum up the movement for freethought.
Bertrand Russell was an agnostic. Agnosticism has always attracted people who scorn the straightforwardness of the atheist position.
Is it impossible to say anything about the likelihood of the existence of a personal, eternal, omnipotent, and perfectly good being?
People’s motives for developing an atheist position are often grounded in a laudable type of engagement and not in disillusion.