Atheism/Questions Answered by Expert Jeffrey Ellsworth

SubjectDate Asked
atheists morality1/29/2015
  Q: I was wondering how atheists determine if a particular action is moral or immoral? Is incest between ...
  A: Ethics: Atheists generally follow the Golden Rule [1]. A formal argument can be made for any ...
Pre-science and science.1/15/2015
  Q: There is little doubt that there has always been a huge gap between pre-scientific and scientific ...
  A: Hey Charles, Sorry the response took me so long! Busy times! Your questions gets at two issues - ...
Why do young people move away from religion? - Research1/8/2015
  Q: Eldred, My name is Luca Hensel, I am a german exchange student. I am a journalism student at ...
  A: interesting subjects! I'm happy to help with your journalism project, I only hope that my comments ...
Dr Stephen Meyer10/3/2014
  Q: Having completed his book at this stage, while never meeting the man, Dr. Stephen Meyer, whom holds ...
  A: I have a BS in Physics and Math, a MS in Physics and I'm in a program to receive my Physics PhD a ...
What about these statements?9/28/2014
  Q: It has been a long time. What do you think about these statements? Science is a search for certainty ...
  A: “Science is a search for certainty in an unsure world.” I completely disagree. Science is a ...
Animal abuse and Christianity9/13/2014
  Q: its Luis again , I have a question This time regarding animal abuse and Christianity I´ve always ...
  A: Luis. This was a very interesting question, I'm glad you asked it. Animals in Christianity: First ...
Atheists tacit support of polytheism9/7/2014
  Q: What I have analyzed is atheists tacitly support polytheism. For example, I know many atheists who ...
  A: I must say I have not observed this connection between atheism and polytheism that you describe. At ...
Biblical interpretation9/4/2014
  Q: I´m an athesit , and have read some books on the subject and done my homework , But can you ...
  A: Introduction: Hello Luis. First of all, I apologize for the wait. Your question describes a common ...
Dear Jeff-8/31/2014
  Q: I hope that you are doing well. Jeff, reviewing your literature and other resources to the best of ...
  A: Hey Kevin, I sometimes gets distracted by the detail and forget to articulate the big picture! I ...
Dear Jeff-8/13/2014
  Q: As an agnostic and seeker in Christ, despite modern science's decrees- A)What would ever PREVENT ...
  A: Hey Kevin, good questions. I've divided my response into several sections and put links on the ...
Atheism1/30/2014
  Q: What are the best arguments for Atheism? Is there any scientific evidence for Atheism? If Atheism is ...
  A: Hey Branden, For the first and last question, I think I'll just refer you to the several posts of ...
Atheistic views on Life after Death10/31/2013
  Q: my name is Naomi I have a few questions regarding Atheism and the Beliefs of Atheist on the topic ...
  A: Hey Naomi, First of all, I just want to say that if you or an atheist you know is struggling with ...
So where did it go?8/5/2013
  Q: Alright Jeff let's say you are correct Jesus did not rise from the dead. So what happened to his ...
  A: Hey Charles, Sorry I didn't answer earlier - it had nothing to do with the question and everything ...
Proof of Jesus' reurrection8/4/2013
  Q: Here's a good one for you Jeff, Jesus' resurrection it is claimed by the faithful that only an event ...
  A: Hey Charles, First of all, if the disciples hypothetically had their souls saved by Jesus during ...
Can you prove to me that God is not watching us.5/15/2013
  Q: Since you are an atheist can you prove to me that s God is not watching us or is even with us at ...
  A: Intro: Hey Nana, thanks for the questions. You also phrased the question this way: “Is there really ...
What are your best 10 arguments that atheism is the best thing to believe in?4/30/2013
  Q: What are your best 10 arguments that atheism is the best thing to believe in?
  A: Intro: Wow, the ten best arguments for atheist case! I'm having trouble coming up with ten! I ...
Supernatural and surprise3/29/2013
  Q: Sometimes in our exchange you have used the term supernatural for a paranormal experience. Why? If a ...
  A: Introductory Notes: This link is the link for our previous discussion[1]. Hey Charles, I see that ...
The Blind Watch Maker3/19/2013
  Q: Why are there patterns (sometimes mathematical), symmetry, and fractals in nature? Why aren't same ...
  A: I kind of got carried away with my answer here, hopefully you find the extended discussion ...
Biblical Problems1/14/2013
  Q: Could you please provide some examples of events or locations that are mentioned in the Bible but ...
  A: Introduction: Hey Jackie, I certainly can provide some example of clearly false events or locations ...
Logical proofs for God12/28/2012
  Q: As an observant, religiously educated, Jew, my Judaism is a choice, and, like all other ...
  A: Introduction: Hello Isaac, thank you for the question. Your question mostly seems to be about the ...
Atheism10/31/2012
  Q: I am quite aware of probing questions that atheists can ask of believers, and to the best of my ...
  A: I'm no history expert, but I think I've managed to address you philosophical concerns while the ...
re: World Christian/Religions Database (WCD).9/12/2012
  Q: Eldred, I left something out of my previous message to you. Please disregard the last inquiry and ...
  A: Note: Sorry I accidentally answered the other question instead of posting my response here. I've ...
research relating to global atheism shrinking8/28/2012
  Q: Eldridge, I appreciate you taking the time to respond to my inquiries. I did some additional ...
  A: I'm not sure I understand your question, let me clarify what I've found out about the sources. The ...
re: European soveign debt crises/ U.S federal debt/global economy and socialism and atheism8/10/2012
  Q: You wrote here http://www.allexperts.com/user.cgi?m=6&catID=2724&expID=111189&qID=4971622 about the ...
  A: This is a follow-up to this[1] and this[2] AllExperts Atheism post. Overview: I have to first ...
re: Atheist websites and web traffic8/10/2012
  Q: Eldred, You wrote about this article: ...
  A: I am sorry for the delay. This response is a continuation of the discussion begun here[1] and ...
to: Mr. Eldred, re: Atheist population8/5/2012
  Q: Eldred, On 6/13/12 you responded to inquiry about the number of atheists in the world in relation ...
  A: Introduction: Don't worry about pen names, I don't need to know your real name to answer your ...
dreams and visions6/27/2012
  Q: I am curious,the rapture people, they kinda of bother me with their suppsoed dreams and visons why ...
  A: Introduction: Hello again Tony, While not knowing the people from the link personally, I can only ...
number of athiests6/13/2012
  Q: this christian website claims that atheism is dying and all ...
  A: Hey Tony, I really like this question. I wrote a lot so I broke the answer up into four sections: a ...
Speaking in Tongues5/3/2012
  Q: I am wondering about the pentecostal Christians whom always claim to hear Gods voice, and see Jesus ...
  A: Hey Tony, I say someone "hearing Gods voice" or "seeing Jesus and demons" is likely from someone ...
God, goodness, perished nations1/21/2012
  Q: as an atheist i'd like to discuss a thing in Abrahamic religions. The Bible and the Quran tell us ...
  A: this is a reductio ad absurdum argument[1] that I often think in debates about God. Because this ...
Here is Wisdom - God is Logic1/11/2012
  Q: As i see from your previous topics that you are well versed in the both arguments of God. ...
  A: You've got a lot to talk about so I've tried to condense my main thoughts and reactions into a ...
the greatest of them all.12/1/2011
  Q: i believe at the end of time, when judgement day comes, which tests all that should be tested, who ...
  A: Sorry I didn't get back to you sooner, I have been having technical problems with my email. ...
Silence9/17/2011
  Q: Ave Maria! People who go deep into silence say that they can hear something that could be described ...
  A: Introduction: You present two concepts here: God as a divine silence and God as a the Word (1 John ...
Atheist - Personality Traits ?9/7/2011
  Q: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atheism I want to Know the Human Behavior Characteristics and ...
  A: Introduction: Very good question. Some of the generalizations that have said about atheists are ...
Hell: fair punishement?8/16/2011
  Q: Some religions consider that wrongdoers deserve an infinite punishement after their death, because ...
  A: You bring up an important objection to the argument - God is only as harmed or humiliated as he ...
antony flew8/15/2011
  Q: i would like to know your view about antony flew and about his believe in a higher intelligent ...
  A: There seems to be an implicit argument from authority that evangelical Christians and deists like to ...
Questions of Meaning, Purpose and Destiny8/9/2011
  Q: On the topic of ultimate questions of origins and identity based on religion, science, philosophy ...
  A: A big question gets a big answer! Although I cannot claim to have the ultimate, uniquely, correct ...
evolution vs adaptation6/30/2011
  Q: Scenario 1: Recent studies in various cities have discovered that songbirds are changing the way ...
  A: Definitions: Part of your confusion might be resulting from the fact that there are actually two ...
strange theodicy3/22/2011
  Q: after the horrible disaster that happenned in Japan, i remember an old debate with a theist about ...
  A: The Ownership Theodicy: Arguments that argue that the existence of evil is incompatible with God are ...
Do Atheists Exist?3/2/2011
  Q: I have had the honor of discussing the existence of God with many, many, many people in the past few ...
  A: Most of your question is explained in my answer to a previous question[1] and I recommend first ...
Theodicy from endurance2/16/2011
  Q: It's known that getting through WHATEVER hardship we have (even the hardest) by staying mentally ...
  A: For the benefit of anyone else reading this page I'm going to go ahead and keep linking things that ...
Scientific epistemology2/4/2011
  Q: What we call as science is essentially stuff that can be independently verified and repeatable ...
  A: Problem of Induction: What repeatability really depends on inductive reasoning: Something that has ...
What is the perfect religion to join where it's alot of Singing and less praying?11/29/2010
  Q: What is the perfect religion to join where it's alot of Singing and less praying? I'm at a loss of ...
  A: I would recommend looking up your local Unitarian Universalist (UU) Church[1]. I have know many open ...
Predestination VS free will11/1/2010
  Q: Let's imagine I decide to go in the future, in year 2035 more precisely. and I write down in a book ...
  A: Introduction: I'm not quite sure why this is an atheism question and not a philosophy question but I ...
Christianity Questioned9/22/2010
  Q: I am Zachary Carter, a student at Peachgrove Intermediate, New Zealand. I am doing a school project ...
  A: I won't be able to Skype for a variety of reasons. I hope that my answer here is comprehensive and ...
evidence in nature9/10/2010
  Q: I believe that as a hypothesis, a designer can not be ruled out. My view of God is akin to the ...
  A: "1. Life on Earth. Our planet is at the perfect distance from the sun to support life on our planet. ...
science and civilisation, and their impacts on religion9/8/2010
  Q: Will the development of science eventually leave no room for faith and the belief in the unproven? ...
  A: My answer to all of these questions is "yes and no" - I hope that talking about what I think can be ...
atheism9/2/2010
  Q: Do atheists in general like buddhism since it is a religion that often speaks about atheistic views ...
  A: Generally yes. But it depends on the Buddhism. To see what I mean, compare the following three ...
"Soul"-making theodicy8/28/2010
  Q: I heard about a theodicy stating that "evil (here i only consider natural evil -distaters, ...
  A: I can't remember if I've linked this one yet, but I do an overview of the Problem of Evil here[1] ...
Kalam argument8/14/2010
  Q: The theist philosopher William Lane Craig make up the famous Kalam Argument: (1) Anything that ...
  A: (EDIT: more strange science on time here: http://discovermagazine.com/2007/jun/in-no-time/ ) Here ...
Monotheism VS polytheism8/7/2010
  Q: First, thank you for your last answer. This time, let's SUPPOSE that it's certain the Universe is ...
  A: Applying Ockham's Razor: Ockham's Razor is best for eliminating the number of rules and assumptions ...
Paradox of Design Argument?8/4/2010
  Q: we often weaken "God" explanation for the apparent design of this Universe by stating that He has to ...
  A: It seems to me that Platinga and Swineburne argument from this redefined complexity is nothing more ...
dream7/17/2010
  Q: "Hi, I am an atheist and I have no faith in any supernatural and non-materialistic forces or ...
  A: Introduction: I believe that I can answer this question just by introducing you to general tools of ...
Thinking about God5/27/2010
  Q: What I know of "Atheism" is denial in the existence of God. As a beginner in Philosophy, I get ...
  A: Intro: First off, I do not take any offense to this question. This is a surprisingly common question ...
Greek definition of atheism3/16/2010
  Q: The first mention of Atheism, is by the Greeks in the term atheos, which is in reference to Greek ...
  A: I have to say that I do not have the training in philosophy to fully appreciate your references to ...
Atheism3/9/2010
  Q: Do atheists Beleive in Satan?
  A: This is an easyNo. Atheists do not believe in Satan. As far as we are concerned worshiping Satan is ...
inimitability of the Quran2/25/2010
  Q: The Quran itself claims to be absolutely inimitable (and unsurpassable) in arabic language. muslim ...
  A: The answer to your question is: -I don't think extraordinary works imply supernatural influence -I ...
Response to Testimony12/21/2009
  Q: Without delving too deeply (for now) into the specifics of some of my objections to your atheistic ...
  A: Alright, so you are looking for a response to your description of the testimony (passion, prestige, ...
nature of atheism12/17/2009
  Q: What does the atheist claim? I understand this will vary from one individual to another. But in ...
  A: Well David you may happy to know that atheists take the reasonable position that you describe: "It ...
Best of the best for you.12/10/2009
  Q: What is your best argument, or point, for there not being a Creator?
  A: Only One! I guess I will have to go with the Problem of Evil. Introduction: This is so hard ...
Afraid to own up10/21/2009
  Q: I have moved from the UK to Barbados, I am married to a bajan man and although he is a believer in ...
  A: Freedom: This is about human freedom, plain and simple. You lose time, energy, money, and influence ...
living things and non living things10/3/2009
  Q: Sir, Why there are two kind of things in this world -living things and non-living things. When ...
  A: (Links are denoted by [x] in the text and are a reference to the URLs at the bottom of the page). ...
Why is their anything at all?9/18/2009
  Q: I am not religious at all. I am not an athiest but I am just curious why is their something rather ...
  A: Note: ([x] is a reference to the links listed at the bottom) EDIT: Lawrence Krauss gave a very good ...
Religion8/29/2009
  Q: 1. Can you tell the lists of all religions out there? 2. How do emails all experts at once? 3. How ...
  A: 1. No. I cannot list all religions of the world- no one can. The estimated number of religions ...
Solar eclipse7/18/2009
  Q: In some religions watrching sun during solar eclispse is considered a sin. To accentuate their claim ...
  A: OVERVIEW: There is a real danger from goes blind from staring at a partial eclipse, but it tends to ...
intuition and predictions7/9/2009
  Q: Does science believe in intuition and predictions. Can a person foresee or predict ones ...
  A: Note: Numbers in square brackets refer to links at the bottom of the page. OVERVIEW: There is a ...
Atheism and Evolution7/3/2009
  Q: Do you know of any atheists or atheist organizations that are against the theory of evolution and/or ...
  A: The answer depends on what you mean by the term "atheist", but by conventional usage, the answer is ...

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I am well versed on the arguments for both sides about the existence of God and am especially aware of the philosophical ramifications and psychological reactions to atheism. Also, if you have a question about atheism as that pertains to Science or Skepticism, I may be an especially good pick. However my knowledge of non-Judeo-Christian religions and Biblical archaeology is generally limited to knowledge about directions to more informative resources.

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I've been an atheist for 14 years now, open about it for 9 years after being raised in a Roman Catholic family. In that time I have held many different philosophical perspective on the subject and had different emotional and psychological reactions to atheism. I have absorbed many internet articles, video debates, atheist publications, and secular podcasts in my process of understanding and supporting the atheist movement. I routinely hold conversations on the subject.

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One article in If Journal, an interfaith publication.

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I have a BS in Physics and Mathematics from the College of William & Mary I am pursuing my Ph.D in Physics at Indiana University at Bloomington. I have very little formal training in philosophy or sociology.

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I was president of the William & Mary Students for Science & Secularism before graduating.

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