Articles written by: Connor Oakes

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The Last Big Bang: ‘Ask an Atheist’ Reflects on How It All Began

When I was a second-year, I attended a meeting of Scientific Understanding and Reasoning Enrichment (SURE) and met, among others, a guy named Cameron Moody. Moody was the one who had the big idea to write a column in the Nexus about atheism. At that point, I would not have […]

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The Difference Between Cynicism and Skepticism

I (an agnostic atheist) often find myself being dismissed as either “a skeptic,” “a cynic,” or both, as though those are both naughty words. In fact, not only are the two not interchangeable, but they are also not necessarily bad things to be. A skeptic is properly understood as someone […]

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The American Story : Founding A Secular Government in A Religious Society

It’s not easy to pin down what acolytes of the Christian Right mean when they assert that our nation is founded on “Judeo-Christian principles.” Who, exactly, are these “founders?” No consistent answer is given. Sometimes it is the 17th-century pilgrims, other times the general public after the Revolutionary War, but […]

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What Do I Say When My Parents Pressure Me to Accept Their Theistic Arguments?

Hey Connor, I was hoping to ask for a bit of advice from you since you seem much more practiced in debating religion than I am. I was hoping there were a few common logical fallacies you could point out to me. I feel my Dad using them all the […]

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Should All Nonbelievers Unite Under the Common Banner of ‘Atheism’?

How many atheist politicians can you name? Naming Scandinavians is cheating; stick to the U.S. of A., please. Tough, isn’t it? Pete Stark, congressman for California’s 13th district, is the only openly atheist member of either house. Way to go … uh … Fremont, Newark and parts of Oakland! That […]