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Onyango Makagutu's Blog (27)

Towards an African philosophy

In this post, I provide various links on the challenges of African philosophy and attempts by scholars to answer the question whether an African philosophy exists.

Added by Onyango Makagutu on February 21, 2017 at 1:51am — 6 Comments

My thoughts on the education of children

Having read the thoughts of Lycurgus, Rousseau and Montaigne on this very important topic, I have written what I think should be the end of all of education.

Added by Onyango Makagutu on June 23, 2015 at 12:46am — 16 Comments

The resurrection of Lazarus

and many others recorded in various holy or not so holy books did not occur.

Could things have so changed in our times that people no longer walk from the dead, and whenever such are reported, they are met with shock and disbelief?

I argue here that no resurrection could have taken place, and that the circumstantial evidence points to a negative verdict on all the…


Added by Onyango Makagutu on June 17, 2015 at 7:43am — 10 Comments

Where are the honest atheists

Damon Linker, a writer[?] for The Week, posits that we no longer are honest about our atheism. He is short of calling us lame duck atheists and in this post, I disagree with his thesis pointing out that instead of death of god leading to bleakness and despair it creates the greatest opportunity for human progress and development.

Added by Onyango Makagutu on April 14, 2015 at 2:41pm — 10 Comments

on determinism

For most people, the debate over freewill and determinism, I think is one fought over a misunderstanding of the debate or of words. To most freewill believers, they take determinism to mean a person with a gun behind your back forcing you to act in a certain way and this I assert is wrong.

In this post I respond to some of the misconceptions by the OP and those who have responded to…


Added by Onyango Makagutu on April 5, 2015 at 5:51am — No Comments

there are no good atheists

Here is a post I wrote in response to a pastor who believes there are some core beliefs each atheist must accept and continued to say there can't be any good atheist.

Added by Onyango Makagutu on March 17, 2015 at 1:37am — 3 Comments

is life worth living without imortality

I answer to the affirmative and show this to be the case in this post where I respond to W. L Craig's essay that life is unlivable in atheism 

Added by Onyango Makagutu on February 10, 2015 at 12:36pm — 2 Comments

Quest for the historical Jesus

Here is a challenge that seeks answers to the age old question of the historicity of Jesus. A question that was at the centre of debate in the early years of Christianity and still goes on to this date.

I have here added just a few more questions to the…


Added by Onyango Makagutu on September 7, 2014 at 4:38am — 2 Comments

A few questions to ponder

That time of the year when Christians celebrate Easter is soon here with us. As they wait, I have a few questions that maybe a few of them would help put shed some light on.

1. If Moses was inspired and the book of the law was lost and destroyed and later written by Ezra, was he [Ezra] also inspired and if yes was the inspiration of Moses important? [WE are granting for argument's sake Moses walked on the planet]

2. HOW was David ancestry important in the life of Jeebus if he…


Added by Onyango Makagutu on March 31, 2014 at 5:30am — 4 Comments

Antitheism: A reflection

Why do we not see arguments for antitheism, that is, for people who believe in an omnipotent, omniscient and omnimalevolent being? Is it rational or emotional?

Christopher New offers a reflection. I have highlighted some of his arguments in a post and they are worth looking at.

Added by Onyango Makagutu on February 4, 2014 at 11:24am — 3 Comments

The fool has said in his heart there is no god

You must have read the 14th Psalm where the above verse is found. 

I have written a post in response to a Catholic who in her writing consider the atheist a fool for not believing fairy tales or for dismissing miracles and prophecy.

Added by Onyango Makagutu on January 30, 2014 at 2:33pm — 2 Comments

New atheism

Every so often, one finds a piece on the internet that lumps contemporary atheists in one group called New Atheists. The people who call us such do not tell us any identifying characteristics of these homogeneous group of non believers and often their writing is either a critique of Dawkins, Hitchens and Dennett or other popular atheist writers without offering any valid proof to the god claim.

David B.…


Added by Onyango Makagutu on December 12, 2013 at 2:15am — 20 Comments

Is the morality of Jesus sound?

To answer this question, we would first have to grant that whatever is said about Jesus is true, that is, he was the son of a god, born of a virgin mother, walked among men doing great things for a period of one or three years depending on whose authority you rely on, was arrested, crucified, died and resurrected, you know, the whole schmuck of a story as related by anons in the New Testament.

There are those who tell us, he was a great teacher and that even if it were to be proved he…


Added by Onyango Makagutu on November 17, 2013 at 4:50am — 13 Comments

Jesus of Nazareth

Imagine a conversation between a skeptic and a Jesus believer happening just a few months or maximum a year after the supposed crucifixion of Jesus. How would it go?

Mangasarian presents a very interesting view of the discussion that would, for the thinking theist, encourage him or her to take a brief and reflect on what she believes.


Conversation between a skeptic and the apostles of…


Added by Onyango Makagutu on November 13, 2013 at 1:46pm — 1 Comment

The problem of evil: why doesn't god do something

Is a post I wrote as a response to one christian apologist who I visit her blog every once in a while to see what new thing her god has done. 

She presents us with a case of moral evil formulated as

“I prayed every night to God, asking him to rescue me from my father’s abuse. Why didn’t he?

And then she asks

Can such suffering by innocent children be reconciled with a reality of a good,…


Added by Onyango Makagutu on October 8, 2013 at 1:00pm — 25 Comments

Grieving as an atheist

Recently there was an article in the Guardian about grieving after loss of a loved one which was picked up by some theist who in his response argued that the atheist has nothing encouraging to say to anyone who has suffered such loss.

In my…


Added by Onyango Makagutu on October 1, 2013 at 12:41am — 12 Comments

Atheists and fortune

I have recently written a blog post as a response to a theist who claims that the atheist is the most unfortunate person. He writes the atheist's life is devoid of wonder, love, hope, happiness and mystery. That we serve a tyrant? he didn't say which and that only god would remedy this malady.

Faith, I bet faith in god, is touted as the greatest thing one can have and since the atheist doesn't have it, he is miserable creature. Natural processes, we are told are devoid of wonder and…


Added by Onyango Makagutu on September 3, 2013 at 8:26am — 3 Comments

Against all gods

I think the question of the existence of god or the concept of god should not be treated under the sciences, sciences taken broadly, but should be left in the purview of metaphysicians and at the very best theologians. The only reason I see why anything god should occupy the domain of science is when theologians claim that god does act or cause somethings to act in a certain way in the universe which I still think is granting them too much.

Time, I think, has come to honestly tell…


Added by Onyango Makagutu on July 21, 2013 at 2:30am — 6 Comments

Homophobia on the rise in Africa

Whereas the rest of the world is working towards equal treatment for everyone, we in Africa, seem to be rewinding the clock with the help of the religious and not so intelligent legislators so that most people have bought into the line that homosexuality is a sin or a disease or a combination of both. 

What doesn't surprise me is that the majority of people who stand in opposition to LGBTIs are the religious, and claim their holy books prohibit homosexuality and tell us further that…


Added by Onyango Makagutu on June 27, 2013 at 9:05am — 8 Comments

On the question of NSA surveillance and privacy

There is a story of a young man who has decided to follow the footsteps of Bradley Manning and leak documents related to the US of A surveillance of its citizens and others around the globe that he felt goes beyond the requirements of policing.

He says, and I agree with him, that "I understand that I will be made to suffer for my actions," but "I will be satisfied if the federation of secret law, unequal pardon and irresistible executive powers that rule the world that I…


Added by Onyango Makagutu on June 10, 2013 at 3:14pm — 2 Comments

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