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Internet Infidels, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization founded in 1995 by Jeffery Jay Lowder and Brett Lemoine. Its primary purpose is to maintain the Secular Web, an Internet-based library of resources pertaining to nontheistic viewpoints, including agnosticism, atheism, freethought, humanism, and secularism.[1] The Secular Web was originally hosted on the Texas A&M University servers. It is one of main web sites for skeptics on the internet,[2] and carries the slogan "Culture jamming theistic memes since 1995".[3] 501(c)(3) is a provision of the US tax code that provides exempt status, for Federal income tax purposes, for some non-profit organizations in the United States (see 26 U.S.C. Â§ 501(c)(3)). The term refers to: Section 501. ... Nontheism or non-theism is the absence of belief in any gods. ... Agnosticism (from the Greek a, meaning without, and gnosticism or gnosis, meaning knowledge) is the philosophical view that the truth value of certain claims—particularly metaphysical claims regarding theology, afterlife or the existence of God, gods, deities, or even ultimate reality—is unknown or, depending on the form of agnosticism... “Atheist” redirects here. ... Freethought is a philosophical viewpoint that holds that beliefs should be formed on the basis of science and logical principles and not be compromised by authority, tradition, or any other dogma. ... See also the specific life stance known as Humanism For the Renaissance liberal arts movement, see Renaissance humanism Humanism is a broad category of ethical philosophies that affirm the dignity and worth of all people, based on the ability to determine right and wrong by appeal to universal human qualities... This article is about secularism. ... Texas A&M University redirects here. ...



Richard Carrier, former Editor in Chief of the Secular Web, states that "… the mission of the Internet Infidels has always been to defend and promote Metaphysical Naturalism."[4] The mission statement also includes two secondary purposes. First, Internet Infidels seeks to foster a tolerant and free intellectual atmosphere wherein evidence and reason are the criteria by which claims, especially religious ones, are evaluated. Second, the organization seeks to uphold human dignity through an honest and compassionate pursuit of the truth. Richard Carrier Richard Carrier M.A., M.Phil. ...

Secular Web features

  • Library: The library is the home of thousands of articles on nontheism. It contains both historical and modern works arguing for nontheism or against a particular religious belief, usually Christianity. Also included are transcripts of formal debates, such as God or Blind Nature?,[5] featuring prominent theist thinkers like Alvin Plantinga and Robin Collins.
  • Kiosk: The kiosk contains the agora and also has a featured article. The agora is where readers may submit opinion pieces on any topic of interest to nontheists. This includes things like book reviews and essays on church-state separation, skepticism, etc.
  • Forum: The Internet Infidels Discussion Board, also known as IIDB, is a message board where users interact directly with one another to debate and discuss various topics, academic, casual, and personal. As of June 1st, 2007, the community has over 19,000 registered members, over 2,500 of which are considered "active members", and more than 4.4 million posts.[citation needed]
  • News Wire: The News Wire links to daily news articles dealing with issues relevant to nontheism.

The Secular Web also sells books and videos in partnership with Amazon.com, features a book of the month, and offers news on events (such as debates and conventions), contests, scholarships, and many other resources. Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations · Other religions Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Luther Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Archbishop of Canterbury · Catholic Pope Coptic Pope · Ecumenical Patriarch Christianity Portal This box:      Christianity is... Alvin Cornelius Plantinga (born 15 November 1932 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, of Frisian ancestry) is a contemporary American philosopher known for his work in epistemology, metaphysics, and the philosophy of religion. ... Robin Collins is an American philosopher who is currently a Professor of Philosophy at Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania. ... a pagoda-like kiosk in Lausanne. ... Stoa of the ancient agora de Thessaloniki An agora (αγορά), translatable as marketplace, was a public space and an essential part of an ancient Greek polis or city-state. ... Constantines Conversion, depicting the conversion of Emperor Constantine the Great to Christianity, by Peter Paul Rubens. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Amazon. ... Debate is a formalized system of (usually) logical argument. ... Metro Toronto Convention Centre, late 2004. ...


The following are some of the volunteers who help keep Internet Infidels and the Secular Web running:[6]

  • Founders: Jeffery Jay Lowder, Brett Lemoine
  • Board of Directors:
    • President: Scott Wittman
    • Vice President: Kyle Gerkin
    • Feedback, Kiosk, & Site Editor: Donald Morgan
    • Public Relations Director & SCA Liaison: Vacant[7]
    • System Administrator: Ray W. Johnson
    • Member at Large: Michael Moore
  • Honorary President: Brett Lemoine
  • Presidents Emeritus: Jeffery Jay Lowder, James Still, Amanda Chesworth, Jeff Lucas, Jim Lippard, Clark Adams (deceased)
  • Executive Director & Scholarly Paper Editor: Keith Augustine
  • Editors: Kyle Gerkin, James Still, Jimi Fosdick, Doug McGee, Toto Katz
  • News Wire Editor: AJ Milne
  • DCMA (Digital Millennium Copyright Agent): Jim Lippard
  • Treasurer: Jeff Lucas
  • Special Projects: Loren Petrich
  • Technical Advisor: Ray Johnson

Clark Davis Adams (July 23, 1969 – May 21, 2007) was a prominent American freethought leader and activist. ...

Janice Rael Incident

A controversy arose in October 2007 on the Internet Infidels Discussion Boards when Janice Rael was removed from the Internet Infidels Board of Directors[1]and banned from participation on IIDB, where she posted under the name EverLastingGodStopper[2].

Rael's banning raised protests from some members. Many posts on IIDB have been moved out of public view, although some portion of these posts were later moved to a forum designed for complaints or to the ~~Elsewhere~~ forum.

Many veteran users have requested self-bans as a form of protest[3], and over two hundred community members have signed a petition calling for the resignation of one of the board members involved [4][5]. There is also a petition calling for the board member to remain[6].

See also

Metaphysical naturalism is any worldview in which nature is all there is and all things supernatural (which stipulatively includes as well as spirits and souls, non-natural values, and universals as they are commonly conceived) do not exist. ...

Notes and references

  1. ^ Ricker, George A. (2006). Godless in America: Conversations with an Atheist. iUniverse, page 154. ISBN 059539101X. “It is filled with all sorts of resources for anyone interested in science, atheism, agnosticism, naturalism, and so on. If you have any interest at all in these areas, bookmark this site.” 
  2. ^ Habermas, Gary R. (2004). The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus. Kregel Publications, page 298. ISBN 0825427886. 
  3. ^ Edis, Taner (2005). Science and Nonbelief. Greenwood Press, page 174. ISBN 0313330786. 
  4. ^ Carrier, Richard. Defining Our Mission. Internet Infidels. Retrieved on 2007-04-11.
  5. ^ Draper, Paul. God or Blind Nature? Philosophers Debate the Evidence. Internet infidels. Retrieved on 2007-10-15.
  6. ^ FAQ: Who are the Internet Infidels?. Internet Infidels. Retrieved on 2007-04-11.
  7. ^ Changes to the II Board of Directors - IIDB. Retrieved on 2007-10-19.

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