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Why Do People Believe in God?

Posted on December 14, 2013 at 10:42am 21 Comments

By the time I was thirty I had gone through my De Sade phase of Atheism where I was acting like an injured person lashing out. I had reached a stage where vilifying believers wasn't satisfying. I felt a need to understand why so many people believed in god. To do this I used the faculty I had learned as a philosophy student and motorcycle mechanic, empiricism. As an empiricist I observed god the only place I could find him/her/it, other peoples beliefs. The predominate pattern that emerged…


Hiding Atheism's Contributions To Progress

Posted on December 4, 2013 at 9:03am 4 Comments

At the Canadian universities I attended there was a noticeable scarcity of Atheist, Enlightenment writers on reading lists. There were plenty of writers from the romantic conservative reaction, such as Rousseau. After exposure to teachers from France and the United States I was introduced the the writings of French Encyclopedists such as Condorcet and Diderot and their American counterparts Thomas Paine and Jefferson. They still weren't on the reading lists but I had been pointed in the…


Romantic Primitivism, Religious Baggage

Posted on November 23, 2013 at 9:46am 10 Comments

Dennis Pennington has commented that many Atheists carry much baggage from religion. I agree. One piece of baggage I am particularly bothered by is Romantic Primitivism. The myth of the Garden of Eden lives on in a wide spread belief life was better when humanity was still in its most primitive stage. We romanticise  about what life was like in more primitive society. 

These myths gained popularity when Rousseau wrote the Social Contract and the Origins of Inequality as answers to a…


Is Atheism A Convergent Group?

Posted on November 4, 2013 at 4:35pm 2 Comments

In the movie The Seven Percent Solution, Freud and Holmes use different, but empirical methods to come to the same conclusions. Using empirical reasoning they converge on the same understanding of how a murder took place. In contrast ideologies diverge as people go off on different ideological tangents. Ideologies seem destined to diverge into increasingly fragmented sects. 

Are Atheists converging on an increasingly common understanding? As faith based groups splinter into…


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At 2:50pm on August 29, 2013, Dr. Terence Meaden said…

Greetings Peter

Welcome to this internet world of rationality and peace, of common sense and freethinking wisdom. You have found the like minded people here. 

You are invited to join the friendly busy group "ORIGINS: Universe, Astronomy, Life, Earth, Humans, Religion, Gods, Atheism, Evolution, Darwin..." with 800 discussion topics and 3900 members.

At 1:43am on August 29, 2013, Grinning Cat said…

Welcome to Atheist Nexus! I'm glad you've found this community.

You might be interested in the group "Hang With Friends", where people share pretty much whatever's on our minds; perhaps also in some of the discussions in "Atheist Teachers"; and other groups and forums you'll find through the top menu bar.

(And I've found plenty of interesting things through the "Latest Activity" list that hides in the lower right.)




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