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The Myth of Good and Evil: From Hitler to Mother Teresa

Posted on May 23, 2010 at 12:00am 6 Comments

(Reprinted from my blog HERE)



These days, the archetypes of good and evil in our society are Mother Teresa and Hitler, respectively. If you start with these two as the paradigms, it becomes pretty easy to figure out what "Good" and Evil" are really all about.



I admit that I have never met Adolf Hitler. Fortunately for this blog post, however, I have met Mother Teresa. It was in… Continue

Minarets and Mayhem

Posted on May 22, 2010 at 12:00am 1 Comment

Minarets are causing a lot of flack in countries like Switzerland and Germany these days, and rightly so. A referendum in Switzerland actually banned the construction of these Muslim spires, citing their “non-Swiss” architecture as reason. While I fully endorse anything that bans religious architecture– be it a Muslim spire or a Catholic basilica–I understand that we have to find a way to live together without killing each other. To get along, we have to make concessions.… Continue

What Happens When We Die: An Atheist’s Explanation

Posted on May 20, 2010 at 5:00pm 15 Comments

A lot of religion’s power lies in the laity’s fear of what happens to us when we die. The “flaw” in atheism (they say) is that it can not explain the “afterlife”. Well, here ya go: an atheists explanation of death:



What I have learned is this: The brain works on an electric charge that is roughly equal to your average car battery. This electricity jumps from neuron to neuron, interacting with other bits of electricity to create a sense of self. In order to leap across the… Continue

How to Kill Faith and Win Arguments with Religious Zealots

Posted on May 20, 2010 at 1:13am 4 Comments

How to Kill Faith and Win Arguments with Religious Zealots



Most Christians would roughly define faith as a ‘belief without evidence ‘ that comes as a gift from a just and loving God. Of course, they also believe in talking snakes, pregnant virgins, and people rising from the dead, so it gets a tad fuzzy trying to follow their logic.… Continue

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At 12:09pm on May 23, 2010, Daniel W said…
I thought we WERE friended! Anyway, thanks, it's an honor.
At 1:22pm on March 13, 2010, John Jubinsky said…
Hi William! Have a very happy birthday.
At 3:48pm on December 2, 2009, Dr. Terence Meaden said…
Glad to meet you, William, and to know that your major contribution to the heathen viewpoint of religion has done so well. Welcome to this super site with its bright people like you who recognise the atheistic world view as right, and religion for the fraud that it is.

Terry Meaden originator of the busy discussion group
"ORIGINS: Universe, Life, Earth, Humankind, Fossils, Religion, Evolution, Darwin..." with its 235 discussion topics.
We invite you to come and see, and to make good new friends.
http://www.atheistnexus.org/group/originsuniverselifehumankindanddarwin

A current topic there of deep interest is "Origins of Atheist Pride".
At 9:13pm on November 30, 2009, Daniel W said…
Oh- just ordered via your website. Still wonder if the others in the link are worthwhile?
At 9:05pm on November 30, 2009, Daniel W said…
William - (Bill? Will? William?)-

Your book is out of print! Do you know if any of these is worthwhile?
At 10:58am on November 30, 2009, Daniel W said…
Welcome to A|N. Your book is of interest to me, I just started a discussion group on religions but have not started any discussion yet - http://www.atheistnexus.org/group/gettingreligion. NOt sure if anyone other than me will be interested in it. I'll have to take a look at your book!
 
 
 

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