"I have met some highly intelligent believers, but history has no record to say that [s]he knew or understood the mind of god. Yet this is precisely the qualification which the godly must claim—so modestly and so humbly—to possess. It is time to withdraw our 'respect' from such fantastic claims, all of them aimed at the exertion of power over other humans in the real and material world.”
― Christopher Hitchens, The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the…
Every theologian I've ever encountered and even those debating atheists in public like William Lane Craig, Ken Ham, Lee Strobel and Ravi Zacharias, all base their arguments on Deductive Reasoning and the existence of their God.
Though Logically, using their very own Deductive Logic, all their arguments that assert the existence of a God,…Continue
I had read a lot of vitriol from the secular community regarding this book and made a point of re-reading Hitch-22 since Taunton referenced it in his opening description of Christopher Hitchens. So armed I was looking forward to reading it to see if all the ruckus was justified. As it turns out, the book is rather anti-climactic. There is nothing in the book that would lead one to think there was any deathbed conversion. I have respect for Taunton insofar as any discussions of conversion he…Continue
A general suspicion of religion comes to mind easily enough. Hell, even religious people frequently exhibit this suspicion (tempered as it is with whatever thoughts they’ve assembled into their own beliefs). There is something about the whole range of religious beliefs as such that invites a degree of doubt, even contempt. It would be easy to believe religion could be refuted.
Just like nailing jelly to a…Continue
I'm beginning to think that the AFA is a little anachronistic organisation desperately trying to make itself seem relevant. It appears to be joining the ranks of the theists in making all sorts of unsupported scientific claims. Is it not enough just to be atheist? Is it not enough just to state that they lack belief in god(s)? Unfortunately for us besieged Australian atheists, it is not enough for them. The particular statement that sticks with me is the following:
"No personality or…Continue
There was a time when the unspoken but powerful cultural expectations for a proper marriage went something like this.
The woman shouldn't be taller than the man nor make more money than the man. They both must be racially matched. The man should be older than the woman. The woman…
I have no illusions that there’s an endgame. These problems never go away. You have to educate every single generation about this and make sure it doesn’t creep back into our society. There’s no sense in which the job is ever done.
-- Tim Gill
Just for the record, Tim Gill is a software engineer and rights advocate, who has been an integral part of the thrust for LGBTQ equality. His influence spans from the 2003 Goodridge v Dept. of Public Health case to the…
Have you ever noticed how believers handily redefine Christianity to fit their personal agendas, prejudices and circumstances? I have.
For numerous examples of this practice, see the comments about my piece for Daily Kos:…Continue
AA has been called "a religion in denial." AA goes out of our way to explain, "We are spiritual, not religious."
First, for many secular AA's the word "spiritual" is never used in describing addiction or recovery. Personally, I don't find the word especially useful because it can mean anything to anyone so it's hard be concrete or…Continue
I have a serious question. The Vermont National Guard put out a request for sources - for a program that is a LOT like my Living Made Simpler program in terms of topics they want discussed. (see:https://humanistlearning.com/livingmadesimpler1/)
Obviously - it's the military - a non-religious secular approach to a discussion of ethics and personal responsibility and the dignity and worth of each…Continue
"When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less." "The question is," said Alice, "whether you can make words mean so many different things." "The question is," said Humpty Dumpty, "which is to be master—that's all."
-- Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass
In my experience, if you can't say what you mean, you can never mean what you say. The details are everything.…
Not sure if I've shared this before, but here are my Reasonings on Thus Spake Zarathustra, Nietzsche's great masterpiece of atheist spirituality.
Added by Hiram on June 15, 2016 at 1:50pm — No Comments
I'm an atheist. Have been since I stopped being agnostic when i was a teen. I went through a 2 week existential depression and realized, nope, don't believe and that was that. I literally cannot imagine what it is like to believe in supernaturalism never having experienced that with the exception of some dabbling with a ouiga board while a tween.
I'm not shy about my atheism. It's part of who I am and part of my philosophical development. And that's key = it's part of my…Continue
This text was initially prepared under the title "An Atheist Critique of Pandeism" for inclusion in Pandeism: An Anthology, (John Hunt Publishing, 2016). The critique applies equally to creationism in general.
It will also be published as a free mini-ebook (4800 words) available at Amazon and other online booksellers. Announcement of publication will be made by the Reason Revolution on Twitter…
Added by DAN DANA on April 22, 2016 at 5:30pm — No Comments
I’m starting to wonder if it isn’t the fate of prominent atheists to end up with Christian apologists for spokesmen. Okay, I don’t literally believe in fate (either), but let’s just say the pattern is starting to look a little too common.
There is a lot of confusion about Humanism within the atheist community.
First, not everyone knows what it is. Those that do often think of it as a form of atheism. Some people think of Humanism as a nice way to say you are an atheist without triggering the negativity association with the word…Continue
I don't hide my Humanism. I have learned over the years of being out that I do harm by hiding my values. People want and need to learn about this secular philosophy, so every time we hide our humanism and talk about something else, we prevent these people from finding a philosophic home that will not only help them live better, but it will allow them to finally through off the last vestiges of religious thought.
There are a lot of different ways people come to Humanism. Some…
Added by Jennifer Hancock on March 8, 2016 at 2:36pm — No Comments