“Fables should be taught as fables, myths as myths, and miracles as poetic fancies. To teach superstitions as truths is a most terrible thing.”
~ Hypatia (370 - 415 AD)
"it would be in the interests of those who believe in such nonsense as organised religion or creationism to accept the fact that religious books were written by men as a…
Before tripping lightly over the wagging tongues of Christian apologists and their fathomless chasms of excuses, defenses and, well, apologies, I wanted to define a few terms to set the scale.
First, the word equivocate. To…Continue
From the moment of my birth, silence has been my enemy. Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins all remained silent about the violence in our family. No one spoke the truth, and if they did, they were told by other family members to not speak about it out loud, to remain silent, to act as if nothing terrible was happening.
My family has been my greatest enemy in matters of what was actually happening. To speak out loud, telling my truth meant shunning, scolding, chattering…Continue
Saturday morning. My wife sleeps in because she can and I don’t because my sleep-in gene wigged out about 10 squares back. Feed the cats, check email, scope out what’s going on with Atheist Nexus and Car and Driver Backfires and it’s not even 7:30 yet. Okay, time for breakfast, then. A bowl of Rice Chex and a glass of OJ later and eight o’clock is still at least 15 minutes away. A quick check on YouTube tells me that not a whole lot new is going on there, but, out of somewhere in…Continue
“Put on your yarmulke;
It’s time to celebrate Hanukkah…”
Adam Sandler, “The Hanukkah Song”
“Hanukkah celebrates the triumph of Jewish backwardness.”
“If God wants us to do a thing he should make his wishes sufficiently clear. Sensible people will wait till he has done this before paying much attention to him.”
“I cannot believe in a God who has neither humor nor common sense.”
W. Somerset Maugham
Followers of the riveting “Zachary’s Brain” series will remember that Zach is my 6-year-old stepson (7 this month) whose task of configuring the world – his…Continue
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I've been around the block. Because I have an obsession with knowing things I have learned things I wish I didn't know. Human ignorance and depravity are far deeper than the average person, whose head is stuck firmly in the sand, can even fathom. For every "good thing" there are a thousand opposites. I've learned things I cannot tell any other person for fear it would fuck up their head permanently, as mine has been.
I reject the notion of a creator because of the Hubble Deep…Continue
If I were a christian I could pick whatever kind of beliefs I wanted and then choose a church and jump in. I'd have plenty to do. There'd be friends to spend time with.
If I were a christian I could be eccentric or different and still find a niche where I belong.
If i were a christian our house would often be filled with guests, people showing up just to talk, people hanging around when there's trouble, people to listen when I need someone to talk to.
If I were a…Continue
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...and believed every word of it!
If there were inconsistencies within or without, I credited that to our finite understanding of the infinite. We would understand it "by and by." But where the Bible spoke as literal truth to the very tangible world we can see, hear, touch, taste and smell, where it spoke to our finite understanding in finite terms, I fully expected things to line up...within AND without: The creation, the flood, the geneologies, the history of nations,…Continue
Robert Winston, renowned British scientist, BBC doco presenter, and occasional Christian apologist, was defending the efficacy of science on BBC interview show, Hardtalk. In a throw-away line he suggested that atheists take the unreasonable position of automatically accepting the factuality of scientific claims without question (attacking Richard Dawkins et al. ?). By implication non-atheists are able to take a more nuanced view of science's strengths and…Continue
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