Atheist Sunday School: Reading about religion

Now that my Grandmother Fish Kickstarter is over (and successful!), I've restarted my blog, Atheist Sunday School. Yesterday's post was about the books I've read that treat religion as a social rather than metaphysical phenomenon. What do Haidt, de Botton, Wade, Wilson, Greene, Wright and others say about religion, especially any social benefits it may provide?

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Comment by Jonathan Tweet on September 15, 2014 at 12:42am

@Michael, how do you suppose it looks when atheists mock believers? Does it make us look smart? I don't think so. Doe is make us look likable? No. How do you suppose is looks? 

Comment by Michael Penn on September 7, 2014 at 12:16pm

The most I have learned from religion is to stay away from it. It is false and fux up your thinking. That doesn't stop me from continued study of it using logic, rerason, and evidence. I'm so amazed today that when you disagree with a theist using his bible as evidence, he then disagrees with you and asks "where is your evidence?"

Comment by Jonathan Tweet on September 7, 2014 at 12:01pm

@Michael, it sure looks like there are lots of people thinking about religion as a social system that atheists could learn from, and improve on. 

Comment by Jonathan Tweet on September 7, 2014 at 11:58am

@Sentient Biped, yeah, there's lots of territory to cover, including shifting definitions of "religion."

Comment by Jonathan Tweet on September 7, 2014 at 11:56am

@Deidre, thanks for your kind words. Teaching Sunday school has been a tremendous experience for me. My wife made us attend a Unitarian church, and I was not into it until I started teaching. Now I'm a mentor in the coming-of-age program, which is also really cool. My plan is to do regular blog posts.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 2, 2014 at 9:56am

Hell, Michael, take it back far enough and we all came from a cloud of hydrogen gas!  Or, more likely, several diverse clouds of hydrogen gas.  Give it a couple billion years and POOF!

Comment by Michael Penn on September 2, 2014 at 9:48am

Your ideas seem new and challenging, Jonathan. Maybe it's about time for them to come forth. I'm tired of religion having the upper hand and teaching that everything had to have happened because "god did it." Religionists get upset thinking we came from a fish, or an ape. Instead, they would rather believe man came from dust and woman from a rib. Trace it all back far enough and you might find we alll came from a rock. Out of that rock developed some sort of fish. . . . . . .



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