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Emotional Barriers to Religious Belief

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dani Dec 16, 2013. 9 Replies

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Josh Gough commented on Randall Smith's blog post Going to Church, Part 2
"There is a Unitarian Universalist congregation near me that doesn't require people to have supernatural beliefs. Sure, some do. But, there are tons of atheists there for community too."
Dec 31, 2013
Josh Gough replied to Josh Gough's discussion Emotional Barriers to Religious Belief
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Dec 16, 2013
Loren Miller replied to Josh Gough's discussion Emotional Barriers to Religious Belief
"Okay, we all can play here: How do you know Islam is true?  It's in the quran, read the quran! How do you know that Hinduism is true?  It's in the Bhagavad Gita! How do you know that Baha'i is true?  Read the Hidden…"
Dec 16, 2013

My Freethought Writings

Hello everyone! I have a collection of other free-thought writings at http://joshuagough.blogspot.com/search/label/free-thought if you are interested to read them.

I also wrote and recorded an audio book during the last few years, which has some humanistic, free-thought content in it at http://www.methodeternal.com

Finally, I invite you to visit my great-grandmother's web site. She was the best mentor anyone could ever have. Her paintings have touched thousands of lives and she will be remembered forever: http://www.CarolaGough.com.

Perhaps I am a bit of a mixed bag to many of you. I love religion and mythology. And, I love parables. I love trying to understand the underlying motivations and impulses that lead people to form the ideas they have. I do not believe in things like miracles, risen saviors, or supernatural controlling beings, but I do not think it is wise to ignore 100% of the rituals, traditions, and wisdom of religions and mythology.

One of my favorite modern parables about the danger of separatist thinking is The Physician and The Priest, available here: http://www.jhuger.com/phandpr. You can listen to me reading it aloud here: http://www.joshuagough.com/Podcast.aspx?path=/Audio/NarratedWorks/Fiction/Parables/

Instead of overt positional combat against religious ideas, I think they have to be recast in the light of modern science and rational thought. I'm not entirely optimistic that this is going to be successful, given the climate of modern culture and and religiously motivated terrorism, but I likewise cannot see billions of people converting to "atheism" or "free-thought" simply by the forced weight of rational argument and logic. Therefore, as a minority, I think it is our job to achieve some sort of solidarity first, and then engage the religious populations as best we can not in an overt war of ideas or debate, but by leading by example. We have to take the lead in serving humankind and solving problems, and we have to be more vocal in the fact that we are doing it because this reality right now is the only home we'll ever have.

We simply must make the non-religious community a far more compelling community of brothers and sisters than religious communities so that the next generations have a place to hang their burdens, help their fellow humankind, and be inspired about the future of life in this world.

This means sacrifice and hardwork. Are we up to the challenge?

Hope to hear from you!
take care,
Josh

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Jesus: The Atheist's Best Ally in Debate

Posted on July 28, 2008 at 11:30pm 1 Comment

I often hear from religionists in general and Christians in particular that we cannot fathom the way god works or that we must place faith in god's plan. And, most perplexingly of all, I have often heard that we cannot question the authenticity of the Bible. According to these people the Bible has been written by the creator of the universe and is perfectly constructed without error.



I know that most Christians in the United States probably do not believe that, but then again I'm not… Continue

Areligious Community

Posted on July 20, 2008 at 4:30am 1 Comment

Like all on this site, I am not a religious person. I did not grow up going to church. Instead, I was left to read and learn about anything I wanted on my own and with questions. There was no dogma given to me. While I am very thankful to my family for this, I also realize there is a gap in my life experience that is often filled by religious affiliation and the extended-extended family that is provided by peers in religious associations.



I've often heard the radio report that… Continue

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At 7:14am on January 1, 2014, Randall Smith said…

Thanks for reading and commenting on my post. 

At 1:26am on May 16, 2009, Gecko, Seth...brother of Richie! said…
Josh im having trouble loading a couple of Sagen videos i have as youtube embeds , to the Sagen group csn you offer advice?
At 1:39am on March 23, 2009, manal said…
hi back

I'm half Syrian half Palestinian

living in middle east - Jordan - Amman
At 3:59pm on January 7, 2009, manal said…
drop by to say hi :-)
At 10:27am on December 4, 2008, Byron B said…
Hello fellow Joseph Campbell appreciator.
At 5:34pm on November 4, 2008, Daley said…
Hey handsome, I mean Josh. I feel the same way about the Nexus. It is a wonderful comfort to have (especially in rural Georgia where I am) a place to come and know that you don't have to defend yourself for being...well, right.
I love your stuff.
At 9:42am on August 22, 2008, Daniel Florien said…
Alaska seems like a nice place. Never been there, but what pictures I've seen are nice! :)
At 4:28pm on August 16, 2008, Jason said…
Loving reading your stuff, just stopping by to say hello!!
At 6:22pm on August 4, 2008, Kaye said…
I'm quite well, a little drained from the Monday rush of the rat race. I'm not exactly looking forward to the next four days in my Dilbert cubicle, but oh well, it pays the bills. :)
How are you this evening? :)
At 9:34am on August 3, 2008, Mdooo1 said…
Hey bud....We had those come by here too, and they came hard! But I love that kinda weather. I stood out on my porch and watched the VERY fast & distant lightning front with the warmer Gulf of Mexico. It stretched the entire evening skyline. I tried geting some vid or pics, but they weren't coming up on the screen, just dark.
Oh well. Spectacular though. Can't wait to start grilling. I got up early just to get the marinade started.
 
 
 

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