What have (and would) famous sociologists have said and written about religion?
Religion should be evaluated from a sociological point of view, shouldn't it?
What is the impact of religion on our species?
Seth Andrews is NOT “The Thinking Atheist.” He’ll tell you this himself, and doubtless, he’s tired of disavowing that that sobriquet was in any way meant to represent him. He wanted it to be an icon to represent atheists who THINK, who have reasoned their way to the conclusion: “Religion simply does not make sense.” All the above notwithstanding, there can be no argument that Mr. Andrews is A thinking atheist, even if he isn’t THE Thinking Atheist.
As evidence to…
I'm new at this. I'm the first in my whole family to brake the chains of religion. What literature is recommended to understand atheist.
Do you lose sleep thinking that she almost became Vice-President?
Can belief in the absurd be considered a mental disorder?
To entertain belief in an imaginary friend is to dwell on the ficticious. While I feel that the human imagination is one of our best features, I also fear that societal forces and specific institutions have evolved into psychological enslavers, manipulating this aspect of our intelligence and our natural brain function.
Imagination is an amazing quality of the human spirit, and has brought us so much good by augmenting…Continue
8 months ago (Oct. 2013) I was gazing at the wondrous spectacle known as the Parthenon sitting atop the Acropolis hill in Athens, Greece. I roamed the sites and toured the amazing museum. I tried to appreciate what I was seeing, but my lack of Greek history and culture limited my ability to comprehend it all--that is, until I read The Parthenon Enigma by Joan Breton Connelly.
Anybody that's ever seen the Parthenon should read this book.…Continue
Referencing this article, does anyone else find this whole situation completely retarded? The supreme court judges are debating the wrong issue!
No one would object to participating in a health plan voluntarily. It is wrong to use force to coerce any one.
The Christians are right, but for the wrong reasons. Irony abounds.
And now we have…Continue
I'm currently reading H.L. Mencken's The American Language. It just occurred to me that when the notion of gender is introduced as an adjective for a thing that is not a sexually reproducing creature, that thing gets a little bit anthropomorphized. Why don't we refer to God as "It?"
When you say that "he" or "she" did this or that in English, you are in fact subtly asserting that the subject or object of…Continue
This may seem like a bit of a 'reach' for you kind reader, but I just had a thought I will probably play around with for a while.
While we know that Constantine's Chi Rho Christian symbol was this:Continue
There is a song out there called My Body is a Cage. I can’t recall who wrote it but as far as performing the song goes Peter Gabriel’s version is what I find myself listening to most often.
For me my body has become a cage. One I’ve been trying to escape from for a while. Progress is slow then it seems things take a turn and go back downhill. In my fight to fix myself I have a lot going against me in that my lungs don’t function very well. This doesn’t mean I give up. I just have to…Continue
Have you all checked out "Awkward Moments Children's Bible" yet? It's an Amazon award-winning book and concept. No, I don't own shares of this book or are related to it's creators but I really, really LOVE the whole concept asnd I often share the illustrations on my Facebook page. I'd like to see the author put the art+verse on the backs of T-shirts (large design so easily read) as I'd proudly wear that in public to get people to think - I'd even purposedly stand in lines and position myself…Continue
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When I was a kid I was taught the pledge of allegiance. It was explained to me that some ideas are so important that it is good to repeat them by rote. Each day before school we stood before the flag and put our hands on our ribs, saying the pledge:
"I pledge allegiance to the flag, and to the republic for which it stands,"
This statement is deceptive in that it claims unconditional allegiance is patriotism, but actually it is serfdom.
"One nation under God,"
When we think of irrational behavior, we naturally think of human beings first, of their ability to act based on belief rather than fact, to operate without regard to their own wellbeing or that of others they are charged with caring for or some other related behavioral anomaly. However, what if there were an irrationality in the laws of physics and of nature, which allowed two percent of the world’s population to suddenly vanish, with the speed of throwing a light switch? Babies from…Continue
I just watched all three hours of this on YouTube:
Anyone else ever watch this??
On the “Good Works” of the Church
Religious discussions and debates seem to rage as much in 2014 as in any other time. Those arguing against religion are regularly stalled when asked to respond to…Continue
Controversial topics never made me hide my pen or computer. In fact, the more contentious the subject, the more I am inclined to include it my repertoire of taboo themes. However, there are some areas I only touch only with thick kid gloves. In the black community, any discussion of skin and hair can be a highly…Continue
Job 2:9-10. "Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity ? Curse God, and die. But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What ? Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil ? In all this did not Job sin with his lips".
Proverbs 16:4. "The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil".
Isaiah 45:7. "I form the light, and create darkness: I make…
"Well aren't you just a big boy!"
I'd just rang the door bell of the rather palatial corner lot's brick coated home a few seconds previous when I heard an elderly voice sounding rather enigmatic and enthusiastic,…
I'm on my way to my parents house. I haven't seen my brother in two years and he just arrived at their house with his family. No one told me they were coming to Colorado. Maybe its best, had I known I would have taken time off work to spend with them, but I'm not sure that is what they would have wanted.
My family holds me at arms length, the crazy uncle that they think is trying to "spread" atheism. The funny thing is my brother is a rather intelligent man and not as prone to…Continue