In an email exchange, an old friend and fellow English-prof colleague wrote this:
"I know you're 'the Jewish atheist,' but don't you feel a strong sense of identification with the Jewish ethos, aside from religion? You've sought out Jewish wives, and friends to some degree could be, the way I might seek out writers as friends. I think of my former Catholicism not angrily but gratefully. When I grew up, I decided on my own that I didn't believe. But my Catholic education was excellent;… Continue
Added by Alan Perlman on May 2, 2013 at 12:23pm —
I don't agree to religion. It proves to be a great hindrance for anyone who would like to make strides in progressing forward.
If you think that you need to belief in a deity and a constructed set of beliefs passed down from history to pave you a path for self-control, then you're one of those people very frail of mind...something that you straight-away deny from the very start.
Religion can and will be criticized for any problems and wrongs that it contains. To consider it as… Continue
Added by Zohaib Javed on April 30, 2013 at 10:30am —
"Thus saith the LORD" is a frequent refrain encountered in the Old Testament of the Christian Bible. The Jews' Torah and Tanakh tells the same story in Hebrew. The thing is, though, that since the earliest primitive religions were recorded, not once has God ever spoken out of his very own Divine mouth for us to hear, it is always men who presume to speak the words of God. Continue
Not all believers in God are mentally ill. But these primitive, self-proclaimed, prophets of God…
Added by Anthony Jordan on April 14, 2013 at 5:00pm —
I don't believe that "Gut Feeling" is exclusively highly developed among persons without a formal education in science. There are many examples of self-educated persons who have a highly developed sense of direction that is not consciously derived. In fact, I think a person educated in science, who is also a free thinker, will have an even higher developed and more sharpened "Gut Feeling". The label may be the more eloquent "Intuition" or "ESP".
In the same way that you may… Continue
Added by Paul B. Claeyssens on April 8, 2013 at 6:30am —
"In America it is sport that is the opiate of the masses."
"Pro football is like nuclear warfare. There are no wionners, only survivors."
"Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules, and sadistic pleasures in witnesssing violence: in other words it is war minus the… Continue
Added by Alan Perlman on February 4, 2013 at 8:20pm —
when green the grass did grow
around the fumbles of desire
i followed my own footprints
up my mountain seeking...higher
looking with my eyes i found
myself too quickly blind
looking past my eyes…
Added by Philip Jarrett on January 15, 2013 at 10:00am —
This week's content comes to us from http://www.everythingisterrible.com/, from the DJ/collage artist Defenestrator III (look for his tag on the posts there). In honor of the great work he does for the collective, or whatever you would call the folks at Everything is Terrible, I will now be posting all my podcasts in 160 kbps. I don't think 82 megabytes… Continue
Added by Rev Hellbound Alleee on January 10, 2013 at 12:56pm —
A couple of prayer requests for the President came across my desk a few weeks ago. At first I just deleted them because they came from my religious friends and I didn’t want to offend them even though they probably never considered that the people on their mailing list may be of different religions or no religion at all.… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on December 19, 2012 at 8:30pm —
This struck me funny this morning as I was contemplating -lost in thought. Even the question itself, "Does God exist?", is bizarre.
My girls will watch a questionably scary movie and immediately be wary of the dark rooms in our house. I have several rational arguments to belay, to ease their worries. Arguments that allow me to run through creepy old houses in the dark no-problem. Here's 2 examples...
Me stating rationally: There were no… Continue
Added by JP Carey on November 19, 2012 at 11:51am —
“The Biblical account of Noah’s Ark and the Flood is perhaps the most implausible story for fundamentalists to defend. Where, for example, while loading his Ark, did Noah find penguins and polar bears in Palestine?”
“We have fools in all sects and impostors in most; why should I believe mysteries no one can understand, because [they were] written by men who chose to mistake madness for inspiration… Continue
Added by Alan Perlman on November 16, 2012 at 8:30pm —
“Men never do evil as completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.”
“The religions of mankind must be classed among the mass-delusions of this kind. No one, needless to say, who shares a religious delusion ever recognizes it as such.”
Back in the day, the insane were considered evil, possessed. You had to beat, torture or drown the demon within. But the… Continue
Added by Alan Perlman on November 11, 2012 at 3:44pm —
A lot of you wonder how I feel about human life and when it begins. I get a lot of puzzled prayers on it. "Lord," these supplicants say. "do you really mean it when you say some four-cell blastocyst is the same as a real breathing human being like Ted Nugent or Honey Boo-Boo?"
To which I respond, Hell yeah. Life is sacred because I make it that way. All seven billion of you are made in My image, from the coldest Eskimo in Nome to the hottest stripper in…
Added by Richard Cahill on October 30, 2012 at 12:08pm —
Let's assume for argument's sake that God created everything as Genesis states. We shall consider Genesis to be perfectly accurate. The problems encountered are far greater than incongruence with reality.
If God has always existed, is all-good and is the origin of everything, I have some questions.
Where does evil come from? If God is to be considered the origin of everything/everyone, then God somehow created evil. If God is omniscient, he did so intentionally. Further,… Continue
Added by Sean McGuire on September 5, 2012 at 2:15am —
“God is the immemorial refuge of the incompetent, the helpless, the miserable. They find not only sanctuary in His arms, but also a kind of superiority, soothing to their macerated egos: He will set them above their betters.”
“I find it necessary to wash my hands after I have come into contact with religious people.”
Recent A/N threads have generated much thoughtful… Continue
Added by Alan Perlman on August 25, 2012 at 5:02pm —
“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
Added by Alan Perlman on August 10, 2012 at 8:30pm —
I know I am not the only one who has thought of this, in fact I have pondered it before but with no real revelation. This morning is a little different though. Let me be clear, tho I am against teaching any religion period the hypocrit in me gives me thrills to think of it. On the other hand, the psychological...science/social part of me can see real intelligence of the affect of my thought. So here it is, in order to create more atheist thinkers teach that God is a woman. Please laugh… Continue
Added by Earther on July 10, 2012 at 9:11am —
Oh how I wish the recently demonstrated Higgs Boson, which bestows mass on particles, had never…
Added by bazie on July 4, 2012 at 2:51pm —
“Without knowing the force of words, it is impossible to know men.”
I recently heard some women discussing a “women’s spirituality group.” They wanted to determine whether there was such a thing as “female spirituality”?
It’s impossible to say, since no one can really be sure what someone else means when he/she uses this word.
Spirituality is very popular these days. Everybody wants to be known as “spiritual.” That’s not… Continue
Added by Alan Perlman on June 14, 2012 at 6:00pm —
“I always wondered how much my soul was worth. So when Cinemax asked me if I’d go on camera to interview soft-core porn stars on the set of its new series, ‘Sin City Diaries,’ in return for $2,000 and a free night in Las Vegas, I discovered that my soul was worth some amount less than $2,000 and a free night in Las Vegas.”
In other writings I have defined two of the most vague yet most powerful religious buzzwords – “God”…
Added by Alan Perlman on June 13, 2012 at 2:00pm —
“Men make themselves believe that they believe.”
“The idea of God is the sole wrong for which I cannot forgive mankind.”
Marquis de Sade
What does it mean to “believe in God,” as 95% of the population professes to do? As an academically-trained linguist and a secular humanistic Jew, I’ve thought about this question for many years and listened to how people answer it. I’ve collected several…
Added by Alan Perlman on June 12, 2012 at 3:00pm —