The Myth of Original Sin does far more evil than merely inverting our inherent desire for knowledge and understanding and turning our greatest and most beautiful attribute and turning it into a means of debasement. Perhaps even more vile, the Myth of Original Sin seeks to replace our greatest attribute, our rationality and understanding with Faith.
While there is an extensive epistemological discussion on what constitutes Faith elsewhere on this page, the brief summary is…
Few Religionist traditions are more patently offensive than the myth of Original Sin and its dogmatic progeny, the myth of fallen humanity. What is our Original Sin? What is our great, intractable failing? What was our deep vileness that was so abhorrent that a SINGLE human's action would be sufficient to condemn our entire species for all eternity?
Our inherent quest for knowledge. Our curiosity. Our desire to understand. God creates us with an inherent longing for…
My seventh book, Life After Faith, will be published in the next few weeks. Based on almost a half-century as an insider, it tells the story of my emergence from super-natural faith to practice a down-to-earth kind of "natural spirituality." This will not please extremists on either side of the divide! Some atheists will throw garbage and some people of faith will throw prayers, but it's a personal story of leaving faith, ordination as a Protestant Minister… Continue
I am reading Christopher Hitchens' book 'god is not Great' and chapter 5 concludes with an obvious but, nonetheless, important point.
Actually, the "leap of faith" - to give it the memorable name that Soren Kierkegaard bestowed upon it - is an imposture. As he himself pointed out, it is not a "leap" that can be made once and for all. It is a leap that has to go on and on being performed, in spite of mounting evidence to the contrary. This effort is actually too…
I believe the best way for me to "add content" is to present a portion from my book: "EVERY MAN AND WOMAN AN ISLAND, The Individual Human Being As PRIME In The Universe." (published by Trafford and listed on Amazon.) Then, periodically I could add additional portions pertinent to atheism (aka non-theism or anti-theism.) This first entry comes from chapter eight starting with a quote from novelist/philospher Ayn Rand, "Theism's myth declares that he ate of the fruit of the tree of knowledge--he… Continue
A lot of religion’s power lies in the laity’s fear of what happens to us when we die. The “flaw” in atheism (they say) is that it can not explain the “afterlife”. Well, here ya go: an atheists explanation of death:
What I have learned is this: The brain works on an electric charge that is roughly equal to your average car battery. This electricity jumps from neuron to neuron, interacting with other bits of electricity to create a sense of self. In order to leap across the… Continue
Most Christians would roughly define faith as a ‘belief without evidence
‘ that comes as a gift from a just and loving God. Of course, they also believe in talking snakes, pregnant virgins, and people rising from the dead, so it gets a tad fuzzy trying to follow their logic.… Continue
I had some Jehovas Witnesses call round a few days ago. There is a mission a couple of streets away. The conversation ended a draw but I think I had more of the ball. It was interesting to argue religion in real time for a change.
The bottom line finally arrived at was that they needed to believe in some higher power because without that, their life would have no meaning or purpose. So they choose to hang on to a belief because their reality could not exist without it. A friend of my… Continue
Religious folks of many types are fond of that saying added as a condition when they ask you to consider their ridiculous propositions. I've heard it from Mormons concerning "asking God to give a sign to let [me] know that [their] religion is right." I've heard it from new-agers concerning so-called psychic readings and other such woo. And I've heard it most recently in the letter posted by Pope Ratzy regarding pedophile priests.
For the longest time, I considered myself Atheist/Agnostic. I couldn’t believe in a god without proof, couldn’t accept blind faith as reasonable. And I was convinced that even if I had proof, I couldn’t worship. The things carried out in the name of god or religion, are some of the most atrocious acts in history. Burning woman on stakes or wars based around religion, I couldn’t wrap my head around the idea. Why is killing wrong, but it’s ok to do it in the name of god?
I wrote this blog on Myspace, intended for christians to read. I have posted it here to help other newly converted atheists in their quest for helping other theists to realize that God, in the biblical term, cannot exist.
Below are a series of questions. These are questions that I had asked toward the end of my christianity, and was never given a good answer for any of them. I challenge other believers in a god to ask these questions as well. If these questions could be… Continue
Terrific 8-minute video in which the author describes how, as a 12-year-old student, he first began to doubt his faith. Outlines his own personal resistance to the Christian faith that he knew had to be true.