Christianity insists on dependence on its god and its savior. Indeed, it demands submission to that supreme being, saying “thy will be done.” Islam is not only no different, the very word means “submission.” Both expect the believer to trust in Yahweh or Allah to provide for them and nurture them and bring meaning to their lives. The price for that nurturance, though, is utter obedience without question. One of the immediate consequences of such an attitude is vulnerability to…Continue
I can remember the voice of Frank Sinatra from back when I was a kid. My father wasn't quite a fan, but he had more than a couple albums which got played regularly and which I can still recall in my head when I want to. Certainly, Ol' Blue Eyes was a vocal technician of the first water. His intonation, treatment of even the simplest phrase, breath control and overall execution place him deservedly in a rarefied atmosphere shared with a scant few other artists, and that by itself is…Continue
The other day I was listening to one of Seth Andrews’ Thinking Atheist podcasts. This one was based on the subtitle of Christopher Hitchens’ masterwork, god is Not Great, How Religion Poisons Everything. I found myself musing about that business of poisoning, and in the process of my musings, opened an instance of Microsoft Word and began committing my thoughts to bits and bytes. The following are my thoughts on the matter:
Religion poisons everything in the same way…
Since my wife and I moved here in 2009, we’ve been visited by Jehovah’s Witnesses and other religious representatives on multiple occasions. On three of those incidences, I engaged my visitors and responded to statements or questions made by them regarding both religion and atheism. While I will admit having no interest in actually inviting them into my home for a protracted conversation, there are certain things I wish they would learn and understand about me as an individual atheist and…Continue
Over the past several years, I have been attempting to garner external interest in my abilities and knowledge of a specific type of test equipment, used in the semiconductor industry. I've been out of work for not quite four years, and it would be nice to leverage those skills to make a buck or two. Over the past couple of weeks, it is beginning to look as though my patience and perseverance are finally going to pay off. In simple terms, I GOT A GIG!
So ... in…