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The Myth of Good and Evil: From Hitler to Mother Teresa

(Reprinted from my blog HERE)



These days, the archetypes of good and evil in our society are Mother Teresa and Hitler, respectively. If you start with these two as the paradigms, it becomes pretty easy to figure out what "Good" and Evil" are really all about.



I admit that I have never met Adolf Hitler. Fortunately for this blog post, however, I have met Mother Teresa. It was in… Continue

Added by William Hopper on May 23, 2010 at 12:00am — 7 Comments

Minarets and Mayhem

Minarets are causing a lot of flack in countries like Switzerland and Germany these days, and rightly so. A referendum in Switzerland actually banned the construction of these Muslim spires, citing their “non-Swiss” architecture as reason. While I fully endorse anything that bans religious architecture– be it a Muslim spire or a Catholic basilica–I understand that we have to find a way to live together without killing each other. To get along, we have to make concessions.… Continue

Added by William Hopper on May 22, 2010 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

What Happens When We Die: An Atheist’s Explanation

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

Added by William Hopper on May 20, 2010 at 5:00pm — 16 Comments

How to Kill Faith and Win Arguments with Religious Zealots

How to Kill Faith and Win Arguments with Religious Zealots



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

Added by William Hopper on May 20, 2010 at 1:13am — 4 Comments

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