Justin Murray's Blog – September 2012 Archive (4)

Atheist Prayer Experiment

So I have been taking part in the Atheist Prayer Experiment for a while now.
 
I have been praying to the pantheistic goddess Amaterasu (You can see my prayer log below).
 
Nothing happened until Saturday night when I had the chance to make a totally unsupported inference that I am pissing her off (and she is expressing her anger on my family) from a unrelated…
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Added by Justin Murray on September 24, 2012 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

Religiousity, death and utility in life

Reading "A Model of Religion and Death" by Derek Pyne.

 

He is trying to make sense of why fear of death is strongest in those with lower levels of religiousity. And  whay it is low in those no religiousity (atheists) and very high religiousity.

 

I think the take home mesage is, in my words:

 

"Atheists have everything to gain in life and nothing to lose in death."

 

"Theists who think they’ll go to heaven have little to nothing to…

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Added by Justin Murray on September 18, 2012 at 11:30pm — No Comments

God is a woman? Gender identity, biological sex and the trans man Godess.

Just a small thing that has troubled me for some time - it may seen like a joke, but I'm genuinely curious.

 

In the catholic faith (the only one I know), god is always referred to as a man (He, the Father, et cetera...) and the only woman prayed to is Mary (not a godess, but as the mother of Jesus, son of god). This always appeared to me to be a way to make women into second class members of the church (that and a whole lot of other things in the catholic…

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Added by Justin Murray on September 10, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments

My background or how to break the faith of a catholic family...

I was raised in a catholic family. We had attended church every Sunday for as long as I remembered. Both my parents were catholic from birth too.



I was sent to a catholic primary and secondary schools. Being a nerdy kid, I never liked the blokeish (hyper-masculine) behaviour of the students at my high school, preferring to spent my lunchtimes in the library or chess club. The teacher to student violence was appalling and made going there an unpleasant…

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Added by Justin Murray on September 9, 2012 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

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