I like dreams. I enjoy dreaming. I love fantasizing about far-away worlds where I can fly, be all-powerful, and make everything happen if I just believe.
And so did Walt Disney.
And so have the millions of children that have attended his theme parks, viewed his movies, and watched his plays each year. I suspect that most of these children have loved dreaming, fantasizing about far-away worlds where they could fly, be all-powerful, and make everything happen if they just…Continue
The topic is one that I didn’t think I would grapple with so much in my lifetime. Being born and raised in a family where dysfunction is the norm has its benefits. One of those benefits is being blissful in your ignorance, and if there’s one thing my family was, it was ignorant and unwilling to question the important topics in life such as God and religion…Continue
Added by Mike Mitchell on April 25, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments
Last night, I had a vivid dream. It was an emotional dream, and I could feel the effects of the dream when I woke up in the morning. My dream was about the attractiveness, the longing even, to believe in God. It is an incredibly emotional response, and something I know to be the result of so many years of indoctrination that my mind and body still react to.
In my dream, I was attending a funeral for someone — I’m not sure who — and my friends and family were surrounding me at the…Continue
I find it amazing that so many people are content in their lives having accepted certain things as true and refusing to re-examine their beliefs out of pride or stubbornness. It has been my experience that, at some point, many people simply stop questioning the things they have come to accept as fact/truth. I would argue that this is where engaging in philosophical discussions becomes most important of all. It either solidifies the truth, rationality, and reason of important matters, or…Continue
Added by Mike Mitchell on April 21, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments
I used to foolishly believe that I, as an atheist, and my friends, family, or colleagues who were Christians ultimately wanted the same things. I truly believed that, with the exception of “that one thing” (of course referring to the belief in God here), we were basically the same. After all, just because I don’t believe in God doesn’t necessarily mean that we can’t find common ground on just about everything else, right?
The more I have talked and debated with believers of religion…Continue
Congratulations, new atheist! You now live in a world where you are free. You no longer fear the threat of Hell, eternal damnation, demonic possession, God, or evil spirits. You now realize that the boogeyman is nothing to fear, nor are ghosts. You laugh a little inside when people tell you they will pray for you, since you know the chance of that doing anything is about as likely as being hit by lightning, bitten by a shark, and falling out of an airplane simultaneously. You no longer fear…Continue
I must admit something to you. The argument from design is still appealing to me, and I can understand why it is among the most popular defenses for religions and faith. I am sitting here, watching my son’s soccer practice, trees and beautiful landscape in the background, thinking about how complex it all is. How could everything just be here, without a creator?
Am I a target now? Will the…Continue