We've all seen it - claims either so outrageous or so ignorant that they test the bounds of credibility, and they're usually, though not always associated with religion. Well, it would seem that…Continue
I get an email of links to mostly political pieces from the Daily Kos every day, and that's how I became aware of the following. Personally, I have no idea whether the three smoke detectors we have…Continue
Right off the top - I did not write this, and I honestly do not know who did. I stumbled onto it this morning on the hard drive of my laptop, in a folder of a collection of written pieces I have…Continue
Kids beaten because they're supposedly demons, a young boy whose penis was cut off by a mohel, a religious organization ruling that the internet is illegal in their country, a young girl saddled with…Continue
Loren Miller has not received any gifts yet
For many religious people, the popular question “What would Jesus do?” is essentially the same as “What would I do?” That’s the message from an intriguing and controversial new study by Nicholas Epley from the University of Chicago. Through a combination of surveys, psychological manipulation and brain-scanning, he has found that when religious Americans try to infer the will of God, they mainly draw on their own personal beliefs.
Psychological studies have found that people are…
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…
I would think that, at some point or other in our arcs toward or in atheism, a good number of us have seen the following quote:
Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.
That quote was on my mind this morning, to the point where I Googled it and found via Wikiquote that it was part of a larger statement made by Voltaire. While the brief quote above is a powerful and disturbing statement, it is like many things…
It happened again. Steve Shives (no, he and I are NOT an item!) was a guest again on "The Place," a video podcast produced by the New Covenant Group. I saw that on my YouTube feed and figured that, despite the 2-hour-plus running time that I would give it a shot.
And it could be a good thing I did. The NCG had another guest as well, one Michael Dowd. Initially, listening to him speak, I wasn't sure I was going to warm to a guy who seemed to be trying to couch atheistic…