It's OK to Shout: Motivation for Atheists

It's OK to Shout: Motivation for Atheists

I recently re-watched one of my favorite movies: V for Vendetta and it got me thinking about the need for vocal opposition to religion in the public sphere ... While this is obviously a fiction through and through, I believe it highlights one way in which religious people can impact the lives of the non-religious, if only in theory.

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The Importance of Mythos

The Importance of Mythos

There is a tendency for atheists to demean religious traditions as “mere mythologies”, but I think that this is an unhelpful criticism because there is something very human about the love of a mythos. We would be better served to understand that mythologies, both ancient and modern, are powerful narratives that help us describe to ourselves what it is to be human, and that very few of us (if any) are entirely free from them.

 

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Rational Discourse Weekly - Episode 30 "Serious Accusations"

Rational Discourse Weekly - Episode 30 "Serious Accusations"

This week, we talk about a study that shows an interesting link between intelligence and lack of religiosity. We also discuss how rape accusations against Michael Shermer can be damaging, especially given how they were communicated and addressed. Finally, atheists pull to have secular literature put in Georgia state parks alongside Bibles.

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Rational Discourse Weekly - Episode 29 "Muslims Love Jesus"

This week, we talk about a Muslim named Reza Aslan that writes a book about Jesus (and proceeds to get interviewed on Fox News about it - they can't comprehend a non-Christian writing about Jesus) and how Pope Francis feels about gay people.

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Personal Reflections: Atheism, Fairness, and Coping With Life

Personal Reflections: Atheism, Fairness, and Coping With Life

There’s a tendency for people to view atheism as “negative”, merely because it asserts a negation. I can understand this, especially for those who define themselves positively through a religious belief, but I am here to say that atheism has been a powerfully positive force in my life and that it has helped me weather the various storms through which I have journeyed.

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God Is Not Great: a [37G] Book Report (Part Two)

God Is Not Great: a [37G] Book Report (Part Two)

God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything is Christopher Hitchens’ broadside volley against religion in all of its forms. It is a grinding assault on the monolith that is religious belief, and it proceeds along three major fronts: religion has failed as an explanatory power; it has failed as a moral power; and it is an impediment to the intellectual and moral advancement of humanity. Read on for part two of this [37G] book report!

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God Is Not Great: a [37G] Book Report (Part One)

God Is Not Great: a [37G] Book Report (Part One)

God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything is Christopher Hitchens’ broadside volley against religion in all of its forms. It is a grinding assault on the monolith that is religious belief, and it proceeds along three major fronts: religion has failed as an explanatory power; it has failed as a moral power; and it is an impediment to the intellectual and moral advancement of humanity.

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Pope Francis, Catholicism, and the Modern World: Is Being a "Nice Guy" Good Enough?

Pope Francis, Catholicism, and the Modern World: Is Being a "Nice Guy" Good Enough?

I was driving home from work today when I heard an interesting blurb about some conciliatory remarks made by Pope Francis I towards homosexuals... While I am pleased that we have a man who seems grounded by humanist ideals, I am concerned. If Francis cannot fundamentally change the doctrines of the church, there is little hope that any substantive change will happen in the long-term.

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