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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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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The Secular Holy Trinity: Atheism, Skepticism, and Humanism

The Secular Holy Trinity: Atheism, Skepticism, and Humanism

William and I filmed another podcast earlier this week, but this one took on a distinctly different feel from the moment we started recording. For the first time, we did not settle on a single topic, but instead briefly explored a large number of interconnected issues relevant to atheism, skepticism, secularism and philosophy... In light of this, I wanted to briefly give my thoughts on what I feel is the natural relationship between atheism, human and skepticism – how they reinforce, define, and ultimately serve one another.

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Who's Pulling the Strings? God, Agency, and You

Who's Pulling the Strings? God, Agency, and You

Another week, another essay! This time I’d like to focus on the intersection of agency and its relationship with the divine and the world in which we human beings find ourselves. This topic bubbled up into my consciousness from two different directions, and I think it can be a useful subject to explore for those aiming to advance a humanist and secular (atheist, agnostic, etc.) worldview, or for those who at the very least want to temper religious zealotry wherever possible.

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The Moving Target: Pragmatically Arguing Against Religion

The Moving Target: Pragmatically Arguing Against Religion

I have been doing my usual web-surfing over the last few weeks (crawling through some blogs, perusing Reddit, poking around YouTube, etc.) and I think that something needs to be said overtly: the argument we want to have with theists is very often not the argument they are willing or able to have.

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The Importance of Skepticism to Atheism and Secularism

The Importance of Skepticism to Atheism and Secularism

William and I discussed the intersection of skepticism and atheism (understood to include agnosticism/apatheism for my purposes here) during our last podcasting session and I felt that the topic deserved a slightly more formalized examination here. I think that the “skeptical bug” is a key motivator for many who have lost their religion and that it is a powerful tool for undermining religious authority in every sphere of inquiry.

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