Goodness and Guilt on the Dark Edge of Life

Guilt

I’m thinking about guilt as a driving force of religion. If you treat somebody badly, and they later die before you have a chance to apologize or correct your action, you have no way to make it right with them. If you’re religious, though, you can regain balance both through the ceremonial forgiveness your religion offers and through the “knowledge” that you will either see them again and have the chance to make it right, or that they’re alive-after-death and able to see you, hear … [Read more...]

An Epiphany on Road Rage … Online

road rage

I had to do a silly damned "defensive driving course" at work. It was this SIX HOUR LONG online thingie, where you have to read a short screen of text, and then wait out a timer before you can click to the next short screen of text, and read that. Argh. If you were ever a student and had a writing assignment that included a necessary word or page count, and you used up your facts or thoughts halfway through that assigned length and had to pad things out with extra words, you can imagine what … [Read more...]

Help Get ‘Hug An Atheist’ to a Wider Audience

Sylvia Broeckx writes: I apologise for sending you this message out of the blue, but we could really do with some help. We've made a film about atheists in the USA and it's from the perspective of everyday atheists, dealing with the aspects of life where religions provide solace and guidance such as morality, raising a family, and coping with tragedy. But, what’s the point of making a film that presents atheism in a positive light, if it doesn’t get seen by lots of people that aren’t … [Read more...]

Reason Riders Followup

Reason Riders 3

Couple of pics of Pierino Walker, the originator of the Reason Riders patch, with bike and jacket. I really, really REALLY want a motorcycle again. If you want one of the patches, or want to ride with him in northern California, contact Pierino at ktown1213 [at] gmail [dot] com. And if you start up a local chapter of Reason Riders wherever you are, I definitely want to hear about it!   … [Read more...]

Christianity Facing Extinction? Wow. Cool.

An article in The Telegraph warns: Christianity at risk of dying out in a generation, warns Lord Carey I know this is disturbing and serious from the point of view of Lord Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, but from mine, it's heartening and funny. Christianity is just a “generation away from extinction” in Britain unless churches make a dramatic breakthrough in attracting young people back to the faith, the former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey has warned. Clergy … [Read more...]

Do Atheists Have the Right to Offend Muslims?

Jesus and Mo

The question was posed in an article from The Muslim Times (which features such articles as A challenge for Dawkins: Where did carbon come from? and Conversion of Mr. Bean to Islam?) Recently some atheists at the LSE Freshers day were asked by university authorities to remove T-shirts depicting the Prophets Jesus and Muhammad (peace be upon them both) sharing a beer together. Well, to be more exact, they were asked to remove “Jesus and Mo” cartoon t-shirts, where “Jesus” is depicted … [Read more...]

Atheist Grief Panel Discussion: FTBConscience

Thanks to the kind invitation from Rebecca Hensler, founder of Grief Beyond Belief, I was on the Atheist Grief panel of FTBConscience, and that took place today at 5 p.m., East Coast time. Other panelists were Greta Christina and Nicome Taylor. And here it is, already on YouTube!   … [Read more...]

No, I don’t believe in God. I thought YOU did. Well, heck. Now what?

crazy

We're born to sanity. We instinctively feel that things should be reasonable. That it should all MAKE SENSE. Most of us, as we grow to adulthood, at least TRY to be sane and sensible. But we all know we share the world with some crazy-ass others. In my view, the biggest reason for rampant craziness in the world is religion. Religion is not only mistaken about basic facts of reality, it sets up a social field of acceptance to casual lies, deliberate falsehoods, even malicious acts, by both … [Read more...]

Hey, Where’s Our Motorcycle Gang??

Reason Riders X

We DO want to fully engage society with the beautiful possibilities of atheism, right? I just don't see how we can do that without our own nationwide motorcycle club.                       And if you DO do this, I demand to be a charter member! Also, I'll need a motorcycle. Seriously, I think this would be a pretty cool thing to do. It could also get some serious publicity. (BTW, this … [Read more...]

Free Online Movies, Including One on Atheism

Things to be found on this newfangled Internet: 535 Free Movies Online Including this one: Atheism: A Rough History of Disbelief With the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and the emotional whiplash that followed, the monotheistic religions of the West took a more stridently political turn. It was in this context that Jonathan Miller, the British theatre and opera director, felt compelled to create a three-part documentary tracing the history of religious skepticism and … [Read more...]