Atheism at the Bedside of the Dying

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When I took my canine buddy Ranger the Valiant Warrior for that last trip to the vet, the doctor asked me to leave the room while he gave him the shot. I looked at him like he was crazy, told him flatly, "I'm not leaving." I also asked him to give Ranger a shot of painkiller before the real killer. As Ranger died, I was there talking to him, stroking him, holding him, "You were the best, buddy! I'll never forget you! I love you, handsome beast!"When Tito the Mighty Hunter died, I was right … [Read more...]

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 you, as you … [Read more...]

An Epiphany on Road Rage … Online

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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 already … [Read more...]

Reason Riders Followup

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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 CareyI 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 are … [Read more...]


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