Yeah, About That “Atheism as Intellectual Luxury” Thing

So ... THIS got written: Atheism is an intellectual luxury for the wealthyIt starts with the writer's Reasoning Guy bona fides. An atheist at 16, Chris Arnade sneered at religion, even later becoming an actual scientist. Three years later I did escape my town, eventually receiving a PhD in physics, and then working on Wall Street for 20 years. A life devoted to rational thought, a life devoted to numbers and clever arguments.During that time I counted myself an atheist and nodded in … [Read more...]

Atheist Christmas Present from William Lane Craig

Eye roll. Fox Snooze gives us William Lane Craig writing A Christmas gift for atheists – five reasons why God exists. He starts out, annoyingly enough, with this: For atheists, Christmas is a religious sham. For if God does not exist, then obviously Jesus’ birth cannot represent the incarnation of God in human history, which Christians celebrate at this time of year.However, most atheists, in my experience, have no good reasons for their disbelief. Rather they’ve learned to simply repeat th … [Read more...]

The Forcing of Bad Choices on Innocent Bystanders

I have a limited amount of respect for devout Muslims. Honestly, for any really religious people.Probably pure arrogance on my part. If I peeled the attitude apart, somewhere inside there would be something like "Hey, I made it out of that hole. Why can't they?"Yet the emerging ethic in the atheist community seems to be that you don't dislike the PEOPLE, you dislike the RELIGION. We want to see religion as a distinctly two-categoried thing, with victims in the pews and victimizers at the … [Read more...]

Religion is Weird. That is All.

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Stumbled across a new word today: Tauroctony.Wikipedia defines it: The tauroctony scene is the [central icon] of the Mithraic Mysteries. It depicts Mithras killing a bull, hence the name 'tauroctony', given to the scene in modern times, probably after the Greek word tauroktonos (ταυροκτόνος) "slaughtering bulls." The Mithraic Mysteries, now referred to as Mithraism, was a mystery religion practiced in the Roman Empire from about the 1st to 4th centuries AD. The name of the Persian god Mith … [Read more...]

Dying to Escape Hasidic Judaism

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Generally I aim my verbal volleys at the Christian world, with the occasional whack at Islam. But this caught my attention after my recent riff on Hasidic Jews in Beta Culture: To Not Be Owned:Outcast Mother’s Death, and Questions About Jewish Sect’s Sway Over ChildrenA women who left an ultra-orthodox Jewish sect committed suicide in September. Ms. Tambor, 33, had forsaken the Hasidic Jewish world in which she was raised and married, a decision that undermined her relationship with her … [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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