After my contribution to the ongoing discussions on Patheos Atheism about how to introduce religion and atheism to kids, Dale McGowan made an excellent contribution called Raising (Actual) Freethinkers that I each agreed with, learned from, and wanted to differ from. In my first post I primarily framed things as a rejection of the common [Read More…]
Christians will often say that being an atheist means “thinking you’re your own god” or “acknowledging no higher power than yourself“. Christians obviously think that God is our all powerful and perfectly good creator and that we as humans are merely his creations. He didn’t need to create us. There’s nothing He requires us to do that He cannot do Himself. [Read More…]
Sometimes when atheists dismiss the value of historically religious techniques for forming communities, identities, values, and beliefs, and react viscerally against ever adopting anything that resembles such techniques for themselves, I fear that a superstition, one eerily and ironically related to characteristically religious ones, is implicitly in play. In a strange sort of way, anti-religious [Read More…]
I think I’ve hit on an ideal analogy for explaining a core reason why I, following Nietzsche before me, reject nihilism about meaning, values, truth, purpose, and love.
This is going to be a key go-to post for me from now on both for explaining my views when asked about nihilism in general or specifically about how atheists can have meaning, value, purpose, truth, and love. [Read more…]
In reply to this post from the other day and subsequent discussion in the comments section about the ways that religious belie can interfere with both reason and love, George writes, For the past year I have been trolling blogs and websites trying to wrap my brain around religion in general and evolution denial in [Read More…]
From The Daily Dish (again), comes a superb reply to the charge that atheists live meaningless lives. First the charge: So, yes, religion has to answer for the crusades. And atheists have to answer for having no meaningful words of hope to provide in crisis. And then the reply: Excuse me? Just because the reader [Read More…]