What does God Really Look Like? – Time for A New Vision

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I am a bit tired of literal, anthropomorphic interpretations of God. Could there really be a bearded, gray-haired male deity in the sky judging our every move? Why would this guy even want to spawn offspring, and mystify people centuries later trying to figure out how that could have happened without the usual means for transmitting sperm? Was eating that apple in the Garden of Eden truly such a serious offense? Would God actually need to have his own “son” executed to redeem humankind for this e … [Read more...]

IS there an afterlife?

Today this question came through to me from AllExperts.com. I put a lot of thought into my response, so I thought I'd share it here.QUESTION: Dear Margaret, 5 years ago my wife passed away. Christian mythology, which has lasted 2000 years and been supported by some very wise people, promises if I only believe Jesus was God and rose from the grave I will be able to join my beloved in the afterlife and be with her forever. What does atheism have to offer that is even close to that? … [Read more...]

Where Do Atheists Get Their Morality?

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Some atheists, to be sure, are without morals.  But many/most who have actually thought through their beliefs sufficiently to call themselves atheist have moved beyond the need for moral rules supplied by the church.  Such people are principled and self-regulating and their morality comes from something deep inside themselves.To such people, the rules of a Church, or even the Ten Commandments seem superficial and too black and white. For example “Thou Shalt Not Steal.”  Well, there are cases … [Read more...]

The Big Misunderstanding

  There is something religious believers don’t understand. It is about humanists (and others who don’t explicitly believe in God)—and it is important.Unfortunately some types of preachers imply that without belief in God we are forced into sinful, chaotic lifestyles and empty, meaningless lives.  Nothing could be farther from the truth. While some nonbelievers may lead completely lawless, undisciplined lives, there is another whole type of nonbeliever for whom this is just not so. Many human … [Read more...]

Do You Have to Believe in God to Be Spiritual?

A careful study of the spiritual development literature reveals that you most certainly do NOT have to believe in God to be spiritual.  Various academic theorists who have studied this empirically, and some highly spiritual people writing about  their own path, have all described a similar process by which a person comes into spiritual maturity. Taken together their writings can be lumped into a general category called spiritual development theory.[1]Though often cryptically worded, these w … [Read more...]

Are There Atheists in Foxholes?

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Various research projects have produced conflicting answers to this question. Some found that when faced with the possibility of death, an avowed atheist is likely to reneg on that position and perhaps call out for help to a God he never believed in before. But other studies have found the opposite—that in a brush with death, both religious believers and nonbelievers were each inclined to reinforce their own belief stance.One possible reason for this inconclusive evidence is the failure of t … [Read more...]


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