This is Why We Must Get Rid of Theological Weeds

Many atheists have no need to keep arguing about God’s existence. We don’t believe any Gods exist, and we’ve moved beyond that conversation. But author James Lindsay believes that religious people have psychological and social needs that faith helps them meet. Unless atheists address those concerns, we won’t get anywhere. In other words, the way we talk about God right now isn’t working.

His new book expanding on this idea is called Everybody Is Wrong About God (Pitchstone Publishing, 2015):

In the excerpt below, Lindsay discusses why its imperative we help “uproot” people out of their faith:

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Animal Shelter Founder Claims to Speak with Your Dead Pets

The Great Dane Sanctuary, an animal shelter in Wisconsin, must be a pretty special place, given that the animals who die communicate with one of the founders:

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Because, for Some People, Even “Merry Christmas” Doesn’t Praise Jesus Enough

We know conservative Christians hate when you say “Happy Holidays” because it’s taking the Christ out of Christmas.

Logically, then, “Merry Christmas” isn’t enough, either, since it only mentions Christ once.

So this month, add a little extra Jesus to your festivities by celebrating Christmachrist:

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A Child’s Version of the Ten Commandments

Well, if you ask a child to list the Ten Commandments, what else did you expect?

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Make Sure You Ask These Questions Before Your Next Tarot Reading

Are you looking for some vague statements regarding your past, present and future? Then do I have the product for you! Making fun of Tarot cards feels a little like punching down. At best, I suppose it could be like a mini therapy session (albeit from an unlicensed and unqualified therapist): You kind of hear what you want to hear, and maybe a shift in perspective can help you make a decision you’ve been waffling on — more or less harmless when it comes down to it. At worst, though, it’s a huge scam that can trick unsuspecting customers out of their money.

For the most part, we can easily chalk up the majority of what Tarot readers do to Barnum statements and a general willingness to believe what we want to believe (check out this episode of Oh No Ross and Carrie for a great first-hand look at all of that). In an effort to be helpful, fellow Patheos blogger Lilith Dorsey of Voodoo Universe gave her readers nine questions they should ask before a Tarot reading.

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