Sam Harris on God and Japan

Either God can do nothing to stop catastrophes like this, or he doesn’t care to, or he doesn’t exist. God is either impotent, evil, or imaginary. Take your pick, and choose wisely.The only sense to make of tragedies like this is that terrible things can happen to perfectly innocent people. This understanding inspires compassion.Religious faith, on the other hand, erodes compassion. Thoughts like, “this might be all part of God’s plan,” or “there are no accidents in life,” or “everyone on some … [Read more...]

Haiti “swore a pact to the devil”?

Good ol' Pat Robertson. He never ceases to say incredibly stupid, insensitive, psychotic things. Like today about Haiti:Transcript: And, you know, Kristi, something happened a long time ago in Haiti, and people might not want to talk about it. They were under the heel of the French. You know, Napoleon III and whatever. And they got together and swore a pact to the devil. They said, "We will serve you if you will get us free from the French." True story. And so, the devil said, "OK, it's a de … [Read more...]

Geek Theology

by VorJackI am a geek.I sense your incredulity. As evidence, I hold up my screen name. VorJack was the name of my first roleplaying character — in the Marvel Comics Roleplaying game, of all things.Have I established my bona fides? Let's move on.During high school, one of my friends was a fantasy geek. Like most teens of that type, he was working on a novel. Mind you, he wasn't working on the plot or the characters. He was working on the most important part for a geek: the magic s … [Read more...]

The Bible Is Pro-Child Killing

I've pointed out before that the Bible nor the God it portrays is "pro-life," but the BEattitude has compiled some more verses about the Bible's stance on killing babies in the womb: God will punish women by aborting their fetus through a miscarriage. "Give them, O LORD–what will You give? Give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts." (Hosea 9:14) God teaches the use of a bizarre ritual using cursed “bitter water” to abort a fetus who was conceived through infidelity. (Numbers 5:11-21)God orde … [Read more...]

Now Everything Makes Sense

Ty made this comment in On The Consolations of Atheism, but I thought it was so good I wanted to highlight it in a post: When I believed in an interventionist Christian God, the universe didn’t make any sense at all. I just had to keep telling myself it didn’t make any sense because God’s thoughts were higher than my thoughts, and somehow it all made sense to him.Once I abandoned supernaturalism in general, and god concepts as part of that, suddenly the universe made perfect sense. The unive … [Read more...]