March 5, 2021

The Roman Catholic notion of Limbo was a triumph of graciousness over cruelty. In this case it was the cruelty implicit in the doctrine of hell. Human decency is more powerful than any creed. Let’s back up and review the Christian soteriological scheme prior to the medieval creation of Limbo. In Catholic Christianity, all souls bear the taint of an original sin that was bequeathed to humanity by the first parents, Adam and Eve, who ignored detailed instructions from God… Read more

March 1, 2021

Jesus predicted Donald Trump in Matthew 24:24: “False messiahs will appear so as to deceive even The Elect.” If white Evangelicals are The Elect (those chosen by God), then it is they who are the deceived in this passage, and Mr. Trump is the deceiver. After scraping seven of ten commandments from the tablets, Evangelicals actually embraced a man with numerous unflattering titles, such as: Infinite & Endless Liar Hourly Promise Breaker Re-Offending Adulterer Ill-Parented Vulgarian Cream Faced Harpy Great… Read more

January 1, 2021

Where to start a history of atheism? Shall we start at the cooling of the Earth’s core, a few billions years ago? Earlier? Shall we begin at the Big Bang? The point here is that it takes humans to believe or disbelieve in Gods, and billions of years passed before any humans appeared on the scene. And when humanoids did appear on the scene, atheism existed before theism. Atheism was the original state of humanity. It would take millions of… Read more

December 25, 2020

From 2016 to 2020, many Humanists, who had never hated anyone before in their lives, were taught to hate. They were taught to hate a particular man. And they were taught to hate this particular man by the man himself. It ‘s as if the man looked Humanists in the eyes and said, “I was chosen to prove to you Humanists that you are not above the moral sinkhole of human hatred, and to that end, over the next few… Read more

October 21, 2020

Shall we pretend her religion doesn’t matter? Article VI of the Constitution says religion can never be used as a qualification for any public office in America. Okay, so religion itself is off limits as a criterion of merit or demerit. But can the effects of one’s religion be seen as a disqualification? Suppose a candidate for the high court belongs to a religion that requires the following beliefs and practices: female circumcision of young girls the use of psychotropic… Read more

October 11, 2020

Disease is one of God’s oldest instruments of smiting. God shows divine disapproval for human behavior and sin by giving us diseases. There is a fake scriptural passage from Hezekiah 5:5 that’s probably not far from real.  It goes: “I am the God of the virus and afflictions all.  Gather, that I may show thee.” Who else but God invented these things called viruses?  And what else but to discipline and to punish was God’s intent in making viruses? Isn’t… Read more

September 27, 2020

Fifty years ago Becky pondered a preacher’s boasts about the ‘mercy’ of God.  The following week Becky sat under a gnarled and unwedgeable oak and thought about ‘mercy’ some more. After bit of cogitation, she stood up an atheist. Her reasons? To say that God has ‘mercy’ on humanity can only mean that God’s laws are either defectively harsh to begin with and require mercy to moderate them, or that God is defectively lenient in not applying his original punishments… Read more

August 22, 2020

Jesus isn’t offering his religion to people who are already good.  In Jesus’ modest opinion, some people know how to do the right thing without the guidance of his philosophy. Read his words in the gospel of Luke 5:32 and you can arrive at no other conclusion: “I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” It is to sinners, wrongdoers, lawbreakers, hard felons, soft delinquents, renegade rats, base-spirited degenerates, outsized liars, pathetical reprobates, gunsels, feckless ragtag white-collar crooks,… Read more

August 2, 2020

Religion takes in all manner of personalities and burnishes what it receives. A mean person, adopting religion, becomes meaner. A kind person becomes kinder. And a political person can become loudly political, as is the case with American evangelical politics. Political religion has much to lament. Politics interlaced with religious fervor invented many techniques for oppression. The government of Gods was tried over and over again and it failed over and over again, and so we got the North American… Read more

July 28, 2020

Ancient and Renaissance Christian intellectuals claimed all that was beautiful and humane in pre-Christian Greek and Roman pagan literature was really Christian, inasmuch as the truly brilliant and the genuinely civilized must represent the true religion. In the twentieth century Christian intellectuals spoke of the ‘anonymous Christian,’ the non-Christian who by dint of personal excellence was really a Christian, even if his ‘anonymity’ should extend to refusing every syllable of Christian belief and practice. Anyone can perform this maneuver. Some… Read more

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