I am genuinely baffled by the continued gullibility of theists. In debate ( and I use that term loosely) their argument boils down to fact that their particular brand of supernatural deity loves them, that to behave responsibly they have to follow the bible for their moral compass and that in order to be less “hateful” I should read that lovely, sweet book of love – their scripture. Continue reading
His aversion to religion, in the sense usually attached to the term, was of the same kind with that of Lucretius: he regarded it with the feelings due not to a mere mental delusion, but to a great moral evil. He looked upon it as the greatest enemy of morality: first, by setting up factitious excellencies – belief in creeds, devotional feelings, and ceremonies, not connected with the good of human kind – and causing these to be accepted as substitutes for genuine virtue: but above all , by radically vitiating the standard of morals; making it consist in doing the will of a being, on whom it lavishes indeed all the phrases of adulation, but whom in sober truth it depicts as eminently hateful
– John Stuart Mill, on his father, in the Autobiography
A Christian Nation…
It has a connotation of being tolerant , forgiving and kind. Mistakenly it apparently denotes someone courteous, considerate, modest, helpful and generous.
Yes I know…….This is not how i see ‘christian values.’ Continue reading
Atheism is not a modern invention, nor is it a product of the European Enlightenment, or for that matter, inconceivable without the Western Secular States and/or science. That is a myth! A myth nurtured by some on both sides of the debate. On one side some atheists wish to present their skepticism toward the supernatural as a result of science’s progressive eclipse of religion, and on the other side the religious wish to see it as a pathological symptom of a decadent western world consumed by capitalism. Continue reading
Religion manifests in the imagery of the believer. We are all aware some believe in the ‘pink fluffy bits’ of the texts. I’m sure you recognize the ones who pull out the nice stuff, that will give them some modicum of secular reasoning to aid their belief system, nicely blanking out the ugliness in their biblical text.
We have been around for 200,000 years and with the introduction of writing we have the written laws of our ancestors. Now on a daily basis one of the most discussed pieces of sophistry is the belief that morality was created by the Abrahamic Religion.
The absurdity of such a notion is of course refuted by any rational human being, alas we are not talking to a rational, well balanced individual when this subject comes up. Anyway as always I do take their comments on board and do some searching. The following is both a fascinating look into the pre-Judaic (Halakha) rules in their Torah and confirms what the rest of the world knows, morality pre-dates the Bible. Continue reading
In the 21st Century, the term “flat-earther” is used to describe someone who is spectacularly – and seemingly wilfully – ignorant. Also known as Flat Earth Myth, Flat Earthism and Platygeism, there is a group out there who claim the Earth really is flat.
You will see me on twitter from time to time playing ping pong with these idiots, a momentary distraction on my part I assure you. It is impossible for a Flat Earther to explain away all the problems with their theory, mostly because the evidence they provide is generally pulled out of their asses. I begin to believe it is all a hoax… Continue reading
I don’t know if Helen of Troy launched a thousand ships, but a tweet can definitely launch a thousand words. Conversations on twitter more frequently than not, however, never come at the right time for long discourse. This morning, for instance, 6am and I am merely sneaking a peak at my iPad to see a dozen or so notifications flashing up. Continue reading
As ‘Ham n Eggs’ theme park opens to the public, complete with dry dock and stuffed animals ( he obviously cant be trusted with real animals), it takes me back to a piece I wrote a while back for Andy..
you can read it here…
I have always had a fascination for ancient mythology and how through the ages it is altered to suit the peoples of that area. One such famous myth is The Great Flood. To the western religious majority, this of course means the Biblical flood with the lead role being played by Russell Crowe, erm , sorry I mean Noah!
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My tears, took me somewhat by surprise today…
Anyone lucky enough to enjoy the last few days of beautiful sunshine, will probably have been if lucky, like me, able to spend the last few days outside in their gardens. For those less lucky a few uncomfortable working days.
I had had a few horrible days at work in which I don’t really feel the need to go into, but included a Muslim work colleague with a leaning towards mysogynistic behaviours, culminating in a formal complaint about said colleague. So the last few days of complete relaxation and beautiful weather added to my calm enjoyment of my own space. Continue reading