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
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
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
“If you step outside on a warm clear night and look up, what do you see? Imagine answering that question 400 years ago. What did people see then, gazing at the stars? It is remarkable that in seeing the same thing we see today, they nevertheless saw a different universe with a completely different set of meanings both in itself and for their own personal lives. This marks a highly significant fact: that at the beginning of the seventeenth century the mind – the mentality, the world-view – of our best-educated and most thoughtful forbears was still fundamentally continuous with that of their own antique and medieval predecessors; but by the end of that century it had become modern. This striking fact means that the seventeenth century is a very special period in human history”
– A C Grayling
It gives me great pleasure to welcome back guest blogger @lordcropes. We share a fascination with the the lack of lucidity theists seem to value. Literalists are an unbelievable part of life on twitter, be it discussing the ‘evolution theory’ the age of the earth or in fact its shape.
Please enjoy and read on…
A couple of years ago, I read a comment on an online book review. It was from a Bible literalist called Roger. As a pleasant change from the norm, he seemed well read, polite and actually, quite a nice guy.
The comment was as follows…
“Evolution is NOT a fact… The theory of evolution denies God, and denies the Bible, since the Bible explicitly states that the world and the fulness of it are God’s property and creation.” Continue reading
Why, oh why, oh why, do theists persist in relating atheism to evolution and/or The Big Bang Theory? To build their point? If they have a point! How many times do we have to tell them they are separate subjects. Atheism is simply a non-belief in any of the bloody deities! Continue reading