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.
I had no idea what to expect when I picked up this book.
The international effort to Free Raif Badawi has been on a scale I have never seen before. An individual persecuted for freedom of speech and a stranger to us all; yet we all feel like we know him! Continue reading
Firstly, for the advertisement for 8 more executioners to keep up with demand and then shockingly for the death penalty figures so far this year. Continue reading
I have had a fascination for Egyptology since I was ten years old and the study of Hieroglyphics a necessity fell into the category of learning for me. I was of course aware of cuneiform but was unaware of its significance to my field of study, and also knowing it was the most difficult of dead languages to partake of, I avoided it like the proverbial plague.
It wasn’t until I started researching some Bible stories incorporating Egypt that the link with Mesopotamia became clear. I am of course talking of Moses and The Exodus story, but no flood I would like to add at this stage. 🙂 Continue reading
Well I admit I’m doing a detour, this was not supposed to be the subject for this week’s blog, so I guess there may be two this week…. Due to a story in the news my topic was chosen for me. So-called honour killings. Honour killings are acts of vengeance, lets not beat around the bush, we should not even use the term ‘honour killings’ it is quite simply murder! Continue reading
Recent events all around the world, rise in global radicalism, uniquely associated to my former faith, from Boko Haram, Al-Shabab, Al-Qaida, ISIS, Taliban, and lone wolves, makes it all reasonable if I try to hint to skeptics how to question their faith, how not to accept everything taught as divine truths, even in the face of threats of unreal ‘eternal torment’, just so that we never to ask questions. Also the purpose is to educate non-Muslims on how not to condemn all muslims as terrorists, I’ll try to show the category within which all muslims fall. Continue reading