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.
“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
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
Wow… and here we go another week full of religion and it’s war on women and their right to breathe bloody air. Just why do they hate us so much huh? The repression of women in the religious bigoted world of Islam and Judaism seems to be the issue of the day. 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
So anyone who knows me will be aware I am most definitely I.T. challenged. I will admit my short coming is a lack of patience with the bloody thing. On more than one occasion I could quite happily have thrown my laptop etc, out of the bloody window. Continue reading
Theist’s tend to take umbrage when I use the words religious extremism, mental illness, religious hatred and Atheophobia. But I have to say the Theist’s make it impossible to think otherwise. Please judge for yourselves and let me know when you have read this post if I’m not right.
The daily grind of the hatred and fanaticism around the world makes me sad. It makes me angry. It makes me drown in the hopelessness of what religion causes worldwide. Will it change? Will they see the error of their ways? For if not religion will surely be the cause of man’s extinction! Too harsh? Too late! Continue reading