Tag Archives: Atheism

Do ideas deserve respect?

This is a follow-up to yesterday’s post in which I criticized atheists who show disrespect to Christians and Muslims. Some people may have misunderstood what I was trying to say.

It’s a widely held belief that we should treat other people’s beliefs with respect. I don’t subscribe to that. Here’s why. Continue reading

Don’t be an atheist asshole

I’m an atheist but I hope I’m not an atheist asshole. On Twitter you’ll find tweets like this:

#jesus is satan lol

And this:

#allah eats bacon

Now I guess the person who tweets these thinks they are being funny, but where is the wit? I don’t see it. It seems to me exactly like going to the funeral of someone who has died of AIDS with a banner that reads, “God hates fags.”

Hate is hate. I don’t see the difference.

Rules for truthseekers

1. Don’t trust other people.
2. Don’t trust yourself.
3. Don’t trust God.
4. Don’t trust these rules.

Did you notice how rules 2, 3 and 4 all follow from rule 1? Neat, huh? Especially if you enjoy a good paradox.

The Book of Dawkins

dawkinsIn the beginning was the word and the word was Dawkins. Dawkins said let there be a book that explains evolutionary biology to the layperson. The book was called The Selfish Gene and Dawkins looked on it and saw that it was good. Continue reading

I doubt that very much

gadandadamReligion. It’s a strange business. On other matters we are asked, are we for or against? But when it comes to God, we must answer, do we believe or not? How peculiar.

You might have thought that God would give us free will to choose Him or not. Instead He neglected to tell us clearly whether He even exists. It’s pure negligence. A shocking abdication of divine responsibility. Continue reading

3 kinds of evil

We tend to see the world in terms of good guys and bad guys. That’s an easy message to understand, but it’s the wrong one.

Christianity teaches us that we are all sinful, but that’s not the whole story either. Two thousand years of telling people not to sin hasn’t changed the world.

Here’s how I see good and evil. Continue reading

Gods & heroes

nativityI’m an atheist, but not a militant one. Instead of scrapping religions, I believe we should instead recycle them. All that ecclesiastical art and architecture shouldn’t go to waste. Religious music is heavenly and a good requiem is to die for.

And what about Christmas? Even die-hard atheists love their Christmas trees and their mistletoe.

Religions are superb at two things – narrative and symbolism.

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