Here’s an idle thought or two that T.A. readers might want to ponder: America’s “greatest generation” never had to say “under God” when they recited the Pledge of Allegiance in school. I certainly…Continue
If, as Donald Trump asserts, it is legitimate to deport and ban people from the U.S. based on the religion of potential terrorists, perhaps we should start with the Christians, since most of the…Continue
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I am occasionally asked to explain when I became an atheist. I have several stock answers, but one of my favorite is, “When I read the Bible.”
Here are a few selected verses from both the Old and New Testaments that pretty much explicate both the “morality” and “compassion” of God. Choose one, some, or all of them at your leisure. If you only have the energy to choose one, I recommend my favorite: 2 Kings 2:23-24.
Or if you’re too lazy to bother looking them up at…Continue
Here is a question many of you would probably consider a bit whimsical, if not heretical; but I assure you, it has a dead serious intent. If you were education czar, what would YOU require be taught (or not taught) in American schools?
Let me get you started. Here are three things that I believe SHOULD be taught but AREN’T: metric system; evolution; critical thinking.
And here are three that ARE being taught, but SHOULDN’T: spelling; long division; propaganda.
Imagine that there is no God. So your species has a meeting and decides it wants or needs at least one god. What kind of god would you propose? What would be its attributes? Its powers? Its motivations? I have definite ideas about that, which I may post here later; but the purpose here is not to debate MY conception of an ideal god, but to give you the opportunity to describe yours. Details, please!
I just read Richard Raymond's atheist prayer. Here's mine, verbatim.
Dear God. Kill me. Please! I have lived a full life with no (well, a few small ones, maybe) regrets. I'm ready to terminate my existence. I'm waiting, God. Nothing's happening. I'll try a little harder: please, please, pretty please, oh great God. I know you have the power to kill me; so why don't you? It shouldn't be too hard; after all, I'm 75 years old. You could just give me a heart attack. God,…Continue