I'm off to my neice's christening this Sunday. This may raise awkward questions about why my daughter, who's eight months older, hasn't been christened. Quite a few of my family are religious and…Continue
"My main problem with the idea is the suggestion that there is in a meaningful sense a community of atheists who should have goals. Although I'm on this forum, for example, because I like to talk and think about atheism, I've never met up…"
"The article falls down at this point:
The primary message of all of the world's major religions (and most of the minor ones) is love, faith, charity and non-violence.
Because it's a lie. The primary message of Islam, for example, is…"
"Which is why I'm easy with being a godfather.
Yes, tomorrow now. Early start too, two hour drive to get there with a little almost-toddler, that bit might not be fun either. Ah well, alea jacta est, as Julius liked to say."
"No, we're from the "other side" of Norn Iron. Which incidentally is one of the biggest reasons that I'm off religion. That's a whole other debate though!
It's possible that my little one won't last the ceremony…"
"But, at least a godfather has a purpose that can exist without the religiosity. I wouldn't worry too much about some inconsistency when we live in a theist's society.
So, is it this Sunday? Good luck!"
"Yeah well, I'm a godfather twice over! I'm comfortable with my inconsistency. Way I look at it, I'm saving the kids from having a bible-basher as a godparent. I'll be man enough if someone got arsey about me being an atheist, but…"
"firstly, why have you decised to sing their folly, come on man, spine up. keep your mouth tightly shut and rejoice in the knowledge that you and your kid are free of the dogma.
i have been tpo lots of these things in our friends and family circle…"