On September 19 2011, the Telegraph website published an article titled "Atheism is cool, says Archbishop Rowan Williams". In the article the Archbishop claims the apparent rise in atheism due to it's "cool" factor, and that refutations of authors such as Richard Dawkins don't get the attention they "deserve" because atheism is the latest fad, not… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on October 18, 2011 at 12:00am —
In my last post, I spoke about Outreach Media's attempt to try and justify the idea that the Bible is the best evidence for Jesus' love for humanity, and that this love is the best proof for the existence of God. This poster has a simple image of Jesus on a piece of toast, and the URL WantBetterEvidence.org
Well, me being a curious fellow I decided to go to that website and see what I could make of… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on October 3, 2011 at 7:52pm —
It was pointed out to me in a comment this morning about Bertand Russell's Teapot, that theists dismiss the ideas of Santa Claus and The Celestial Teapot outright because of the silliness of the ideas and the incredible unlikeliness that they exist, but fail to see their own shortcomings in judgement about their belief in god or Gods along the same premise. I see why this is, after all,… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on September 13, 2011 at 11:49pm —
The major religions teach people that their version of the history of the world is true. Each of them tells a different story, and yet all claim to be the right one. Of course this can't be the case, there can only be one true path that history has taken, albeit multi-threaded. The odd thing is that Christianity and Islam are rife with messages proposing that one not question the words of the religion, and thereby are not only insulating themselves against a natural tendency to question, but… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on September 13, 2011 at 11:48pm —
What are some of the things in your life that make you happy? What are the greatest joys in your life? What gives you the greatest sense of achievement, and what are the moments in your life that you remember as the most important ones? Does religion play a part in any of these moments, feelings or personal possessions? Because according to many religious folk, the greatest thing in their life is their faith in God. This troubles me.
To many, their belief in God, afterlife and… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on September 13, 2011 at 11:47pm —
You're an animal. In fact, you're an ape! Yes you're an ape, your spouse is an ape, your mother and father are apes, your grandmother is an ape, and every person you know or don't know on the planet are all apes. Megan Fox, Salman Rushdie and Sacha Baron Cohen, all apes. And some of you don't like it. Why is this?
It's for a few reasons. One being that you look at the other animals in the world and think of them as stupid, or dirty, or food, and you couldn't… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on September 13, 2011 at 11:46pm —
The power of religion lies in the power of fear; fear of death, fear of the unknown, fear of people who are different, fear of God, and the fear that a lifetime of belief may in fact be wrong. Many religious folks might deny the last point, but I'll get to what I mean by that in a minute.
All people fear dying, but not all fear being dead. As Mark Twain is famous… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on September 13, 2011 at 11:45pm —
I've had a few people ask me lately "Why don't you pick on other religions apart from Christianity and Islam? After all, there are thousands you could choose from." Well the answer is pretty simple, but threefold. Continue
Firstly, I live in Australia, which is a predominantly Christian nation. Upwards of 60% of Australians identify themselves as Christians (according to the 2006 census). Most of the first westerners to arrive here were Christian, and that tradition has been carried on…
Added by Martin Pribble on September 13, 2011 at 11:45pm —
I've been thinking lately about spirituality. No, I'm not suggesting I am about to join a cult, take up tantric meditation or go on a vision quest. What I have been wondering is, is there any basis or evidence for a spiritual or metaphysical part of human existence?
Firstly, I think we need to define what it is we mean by "spirituality". If it means we are all inhabited by everlasting souls, that our existence on earth is a stepping-stone to the afterlife, or that our personalities… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on August 9, 2011 at 5:31am —
I found this video while sorting through my G+ stream yesterday, and found it too alarming to not blog on the subject. This is surely enough to get your hackles up, and it should concern not only atheists, agnostics and skeptics, but every thinking human on the planet. This is surely going to be of concern in the future.
The video opens with this statement:
"In what has become one of the greatest deceptions of our day, radical environmentalism… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on July 18, 2011 at 8:40pm —
To paraphrase Michael Specter in a TED talk
, "You are entitled to your own truths, but you aren't entitled to your own facts." This is a poignant message and one that deserves further exploration.
(Edit: the actual quote, as pointed out in comments on my blog was “...And listen, everyone’s entitled to their… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on June 21, 2011 at 2:30am —
One of the biggest issues with the NSCP is that we don't know the level of qualifications held by those who will be teaching SRE in schools. This is an example of religion being held in distinction from the rest of society, as a thing of morality and trustworthiness. All we need to do is look at the Catholic church and its ministers to know this is not the case.
According to the government discussion paper supplied on the government's website about the… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on May 29, 2011 at 7:45pm —
From Martin S Pribble
Australia is in a very privileged position this year. We have an opportunity to tell our government who we really are, what we treasure about our lives in Australia and what we would like to see in our future in this country. In a country that seems to be increasingly pandering to the Australian… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on April 11, 2011 at 8:47pm —
from Martin Pribble
While I may have a strange optimism for the future of humanity, and I think that the answer lies not in the division of the religious and the secular but in the joint efforts of all involved, I still see it as a troublesome proposition. As you may have seen in the… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on March 30, 2011 at 8:11pm —
from Martin Pribble (March 19 2011) Continue
A strange optimism has overcome me today. With all the disasters and unrest around the world right now, you might call me crazy, but hear me out and you may agree with me.
We tend to be a very self-centred and self-interested lot, us humans, and we will always try to look after our own immediate family and community, forsaking the rest of the world in favour of our own…
Added by Martin Pribble on March 30, 2011 at 8:07pm —
From Martin S Pribble's Blog
Firstly, Happy New Year to you all, and thanks for joining me again in 2011, for what I hope will be another successful year of blogging. As always, your feedback is appreciated. I'm going to start the year with what may seem to be quite a secular topic (i.e. non religious) within popular culture, but is actually much more. Continue
Over the latter half of last year, I became somewhat…
Added by Martin Pribble on January 8, 2011 at 6:26pm —
from Atheist Climber Blog
We are all born onto this Earth as the product of a mother and a father in a more-or-less helpless state. From the moment of birth we depend upon those around us to feed us and protect us from the ravages of the outside world. Unlike most other species on the planet who are born or hatched into situations that warrant that they are already on the move, a… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on September 26, 2010 at 8:18pm —
from Atheist Climber blog
Atheist Climber Blog
is turning One year old on October 10! Yay!
And I remember like yesterday thinking "Do I have anything to write about? Will anyone care? Will anyone read it?" I just wish I had taken more baby photos!
Well you have all spoken to me by visiting and commenting on my blog. My measure of… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on September 26, 2010 at 8:02pm —
From Atheist Climber Blog
I have often wondered why it is that we are seeing an uprising of voices in the world of skeptical inquiry and atheism in the mainstreams of the world. And I wonder why it is that I am so heavily entrenched in this to feel it is important in my life to put so much effort into this blog at this point in time. Maybe I'm a little slow on the uptake, but it seems to me… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on August 19, 2010 at 9:30pm —
have done it again. They have chosen a current topic (for which I applaud them) and then used it for their own message (for which I don't applaud them). As you may know, I have written on the Outreach Media billboards… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on August 9, 2010 at 10:36pm —