Carnun Marcus-Page's Blog Posts Tagged 'Religion' (19)

Explain That!

"So, you're an Atheist/Scientist/Rationalist/Skeptic, eh?"

"Yes... And?"

"I saw a ghost - EXPLAIN THAT!"

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If something similar hasn't happened to you guys yet (assuming you're all 'Atheists/Scientists/Rationalists/Skeptics', which I hope isn't necessarily the…

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Added by Carnun Marcus-Page on September 14, 2013 at 5:58pm — 6 Comments

What ARE the Chances?

What happened to all of the good miracles?

I mean, the interesting stuff, coincidentally, all happened long before video cameras - or the internet - were around and ready to at least semi-reliably record and distribute actual…

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Added by Carnun Marcus-Page on August 3, 2013 at 4:05pm — 8 Comments

Putting 'Absolute Truth' into Context

Slavery is wrong. Rape is wrong. Homophobia is wrong... The list goes on - and there aren't too many around in 'enlightened' society who'd disagree, because, generally speaking, people are better than their holy books (and their Gods).

This is obviously a very good thing. If it weren't the case, civilisation (if we could call it that) would be an immensely violent, fearful, unjust place. Your daughter gets raped? Marry her to the rapist. Someone steals a…

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Added by Carnun Marcus-Page on July 27, 2013 at 10:17am — 22 Comments

Causing Offence

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"While I don't…

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Added by Carnun Marcus-Page on July 12, 2013 at 1:29pm — 6 Comments

Good Without God?

"I think the idea that it is immoral not to believe in God is perhaps the most insidious one that parents encourage to take root in the minds of young children. It is what makes it so difficult for people to question the existence of God once they have acquired the ability to think and reason for themselves..." - Alom Shaha, The Young Atheist's Handbook.

It's a very common theist standpoint, pairing off immorality with…

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Added by Carnun Marcus-Page on July 2, 2013 at 2:32pm — 5 Comments

The Problem of Children, and Inter-faith Love

"Most religions insist that you do not marry someone of a different faith. This is a good way of ensuring the propagation of the religion, but it is something which must have led to millions of broken hearts throughout history." - Alom Shaha, The Young Atheist's Handbook.

It's tragic, really, that what you happen to/choose to believe should dictate who you're allowed to love. From my own godless perspective, I…

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Added by Carnun Marcus-Page on June 28, 2013 at 3:39pm — No Comments

I Call Bollocks: "Contraception: A Psychological Prostitution"

Oh, Catholics... Some of you never fail to entertain disgust me.

Made aware of its existence by bigots on Twitter, I recently came across an article at 'catholicstand.com' entitled 'Contraception: A Psychological Prostitution'. So here's that...

It began with a quote:…

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Added by Carnun Marcus-Page on May 12, 2013 at 7:58am — No Comments

'Atheism is for white people'

"My friends joke that I am a coconut: brown on the outside, but white on the inside." - Alom Shaha, The Young Atheist's Handbook.

I wrote a post fairly recently for the Rationalist Association's blog (soon set to be in New Humanist…

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Added by Carnun Marcus-Page on May 8, 2013 at 3:00pm — 13 Comments

The Scriptural Illiteracy of Believers

"I find it astonishing and depressing that many people who lead their lives according to the ideas and rules laid down in these books have not read them" - Alom Shaha, The Young Atheist's Handbook.

You may have guessed it, but faith often has a lot to do with religious belief. Strip even the most 'educated' theological argument down to its core, and what you're often left with is 'we just don't know - therefore God'.

The 'we…

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Added by Carnun Marcus-Page on May 1, 2013 at 1:29pm — 1 Comment

"I once met a Texan who..."

"I once met a Texan who bragged that he had only ever read one book from cover to cover: the Bible" - Alom Shaha, The Young Atheist's Handbook.

I've read the Bible; and if I'm honest, the prospect of having it come along with me, by default, to a celebrity/music-filled island is, to say the least, a little disappointing.

Don't get the reference? I'll explain... Desert Island…

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Added by Carnun Marcus-Page on April 23, 2013 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Being a Good Person

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"Despite not believing in God, and not believing in an afterlife where I might be rewarded or punished for my behaviour, I try to be a good person. That's the most any of us can do." - Alom Shaha, The Young Atheist's Handbook.

It's a favourite argument of the Theists: 'How can you be good without God?'

Even supposedly 'enlightened' Theologians (mean?) like William Lane…

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Added by Carnun Marcus-Page on April 16, 2013 at 3:32pm — No Comments

'Arrogant' Atheists

Disclaimer: I may not necessarily wholeheartedly stand by everything written below, but it's not like I'm not allowed to poke fun once in a while...

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It doesn't take long on the internet, or in real life, to come across this old chestnut:

'Atheists are so full of themselves, thinking they're right all of the time... So much smug certainty, so much confident piss-taking, so much inconsiderate hate-speech I can't help but…

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Added by Carnun Marcus-Page on April 5, 2013 at 12:31pm — 2 Comments

Religious Friends

The other day, I got a question from a friend...

"Did you really say that you 'respect people too much to respect their beliefs', or something?"

So here's how that went (more or less):

"I did, yes. Kind of." I replied, grinning. "It's a quote from a guy called Johann Hari actually; 'I respect you as a person too much to respect your ridiculous beliefs' is what he said, I…

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Added by Carnun Marcus-Page on March 22, 2013 at 7:05pm — No Comments

The Faith/Evidence Paradox

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To what extent can a religious believer actually argue their faith, reasonably? Not very far, it seems to me.

There are two quantities to consider here, by which all human beliefs can relate back to: Faith and Evidence.

Let's look at the first. Faith, by its very definition, is 'belief without evidence'. It is a gut feeling, and it cannot be proven wrong. Why? Because, for…

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Added by Carnun Marcus-Page on March 15, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Guest Post: Escape from Mentalism - Jonny Scaramanga

Jonny Scaramanga, author of the Leaving Fundamentalism blog, shares his thoughts on his fundamentalist Christian upbringing and why encouraging questioning is an essential part of a good education... Enjoy.



(Also, when you comment, can you please comment on the original post itself if you wish for Jonny to see it. Thanks.)

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Added by Carnun Marcus-Page on March 10, 2013 at 11:07am — No Comments

'Hitler was an Atheist!'

You'll likely all have heard this argument at some point. It's a classic.

Outlined rather well by http://www.godlessgeeks.com/LINKS/GodProof.htm, it goes something like this:

"(1) Person X, a well-known atheist, was morally inferior to the rest of us.

(2) Therefore, God exists."

It's just poetic, isn't it?

So... Assuming Hitler was an…

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Added by Carnun Marcus-Page on February 22, 2013 at 8:30pm — 28 Comments

The MPs who DIDN'T vote for Same-sex Marriage (UK)

This week, on Tuesday 5th of February, MPs in England voted in favour of a bill named the "Marriage (Same Sex…

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Added by Carnun Marcus-Page on February 8, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Comment Commentary: Do non-believers not have a "reasoned and valid moral baseline"?

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Before I start, I'd like to introduce this all new (yet not original) post format.

In light of a series of interesting comments on the last post (Why Tolerate Intolerance?), I've decided to dedicate the occasional (slightly more humorous and ranty) 'rambling' to methodically picking apart sentiments expressed in the comment section of this blog which don't sit with me too well. I think it's only fair that if…

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Added by Carnun Marcus-Page on February 1, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Why Tolerate Intolerance?

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“Tolerance of intolerance is cowardice.” - Ayaan Hirsi Ali

A while ago, around December, I went to have Christmas dinner at my Mother's parent's house. After the food, crackers, and hats were all finished with my Grandmother leaned over the table, rested a hand on my Mother's arm, and said - completely out of the blue - "I brought you up to respect other people's beliefs."

Now, as this somewhat hushed and accusatory utterance was so…

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Added by Carnun Marcus-Page on January 30, 2013 at 2:15pm — No Comments

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