OK, so this post is very long overdue. I have been struggling to keep up to my blogging duties due to the small matter of university exams. However, you will be pleased to know that they have finished, and so has my blogging hiatus. So, a welcome back is in order.
I am going to start this post by saying that… Continue
Added by Connor Hughes on March 7, 2013 at 2:48pm —
A large majority of atheists I know in the US refuse to refer to themselves as atheist, only because of the social stigma attached to the word and I feel this is a shame; it's a valid point, but still a shame.
We are often subject to such unfair generalizations as being without morals, selfish and even evil, and are discriminated against in many parts of the US.
People are afraid to "come out" for fear losing their job, or if they own a business they fear great losses in… Continue
Added by Sally Smith-Davis on February 10, 2012 at 7:51pm —
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 —
On my blog, I discussed the topic of how religion relies on human ignorance and fear of the unknown to thrive.
Here's the complete blog post:
Religion: the anti-fear pill
In a society of mass consumption like ours, marketing is a key player. Consumers usually base their purchasing decisions upon marketing campaigns aimed at making them succumb to the latest products. Pharmaceutical companies brag about their… Continue
Added by Lord Gaytheist on June 26, 2011 at 9:08am —
Since the fear of death is the most primal fear that humans have, I have always thought that the major impetus for believing in Christianity and Islam, is that it helps to mollify this fear. If you have ever been in, or seen someone in, a full phobia induced panic attack, you know that reason and logic are worthless in alleviating that panic. May not, this explain the intractability of belief in the afterlife? Being an atheist I know that death is oblivion, and since I will not know anything… Continue
Added by Doug Reardon on October 23, 2010 at 3:06pm —
When in danger, or in doubt;
run in circles, scream and shout.
Added by TheTruePooka on May 21, 2010 at 8:42pm —
I've been writing this series over on my blog http://AngietheAntiTheist.blogspot.com I've put this passage in it's entirety here, and the links for comments on this post, and follow-up posts in the series, are provided at the end.
Looking at "The Woman's Role in the Home" by Christian homeschooling mother Rachel Harkins makes me want to wash out my eyes with bleach. Or acid.
I enjoy coming up with acrostics… Continue
Added by Angie the Anti-Theist on January 27, 2010 at 8:14pm —
During the Years of Creationism, that is, my theist years, I've shied away from science, executing the classic Just-Barely-Passing maneuver in all of my classes. Just recently, however, I've found that science, especially Biology, fascinates me to no end. I recently purchased three (old and "outdated", but still accurate) textbooks on Biology and Biochemistry. Upon reading through the first Biology textbook (haven't finished it, but I love it so far) I find I'm learning more about the human… Continue
Added by Samantha J. on November 29, 2009 at 7:52pm —
Throughout my few years of existence, I've pondered about which is worse: eternal unconsciousness or eternal consciousness. A Christian (or any other person that believes in an eternal afterlife) would say that eternal unconsciousness (what most atheists have accepted) is far, far
But is it really?
Consider this- imagine existing for an eternity. Eventually, you would have experienced and/or thought about everything
possible, and impossible.… Continue
Added by William on July 30, 2009 at 11:30am —
A few weeks back I posted a blog
on how theists fear of the unknown is what causes them to oppose science. The author I pulled the source material from, Paddy Shannon, points out that reason and logic are pushing superstition out the window, but leaving behind an empty room. "What we need to do … is recognize the emotional vacuum this is creating, and strive to fill it, before… Continue
Added by Johnny on February 18, 2009 at 2:09pm —
Published in The Socialist Party of Great Britain
, Paddy Shannon points out that what motivates many on the side of religion to appose science is fear
. Cliché but true: "People fear what they do not understand." In a recent survey (New Scientist, 27 Sept 2008, p.76)
people were asked about a substance that can corrode iron and even kill humans if inhaled, known… Continue
Added by Johnny on February 2, 2009 at 3:00pm —