This morning I walked with my wife and our dogs to look at my wife’s new allotment. It will take a lot of hard work to get things growing there! We will have to do all the digging, planting and watering (there is no nearby tap for dry spells so we will have to be creative or lug vast amounts water there.) There will be sun and some rain but I am not relying on anything supernatural to help me.
I then sorted out a few things for my kids. Having children was a lifestyle choice and I…Continue
It is beyond my ken that anyone can seriously argue that there is a modern scientific basis to the bible or any of the other religious texts that are at least hundreds of years old. I can appreciate those tomes as sources for social history, as guides to anthropological development or steps to a modern moral framework.
Although I have no faith I can grasp that the religious can cherry-pick stories for as virtuous examples or they can treat the texts as allegorical. They can even try…Continue
Added by Peter Whiteley on January 14, 2012 at 3:11pm — No Comments
From me (the wisher) to you (hereinafter called the wishee). Please accept without obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, politically correct, low stress, non-addictive, gender neutral, celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the bogus religious persuasion of your choice, or preferably secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasions…Continue
Being British I am always stunned by the extent of religious influence among our immature cousins over the pond. (I am also stunned when soccer is used to describe football but needs must.)
I am particularly shocked by the image given of the reach of the church in communities and of the fact that non-believers hide their atheism and have to encouraged to come out of the vestry. Even in provincial England the churches have only a marginal influence on communities and certainly don’t…Continue
At school Physical Education was compulsory. I forged notes from my parents, feigned injury and forgot my games kit to avoid it. As soon as there was a relaxation, as I reached sixth form (High School senior years,) I opted for table-tennis which was unsupervised and so was actually cover for a card school.
Outside of the official games periods I played football (soccer) in the playgrounds and cricket and football away from school. I still play league cricket as a reach my fiftieth…Continue
Added by Peter Whiteley on November 20, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments
My parents encouraged me to be a free thinker despite my mother being active in the church. I was an atheist from my teenage years.
I never deliberately influenced my daughters I feel but I too encouraged free thinking. They didn't take to football, or my politics but did become sceptics. They did gain an understanding of science-fiction however. I am not sure that their lack of religion ever affected them at school although my youngest did make a stand against attending the…Continue
I don’t remember religion being a big family thing and don’t have any recollection of attending services. My Mother did go back to a small town centre chapel, the Ragged School, but our links were to Old Whittington’s St Bartholomew’s which was Church of England.
My three brothers and I were dressed up every Sunday morning and sent to Sunday school. This was not at the main church but at the “Mission” a small linked church on a nearby estate. This was more like a community hall…Continue
Added by Peter Whiteley on November 2, 2011 at 7:24pm — No Comments