Atheist Exile's Blog (71)

Christianity does NOT Exist

As I will argue, below, if a prerequisite of “true” Christianity is to follow Jesus, then nobody is a true Christian. The very reason for this also reveals our tacit acknowledgement that religious morality is subordinated to our innate human morality.



Nobody in their right mind, Christian or not, would fully obey Jesus. Do you know any Christians who abandon their worldly goods and rely on God to feed, clothe and shelter them? Of course not! But that's what Jesus…

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Added by Atheist Exile on October 16, 2009 at 10:00pm — 6 Comments

White Male Privilege and Placebo Politics

Placebo Politics creates the illusion that social ills are being cured when, in reality, no remedy has actually been administered. Common examples of Placebo Politics are:

  • The push, by Muslims in the United Nations -- and their apologists, elsewhere -- to outlaw criticism of religion.
  • The spread, in Europe, of multiculturalism (as opposed to pluralism) as a means to accommodate minority groups (namely, Muslims).
  • Social and political pressure to teach…
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Added by Atheist Exile on October 7, 2009 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

Really Huge Survey on Non-religious Americans

Wouldn't you know it. I search for a comprehensive survey on religion, from which to extract freethinker-related stats. I find a big one (35,000+ interviews) from Pew and post the relevant information.



Then, without even trying, I find a BIGGER survey targeted exactly where I wanted it: at the American non-religious (a group I'm calling "freethinkers"). This newer survey, from Trinity College, sampled 54,461 adults, then zeroed in on the 7,407 non-religious (called, "Nones")… Continue

Added by Atheist Exile on September 24, 2009 at 12:45am — No Comments

Pew Poll: 10.3% of American Adults are Freethinkers

The U.S. Religious Landscape Survey



Here's the most comprehensive poll on religion in the U.S. I could find. Note that freethinkers, at 10.3%, represent more than twice the number of non-Christian religious adherents. The 10.3% number is derived by subtracting the 5.8%…

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Added by Atheist Exile on September 23, 2009 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

The Brain, the Whole Brain and Nothing but the Brain

This blog post stems from another discussion (elsewhere) that segued into the topic of mind versus brain. In order to illustrate that the mind is more than just the brain, I described the following scenario . . .


What it would be like if you were born completely paralyzed, with a normal brain but without a sensory nervous system to deliver stimuli to your brain from your sensory organs? Would it be possible to think or to have memories? In what ways could you be considered… Continue

Added by Atheist Exile on September 15, 2009 at 10:00pm — 84 Comments

The Ideas and Influence of al-Ghazzali

Following my introduction (2 paragraphs) are selected excerpts from Wikipedia's article on al-Ghazzali. Many historians, Muslim or not, believe al-Ghazzali is the most influential Muslim since the Prophet Muhammad. He single-handedly shifted early Arab ideals away from Greek philosophy to orthodox Islam. Despite being a scientist, philosopher and innovator himself, Ghazzali's prolific and influential writings heralded the end… Continue

Added by Atheist Exile on September 9, 2009 at 12:01am — 2 Comments

Clueless is as clueless does?

I'm not sure if it's clueless or masochistic . . . but on our forum there's some Christian guy challenging atheists and Christians to make belief videos and pit them against each other on YouTube. If he's never watched a Hitchens or Harris debate or if he's never debated against an atheist himself, then I guess he must be clueless. But if he has . . . then he must be a masochistic glutton for punishment.



I have no intention of making such a video -- at least not for this guy's… Continue

Added by Atheist Exile on August 24, 2009 at 8:00pm — 5 Comments

Free Agency in a Material Universe

Introduction:

Humans are essentially conscious minds, bound to material brains and bodies, exploring a material world. The mystery of consciousness has remained a mystery despite all the best efforts of philosophers, psychologists, psychiatrists, neurologists, neurophysicists and neurophysiologists. There are many theories of consciousness but no consensus.

Because we are self-aware and conscious of our choices, people usually assume we have freewill: that is, until they…

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Added by Atheist Exile on August 21, 2009 at 10:00am — 10 Comments

Atheism, Free Will and Scientific Paradigms

Atheism, free will and scientific paradigms

To me, free will is not absolute or limitless. Free will is constrained by physical laws, ethics, and circumstances.

There is evidence that thoughts arise from diverse modules within the brain. These diverse sources of thought, within the brain, are integrated somehow (i.e. in the brain’s electromagnetic field) and passed back for a decision. It’s the decision – yes, no, maybe, I don’t know, not yet, if…

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Added by Atheist Exile on August 21, 2009 at 1:25am — 30 Comments

Morality, Religion and Terrorism

Morality, Religion and Terrorism

Ex-President George W. Bush was wrong when he said the terrorists have hijacked Islam. In fact, it is Islam that has hijacked the terrorists. Bush and those who agree with him insist that the terrorists aren’t “true” Muslims; that violence in the name of Allah is counter to the Quran and Islam.



Examine that sentiment closely: compare it to what the Quran actually says. The Quran does have a paltry few verses…

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Added by Atheist Exile on August 20, 2009 at 1:30am — 4 Comments

Creation and the conservation of energy

Creation and the Conservation of Energy

Creation stories are universal among religions, through the ages. The ineffable mystery of life compelled us to explain our existence. In our primitive ignorance of the world, religion was the best we could do to provide the explanations we craved.

Thanks to science, we’re learning more about the universe and illuminating the dark corners of what was once our ignorance.

The word, "create", means: to…

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Added by Atheist Exile on August 8, 2009 at 1:00am — 5 Comments

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