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Tagged With: rational thought

What is Ethical Atheism?

Although the words ‘ethical atheism’ seem self-explanatory, they are for some people a contradiction in terms. Many people of religion believe that there can be no such thing as ethical atheism because being an atheist makes a person evil. Without God, what can give us morals, rules to live by, incentive towards being good rather … Continue reading »

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Do Atheists have Superior Thinking Skills?

I would assert that not all atheists have superior critical thinking skills. Some, perhaps even the majority, are people who do not believe in any god because they’ve been brought up in a household where religion is never discussed: it’s just not on their agenda, so it is something they have not thought about. Many … Continue reading »

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The Spirit of Enquiry

Doubt is the basis of all scientific progress. Without doubt, there is no enquiry, and without enquiry, there is no progress. Every scientific advance we have made is because of the spirit of enquiry. We have to question ourselves constantly. Even with an expected result in an experiment, the scientist thinks, “Perhaps this is not … Continue reading »

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Confirmation Bias

Confirmation Bias Following the blogs, there has been a lot of discussion lately about the effects of confirmation bias on the thoughts and behaviour of those people of a religious bent. Confirmation bias causes people to seek out information that confirms their world view, and avoid information that conflicts with that view. It is effectively … Continue reading »

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Humankind

Looking at the world as it currently is, it would be easy to despair of humankind. Rarely a day goes by without some atrocity committed in the name of a god or prophet or group of believers, usually from the Judeo/Christian/Islamic tradition. Sometimes the atrocity is committed because of land boundaries, but often it is … Continue reading »

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On Dogma

Throughout religious history, especially in the monotheistic religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, in all their many manifestations and break-off sects, there has been a set of dogma that believers adhered to, often blindly believing that their holy books gave them direct instructions from their versions of God, through revelations of one or another prophet, … Continue reading »

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Awakening from the Religious Daze

This is the beginning of the New Age of Atheism, when humans are awakening from the religious daze they have been in for aeons, and beginning to realise that they have been fooled by preachers long enough – and what they previously believed not only has no basis in reality, but is actually very funny … Continue reading »

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On Self-Belief

One way to look at religion is that there is a great comfort to be had by the mental connection with an invisible friend, whom some people call God. When things go wrong those of faith have a shoulder to lean on, and this helps them to feel that everything is eventually going to be okay. … Continue reading »

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Religion and Humour

Religion puts itself on a pedestal against criticism and against humour, using outdated laws, self-righteous pomposity and occasionally murder, to protect itself. Try to make a film that depicts Jesus as gay and you can still be charged with blasphemy in the UK. Criticise Mohammed in a cartoon and suicide bombers will be quickly trained … Continue reading »

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Religion Convinces People to do Bad and Stupid Things in its Name

A few years ago a story hit the newspapers. A ten year old girl from a strict Muslim family lifted her veil to wipe the sweat from her face in the Turkish summer heat, and thus broke Islamic law. Her parents consulted an Imam as to how to punish the girl. He told them that, … Continue reading »

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