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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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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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The Confusion between Belief and Truth

Religion provides a set of pre-formed beliefs that are not to be questioned, but if anything is clear about our world and our universe it is that  we can be certain of nothing. Whilst that allows for the possibility that the faithful of some particular religion are exactly correct in what they think, progress has … Continue reading »

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The Self-Delusion of Religious Belief

We are often wrong about those things of which we are most certain. To say that something is ‘real for me’ may just be another way of saying, ‘I like my delusion, so let me keep it’. Some people are convinced they have been kidnapped by aliens from space. At any one time, up and … Continue reading »

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Murder in the name of God

Our knowledge of human history is unfortunately very short, but as far back as we can look, in the ancient writings of all deity-based religions, we see death, torture, and destruction in the name of a deity. The Incas strangled virgins, and burned up to 200 children at a time to appease their gods. The Aztecs sacrificed more than 20,000 people a year. In India, an estimated 2,000,000 over the years were strangled by members of the Thuggee sect, as sacrifices to the god Kali… Continue reading »

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Each religion thinks it owns the truth…

In this era of instant communication, and widespread literacy, each religion still holds that it is the true religion, and that all others have to a greater or lesser extent got it wrong…
The great historian Stephen Henry Roberts (1901-71) put it well when he said, “I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.” Continue reading »

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Religion Encourages Gullibility

To be gullible is to be easily deceived. It is the tendency to believe what we are told, without sufficient evidence, in circumstances that make it necessary for there to be evidence for the account to be accepted in normal circumstances. Now that’s a good definition, and you are welcome to look up ‘gullible’ in … Continue reading »

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The Cruel Illusion of Prayer

How often prayers have substituted for action in matters of life and death is unknown but with the massive grip that religion still holds over millions of people, there must be hundreds of thousands of lives lost every year caused by people praying for help instead of doing the necessary. Continue reading »

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Religion Puts an End to Curiosity, and Stifles Scientific Enquiry

Although in the west the power to behead and burn has been taken away from churches, countless thousands were tortured and burned for heresy when western churches had the power to do what they liked. And they still do everything in their power to stay in control by providing an alternative, though muddled, way to explain the world, through threats of eternal torture for free thinkers, and social and welfare benefits for members who keep the faith. Continue reading »

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