Why Do I Even Bother?

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Why Do I Even Bother?

I’ve devoted a fair amount of time writing to Ben, The Militant Christian. I thought our conversation could actually prove fruitful. Despite his blog name, he’s actually a very “liberal” Christian that appeared to have a genuine interest in science and reason. He started the discussion by trying to establish things that we agree on. A good sign, right?

Stop the presses! The conversation turned sour. Shocking, I know.

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That’s One Way to View It

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That’s One Way to View It

Re: OWIRAA {E} The Bible, Part 1: Absurdities

Ben has written his second response, titled, Is the Bible Believable? For a history of our discussion, see God at the Helm?I See Your Expectations and Raise You an Open Mind, and An Open Mind and an Open Heart.

In his latest post, Ben analyses my stated expectation that the bible ought to be believable—lest its authority be questionable. Read the rest of this entry

Questions for Theists.

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Questions for Theists.

What follows is 10 questions aimed at theists, along with an explanation as to why the questions are meaningful. The questions are sincere, as they have been the stumbling blocks to many a conversation about religion. What is contained in the explanations that follow the questions is not meant to limit a theist’s response, and […]

https://allallt.wordpress.com/2016/05/04/questions-for-theists/

I See Your Expectations and Raise You an Open Mind

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I See Your Expectations and Raise You an Open Mind

Ben, who writes as The Militant Christian, has written a response—one of many to come—to my post about biblical absurdities, and I rather appreciate that. Saying that believers shouldn’t be afraid of listening to atheists, he’s kindly encouraged his readers to read and respond to my work too. I’d call that a win. Please see his response here: God at the Helm?

Despite rocky beginnings, Ben and I have actually had some pleasant correspondence. Nice guy, wouldn’t mind having a beer with the fellow.

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OWIRAA {E} The Bible, Part 1: Absurdities

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OWIRAA {E} The Bible, Part 1: Absurdities

Main article: On Why I Remain an Atheist

If God directed a movie, what would its Rotten Tomatoes rating be?

A feature film by God would be nothing short of Certified Fresh, don’t you agree? With unlimited resources and the pick of the world’s foremost cast and crew, God’s picture ought to be a blockbuster that’d put all Kubricks to shame. That’s what I expect, at least, if the Creator himself was at the helm. So too I expect excellence from God’s literature. As such, I have a few expectations upon considering the Christian holy texts. Read the rest of this entry

OWIRAA {D}: Faith

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OWIRAA {D}: Faith

 Main article: On Why I Remain an Atheist

You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me—Jesus speaking to “Doubting Thomas,” John 20:29 (New Living Translation)

Faith is not a virtue, and yet, religion is rife with it. In the arena of the gods, faith is not only rewarded but necessary for survival. Why? What makes it so important that the godly demand it from us on pain of death? What is its value, really? And why would the gods covet it like Gollum lusts after the ring?

The answers have done little to curb my scepticism. I remain distrustful of faith, and we ought to be wary, in case you were wondering, because the essence of this thing is the same as that which compels the gambler to bet, just one last time, despite any better sense.

Faith is neatly threaded through the flesh of our hopes and fears, and using it—tugging at the thread as it were—can really hurt and cause damage. Read the rest of this entry

The Boundaries of Free Speech and Expression

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The Boundaries of Free Speech and Expression

Free speech and expression have no boundaries; people have the right to say and do anything that they think or feel.

Well, not quite. In reality, we know that it’s unacceptable to commit slander or murder. We must revise our thoughts, then, and conclude that there must be some restrictions. It’s tough to disagree with that, right? And yet, to accept that people have the right to say and do whatever pleases them is the reasonable starting point. Read the rest of this entry