Microbes outnumber multicellular organisms overwhelmingly. So to say humans are made in God's image is nothing short of ignorant.
Monday, December 13, 2010
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Agdistis or Angdistis
Just a quick list. Demonstrating that your God is no more believable than the rest of these glorified imaginary friends.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
"Gods always behave like the people who created them"
"Where knowledge ends, religion begins."
"You believe in a book that has sticks turning into snakes and you say we're the ones that need help?"
"You can't convince a believer of anything; their belief is not based on evidence but a deep-seated need to believe."
"It is better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however reasurring."
"The most heinous crimes have been committed under the cover of religion or equally noble motives."
"Religion belonged to the infancy of humanity. Now that humanity has come of age it should be left behind."
"The inspiration of the bible depends on the ignorance of the person who reads it."
"Whatever we cannot understand we call god. This saves us a lot of wear and tear on the brain tissues."
"All natural institutions of churches appear to be human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind."
"The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason."
"All religions are ancient monuments to superstition, ignorance, and ferocity."
"The Bible is not my book nor Christianity my profession."
"Give a man a fish and you'll feed him for a day. Give him a religion and he'll starve to death while praying for a fish."
"Through the reading of popular scientific books, I soon reached the conviction that much in the stories of the bible could not be true."
"The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunk man is happier than a sober one."
-George Bernard Shaw
"Religion is comparable to a childhood neurosis."
"What can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence."
"All thinking men are atheists."
"Religions are all alike founded upon fables and mythologies."
"This would be the best of all possible worlds if there were no religion in it."
"Faith is believing something you know isn't true."
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
I have an apple in my hand.
Now, do I really have an apple in my hand? You can't know for sure until I show you my hand holding an apple, right? You might take my word for it, but that's only because it really doesn't impact you very much. But you sure wouldn't be willing to bet your life on it until I showed you an apple inside my hand.
Now what if I told you this apple was in fact Omniscient and outside the bounds of time and space?
Would you take my word for it?
Anybody who knows the History of the Protestant Church also knows that one of the largest problems that Martin Luther had with the Catholic church is the fact that they sold "indulgences" which were basically tickets into heaven.
Martin Luther was under the impression that "Salvation through Grace alone" was the answer for entry into heaven. So it would stand to reason that Martin Luther's church would nowadays have nothing to do with accepting donations from its members for the purpose of reaching heaven.
But this is wrong.
It turns out that the current system that is in place is almost completely funded by its tenants. Also, one of the most holy acts that can be done by a human being is to give to charity. So therefore when one gives any amount of money to the church, they then have a better chance of getting into heaven. The same practice that Martin Luther so railed against.
Hypocrisy at its finest, ladies and gentlemen.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Picture Jesus in your mind. What do you see? Some semi-Anglican white man with flowing hair and a full beard, right?
Something like this?
Well, my friend, you are completely normal. For thousands of years, the (perhaps) most influential man in European history has been portrayed exactly how the Europeans want their religious savior to be depicted as similar themselves as possible in order to be able to relate to the image.
But isn't this detrimental to the worship of the man himself? One would think. However, apparently the collective Christian churches don't mind that the object of their worship was drastically different than how they perceive him.
He actually looked something
Yes, that's Jesus. That's how he most likely looked during his time on Earth according to a group of very smart people.
Do you think Christians would hold Jesus in the same regard if they normally pictured him how he really looked?
And from a different angle: does man create his god?
Thursday, November 11, 2010
I realize I promised new content yesterday, but you see the Muses were not upon me. I feel that most of my blogs should come from a source of inspiration, rather than a point of school essay- style forcing out of my tired head.
Today I have found inspiration.
The picture you see above may look harmless at first glance. It is simply three books being burnt side-by-side on a porch banister. Next to a dog bowl.
But how would you react to find out that two of these books are the two best selling books in history? That's right, one is the Bible and one is the Koran.
Now don't immediately be shocked or offended. It is for a noble cause. Besides, the third book is "The God Delusion" by Richard Dawkins.
But the Ultimate purpose of this demonstration was to expose the extreme intolerance of the religious. Fundamentalists from both religions will instantly find themselves willing to resort to violence to defend their personal collection of words. Atheists, meanwhile, are much more likely to consider the implications that such an action would mean.
The ultimate point is that this action must be viewed rationally. Every one of these books is nothing more than a specific arrangement of ink and paper, nothing more. To be offended at the destruction of an arrangement of paper is irrational. Nothing can be made sacred if we are to move forward in life.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
This video has pretty much everything there is to be said in it. It's beautiful, really.
I promise more content tomorrow. So follow me now for more.
Monday, November 8, 2010
I'm surprised at the amount of people I talk to who misunderstand what I mean when I tell them I'm an atheist. It doesn't mean I worship the devil (I don't even believe in him); it doesn't mean I am a Pagan, Wiccan, Buddhist, or anything of the sort; it doesn't necessarily mean that I am part of a rising tide of youths who are sick of the religious controlling our every thoughts and actions and restricting our freedoms.
But I am.
But that's a story for another post. Today I discuss why atheism is, as a great atheist once said, not a denial of Theism but instead a close, personal relationship with reality. The great Christopher Hitchens is given credit for saying, "That which can be asserted without evidence can also be dismissed without evidence." This is certainly applicable in the case of every major religion whose creeds involved accepting some sort of higher power, or "God" but refused to grant any evidence beyond, "Well the Earth is kinda nice to live on, so a god must have designed it!"
Today we know this is due to millions of years' worth of mutation, adaptation, and evolution. We also know now that less than one millionth of one percent of the universe is habitable to humans. Turns out that all-powerful and all-knowing magic man in the sky was pretty inept after all.
God has hidden in many places beyond man's ability to perceive. In pagan days, God(s) was/were used to explain the rotation of the sun around the earth. Once Galileo came along, God was then used to explain natural phenomena such as earthquakes and hurricanes. But then once plate tectonics and meteorology came along, God began hiding before the creation of the Universe. What happened? Apparently in Old Testament times God was a fairly common visitor to the human race. Nowadays we'd have to cross dimensions just to catch a glimpse of the guy.
But soon those dimensions will be crossed. And God will run out of places to hide. The younger generation is largely waking up to this fact. But, as I said, that is a post for another day.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
This man may be better than God.
I promise I'll have more content during the week. It's Sunday so it's my day of rest. And by rest I mean homework. So follow now for upcoming awesome updates!
Saturday, November 6, 2010
While I was hoping for a more introductory first day, I of course could not pass up the opportunity to celebrate the day honoring perhaps modern time's most influential atheist astronomers: the great Carl Sagan.
Astronomer, Atheist, Author, and Professor, Carl Sagan is the man behind such discoveries that we now take for granted as the surface temperature of Venus, the idea that the moon Titan may have liquid water, and the notion that every heave element in existence was formed through the extreme heat and pressure present in a supernova.
Or, as he put it, "We are made of Star Stuff". Nothing short of inspirational, if you ask me.
But perhaps his greatest achievement was not discovering something new, but instead hosting a television show in which he allowed the everyman to access his discoveries. I am speaking of course about the show "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage" as well as the book by the same name.
Today I will celebrate by perusing my worn edition of "The Demon Haunted World". Should you wish to celebrate in a similar fashion, a complete list of his works can be found here
So to summarize, let us not forget a man and an atheist who has brought so much essential new information to the fields of cosmology and astronomy and who has also made that information understandable to the general public.
A number of my followers had expressed interest in a blog pertaining to anti-religious posts. Since this was a topic which I happen to have a good amount of interest in myself, I've decided to go ahead and create a blog that focuses exclusively on this issue.
Now don't worry if you're religious and one of my followers, I won't relentlessly pursue you in a dogmatic effort to get you to become less dogmatic. In fact, I won't even mind if you abstain from following or even viewing this blog completely.
The purpose of this blog will be to explain why an atheistic life is not only justified but also fulfilling. Overall, the tone of this blog will be generally feelgood in nature. The first post will come later tonight, so follow now for more!