“It is important that we recognize the divide between the natural world and the spiritual world. One’s built on evidence gathered by qualified individuals, done so after vigorous study. The other’s founded on assumptions that bear little to no confirmatory evidence. As it stands today, one seems to rule supreme over the world’s population. While figuring in the amount of scientific and cultural progress that has taken place, it is quite shocking to see that people still indulge in such stifling concepts. Christian theism has and may continue to contribute to the degradation of educated inquiry.”
Continue reading on Atheist Republic.
Author Matthew O’Neil delivers a look into the past of Christianity with You Say That I Am: Jesus and the Messianic Problem. Thousands and thousands of denominations of Christianity exist globally, all with a different idea of Christ and what it means to be a Christian. All aspects of Christ’s life are discussed within the pages of this phenomenal book; from the origin of Christianity to the veracity of the current Gospels. The book is a compelling case for the existence of a man named Jesus and a case against a divine demigod. I’ve read the works of Carrier and Price, but after reading O’Neil’s book, I certainly believe it is time to revisit my position.
I’ve gotten to know O’Neil over the past few months and can attest to his sincerity and conviction. While he and I may not see eye-to-eye on the existence of Jesus, he certainly gives me the knowledge I need to question whether or not I am correct. Though I still may not feel as though enough evidence supports the claim of a living proselytizer, O’Neil gives comfort to those who do. Some within the atheist community do feel that if they accept that Christ actually lived, they’ve lost the argument against Christianity; O’Neil not only lends credence to the existence of Christ, he decimates the claim of divinity.
Continue reading ‘You Say That I Am: Jesus and the Messianic Problem’ by Matthew O’Neil
My second RDFRS original piece, “Reclaim Your Independence” –
“We are born into this world without any knowledge of the past, present, and future. Our abilities are small in number, but our potential is vast. We have the ability to solve complex issues, come together during times of crisis, and develop complicated models that help us understand the origin of the universe. We have the ability to study evidence and to think reasonably and objectively. We possess in us the power of love ourselves and those around us, no matter what race, gender, or sexual nature, and the capabilities to express it in ways that were before unimaginable. We have the knowledge to reasonably understand the reality in which we live and with that we can see the beauty in our seemingly mundane and pointless lives. We can find the hope in humanity and harness our thinking faculties in order to bring about a more prosperous society. To me, these things make being human a unique and wonderful thing. Religion, on the other hand, threatens these very things by instilling in us unjust and irrational presumptions and fears; this very reason being why I find religion to be such a horrid force.”
Read the rest at Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science!
“Young Earth Creationists are dead wrong, no matter how much they would like you to think the contrary. Their misunderstandings of science speak heavily toward their ignorance of the natural world, as well as their reluctance to accept new and revised information. God is and will always be their go-to answer for most questions, but science has refuted (quite effectively) the idea that God created this planet, universe, and inanimate and animate objects less than 10,000 years ago. With index fingers plunged deep into their ear canals, they continue to believe only to maintain their faith in God; standing as a testament to the fact that faith makes you believe and say silly and outlandish things. Not only do they believe their religious beliefs to be true, they’re often vocal about it. Out of all their silly beliefs, these five reasons effectively demonstrate why the Creationist is dead wrong.”
Read more at Atheist Republic.
Today, I released episode 9 of From An Atheist Among You, titled “Unstable Ground.”
#9 – Unstable Ground
Today, I released episode 8 of From An Atheist Among You, titled “My Story”.
#8 – My Story
As I stated in a previous podcast episode, I’d like to extend an invitation to anyone wishing to have a discussion with me for an episode of my podcast. During the month of July, I wish to present five podcast episodes (July 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th) which will each feature a discussion with either an atheist or theist.
From some of my favorite podcasts, the guests most often are well-known atheist authors, bloggers, and religious apologists. What I wish to do is different. I want to sit down and discuss atheism and religion with the common person with a general interest in the subjects of atheism and religion. Connecting with other atheists and theists can only offer a positive outcome. Understanding often comes not from what we read on blogs or in books, it comes from the meaningful and interesting discussions we have with average, everyday people.
If you’re an atheist, let’s sit down and discuss your story and how atheism has shaped your life. If you’re a theist, let’s sit down and discuss our differences and challenge each other with ideas.
If you’re interested in taking part in this venture, contact me here.
Today, I released the episode 6 of From An Atheist Among You, titled “The Wickedness of Religion.”
#6 – The Wickedness of Religion
Throughout my younger years, I became quite familiar with the Bible. Well, let me correct myself, the fuzzy, lovely parts my teachers wished me to be familiar with. As a child, I wasn’t as eager to read as I am today, so as a result, I read the required texts. More times than not, these texts reflected the poetry, parables, and the life of Jesus – you know, all the “Christiany” stuff. Luckily for me, I often questioned God’s existence, which went much deeper than what’s written in the Bible. I was a skeptical child, and even at 13 I knew I needed evidence to justify any belief. But before I veer too far off course, let me bring this back.
Continue reading Is God Worthy of Worship?