Tag Archives: Faith

Pope Francis Attacks Free Speech

The Pope defends freedom of speech but says, “You cannot make fun of the faith of others,” according to the Guardian. Overall, Pope Francis has been a huge improvement over the last pope, but he has come out completely on … Continue reading

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Ghost Story

I like a good ghost story. I like the idea of an eternal “life force” that can survive after a person physically dies. It makes a good story to imagine that the life force can disconnect from a living person … Continue reading

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Mocking Religion

What is the difference between criticizing religious ideas and mocking religion? It is not possible for an atheist to mock God, or for anyone to insult a religion. To an atheist, “God” is only a concept held by followers of a particular … Continue reading

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A Word to the Wise

In these pages, I offer my opinions and the occasional bit of wisdom I have acquired in my struggles. Sometimes I offer advice, particularly in responding to comments. What I say is never intended to be understood as psychological or … Continue reading

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Bad Faith

“And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” If “hope” means trusting against the odds that the future will bring a desired outcome, and “faith” means believing something without good evidence of its veracity, then … Continue reading

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Hypothetical God

Originally posted on 2013/10/11. Full disclosure: I do not believe in anything supernatural. I don’t really even know what “supernatural” is. But what if there were a creator and controller of the cosmos, with qualities similar to those attributed to … Continue reading

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The Creative God

I have a concept of god that makes sense to me. It’s probably not compatible your concept, but that’s fine, we don’t have to agree. Generally, at least in the Abrahamic religions, God is thought of as the creator of … Continue reading

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Enjoy the Magic Show

I’ve been told that I should just shut up and go away. Well, not in quite such blunt terms, but that how I understand the reaction I sometimes get to my well-intentioned words of wisdom, especially in religious settings. I’m … Continue reading

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Skeptics and Closed Minds

Skeptic: A person inclined to question or doubt all accepted opinions. A Little History I have been accused of having a closed mind, because I mentioned that I think astrology is bunk. A closed mind, really? I’m the ultimate skeptic, which … Continue reading

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The Problem of Faith

I happened across this article from February, 2012, Why the Believer Knows More About Science, by Stacy Trasancos, and I found it interesting because it illustrates what may be the single most destructive aspect of religious faith. The author attempts to … Continue reading

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