Posts filed under the 'Atheism' category.
Tweet In case you haven’t heard of it, Skeptic North is an exceptionally well written blog focusing on the subject of (you guessed it) skepticism. The site has a bit of a Canadian flavour, which works for me since I also happen to be Canadian. Warm fuzzies aside, I’m having problems with Skeptic North’s final [...]
Tweet If you haven’t already done so, it might be a good idea to read part I of this series before reading this article. There, I set out some important ideas that will help you understand the frame of reference I have for describing an awesomely godless existence. ——- God Has Far Too Much Time [...]
Tweet Part of the interview an atheist survey I recently completed asked why I think living as an atheist is better than living a life under God. In retrospect, my response wasn’t nearly as good as it might have been. For starters, I wrote it right before bed time. And that led me to only [...]
Tweet As many atheists will attest, fierce anger is one of the emotions we experience (sometimes for extended time periods) when we break free from belief. Godless Girl recently wrote about how she gets past the anger, which inspired vjack from Atheist Revolution to begin a series of posts on getting past anger. I enjoyed [...]
Tweet A couple of weeks ago I suggested we stop using the word ‘spiritual’ when describing feelings of awe, wonder, connectedness etc. and use ‘sublime‘ instead. The main thrusts behind my argument were that: Spiritual is defined and understood by most people to have religious connotations. Attempting to re-cast ‘spiritual’ in a less religious light is, in my [...]
Tweet I’m amazed at the ability of the Godfull to miss the point and make false statements and generalizations about how atheists become atheists. The thought is on my mind because a theology student recently asked me to answer some survey questions (he’d been assigned an “interview an atheist” project). I’m not sure if the [...]
Tweet I’m going to start this post by saying I’ve never cared much for rap music. I suppose I could use the excuse that I’m a an over 40 year-old, white, raised-on-a-farm Albertan Canadian, but I know others in that same demographic who love rap so, so much for that excuse. Last week, Baba Brinkman was [...]
Tweet Today, me, my wife and our two children attended a conference for families dealing with children afflicted with Type 1 Diabetes. We attended because my seven year old son has been a Type 1 diabetic for close to two years. While the kids took advantage of the rare opportunity to play with others with [...]
Tweet There’s no question that one of the challenges we atheists face is to show that life is not empty and meaningless without God. For some odd reason, believers have a hard time believing that – without God – we’re not here merely to survive, but to really live and affirm the awesomeness of existing. You [...]
If fear has held you back from thinking god might not exist, I encourage you to press on – the rewards are truly immense. A mind-opening, perhaps even (dare I say it?) spiritual experience awaits you.
Tweet Last night I read yet another article claiming that what we atheists need are ‘churches’ where we can come together as communities. The idea, which seems to be mostly coming from ex-believers, is that we need special places where we can share a sense of community – like believers do. I Don’t Need a Church I don’t [...]
Tweet This about covers it… (In case you are wondering, the beautiful music is part of the Shawshank Redemption Score composed by James Newton Howard,)
Tweet What a fascinating talk this is! In my mind, we can add Lawrence Krauss to the list of amazing, passionate science communicators that currently includes Carl Sagan and Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Tweet I’m alive and well, and while I’d like to say I’ve been too busy to blog, the truth is that I’ve been sidetracked with a heavy dose of existential angst / ennui and some fairly heavy depression. What is the meaning of life? Why are we here? Why am I here? These are the [...]
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Tweet A fellow atheist from Edmonton asked me if I knew of any upcoming atheism related events. Being as unorganized as I have been, I had nothing to offer at the time. However, I’ve fully embraced Google Calendar as my time management tool of choice and now feel better equipped to point Edmonton atheists/skeptics in [...]
The Dunning–Kruger Effect aka Confirmation Bias on Steriods aka Creationists aka People Who Watch Fox News
Tweet In my Does Religious Faith Instill Hatred & Distrust of Science post I mentioned confirmation bias – a person’s tendency to recognize evidence that supports their position, while ignoring and/or downplaying that which opposes their position. According to the Dunning–Kruger effect, some poor unfortunates suffer from something far more severe. Apparently, they are dumb [...]
Tweet I sometimes get emails. The latest one is from a Christian who shared his opinion (a tired old claim) that, without his god, there is no morality. As if that weren’t enough to get the last hair on my head standing up, last night I watched Dinesh D’Souza make the audacious claim that all [...]
Tweet I often have a sore neck. The Doc says I need to do more neck exercises so I’m visiting Attempts at Rational Behavior more than I used to. What does AARB do? They provide highlights of the weird shit religious people say on Twitter (and elsewhere, but mostly on Twitter). The incredulous “no, no [...]
Tweet I have a friend who I’m finding myself disagreeing with more and more lately. This person is intelligent and generally makes a lot of sense – even when we have ideological disagreements (such as on political matters). But lately, the disagreements have baffled and troubled me as I’ve put pieces of the puzzle together [...]
Tweet I was in the mood last night for space stuff so I popped In the Shadow of the Moon into the DVD player. The film is a wonderful documentary (directed by Ron Howard) of the US moon landings. It begins, appropriately enough, at the beginning with John F. Kennedy’s bold challenge, and ends with the landings [...]
Tweet Ok, a slight exaggeration but watching the video below was, quite frankly, maddening. It’s the part where she says, “Maybe you believe and you don’t know you believe” which translates to me as “I can’t conceive that you really don’t believe in God, therefore, you must be in denial – you really believe – [...]
Tweet Well, a year after purchasing it, I finally finished On the Origin of Species. It was quite the read – all 650 Victorian Era pages worth. Although Darwin’s writing style was a lot more accessible than I expected, it was still a bit dry in places. That said, there were multiple rewards for my [...]
Tweet I’m not the swearing type but I figure if you’re gonna do something, you ought to do it right (fyi for those who don’t know, it’s Blasphemy Day).
Tweet Hi Friend, I thought I’d follow-up on our disagreement about evolution. Before I go further, I thought I’d confirm what I think you said so I don’t put words into your mouth: Evolution has been dis-proven. Many scientists say that evolution has many holes in it and that it has not held up to [...]
Tweet I see from my stat logs that I’m getting lots of visits from Stumbleupon. Thanks for stopping by – I hope you find my blog worthy of your thumbs up!
Tweet Have you ever thought it might be nice to move to a less religious part of the world? If so, you might have thought you’d have to go all the way to Scandinavia. Well, you’d be wrong. Starting in the early 1960′s, the province of Quebec, Canada went through a Quiet Revolution – a [...]
Tweet Sure, we all have our moments (I certain have them) when we just want to grab believers by the neck and choke the belief system out of them. But many of us also know how hard it is to shed one’s belief in god. The following post on Reddit does a far better job [...]
Tweet I’ve been a bit starved for interaction with real-life atheists/skeptics lately (I guess because I de-converted so late in my life, I never gravitated to those types before) so I ventured out and met some Edmonton skeptics at a local pub. It was fun – especially when the group began discussing topics like religion, [...]
Tweet I wrote earlier this week on the reasons I blog about atheism. In doing so, I also came to a clearer understanding of who I write for: Me, Myself and I (you could say, I write for an unholy trinity of sorts): I find writing about atheism/religion to be stimulating and satisfying. Other Atheists: [...]
Tweet Search for “Dawkins” or “The God Delusion” on this blog and you’ll quickly learn that my de-conversion to atheism was connected to those two terms. Of course, I’m not alone. But, does being a Dawkins convert also mean that I think believers are suffering from a delusion? Answer: It depends. One definition of the [...]
Tweet It’s been suggested that I became an atheist because I am mad/upset at god for the pain and suffering he’s placed on or allowed me to experience – specifically, that I am mad my son is diabetic, and that I’ve suffered from neck and back pain. I’ve written about not being mad at god [...]
Tweet Arguably the most common thing we atheists are heard saying is that there is no evidence for the existence of god. Just as commonly, we hear believers say that we must show evidence that god doesn’t exist (it’s at this point where you can usually hear an audible *sigh*). Before getting into the backward [...]
Tweet I had an appointment after work today so I drove my car (I usually bike or bus). I also decided to lug my camera along – something I used to do a lot, but that I haven’t done in quite some time. I had no specific subject in mind and found myself turning into [...]
Tweet It appears that some Christians are incredulous about the uproar around Laurie Higgins (of the Illinois Family Institute) letter writing campaign against Hemant Mehta and his Friendly Atheist blog. Let’s be clear; No one is objecting to the Institute speaking its mind about Hemant’s views. We all have the freedom to disagree with anyone’s [...]
Doubting Your Faith For the Hundredth Time? Church Shopping Yet Again? It May Be Time To Think The Unthinkable.
Tweet I remember when I began to have doubts about my faith. The world – according to Christianity – just wasn’t adding up. At first, I tackled the problem by exposing myself to more religion. I attended more church, met more church people, and read more of the Bible. Still, nothing made sense. “It must [...]
Tweet I found an excellent blog – Apple Eaters where Jim has done an outstanding job clarifying the slime-baggery of the Illinois Family Institute attack on the Friendly Atheist. Get the word out, people. These people need to be taken to task. Edit: Another good synopsis on Daylight Atheism (via Atheist Revolution)
Tweet Us so-called “New Atheists” have gotten a bad rap in many circles. As our numbers have grown, one counter-attack from the religious is that we are not like the old atheists – that we are militantly against religion and are attacking liberal-minded believers who are not concerned with our atheism. For my part, I [...]
Tweet A question I’ve been asked at least three times since starting this blog is: Why blog about atheism? Why is something you don’t believe in so important to you? You don’t have a blog about your disbelief about Santa Claus – so why have one about your lack of belief in god? Of course, [...]
Tweet A Christian friend lent me Lee Strobel’s The Case for Faith saying he found it “pretty convincing”. Well, it wasn’t. At all. I’ve got pages and pages of notes and will try to post something here when I’m done organizing my thoughts. In the meantime, all I can say is that if The Case [...]
Tweet We took the kids for a treat tonight – dinner at Red Robins (one of their favorites). Almost as soon as we sat down, my daughter (11 years) mentioned how someone in the family thinks they saw a ghost at the side of her bed. My response was an immediate and confident, “there’s no [...]
Tweet An oft made claim believers make is that, without god, there is no objective morality. Meaning, without a higher power, we are free to make up whatever morality suits us, or the societies we live in. I call bullshit. Someone needs to explain how god’s morality can be so hopelessly confusing as to lead [...]
Tweet I’ve been reading Carl Sagan’s The Demon Haunted World: Science As A Candle In The Dark – a terrific book that sheds a bright light on humanity’s history of superstitious thinking (ghosts, gods, UFOs, clairvoyance etc). As if Sagan’s writing weren’t profound enough, today I learned of Bruce Hood’s Supersense: Why We Believe in [...]
Alberta Lives Up To Its ‘Texas of the North’ Handle – Introduces Legislation That Will Help Parents Protect Their Children From Science
Tweet This is a sad day for the province I call home. It should also end any discussion I’ve had with people who claim Canada is a ‘moderately’ religious nation.
Tweet Atheists are often portrayed as people who don’t/shouldn’t have reason to care about others – that atheism leads to selfishness. The line of thinking goes something like: we don’t believe humans have a soul, therefore we think this life is all there is – there is no afterlife, therefore we think that there is [...]
Tweet I have often thought about how closely my de-conversion followed the stages of grief described by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross. Wondering if I was alone, I googled stages of grief in atheist deconversion. It turns out that many atheists go through a similar experience. At the top of my search, I found a wonderfully written post [...]
Tweet Ed is a Christian who’s chosen this place as one he’d like to do some converting in. Check my comments – you won’t have to look far for him. He’s trying quite valiantly to bring me and my readers to Christ. One of the lines of thought that keeps creeping into Ed’s conversation is [...]
Tweet I wonder if other people who are new to atheism go through a time when they just can’t seem to learn enough? It’s been almost a year since I became an atheist. I remember thinking at the beginning of that year that I’d have a lot to say about the ongoing experience (it’s why [...]
Tweet I find it surprising that so many people assume the reason atheists are atheists is because we are mad at God. The assumption is that we atheists are mad at God for permitting bad things to happen to us (e.g. the loss of a loved one) or, more broadly, that God permits such abounding [...]
Tweet I’ve heard (mostly from Christians) the accusation that atheists tend to replace Christianity with other forms of spirituality. Specifically, I’ve heard it said that we often believe in paranormal concepts such as ghosts, witchcraft, telepathy and past lives. The implication of these claims is that an atheist who believes in unproven paranormal stuff has [...]
Tweet I became an atheist five years into my daughter’s education, and one year into my son’s. They both attend Catholic elementary school. My wife has also largely abandoned religion (believes in “a greater force” but not a personal god) so we are, for the most part, on the same page with regard to religion. [...]
Tweet I propose that there are three categories of atheists: Natural Atheists: Those brought up by atheist parents who never experienced the conflict between religion and rationality. Apathetic Atheists: Those whose faith was not particularly strong and who, without a compelling drive to believe or not believe, defaulted to atheism – becoming an atheist involved [...]
Tweet I once asked a friend if he’d like to go bowling with my family. He said, “No thanks. I hate bowling”. I tried again. “It’s not just bowling – it’s neon bowling“. My friend: “Mark, do you like eating shit?”. “Uh, no”. “If I put chocolate on some shit, do you think you’d eat [...]
Tweet In case you are just now catching up, Roger Ebert posted a Q&A of creationist beliefs (6000 year old earth etc) on his blog the other day. The thought that such an apparently intelligent man could believe such nonsense caused quite a stir – PZ Meyers spoke about it here. Today, PZ posted a [...]
Tweet Disclaimer: From the school of you can make statistics say anything you want, I’ve collected some data and made some speculations (feel free to make your own). — I’ve heard it said that atheism is growing, but I wonder if the assertion is true. One way to get a clue is by surveying the [...]
Tweet I’m increasingly bothered in some of my regular hangouts – places like the Atheism Reddit, YouTube and some atheist blogs. To my disappointment, I’m even bothered by some of my own writings. What’s bugging me is the arrogant, condescending attitude we often have toward believers. Certainly not everyone is guilty of this and, of [...]
Tweet I am slowly finding like-minded bloggers who feel the need to express what they believe in, in addition to the assertion that they have no belief in god(s). Here’s a gem written by David Garnet over at Glittering Muse. If we are to attract more people to atheism and the humanist worldview, we need [...]
Tweet The shock and fear of my son becoming a diabetic shook me very deeply. So deeply, that I found myself reacquainted with that frightened little voice in my head that yearned for a sort of parental comfort and protection from the perceived demons of the world. The voice was saying, “Please don’t take him [...]
Tweet I trade emails with a group of co-workers and past co-workers. Today, someone in the group said, “God Bless Canada”. Another friend replied with, “What if you don’t believe in god?” (huzzah!) and then followed up with the lyrics of a 1987 song called Dear god by the British Band XTC (probably best known [...]
Tweet I’ve been doing some work on my sidebar and bookmark page. What links am I missing that you think should be in every good rational, freethinking, atheist’s blog?
Tweet It’s funny how one broken brick can lead to an entire wall falling down… One of the first aha! moments I had after letting go of my god delusion was the realization that leading one’s life according to the laws (?) of Karma isn’t much better. The Stoke-On-Trent Humanist Group has it partly right: [...]
Tweet I downloaded the Four Horsemen from richardawkins.net a couple of nights ago, and got to wondering who the fifth horseman might be. Even though I like to think I have the occasional original idea, I decided to Google the matter here and here and found that there were at least a few people wondering [...]
Tweet Head on over the Hemant’s for an interesting 10 year retrospective.
Tweet It’s a negative thought. That is, it merely takes a position against something. And, while I proudly call myself an atheist – a person with no belief in gods – I am a whole lot more than that. Aren’t you? I now fully realize this as the purpose for this blog – to explore [...]
Tweet Much of the ridicule aimed at fundamentalists and creationists is directed at the US Bible Belt. I’m not from there. I’m Canadian. And while many people are correct to say that Canada has much less of this garbage going on, there is one province that is the exception. That province is where I make [...]
Tweet Following up on yesterday’s post, here’s where I’m putting myself on what I’ve decided to call my Atheism Advocacy Scale (I should probably update the graphic): Atheism: 6 out of 7 (using Dawkins 7 point scale, I am a “De facto Atheist”) Antitheism: 7 out of 10 Evangelism: 8 out of 10 Militancy: 5 [...]
Tweet After my de-conversion to atheism, I was compelled to contribute – to share the great joy of being freed from religion. I decided to start blogging about atheism, naively thinking there didn’t seem to be many atheist bloggers. How wrong I was. There are hundreds – perhaps thousands of us! Knowing there were many [...]
Tweet Seeing my 7 Pillars post get linked to by the Friendly Atheist made me as excited as my kids were when we finally got a Wii. I was even happier to see the discussion it generated (32 comments last time I checked)! But some of those comments made me want to clarify a few [...]
Tweet An excellent post from the Atheist Revolution archive made its way onto the reddit atheism what’s hot list this past week. The post is vjack’s endorsement of the secular humanism worldview (which I like to think of as a belief system), coupled with a suggestion that other atheists follow suit. The goal in this [...]
Tweet In November, Boing Boing posted a list of the ten most viewed articles on Conservapedia. At first blush, it looked as though Conservapedia’s fundie, creationist right-wing community was obsessed with homosexuality. While that may be true, it was soon postulated at Infothought and Crooked Timber that there was something fishy about the stats (make [...]
Tweet Today, I wanted to write something funny, but this came out instead. Since my de-conversion, I’ve had all kinds of days. I’ve had good days, bad days, great days and terrible days. The ups and downs have tended to see-saw between the joy around “I’m free to think as I want” versus the anger [...]
Tweet Via The Atheist Blog comes word that George Carlin has died. Mr. Carlin was unquestionably my favorite comedian, and was an atheist who chose to spread the word through brilliantly crafted comedy. George will be missed and remembered.
Tweet Me! I’m astounded at the vastness of the atheist blog community (it’s much larger than I could have imagined) and am excited to be added to Mojoey’s incredible Atheist Blogroll. Thank you to Mojoey, and welcome to any visitors who find their way here from the blogroll. As you can see, I am just [...]
Tweet I know, I know. Many of the people who read this think I am wrong. Terribly wrong. So wrong in fact, that some of you think I am going to hell. You want to convince me to change my mind. You want to save me from eternal damnation. While I appreciate your kindness (I [...]
Tweet If you were brought into this world by atheist parents, it’s pretty likely you became one yourself. For you, atheism was the natural, default position, and you have a hard time imagining how anyone could believe in god. You had it easy. In North America, a very large majority of people are Christians. Children, [...]
Tweet This post is my official coming out as an atheist. I am what is defined as a strong or positive atheist – someone who does not believe in gods or anything supernatural. It does not mean I am 100% certain (just like I can’t be 100% certain fairies do not exist), but that I [...]