Beware of “missing the forest for the trees”.
I love YouTube’s transcript feature. It makes grabbing interesting quotes from speakers so much easier. Here is a transcript of the interview between Brett Weinstein and Rebel Wisdom about the recent Weinstein v. Dawkins debate in Chicago, with a quote from Brett that I found particularly interesting. Continue reading “The Value of Belief Systems”
I’m attempting to be more mindful about the podcasts/video that I’ve been consuming by taking high-level notes. I haven’t gotten to a point where I can start deconstructing, critiquing, applying to my life, or even taking an opinion on anything just yet, but I thought I’d use this space to take down notes. I have a feeling that after a while I (you) would probably start to see some themes that resonate. Continue reading “The spirit and the dogma of a religious tradition are always in conflict, because on the one hand, dogma provides structure, and the spirit provides transformation.”
Acknowledge the idea, and then let it go.
So many ideas, so little time. Sometimes my mind feels awhirl with ideas of things I want to do, blog posts I want to write, or cool projects that would be fun to work on. I only have 168 hours in a week though, and I thought that one way I could ease my mind and at least acknowledge my ideas is to just write them down and move on. Hence, this post–where ideas go to die.
Ahh… I feel better already. Continue reading “Where Ideas Go to Die”
Be better at having discussions with people that have ideas different from your own.
I’ve made the plunge and I purchased the Atheos app. I highly recommend you do so as well if you are a lover of knowledge and would like to be better at having discussions with people that have ideas that differ from your own. While the app mostly applies to having discussions about religion, I’ve found myself using the method for navigating political/social issues too. In summary, here are the themes, or “10 commandments” of Epistemology. Continue reading “The 10 Commandments of Epistemology”
We only cook and eat babies on special occasions.
Nearly every atheist blogger probably has a list like this, so if you’re looking for original content on the subject, move along. I created my own list in order to help me to internalize some of the potential concerns or responses people have to atheism, along with my own replies to each. As I’ve done in past articles like “The Perks of Atheism“, I polled my Facebook group for some potential replies. Continue reading “Misconceptions About Atheism”
The divine trinity in man is the unity of reason, love, will. To will, to love, to think, are the highest powers, and the basis of mankind’s existence.
A friend of mine recommended a book that was influential in his path to atheism, The Essence of Christianity. This is a book that can be found for free in the public domain.
I pick it up and read it now and then, and leave some of my takeaways here. Continue reading “The Essence of Christianity”
I’m a listener first, a thinker second, and a speaker last.
I am lucky to live in the northern states of the USA. Up here, we don’t really care that deeply about religion. We have churches, we celebrate Christmas, and we have a lot of believers, but religion is fairly subdued. I can go all week (months, years?) without someone asking me if I’m saved, or inviting me to church. My culture is not dripping with religion, and I do not feel the need to speak out against assumptions that may or may not are being made about me. Continue reading “Why I Won’t “Come Out” as an Atheist”
Research ideas, defense of religion, attacks on atheism, creation and evolution etc.
I’m in a number of Facebook groups that discuss atheism and theism. Usually I am a silent observer as I read through the threads. Sometimes I have a few thoughts that I feel like jotting down, which is what this article is; a hodge podge of ideas. I’ll organize as I go, and if a section gets big enough I’ll break it into its own post.
Continue reading “Thoughts on Religion & Atheism”
A story about family, friends, indoctrination, mentorship, pursuit of truth, humanism & atheism.
I grew up in the Churches of Christ. Here’s the story on how I grew up in Christ and then lost my faith in God. Compelling or not, it is what it is. It’s a long story, as voyages often are.
Continue reading “My Voyage to Atheism”