A brief history of atheism (7)

After centuries of slow but substantial and significant progress, the new century opened with a devastating demonstration of the power of belief in god. The flying of planes into those symbols of American military and economic might in the name of god...

A brief history of atheism (6)

The twentieth century saw a dramatic increase in the numbers of people who were willing to acknowledge that they did not believe in any god. This rise was particularly pronounced in Europe, where many intellectuals very publicly dismissed the very...

Faith & Truth

  I have a question for all happy people!  What is the difference between your faith and what is true?  Do you believe you have faith in something because of its ‘truthfulness’, or does the (so-called) absolute condition of existence bear little...

A brief history of atheism (5)

The nineteenth century saw a flourishing of overtly atheist writings and political radicalism. The conjunction was far from accidental. Richard Carlile illustrates this relationship perfectly. Carlile was radicalised by the social and economic...

A brief history of atheism (4)

Thomas Paine marks a significant turning point in the history of atheism. Whereas up till this time, scepticism, let alone outright disbelief, had been very much confined to the upper reaches of societies, with the writings of Tom Paine such ideas and...

A brief history of atheism (3)

  The Enlightenment was an extraordinary moment in the history of humanity. Building on the discoveries of the previous few centuries, there arose of flowering of reason that was truly remarkable. Educated people across Europe and America...

Scientific evidence of God

We are all made of the same stuff, star dust if you like, and we will all dissolve back to it and something else will be formed. All these forms have energy of one kind or another and that will change from one kind of energy to another. This we know...

A Question for the Atheists who Frequent here

Ok I don't want to debate it, it's a simple yes/no question. I also would prefer that Christians don't answer (they'd destroy the validity of the poll) so I've come to your home to ask, pardon the intrusion. Which do you think is more "real" (as...

A brief history of atheism (2)

Throughout recorded history the term atheism has been used as a pejorative, an insult, an accusation. The trial of Socrates, two and a half thousand years ago, clearly illustrates this point. Socrates was charged with atheism and leading the youth...

A brief history of atheism (1)

The history of atheism is incredibly controversial. The controversy begins immediately with the very definition of the subject matter. The religious apologists dogmatically assert that the term means the denial of the existence of god. This, of...

Partitions at Perception

We are all a product of our culture and upbringing. We are given our parents concept of the world, their faith, morals and thinking. This ranges from our religion and politics right down to how we place cutlery upon a plate at the completion of a...

What does religion do to a person's mind?

Religious beliefs, creeds, doctrines and dogmas are so counter-factual that these fantastic ideas do terrible things to the minds of believers. If you do not believe me, you can easily test this assertion by talking to a believer. If you ask...

Fellow travellers

A fellow traveller, etymologically, is one who shares in a joint venture. In modern usage, this has become a term for one, who whilst not a member, is a sympathiser. The fellow travellers I have in mind are the godless who criticise other...

Atheism vs Faith in Film - "The Ledge"

I recently came across an indie film called "The Ledge," which I would recommend to all people on this forum. If anyone else has heard of it or seen it, please chime in. The Ledge follows three characters, amid a suspenseful love triangle (Liv...

Truth: an accident of geography?

The religious like to flatter themselves that they know the truth. They like to claim that their religion is the one true religion and that their god is the true god. But there is no basis for such claims as a mere glance at the religious geography of...

Road to Damascus

Professor Steven Hawking famously stated in his best selling book, A Brief History of Time that the development of a theory of everything would mean we would know the mind of god. Naturally, the religious liked the metaphor and attempted to pretend...

Still waiting

For thousands of years people have been claiming that some god or other actually exists. Some of those claims cited Zeus, some Thor, some Brahman, some Yahweh and so on. And in all those millennia not one single shred of evidence has been presented to...

Funny Audio Bible

Hey all, I just launched a new audio book project of the King James bible that I "pray" many here will enjoy. If anyone has a similar project going, and want to do a link exchange with me to help each other  "spread the good word", just write me...

Okay guys- I get it

I often am drawn to ask the atheists on this site why they are so obsessed with the religious, why the hostility? It confused me. I mean, I've been around mentally handicapped people much of my life because my sister is mentally retarded, and I...

Kalam!

Kalam. Don't you just love the sound? Kalam. It sounds like one of those words from the comics. You know, words like pow and bam; a knock out blow. And William Lane Craig certainly appears to think his Kalam argument is a fine knock down argument....

Arguments against atheism

Here on the Internet and in the media, we often come across arguments against atheism. They are doubtless sincerely held and often vehemently expressed. Atheism is portrayed as a serious threat to society. However, in all the many of voices denouncing...

Reasonable Faith

Many Christians accuse atheists of lacking morality. William Lane Craig, the well known theologian, often makes much of this notion and indeed argues that it is only the existence of his god that makes morality possible. Well, Doctor Craig has a...