The Pokey Finger of God

meditations on religion and culture

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Religion and Deity

June 21st, 2011 · Comments Off on Religion and Deity · culture, metaphysics

I posted a link to my Facebook page, with a snarky heading and comment, and this drew some attention. Particularly, it drew me into a brief discussion with my friend, Litch. The link in question was to an essay about what Atheists get wrong about religion. I said: “This essay clearly breaks out the fundamental […]

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True Believers

September 20th, 2008 · Comments Off on True Believers · christianity, culture, history

At first, I could never understand the True Believers. My first encounters with them was in Christian churches. My own, initially pedantic, attempts at Bible study repeatedly failed to illuminate the motivations or goals of True Believers. I could never understand just what was so exciting in the faith as I had ever seen it […]

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Utopian Atheists

March 23rd, 2008 · Comments Off on Utopian Atheists · Uncategorized

— from Chris Hedges of Free Press on Alternet Many of these atheists, like the Christian fundamentalists, support the imperialist projects and preemptive wars of the United States as a necessity in the battle against terrorism and irrational religion. They divide the world into superior and inferior races, those who are enlightened by reason and […]

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No God in the Shrine

December 13th, 2007 · Comments Off on No God in the Shrine · culture, media

Atheism frustrates me. There are many gods I don’t personally believe in. Among others, there are: Perfect Universal Good, Old Man in the Sky, Angry and Jealous Guy, and the Omniscient Moralizing Dude. It just so happens that these are the ones that the Christians sell by the bushel. I have a hard time understanding […]

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Of Gods And Devils

May 16th, 2007 · Comments Off on Of Gods And Devils · culture, media

As the hyper-rationalists like Dawkins are on the rise and old-school moralists like Robertson and Falwell are draining away, I find myself, unable to embrace either position, hoping for the mutual destruction of each in some dramatic, dying battle. Selfish Gene was a mind-blowing read, and it allowed me a perspective that has significantly colored […]

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Rational to the End

May 16th, 2006 · Comments Off on Rational to the End · Uncategorized

Religion is a foul bane to the ultra-rational, and lo, how it grinds their nerves to witness otherwise normal humans submit to fantasy. I’ve read many attempts to convince the faithful of their irrational error, and have noticed that people continue to go to churches and temples. Sam Harris is very entertaining in this interview […]

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