There has been an ongoing argument regarding the words, “atheism” and “agnosticism,” practically since the biologist Thomas Henry Huxley coined the term, back in 1869. What further complicates the contretemps is the fact that the object at the center of the belief or argument – “god” – continues to be without any form of objective demonstration or proof. The conflation of the two terms on the part of some people only muddies the waters further. Granted that I am no Huxley nor Hume. To…Continue
Yet another reprint of a blog I first wrote back in 2017 for Atheist Nexus. I could be accused of being excessively optimistic and wearing my Pollyanna suit on this one, but I think it has something to say. Hope you enjoy.
Back in college, I was invited to participate in a production of Thornton Wilder’s play, Our Town, which was being put on by the drama department of Notre Dame College. It was a nice diversion…
Something which does not exist cannot help us, but chronic dependence on something which fails to exist does active harm to all of us.
-- Loren C. Miller, Jr., It's Time to Lose the Naïveté
When I first wrote the above back in August of 2010, my thoughts were on the waste of time and money and resources invested in religion and the worship of a god that fails to evince…
The early days of Christianity were not especially pleasant for its participants, apparently. The Roman authorities were not pleased that Christians were touting a new god that was alleged to override those they had invented, and the Jews who didn’t recognize this alleged Messiah weren’t having any that this new cult was selling, either. It was Rome, though, that got particularly exercised over this emerging religion, though. Consequences ranging from forced participation in gladiatorial…Continue