The sailor does not pray for wind, he learns to sail.
-- Gustaf Lindborg
The above is a wonderfully succinct expression of the kind of pragmatism I prefer to have in my life and which I wish that more people could embrace. When I interact with the world, there is a natural desire to be effective in my actions, to achieve what I desire and enjoy the fruits of that accomplishment. If any of that is going to happen, though, my actions must conform to the laws of physics…
It’s finally happened. The smoking gun has been discovered in unique, utterly new evidence, the data has been verified, all the tests confirm it … THERE IS A GOD. Now what? For me, beyond a shrug and a bit of bemusement, little or no change.
Oh, but aren’t you excited or thrilled? You see, we were right all along! Wassamatta, eating too much crow? Those sour grapes turning in your stomach?
Nope, don’t like grapes and crow isn’t on my…
The biggest problem religion faces in hawking its wares is that its primary product – “god” – is unavailable for examination, mostly because it doesn’t exist. Yet religions continue to insist with zealous ferocity that their god is out there and that it must be acknowledged, worshiped, and obeyed. As a primary result of this, the game of religion necessarily becomes a shell game, which has its deity hidden behind mysteries and obtuse dogma and holy books which require interpretation for…Continue
I wrote the following a LONG time ago, long before Atheist Universe or Atheist Nexus or even before there were websites and browsers to read them with. It was originally posted on Jim Maxey's Event Horizon BBS, back in the early 90s, and I thought that, considering the overturning of Roe v Wade, it would be appropriate to put it up here once again [with slight modifications] and remind people just how specious and poorly thought-out the reasons that evangelicals and other abortion…Continue