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Science, Wonder, and Awe

This is a reprint of an article I wrote a couple of years ago.  I hope you’ll enjoy it in lieu of a new post today.  I’m working on a very big piece, so keep your eyes open for the next couple of days.  I promise it’ll be worth the wait. *********** ***********   What … Continue reading

Strong Atheism, Weak Atheism, Agnosticism

I’m not sure why this concept is so difficult for many people to grasp.  Even though there are at least a hundred other blogs explaining the same topic, I guess I have to do what I have to do. Agnosticism – anything with “gnostic” in it refers to knowledge of god(s).  Knowledge in this concept … Continue reading

Sex and Abstinence

In my last post, I approached sex-positive living from the perspective that we should not arbitrarily exclude another person from our sex life simply because their presence doesn’t conform to the cultural myth that sex is meant for long term monogamous relationships.  I’ve decided to run with the theme of sex-positive living for a while … Continue reading

Greta Christina and Good Atheist Sex

I’m not really fond of telling people what they should do.  My normal method is to tell people what the facts are, and then let them reach their own conclusions.   I’m particularly shy about telling people what they should or should not do sexually.   After all, most of what science tells us about … Continue reading

Sin is Nonsense

Like so many other religious concepts, Sin is nonsense. Let’s start from the beginning.  How does Christianity define “sin”?  I did a google search for the phrase “What is sin?” and this was the answer from Allaboutgod.com: We live in a culture where the concept of sin has become entangled in legalistic arguments over right … Continue reading

My Top Ten Posts

I’ve just passed 20,000 views, and in light of a substantial upswing in regular readers over the past month, I think I’ll list the ten posts which have garnered the most views since I started the blog.  I’m actually pretty happy with the list.  If I had to pick my own favorites, most of them … Continue reading

Whoops! Another Nail in the ID Coffin

We all knew it was just a matter of time, right?  For years now, one of the last strongholds of Intelligent Design proponents has been science’s inability to explain how RNA came to exist in the first place.  IDers have held to the final “irreducible complexity” argument.  RNA itself must have been created by an … Continue reading

Conspicuous Consumption — Again

This is an article I wrote when this blog was quite new.  I suspect that lots of my newer readers have not seen it, and I think it’s worth thinking.  Please give it a look. https://livinglifewithoutanet.wordpress.com/2009/01/21/conspicuous-consumption/

Religion and Cause

Culture predates religion.   Of this, there can be little doubt.  Whatever the origin of religion, it could only have been created after the necessary cultural elements were in place.  Culture must have preceded religion, for religion is a culture-dependent construct.  Knowing this, we can say with certainty that culture caused religion.  However, any other discussion of … Continue reading

Guilt

I’m reading an interesting article about compersion.  This is my first reading of Eric Francis, and I’m finding him to be very thought provoking.  While I obviously take issue with his ideas about chakras, astrology, and other woo-woo, he has some noteworthy things to say about guilt, jealousy, and possession.  I’m only through part two … Continue reading

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