Harmless Church

Recently I had a dream. It started suitably nuts, as one might expect. I was driving an impossible vehicle, something like a giant geometric shape (triangle or trapezoid?), and having the usual traffic tie-ups, getting lost and so forth. I ended up driving down an offramp, through an archway and into the interior of a... Continue Reading →

Mocking Religion

What is the difference between criticizing religious ideas and mocking religion? It is not possible for an atheist to mock God, or for anyone to insult a religion. To an atheist, "God" is only a concept held by followers of a particular religion. It is certainly possible to mock a concept, but it is not possible to... Continue Reading →

Bad Faith

"And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love." If "hope" means trusting against the odds that the future will bring a desired outcome, and "faith" means believing something without good evidence of its veracity, then love definitely tops the list. Love is the only one that deserves to be on... Continue Reading →

The Value of Absurdity

If there is no God, then man and the universe are doomed. Like prisoners condemned to death, we await our unavoidable execution. There is no God, and there is no immortality. And what is the consequence of this? It means that life itself is absurd. It means that the life we have is without ultimate significance,... Continue Reading →

The One True Church

I remember one conversation I had with a Roman Catholic priest. In the course of our talk, he asked me if I belonged to the Church. I replied, “I belong to the one true church.” “Oh, then you’re a Catholic,” he said. “No, I’m not.” “Then you don’t belong to the one true church.” “I... Continue Reading →

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