In recent years, we have heard of New Atheism, associated with atheists who have been openly critical of religion, particularly Dawkins, Hitchens, Harris, and Dennett. Some people seem shocked by this, as though they expect atheists to keep quiet about their beliefs. I recently read a book that easily fits in with New Atheism, except it was written in 1846.
Do various religions, including Christianity, have their roots in the experiences gained from eating psychedelic mushrooms or plants? Could the story of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil that Adam and Eve ate of in the Garden of Eden reflect the mind-blowing experiences of people who ate psychedelic mushrooms?
In Allah Is Dead: Why Islam is Not a Religion, Rebecca Bynum frequently claims that Christianity is superior to Islam, and to do this, she often tries to lump Islam and Atheism together, as if they are both more alike than they are like Christianity. So there is lots of backpeddling, in which she will criticize Islam, then try to show that Christianity is not the same.
The Elements of Character begins with this quotation from the author’s former pastor,
An exclusively intellectual education leads by a very obvious process, to hard-heartedness and the contempt of all moral influences. An exclusively moral education tends to fatuity by the over-excitement of the sensibilities. An exclusively religious education ends in insanity, if it do not take a directly opposite course and lead to atheism.
Last updated: Sunday, July 12, 2015 This is a satirical video. For those too unfamiliar with Unitarian Universalism to realize this, I’ll explain below. Cults normally have active recruiting, cult leaders, control over the members, dogmas, discouragement of critical thinking, and an us vs. them mentality. Unitarian Universalism has none of this. It is not … [Read more…]
In his book The Fourth Way, P. D. Ouspensky introduces the idea that evil is mechanical, not conscious. I relate this to some of my own research on evil for my dissertation.
My Ph.D. dissertation was on what it means for a person to be evil. In other words, what is an evil person? The main purpose behind this was to know how to avoid being evil. The whole dissertation can be read as an eBook or a PDF file.