Rational Atheism

Sharing Reasonable Secular Ideas

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“To terrify children with the image of hell, to consider women an inferior creation— is that good for the world?” ~Christopher Hitchens
It is a constant defense that religion accounts for so much goodwill and charity in the world. Disregarding the frequent proselytizing motivations of such acts, the fact remains that religion is the chief source of oppression, misogyny, bigotry, hatred, and homophobia around the world. No amount of charitable action can pay off the evil spread across the globe by religion.
-Rationalatheism

“To terrify children with the image of hell, to consider women an inferior creation— is that good for the world?” ~Christopher Hitchens

It is a constant defense that religion accounts for so much goodwill and charity in the world. Disregarding the frequent proselytizing motivations of such acts, the fact remains that religion is the chief source of oppression, misogyny, bigotry, hatred, and homophobia around the world. No amount of charitable action can pay off the evil spread across the globe by religion.

-Rationalatheism

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Religious people often cite god as the source of everything from our existence to morality, claiming that those things that science cannot explain are so because god is the only answer. They miss the fact that this line of reasoning has existed for centuries. When looking at the timeline of what the concept of god has represented within the lack of scientific knowledge, it has shrunk to near obscurity.
-Rationalatheism

Religious people often cite god as the source of everything from our existence to morality, claiming that those things that science cannot explain are so because god is the only answer. They miss the fact that this line of reasoning has existed for centuries. When looking at the timeline of what the concept of god has represented within the lack of scientific knowledge, it has shrunk to near obscurity.

-Rationalatheism

(Source: atheist-lols)

Filed under atheism atheist god no god religion richard dawkins

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I often hear religious leaders defend the Bible, claiming that it contains the infallible word of god and asserting it contains no contradictions. No human with the capability to understand written language is able to logically argue against the hundreds of contradictions that are contained within it. This leaves the stark question… Are they unfamiliar with what is actually written or are they lying? Neither case should leave followers feeling confident in what they are told. I argue, however, that the real question is posed… Why is either allowed to be continued? Simply put- fallibility creates doubt… the single greatest enemy to religious adherence. And they know it.
-Rationalatheism

I often hear religious leaders defend the Bible, claiming that it contains the infallible word of god and asserting it contains no contradictions. No human with the capability to understand written language is able to logically argue against the hundreds of contradictions that are contained within it. This leaves the stark question… Are they unfamiliar with what is actually written or are they lying? Neither case should leave followers feeling confident in what they are told. I argue, however, that the real question is posed… Why is either allowed to be continued? Simply put- fallibility creates doubt… the single greatest enemy to religious adherence. And they know it.

-Rationalatheism

Filed under atheism atheist bible christianity belief

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It is the frequent postulation of religious apologists that proof of god as a creator of our world is in the fine tuning of conditions requisite for life on Earth… the teleological argument. I would agree that the probability of life is staggeringly small. But, as Tyson notes, the rarest of possibilities are made common by the exceptional size of our universe.
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It is the frequent postulation of religious apologists that proof of god as a creator of our world is in the fine tuning of conditions requisite for life on Earth… the teleological argument. I would agree that the probability of life is staggeringly small. But, as Tyson notes, the rarest of possibilities are made common by the exceptional size of our universe.

-Rationalatheism

Filed under atheism atheist creationism science cosmos neil degrasse tyson

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The Shore of the Cosmic Ocean -Simon Kregar



“The surface of the Earth is the shore of the cosmic ocean. On this shore, we’ve learned most of what we know. Recently, we’ve waded a little way out, maybe ankle-deep, and the water seems inviting. Some part of our being knows this is where we came from. We long to return, and we can, because the cosmos is also within us. We’re made of star stuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.”

~Carl Sagan - Cosmos

The Shore of the Cosmic Ocean -Simon Kregar



“The surface of the Earth is the shore of the cosmic ocean. On this shore, we’ve learned most of what we know. Recently, we’ve waded a little way out, maybe ankle-deep, and the water seems inviting. Some part of our being knows this is where we came from. We long to return, and we can, because the cosmos is also within us. We’re made of star stuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.”


~Carl Sagan - Cosmos

(Source: atomstargazer, via skepticalavenger)

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Say what you will, but basing a religion around the purported teachings of a man who considered repeatedly beating a slave for disobedience because that slave is only a piece of property, is not following a moral figure. The “times were different back then” argument fails… if a god cannot foresee the fallibility of his lessons through time, then he is not a god.
-Rationalatheism

Say what you will, but basing a religion around the purported teachings of a man who considered repeatedly beating a slave for disobedience because that slave is only a piece of property, is not following a moral figure. The “times were different back then” argument fails… if a god cannot foresee the fallibility of his lessons through time, then he is not a god.

-Rationalatheism

Filed under atheism atheist jesus christianity no god bible

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Religious people frequently claim how important faith is; how morality is weaved into the foundations of faith. They refer to it as if it is a virtue. But faith is not- it is belief without evidence… including the belief to hate, oppress, or kill others that believe differently. Faith is not morality; it is blind followership of religious commands that happen to include some morals.
-Rationalatheism

Religious people frequently claim how important faith is; how morality is weaved into the foundations of faith. They refer to it as if it is a virtue. But faith is not- it is belief without evidence… including the belief to hate, oppress, or kill others that believe differently. Faith is not morality; it is blind followership of religious commands that happen to include some morals.

-Rationalatheism

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