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Day: December 10, 2011

Caturday!

Cupid getting into the Christmas spirit. (Appropriate, since she and her sister Comet were named after two of Santa’s reindeer by a very young girl many years...

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Upcoming Series: Why I am an atheist.

“Why are you an atheist?” “Why don’t you believe in God?” I have gotten these questions before. I actually have quite a lot of reasons that I am an atheist, but I’ve found that when someone just asks me point blank I freeze up because I can’t think of where to start. Because I’m not always sure of which reason would be the most effective for the asker to understand, because I don’t usually know their background or what their concept of “god” looks like. While considering this situation, I thought maybe instead of trying to jam my reasons for being an atheist into a single post why not have a series of posts where I can address each reason one by one? So, over the course of the next few months I will be writing and posting a series of essays on the various reasons why I am an atheist. As a preview, here are some of the reasons I am looking forward to explaining: The conspicuous absence of God, and my repeated observations of God being “given the glory” for human actions and chance events.  The historically dubious origins of Christian doctrines, including early church disputes about the nature of Jesus himself. Moral philosophy and the “Divine Command” theory. The soul: how I became convinced that mind=brain and that the idea of the soul is superfluous. Sexism and injustice in the...

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