Category: Mysticism

  • Re-evaluating the value of religion

    Re-evaluating the value of religion

    This essay was written on August 13th, 2003 and edited slightly for this post: Is religion a value to mankind? Some alleged benefits which have been attributed to religion include: scientific and philosophical principles, technologies such as the printing press, the colonization of the new world, great works of art such as Michelangelo’s David and…

  • What if we took religion seriously?

    What if we took religion seriously?

    Virtually no one in the West takes religion seriously.  This is fortunate, because if people did, there could be no such thing as “Western civilization.”  With 82% of Americans professing a belief in God, does this sound like a silly statement?  Let me explain. The Origin of Religion The definition of “religion” varies between cultures…

  • Faith is emotionalism, Part 2: Perception versus Emotion

    (This is the second part of selections from a Facebook debate.  Part 1 is here.) Introduction: The key to my disagreement with the theist hinges on the question of “Can we know God?” or “Can have knowledge of the supernatural?”  The theist says yes, we use both experience and the “sensus divinitatus” to acquire knowledge…

  • Faith is emotionalism, Part 1: Epistemology

    (In the next few posts, I’m going to re-post selections from a Facebook debate:) Many apologetics claim that their faith is based on reason and evidence. In fact faith is just a kind of emotionalism. Two analogies: Suppose you decided to base your knowledge of reality on the result of dart throws. Whenever you have…

  • Christian fundamentalists put freaks on parade

    Christians and other mystics sometimes argue that religion makes people moral. I disagree: morality is a practical science which can only be understood by rational consideration, not emotionalism (the epistemological method of faith). To the extent that religious dogmas and religious people preach and act morally, they derive their principles using the same rational methods…

  • Ignorant creationists accidentally vote for evolution

    The creationist ignoramuses on the Florida Board of Education officially upheld evolution yesterday when they voted to approve “the scientific theory of evolution” as the “the fundamental concept underlying all of biology.”  Presumably, they thought that the inclusion of the word “theory” is a slight to science – demonstrating an utter ignorance of the scientific…

  • Did Christianity's underdog origins allow the success of Western Civilization?

    It’s interesting to note that with the exception of Christianity and some schools of Buddhism, every other major world religion were created as a means for the ruling regime to justify its grip on power as an expression of divine will. The divine hierarchy of the Old Testament’s angelic pantheon reflects and perpetuates the rigid…

  • A review of Rick Warren's “The Purpose Driven Life”

    Here is the undiluted evil of “The Purpose Driven Life,” from the third paragraph of the book: “We ask self-centered questions like What do I want to be? What should I do with my life? What are my goals, my ambitions, my dreams, and my future? But focusing on ourselves will never reveal our life’s…

  • Why Objectivists Shouldn’t Be “Atheists”

    Relax, I still think that Jesus is nothing but a dressed-up Santa for adults. What I realized after debating with Christians during the last few days however, is that presenting yourself as an “atheist” or making atheism the focus in a debate is not a good idea. The obvious reason is that I am not…

  • All hail the magical, invisible pink elephant!

    Whenever I get frustrated with Christians, it’s time to pull out the invisible pink elephant. It’s almost as effective as the “step out in front of an oncoming semi and pray/wish/pretend that it goes away” line.