Disinfo: The Filthy Little Atheist … Founding... →
Paine’s problem is that he didn’t die in 1792. Had he done that, his place among the pantheon of beloved founding fathers would have been assured. But instead he lived, and wrote another book entitled The Age of Reason. The result? By the time he actually died in 1809, only six people attended his funeral.
The Hitch: 1949-2011 →
The Setian religion - my religion - posits the immortality (or potential immortality) of the human psyche, not as an article of faith to be swallowed without question, but as a point of departure from which to approach the refinement of one’s own answers to the Big Questions. My beliefs embrace exploring what magic is and isn’t, and probably some other things an uncompromising atheist...
Nigel Barber: Why Atheism Will Replace Religion →
“Why is religion in decline in modern democracies where ordinary people enjoy a good standard of living? It seems that with better science, with government safety nets, better health, and longer life expectancy, there is less fear and uncertainty in people’s daily lives. As a result there is less of a need for religion to help people cope with the otherwise uncomfortable feeling that...
Newtopia - Is America Evolving a New Religion? →
Interesting theory; in any case an insightful recognition of an emerging pattern of ideas and influences specific to the American landscape. WARNING: Long read. :) “We are not seeking to advance or recommend these beliefs or practices. We will not argue whether they are true or false. Both opinions will be represented. Our theme is that we cannot understand America without understanding...
Santa's Demonic Sidekick! Krampus.com →
Figures, the U.S. gets the wimped-out censored version of the Santa Claus myth, instead of the original/awesome one. Bucket List Item #217: Help to permanently establish Krampus alongside Santa Claus as part of the December holiday tradition in the United States.