Category Archives: Atheism

The Ancient and Emerging Atheistic Religions

Many (including some Epicureans, like Michel Onfray) consider atheism as a nihilism, or say that it means “not having a religion”, or that it’s devoid of spirituality, but this is far from true. There are many ways of being atheistic, … Continue reading

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“No Redeemer Liveth”: Comparing Christianity, Islam and Satanism

No burdened soul can carry the burden of another. – Qur’an 35:18 On the issue of personal responsibility, the Qur’an seems at least on one account superior to the New Testament: there is no atonement by the blood of Jesus. No one must sacrifice … Continue reading

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Islam and Secularism

I am concluding my blog series after reading the Qur’an discussing secular values. In recent days, the wife of imprisoned Saudi blogger Raif Badawi has tried to generate awareness of the fact that there is now an Islamic Party of … Continue reading

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Muhammad and the Problem of Proof

Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. – Carl Sagan Muhammad was illiterate. He was no philosopher, and he didn’t have the intellectual formation of someone for whom the evidence that nature presents to our faculties serves as the foundation for every aspect … Continue reading

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Apostasy in the Qur’an

We shall both be amply repaid … if this truth remain with you — that an opinion, right or wrong, can never constitute a moral offense, nor be in itself a moral obligation. It may be mistaken; it may involve … Continue reading

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On the Utility of Blasphemy and Shame

Today is the International Blasphemy Rights Day. When I read the Satanic Bible, I remember having a strong reaction when I read the few truly blasphemous verses. I left the Catholic Church of my upbringing in 1991, but the blasphemous hues of … Continue reading

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In Memoriam: the Salem Witch Trials

The Salem witch trials were the rock on which theocracy shattered. – Historian George Lincoln Burr On August 19 and September 22, 1692 dozens of innocent people accused of “witchcraft” were executed as part of the Salem Witch Trials. The … Continue reading

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