Category Archives: Atheism

Thank You God for the Vatican Bankruptcy!

This Spanish-language Mexican paper has announced that Vatican City is headed towards bankruptcy, and this piece for The Stream says that a Saudi Prince could end up “owning St. Peter’s Basilica”. It’s not clear how deep in the red it … Continue reading

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Things to Learn from Handmaid’s Tale

The Handmaid’s Tale was a best-selling 1985 novel by Margaret Atwood, which was turned into a TV series in recent years. My neighbor and I have been binge-watching episodes of it for months, after it was recommended by a co-worker. … Continue reading

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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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