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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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The Bonobo and the Atheist Book Review

This book review was originally posted in societyofepicurus.com. Today I’m reviewing the amazing book The Bonobo and the Atheist: In Search of Humanism Among the Primates by Dutch anthropologist Frans de Waal. The author takes a soft, humanist approach to atheism … Continue reading

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Cyrenaic Reasonings III: Theodorus the Godless

This is the third in a blog series on Cyrenaic Philosophy. Please also read the first and second parts. Atheism, as understood today–particularly in its militant strands–is a fairly modern phenomenon but it’s not by any means new. Many centuries … Continue reading

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India’s Silenced Lokayata Tradition

There was a period in the development of religious civilization in India during which several religious and philosophical schools emerged to challenge the rigid Vedic standards, including animal sacrifice and the caste system that prevented social mobility and restricted association. More or … Continue reading

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In Solidarity With Draw Muhammed Day

The above picture is my all-time favorite Draw Muhammed Day entry. It shows something that most Islamophobes would never consider: a smiley, down-to-Earth, friendly image of the Arabian prophet. Many people use DMD as a chance to depict Muhammad as … Continue reading

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The #Lucretius Meme Campaign

SocietyofEpicurus.com has published a series of memes based on Lucretius’ De Rerum Natura (On the Nature of Things), the 1st-Century great Epicurean masterpiece which proposed natural explanations for things that inspired superstitious fear and awe in ancient man (like the … Continue reading

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Atheism 2.1: the Tension Between Atheist Politics and Ataraxia

I finally took the time to watch David Silverman’s firebrand atheism lecture. Silverman is the head of American Atheists. Upcoming atheist conventions in unlikely cities like Memphis, Tennessee and San Juan, Puerto Rico have brought him into my radar, as I’ve … Continue reading

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Sita Sings the Blues

I was caught by surprise recently when I bumped into a secularist, perhaps a bit blasphemous, animated film titled Sita Sings the Blues. It is a re-telling of the story of Sita from a critical and non-devotional perspective. The film … Continue reading

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Intactness as Naturalist Puritanism

  The Abrahamic Covenant There has been much recent controversy around the issue of circumcision, which has become the male side of the right-to-choose debate in America, where the practice is still common but being challenged. The practice of circumcision … Continue reading

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In Defense of Seneca’s Adage

Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful. – Seneca The public discourse on the role of religion in our daily lives too often lacks the voice of … Continue reading

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