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Ataturk and the Enlightenment – “Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds”, Stephen Kinzer

August 27th, 2012 · No Comments · Atheism, Religion, Science

“For everything in the world—for civilization, for life, for success—the truest guide is knowledge and science,” Atatürk declared in one famous speech.

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An Updated Ten Commandments  “Arguably: Selected Essays” – Christopher Hitchens

July 10th, 2012 · No Comments · Atheism, Christianity, Morality, Religion

It’s difficult to take oneself with sufficient seriousness to begin any sentence with the words “Thou shalt not.” But who cannot summon the confidence to say: Do not condemn people on the basis of their ethnicity or color. Do not ever use people as private property. Despise those who use violence or the threat of […]

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Critiquing the Ten Commandments – “Arguably: Selected Essays” – Christopher Hitchens

July 10th, 2012 · No Comments · Atheism, Christianity, Morality, Religion

I am trying my best not to view things through a smug later prism. Only the Almighty can scan matters sub specie aeternitatis: from the viewpoint of eternity. One must also avoid cultural and historical relativism: There’s no point in retroactively ordering the Children of Israel to develop a germ theory of disease (so as […]

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Why Don’t the Ten Commandments Prohibit Child Abuse? “Arguably: Selected Essays” – Christopher Hitchens

July 8th, 2012 · No Comments · Atheism, Christianity, Humanism, Morality, Religion

As for (Commandment) Number Five, by all means respect for the elders, but why is there nothing (in the Ten Commandments) to forbid child abuse? (Insolence on the part of children is punishable by death, according to Leviticus 20:9, only a few verses before the stipulation of the death penalty for male homosexuals.) A cruel […]

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Maybe all men got one big soul ever’body’s a part of – “The Grapes of Wrath” – John Steinbeck 

June 14th, 2012 · No Comments · Atheism, Christianity, Humanism, Morality, Philosophy, Religion

I figgered about the Holy Sperit and the Jesus road. I figgered, ‘Why do we got to hang it on God or Jesus? Maybe,’ I figgered, ‘maybe it’s all men an’ all women we love; maybe that’s the Holy Sperit—the human sperit—the whole shebang. Maybe all men got one big soul ever’body’s a part of.’ […]

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There ain’t no sin and there ain’t no virtue – “The Grapes of Wrath” – John Steinbeck 

June 13th, 2012 · No Comments · Atheism, Christianity, Humanism, Morality, Philosophy, Quotes, Religion

There ain’t no sin and there ain’t no virtue. There’s just stuff people do. It’s all part of the same thing. And some of the things folks do is nice, and some ain’t nice, but that’s as far as any man got a right to say.’

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Prayer in Parliament – “Inside the Canberra Press Gallery: Life in the Wedding Cake of Old Parliament House” – Rob Chalmers 

May 29th, 2012 · No Comments · Atheism, Australiana, Christianity, Democracy, Politics, Religion

Yet many people would believe no prayer is needed, from whatever faith. When the Federal Parliament first met after Federation, no prayer was offered. This led to a storm of protest from various Christian evangelical organisations, the Parliament gave way to the pressure and the prayer became part of proceedings. Gregor McGregor, leader of the […]

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The Before and the After of Life – “The God Delusion” – Richard Dawkins

April 24th, 2012 · No Comments · Atheism, Religion

Mark Twain’s dismissal of the fear of death is another: ‘I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.’

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Seneca on Religion – “The God Delusion” – Richard Dawkins

April 23rd, 2012 · No Comments · Atheism, Politics, Quotes, Religion

Seneca the Younger: ‘Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.’

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For Good People to Do Evil Things Takes Religion – “The God Delusion” – Richard Dawkins

April 23rd, 2012 · No Comments · Atheism, Humanism, Morality, Philosophy, Religion

As the Nobel Prize-winning American physicist Steven Weinberg said, ‘Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it, you’d have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, it takes religion.’ Blaise Pascal (he of the wager) said something similar: ‘Men never […]

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