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Cognicism; a secular moral system

Cognicism; a secular moral system     As an atheist, we are often asked, “how can you be good without god?”. I have tried to explain this time and time again, each time resulting in a slightly different description. I understand the wish for people who might not be familiar with secular moral systems, to take…


Morality, meaning and values- how evolution explains everything

This article examines how evolution explains not just our physical characteristics, but also the areas that traditionally have been seen as unexplained by science- such as morality, meaning and values. It goes on the explain how evolution explains religion, souls, gods and is even evident in the bible. Part 1- the evolution of humanity Background…


Answering age-old questions: free will and meaning

It is an age-old question: does free will exist? This article answers the question, and in the process happens to address the question of meaning as well. When we talk about free will, we are talking about our ability to freely make decisions. To have control over how we decide. (Image reference: http://i.huffpost.com/gen/160795/thumbs/r-FREE-WILL-large570.jpg) When contemplating free…


Letters To A Concerned Free Thinker 1 – Purpose

Letters To A Concerned Free Thinker 1 – Purpose   Dear Thinker. The worst human crime that one can bestow upon another, the crime that one should not seek to spread, is the crime of appropriated purpose; it is a crime to tell someone what their purpose is. I once was asked by a stranger,…


Internet atheists, FB debating groups and their spin offs

Internet atheists, FB debating groups and their spin offs   I cut my teeth in online debates in a group called does God exist(DGE) on facebook about 3 years ago. I had been an atheist for a long time but was not active in it in any way. I married a Muslim woman and she tried…


Pascal’s wager vs Ryan’s wager

Blaise Pascal was a French mathematician, physicist, and religious philosopher who set a wager. Pascal’s wager is that it is in one’s own best interest to behave as if God exists, since the possibility of eternal punishment in hell outweighs any advantage of believing otherwise. Belief is a wise wager. Granted that faith cannot be…


An exposé on Jesus, the so called Christ.

Jesus, the so called Christ. Did Jesus exist? If Jesus did exist, did he do what he’s said to have done? Are we just telling a story that gets longer every time? To answer these questions, which are lacking in evidence, we will have to examine the documents that are from the time of Jesus. Who was alive…


Exit Strategy Based on Ethical Principles

  Exit Strategy Based on Ethical Principles When we moved into our house, a neighbor stopped by and said he was hard up and offered cheap labor, I almost yelled, “Deal!” there and then. He was a tremendous help, and we proceeded to get together on occasion, and have tried to become friends, but his religious…


Broken chains: addressing salvation through the sacrifice of Jesus

Addressing salvation through the sacrifice of Jesus Salvation through the blood of Jesus, or simply through the sacrifice of Jesus seems to be accepted without question. In the early bible we see the Jewish people had competing religions fighting for membership, with the Bible authors denouncing the abomination of sacrificing the first born child by…


Theists and the Lack of Education

Education, whilst not necessarily something that makes someone smart or intelligent, can assist with learning things like logic and critical thinking. Education also provides us the means to understand what evidence is, and learn various things about the world. For the sake of this article, when referring to theists, I am referring to religious theists and…