This is a Godless place.

atheism for the win.

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lost-in-that-fairytale asked: Thank you for this blog. As an atheist it's great to see a blog that answers questions on religion with grace and complexity, explaining eloquently the key theories behind most atheist's point of view. It helps explain that many atheists are not 'angry' at God, but have considered key theological and philosophical issues, and feel the answers of religion lacking. I was lucky to be raised in a home free from prejudice (in England), able to choose my own path, and I fully appreciate this blog.

Wow, thank you so much!

We try to answer each question the best that we can, we aren’t here to bash religious people who are curious about atheists. We just want to explain our views in the best light possible.

Thank you again for enjoying what we do! :]

-Victor

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sagansense:

This planet is run by crazy people. Remember what they have to do to get where they are. Their perspective is so narrow, so…brief. A few years. In the best of them a few decades. They care only about the time they are in power…war is murder, writ large.
— Carl Sagan

imageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageHistory is full of people who out of fear or ignorance or the lust for power have destroyed treasures of immeasurable value which truly belong to all of us. We must not let it happen again.
— Carl Sagan

(Source: en.wikiquote.org / firdausynto)

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sagansense:

In Carl Sagan’s last interview with Charlie Rose before his death, Carl describes the psychological/emotional influence of his parents’ death and the importance of scientific literacy amongst our culture.
The interview took place in the wake of the publishing of his book he co-wrote with Ann Druyan, "The Demon-Haunted World: Science As A Candle In The Dark”, which the Los Angeles Times referred to as “…a manifesto for clear thought.”
Sagan’s profound and eloquent wisdom of rationality and skepticism couldn’t be more relevant today, as his words echo loudly across the perpetuated symptoms of scientific illiteracy which continue to shackle us…
“Personally, I would be delighted if there were a life after death, especially if it permitted me to continue to learn about this world and others, if it gave me a chance to discover how history turns out.”
However…
“Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense…(and) We’ve arranged a civilization in which most crucial elements profoundly depend on science and technology.”
Furthermore…
“Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works.…It is far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.”
Related: Carl Sagan describes death to his daughter, Sasha Sagan…

sagansense:

In Carl Sagan’s last interview with Charlie Rose before his death, Carl describes the psychological/emotional influence of his parents’ death and the importance of scientific literacy amongst our culture.

The interview took place in the wake of the publishing of his book he co-wrote with Ann Druyan, "The Demon-Haunted World: Science As A Candle In The Dark, which the Los Angeles Times referred to as …a manifesto for clear thought.

Sagan’s profound and eloquent wisdom of rationality and skepticism couldn’t be more relevant today, as his words echo loudly across the perpetuated symptoms of scientific illiteracy which continue to shackle us…

Personally, I would be delighted if there were a life after death, especially if it permitted me to continue to learn about this world and others, if it gave me a chance to discover how history turns out.

However…

Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense…(and) We’ve arranged a civilization in which most crucial elements profoundly depend on science and technology.

Furthermore…

Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works.It is far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.

Related: Carl Sagan describes death to his daughter, Sasha Sagan…

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smdxn:

Heartbreaking Video Captures Religious Parents Violently [Assaulting] Son After He Comes Out

On Wednesday, a video of a young man named Daniel Pierce made waves after being posted to the Reddit community /r/gaybros. The video, brought to Reddit’s attention by Pierce’s boyfriend, showed the teenager being confronted by his religious family members over his sexual orientation — then being verbally and physically attacked by them.

It’s a heartbreaking, and at times very difficult to watch.

"This family gave a young man two options: attend a pray the gay away intervention, or face being disowned by the very people who are supposed to love him unconditionally," Regina Ryan, a friend of Pierce’s, wrote in the video’s description.

A GoFundMe account has been set up for Daniel, who was not only thrown out of his house and disowned, but robbed of his college text books and other possessions by his parents.

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confrontingbabble-on:

Life is not a heaven entrance test. Instead, religion is a gullibility test. If you can see through religion’s nonsensical stories…and call bullshit on their unfounded assertions…then they know they wont make any long term money out of you. And they certainly don’t want you enlightening other believers. So religion makes believers fear rational people…and keep separate from unbelievers…so as to protect their cash flow investment…which are compliant, long term donating believers…!

confrontingbabble-on:

Life is not a heaven entrance test. Instead, religion is a gullibility test. If you can see through religion’s nonsensical stories…and call bullshit on their unfounded assertions…then they know they wont make any long term money out of you. And they certainly don’t want you enlightening other believers. So religion makes believers fear rational people…and keep separate from unbelievers…so as to protect their cash flow investment…which are compliant, long term donating believers…!

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the-thinking-third-party-deacti asked: Where does your standard of morality come from?

academicatheism:

Your question implies the Moral Argument for God. I’ve discussed this argument at length (see here, herehere, and here, for instance). A god isn’t necessary to be the standard. Furthermore, the Christian god is far from a standard as you might have gathered from my response to fromsunandsea. Please follow the links already provided and if you’re interested in a more esoteric take on morality, read my brief essay The Moral Algorithm