Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Science Can Answer Moral Questions

I found this short talk by Sam Harris to be rather well done. He includes some interesting support for the idea that there is or should be no such thing as moral relativity...something that Fundamentalists seem to unanimously agree upon in theory...although Mr. Harris' basis for this assertion (that morality can be derived from fact/science) couldn't be more different from that of religious fundamentalists.

Quote of the Day:

"There is no pestilence in a state like a zeal for religion, independent of morality."

--Jeremy Bentham

Monday, March 22, 2010

Atheist Humor--Part 4: More Signs of the Times

Ok...I admit to feeling a bit ornery today.

Not all church signs require words to get the message across. (You might have to look a bit more closely at this one to get the point.)
Anyone still wondering why the Vatican has such a problem with clergy-related pedophilia?

Sunday, March 21, 2010

The Psychoanalytical Foundations of Atheism (or...It's All Your Dad's Fault You're an Atheist)

While searching the web for some funny atheist humor with which to tag my friends, I came across this article (see below). As a person with a graduate-level background in psychology, I was particularly fascinated with the way this "Christian Philosopher" explained how people become atheists. All I can say is...Freud would have a fit if he was alive today!! Enjoy! :)

Quotes of the Day:

"The God-Creator is openly called Father. Psychoanalysis concludes that he really is the father, clothed in the grandeur in which he once appeared to the small child.... The emotional strength of this memory-image and the lasting nature of his need for protection are the two supports for [the religious man's] belief in God."

"Devout believers are safeguarded in a high degree against the risk of certain neurotic illnesses; their acceptance of the universal neurosis spares them the task of constructing the personal one."

--Sigmund Freud