Can An Atheist Do Church?

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For a good while now, I’ve immensely enjoyed having 2 day weekends. I work Monday through Friday and, generally, don’t work weekends unless my shop is busy during outage season, but even then, it’s not a common occurrence.

When I was a regular church attendee and worked this same schedule, I had a 2 day weekend, but largely felt cheated out of the 2nd day. Why? Well, you’ve got stuff to do! You’ve got to wake up and make yourself look presentable and get your ass to church!

From wake up to walk back in the door of your house, you’re looking at a minimum of a solid couple of hours removed from your “free” day. Since I did this 5 times a week already, a 6th time is a drag, especially when there’s so much other stuff I could be doing, but leaving the church has allowed me to fully enjoy the 2 day weekend! Continue reading

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Celebrating Ignorance with Joel Osteen

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I’m sorry but this guy is dangerous and spreading nonsense to millions of people. Why people send this man more and more money truly baffles me. It’s a celebration of ignorance and an assurance that feeling and intuition trumps information and data. It’s gross.

Maybe it’s time to convert to the prosperity gospel and spout off nonsense that makes people feel good and rake in piles of cash.

As much as I love to hate on the guy, I’ve got to give it to him. He’s a phenomenal salesman.

It reminds me of a great moment and lineĀ from the amazing flick “There Will Be Blood.” After Daniel Plainview, an oil man and capitalist, watches a preacher named Eli do a faith healing and cast out demons, Daniel sees through the performance and looks at Eli and says sincerely, “That was one Goddamn hell of a show.”

 

I’m Not Mad At God

I’ve had some interactions recently that have surprised me in that I get the nagging suspicion that people still think I’m not really a non-believer in god. That I’m still a believer, but I’m rebelling and mad at god for some past pains in my life.

It’s a little shocking that I can be as brutally honest as I have been and write continually on the topic of atheism and people still assume I’m a believer. That my anger and pain are masking my true love and knowledge for god.

Please allow me to dispel any confusion. As an atheist I fail to recognize any gods as being valid, real or having reason or merit for belief. I am not declaring with absolute certainty that there are no gods, but that there are none currently known to man that have enough evidence to claim as being true. All religions and all gods are equally untainted with evidence.

Saying or thinking that I’m angry with god is as silly as saying I’m mad at Santa Claus. The statement doesn’t make sense. You can’t be mad at something you don’t believe to be real.

Let me ask you this: do you believe in leprechauns? No? Why do you hate leprechauns so much? Let go of your anger at leprechauns!

Pretty silly, right?

Atheism is the default position on the claims of the existence of gods. Just as not believing in the Loch Ness monster is the default position as there’s no evidence to make a case for it. If evidence were to be brought forth for either god or the Loch Ness then you could investigate and determine if these claims are true.

For the sake of this rant let’s say that I fully believe in the Loch Ness monster. I believe it on faith and with my whole heart because I’ve read some eye witness accounts that I feel are credible. If 20 years from now someone found definitive and conclusive proof that the Loch Ness monster is a real thing, then my beliefs from 20 years ago still wouldn’t have been rational or justified. Even if, in the end, I was ultimately right.

I will admit that I do have frustrations with religion, but that’s wholly different than being mad at god. It’s hard not to be a bit disgusted at religion when you have young girls killing themselves to be with dead relatives.

I just wanted to put up this short post to clearly state that I’m not mad at your god or any god. If I don’t believe in such a thing it makes no sense that I could be mad at it.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a sasquatch expedition to lead.