25
Jun
09

Religion (or lack thereof)

While perusing the internet, I discovered a commenter on a blag who genuinely seems like a wonderful person. On this individual’s profile, however, was a statement which I feel necessary to explain:

Even if they’re one word platitudes now, hope, wonder, love, forgiveness and healing are the most beautiful ideas I’ve ever encountered.

Since nothing is not, how did this become the atheists’ primary cause?

While it may seem to the average theistic individual the causes of the atheistic are those of “nothing” or “lack of something,” this could not be farther from the truth. Many who are atheistic, myself included, simply wish to not be judged based upon their lack of belief. We do not want individuals automatically assuming we are amoral and cruel. Additionally, it would be quite nice to not be required (de facto) to worship (or pretend to worship) a deity in order to be elected to public office in our secular country. I, personally, am not seeking you to drop your belief in your superstition (although that would be wonderful). What is my mission with this blog? Why did I name it “Mors dei” and why do I constantly argue against the use of religion as a tool for censorship, violence, and imposing one’s view of morality? I can answer these in three very short (not including subordinate clauses, brackets, and parentheses) sentences:

1) I blog about nature, human life, politics, and so forth  [from the perspective of a young individual with a college education in the sciences who (having grown up in a semi-Catholic household and more familiarity with fundamentalists than I would care to discuss) feels evidence and understanding, not faith, should be the basis of moralities (yes, it is plural), governments, educations, and lives] when I find something interesting.

2) The answer to the name question can be found here; additionally, it’s a catchy Latin name.

3) Using religion for anything outside of personal use opens it up to scrutiny, [if you do not wish for your religion to be scrutinized, then don’t put it out in daylight (read “keep it to yourself”)–for this reason, using it as a vehicle to impose your beliefs upon others without presenting evidence (all evidence, not just cherry-picking) will result in their justifications to be ripped apart as the hot air (read “flatulance”) which it is] which means when I sink my teeth into a juicy chunk of superstitious nonsense that you hold dear and use to justify your bigotry, I won’t let go just because you scream “I’m offended.”

I hope that clarifies why I blog about religion so much, I find it offensive to use theology to justify ANYTHING. There are more parsimonious explanations for anything than your preferred deity.

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3 Responses to “Religion (or lack thereof)”


  1. June 25, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    Full of truth, but in particular, “I find it offensive to use theology to justify ANYTHING. There are more parsimonious explanations for anything than your preferred deity” is spot on. As for that first quote…was the second sentence supposed to be relevant to first one? Because I honestly think that truly have no idea what atheism entails beyond the lens of their own religiosity if they think that atheists have no esteem for any the ideas that are mentioned in the first sentence. Even more ignorance than associating atheism with “nothing,” as if questioning the credibility of their explanations for our existence by positing an unevidenced entity automatically means that we believe “nothing” holds the same role, rather than simply admitting that our understanding around that particular time of origin is fuzzy and that their explanation is unwarranted. This grows tiresome.

  2. 2 jaredcormier
    June 25, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    Hey, crazy guy, try reading that aloud as it is punctuated without gasping for air at the end!

    And I just tried to take the quote in context…

  3. June 26, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    I can’t. I start wheezing after about the second sentence. Guess I am a chatty Cathy when I don’t actually have to use my lungs!


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