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Creation: Religion vs. Science

Creation: Religion vs. Science

One of the final entries in my ongoing series about atheism- this time addressing some of the differences between the Christian religious view of creation compared to the atheist view. It is by no means a comprehensive post- more of a handy overview of some of the key points of contrast- but I will link to more detailed posts at the end if you are interested in investigating this matter more thoro... »

Suspension of Disbelief: The Wolverine

Suspension of Disbelief: The Wolverine

Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine is back- this time, in summer blockbuster The Wolverine. I’ll admit I went into this almost entirely blind- I know very little about the X-Men franchise and I haven’t even seen the previous Wolverine movie. However, I was pleasantly surprised by many aspects of this superhero-mutant movie, and will attempt to explain why (sans excessive spoilers). The mov... »

On Vaccinations

On Vaccinations

It seems like many preventable childhood illnesses, such as measles and pertussis, have been making an unfortunate comeback recently. From January to March 2013 alone, over 500 measles cases have been recorded in England (compare this to the 2011 figures from the whole of the UK- 334). In all of 2010, there were only 374 cases. Sadly, this seems to suggest that Britain’s problems with vaccin... »

Contradictions Within Religion

Contradictions Within Religion

This new addition to my ongoing series on atheism addresses some of the contradictions that one sees within religion- with particular focus on Christianity and the Bible- as well as touching upon reasons why atheism is the logical presumptive position. It also addresses why many non-theists hold a position of complete non-belief regarding the supernatural due to the application of the same logic. »

Vocal Criticism of Religion

Vocal Criticism of Religion

This is another post in my series on atheism- and this one addresses anti-theism and some of the most prominent vocal atheists in print today. The other posts on the history of atheism and cultural acceptance of atheism can be found here and here! Some atheists go beyond their own lack of belief, and are actively and vocally opposed to religion- these people are known almost interchangeably as mil... »

Cultural Attitudes Towards Atheism

Cultural Attitudes Towards Atheism

Continuing from my last post A Short History of Atheism, I’m now adding to the blog another section of my Religious Studies dissertation which addresses different cultural attitudes towards atheism (and religious tolerance) and the effects they have on non-believers and minority groups. Due to the nature of the assignment the style is somewhat formal and objective, but the points raised are ... »

A Short History of Atheism

A Short History of Atheism

As an atheist, I have always felt it important to understand my own position as well as that of the religions I reject. This has sparked a keen interest in a subject which is labelled “RMPS” (Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies) in Scottish schools. It’s a great subject which is brilliantly taught at my school- and it is completely distinct from religious observance (I hav... »

Atheism and Morality: Good Without God?

Atheism and Morality: Good Without God?

Atheists are often asked- especially by theists- how they can be moral without God and religion to guide them. This is a question which has always intrigued me; I consider myself a largely moral person who tries to do good when possible, but there is no particular belief or doctrine which forces me to do so. There is the encouragement of society, of course- but no threat of eternal damnation shoul... »

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