Atheism

Sunday Assembly is not enough

7 May, 2014 // 11 Comments

‘The philosophy of Atheism represents a concept of life without any metaphysical Beyond or Divine Regulator. It is the concept of an actual, real world with its liberating, expanding and beautifying possibilities, as against an unreal world, which, with its spirits, oracles and mean contentment, has kept humanity in helpless [...]

Abortion, AIDS, and Sarah de Nordwall on The Big Questions

27 April, 2014 // 2 Comments

This morning on BBC One’s The Big Questions (Episode 15 of Series 7) Sarah de Nordwall of Catholic Voices defended Joseph Ratzinger (the previous pope) and his argument that ‘the distribution of condoms aggravated the problem of HIV/AIDS, rather than helping to contain the virus’ [Source] by herself claiming that abstinence was [...]

Can prayer cure illness?

23 March, 2014 // 5 Comments

If you happen to watch BBC1′s The Big Questions on a Sunday morning then you might have spotted me among the guests this morning. I was invited onto the show to debate the question ‘Can prayer cure illness?’ because of my involvement in the ASA complaint against Healing on the Streets in Bath. I was joined in the [...]

De mortuis nihil nisi bonum

20 March, 2014 // 4 Comments

Sir Michael Parkinson once said that British reality-television star, Jade Goody, had come to represent ‘all that’s paltry and wretched about Britain’. He was criticised for his comments because Goody had recently died of cancer at the age of 27. Had his comments been made when she was alive and not dying hardly anybody would [...]

Hate and Discrimination: Forgetting Atheist Students

13 February, 2014 // 0 Comments

In 2012, after interviewing 9,229 students about their experiences with religiously motivated hate crime in Higher Education (HE) and Further Education (FE), the National Union of Students (NUS) published the ‘No Place for Hate’ report. In it they concluded that ‘hate incidents on the basis of prejudice against peoples’ [...]

I went to a Creationist Zoo for Darwin Day and this is what I found

12 February, 2014 // 24 Comments

The animals went in two by two, Hurrah! Hurrah! On this day in 1809 Charles Darwin was born. Darwin, best known for his contributions to evolutionary theory, established that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors, and in a joint publication with Alfred Russel Wallace introduced his scientific theory that [...]

Whatever floats your godless boat

18 January, 2014 // 3 Comments

I am non-religious. I always have been despite the best efforts of a Church of England Primary School, and those two or so years I spent in the company of Spiritualist friends, seduced by their ideas of an afterlife. I’m a happy non-religious, non-worshiping, atheist human being with as much good as bad to my name. When I turned my back on [...]
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