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Archive for the ‘ATHEISM’ Category

CHURCH-GOING? WHY?

February 5, 2014

It annoys me that I keep on going to a religious institution where people talk with conviction about things I see as uncertain. I support the faith and the institution but can’t say YES to everything. Do others disbelieve, but maintain a pretence? Am I just too pig-headed to abandon the faith of my fathers? […]

DARWIN, DAWKINS AND DOUBT

September 28, 2013

The motto of The Royal Artillery when I served was ‘Ubique’ and Professor Dawkins is a bit the same. I read a review of a D-Book on Saturday and then an interview that appeared on Twitter. (A year ago I even bought a D-Book.) The interview showed that there is far more to him than just […]

POINTLESS PHILOSOPHISING, BUT FUN.

September 18, 2013

I finished my last post arguing that we can never know what is ‘out there’ so the best response is to have another beer and forget it. That is still my attitude so far as finding answers is concerned, but speculating is fun so I go on doing it. Last Sunday I watched a religious […]

PROBLEM FOR OUR VICAR

July 24, 2013

Today brings a leaflet from the local vicar – nicely presented in bright colours – well done! He sees a few forces hindering his work. ONE – “Growth in atheism and the strident denial of the existence of God”. TWO – “A gathering storm of pluralism, influenced by eastern philosophies”. THREE – “A visual age […]

THANK GOD FOR IGNORANCE

May 12, 2013

Thank God for the centuries of ignorance when science did not afflict us with the truth and people were free to populate the universe with a glorious variety of supernatural beings. The trouble with science is that once reality is known it becomes much more difficult to create convincing alternatives. Once you KNOW it becomes […]

WHAT CREATIONISM CREATED

May 10, 2013

I read tweets from atheists who get upset by the teaching of creationism in schools. Surely atheists have such confidence in the rightness of science that they can be relaxed about this issue. My belief is that creationism should be widely taught as the earliest attempt by man to explain the envirnoment in which he […]

ARRIVAL IN HEREAFTER

March 24, 2013

Two days ago I had an e-accident – pehaps hovering over the wrong part of a page.  I found myself contributing to a blog run for atheists and felt that I was a trespasser. But it set me thinking about my state as a very open-minded member of The Church of England. (Notoriously broad, bless […]

STATEMENT OF POSITION

December 17, 2012

How one reads a blog can be affected by what one knows about the blogger. So with Christmas coming here’s a statement about why and what. I am one of the 59% in UK who said in the last census that they were Christian. Why? Here are some questions. Number One. Do  you believe it […]

ABOUT THOSE PROBLEMS

December 4, 2012

What I meant last time is that the secular state is limiting. If something is not made illegal then a citizen is entitled to consider it OK behaviour. “If it was wrong, there would be a law against it, would there not? The state determines right and wrong, does it not? Did the media types […]

PROBLEM WITH SECULAR STATE

December 3, 2012

Lots of talk now about legislation. It seems to me that much of what the secular state does is negative. Laws normally declare things to be crimes. The summary of the law offered by Christ was just two powerful positives – THOU SHALT. Impossible to enforce, but guidance which, if followed, would make many prohibitions […]