Posted inEthics and Morality

What makes a ‘bad’ human being?

Reading Time: 7 minutes On Wednesday night, I was robbed at gunpoint—an efficient affair, and my second time since moving to Colombia in 2018. Both times, I’d made the mistake of relaxing my guard because there were others around me; this time, I was on my home turf, a block from my building, with neighbours strolling ahead of and […]

Posted inCulture

Old atheism (not the new)

Reading Time: 7 minutes The so-called ‘New Atheism’ of the early twenty-first century was never really new. All atheistic expression can be traced to antiquity, where many themes, and even the tone of atheist critiques, were originally minted. See the book “Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World” by professor Tim Whitmarsh, a respected classicist who says he wrote […]

Posted inThe Secular

Is atheism unnatural?

Reading Time: 8 minutes Ten years ago, Psychology Professor Justin L. Barrett published a book called Born Believers, arguing that all humans are naturally wired to be religious—that we are literally born with an intrinsic propensity to believe in God. Religious faith for Barrett is therefore not only normal but deeply natural. And, thus, to be a nonbeliever is—you […]

Posted inCulture

How to fake being a Christian

Reading Time: 3 minutes How to fake being a Christian may seem to be an odd topic to write about but for many nonbelievers, faking Christianity is a necessity. In many areas of the United States if you’re not a believer, then you could lose out on job opportunities, be harassed, and face being cut off from your family. […]

Posted inThe Secular

Faithless feeling: Does a lack of religion really ‘knock color out of life’?

Reading Time: 8 minutes Once upon a time, we lived in a place of magic and mystery. Everything from astrology to Zoroastrianism cast its spell over us. Then, by gradual shift or system shock, some of us stopped believing. The old stories withered. The world dried out. Everything was under glass, under the microscope, under our thumb. Now everything is known, or at least knowable. Boredom has stilled our once-shimmering world.

This story is told everywhere. And it’s false from beginning to end.

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