Why People Are Religious

On this blog I regularly criticise religion and point out why I think it’s incorrect. Yet there are billions of religious people. Why? Why do they believe and I do not? Why are they convinced? When it comes to debates, Atheists have a huge advantage in that they (mostly) were once religious and can therefore understand how their opponent thinks. So I don’t view myself as raging against incomprehensible fools caught in their delusions, but instead try to understand why people have different beliefs to me. In my opinion the main reasons people are religious is due to the default way that they were raised, social reasons, fear, explanation of the world and because they wish it was. Continue reading “Why People Are Religious”

Libertarianism And Society

When a Libertarian is making their case they usually frame it from the view of individual rights. They argue that individuals have certain rights, such as property rights and the freedom to choose. They reject any attempt by the government to force people to do what they otherwise wouldn’t have done. So a libertarian would argue that helping the poor is fine, but the government shouldn’t force people to do so. On its own grounds this is a plausible stance with a certain degree of logic behind it. However, it only holds so long as you view matters from an individual rights point of view. If you concede that we have responsibilities towards the rest of society, then the libertarian argument crumbles. Continue reading “Libertarianism And Society”

Capitalism And Freedom

Milton Friedman is one of the most famous economists that ever lived, yet reading his most famous book, Capitalism And Freedom; it is hard to see why. The book is surprisingly basic and doesn’t offer much of an argument. Friedman merely states things (such as the minimum wage causes unemployment) without offering any supporting evidence. It is as though simply saying it was enough to make it true. There are hardly any references or citations in the book, which makes it very difficult to know if any of what he says is actually true. There is no reference to history or current affairs or if any of his ideas have worked before or if his criticisms reflect reality. Continue reading “Capitalism And Freedom”

God Did Not Create Earth For Us

It is often stated by religious people that Earth is so wonderful and well suited to human inhabitation that it must have been created by God. However, this is only plausible if viewed from the human level looking up. Were we to look from the universal level downwards, we would see this argument doesn’t hold. It is not through divine guidance that humankind has thrived but through natural selection. If the Earth had been designed it would be an unrecognisably different place, without the flaws and difficulties that it has in reality. Continue reading “God Did Not Create Earth For Us”