An Atheist Reads The 1st Book of Kings: God Doesn’t Know What He’s Doing

The 1st book of Kings begins in the most peculiar way possible. I mean I would be hard pressed to create a more bizarre situation. It begins with the old King David being cold and unable to get warm. So “Therefore his servants said to him, “Let a young woman be sought for my lord the king, and let her wait on the king and be in his service. Let her lie in your arms that my lord the king may be warm.” I swear I’m not making this up, this is what the Bible says. This sounds more like a cheap porno than the holy word of God. There’s something both comical and sleazy about an old man making up ridiculous excuses to get a young woman to sit on his lap. I don’t how this wasn’t removed from the Bible at a later date or burned as blasphemy. Continue reading “An Atheist Reads The 1st Book of Kings: God Doesn’t Know What He’s Doing”

Four Years of Blogging

Four years ago, I sat at the desk in my bedroom and wrote my very first blog. Little did I know that over the next four years I would write another 324 posts and that my blog would be viewed almost 900,000 times and now average around 1,000 views per day. So I would like to take a moment of reflection of the journey so far. Continue reading “Four Years of Blogging”

Why I Hope There Never Is A United Ireland

For generations the goal of Irish nationalists has been a 32 county United Irish Republic where the whole island is free of British rule. In theory all Irish political parties support this, even if there isn’t much they can do about it. With the centenary celebration of the 1916 Rising (and the War of Independence soon to come) there has been a celebration and an examination of national pride. In Northern Ireland, higher birth rates means that the number of Catholics is catching up with the number of Protestants and may soon over take it. This has led to a number of people to suggest that a United Ireland may soon happen.

However, the thought of a United Ireland doesn’t fill me with patriotism and I don’t see it as something to rejoice. If I was ever given a choice, I would vote against it. This might seem treasonous from someone who was raised as an Irish Catholic but the thought of a United Ireland fills me with dread and were it to ever happen, it could bankrupt the Republic of Ireland. A United Ireland would lead to crippling taxes, drastic reduction in services, widespread unrest and a return to the violence of the Troubles. Continue reading “Why I Hope There Never Is A United Ireland”

Imagine If There Was A God (And How This Shows There Isn’t One)

Imagine if there was a God. Now for some you, this is not asking anything much if you already believe in God, but for others it’s a stretch. Either way, hear me out. Imagine there was an all-powerful, all-loving God, who knew everything, created everything and could do anything. A God who spoke to humans, wanted us to prosper and wanted us to worship him. Imagine if everything they say in church is true, that you can achieve anything imaginable through faith and God. What would that look like? Continue reading “Imagine If There Was A God (And How This Shows There Isn’t One)”