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)”
The religions of the world are in serious decline. Each generation is less religious than the last and the grip of the Church is being steadily weakened. Ireland used to be the most religious country in Europe, yet even here religion is being eroded away. The simple fact is that religion’s future is one of decline into insignificance as the older generations die off and young fail to take their place. Churches are facing a crisis in even finding members to join as priests and the closing of churches will soon be a common sight. Within 50 to 100 years religion will be but a shadow of what it once was, a mere footnote belonging to a forgotten time. Continue reading “The Future Of Religion”
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”
Let me tell you the unusual and slightly strange story of the time I almost became a Quaker. It’s one of those stories which seem fairly normal at the time and from my point of view but seem completely bizarre to other people (I have a lot of these stories).When I was 16 I stopped going to Church. Although I still believed in God at the time, I was completely disillusioned with the Catholic church (for reasons so obvious as to need no elaboration). I thought that perhaps my problem was that I had the misfortune to be born into a religion that didn’t suit me, so the problem could be fixed if I switched denominations. This is where the Quakers stepped in. Continue reading “The Time I Thought Of Becoming A Quaker”
One of the central features of religion is prayer, yet it is something that doesn’t make any sense. While praying seems like a natural and harmless action, if you think through the logic of it, you realise that it is neither possible, probably or desirable. The only reason the laws of the universe function is because prayers are unanswered, a point even religious people subtly acknowledge. If prayers were answered, the world would be a chaotic, unstable and illogical place. Continue reading “What’s The Point Of Prayer?”
I wasn’t born an Atheist; in fact I was a Catholic for the first 20 years of my life, only becoming an atheist 6 months ago. Like 99% of people my religion is down to the luck of my birth. Had I been born in the Middle East, I would have been a Muslims, had I been born in India, I would have been a Hindu, but I was born in Ireland, so I was a Catholic.
Like most young people I knew next to nothing about my religion. Growing up, I doubt a single one of my classmates could tell you what being Catholic meant. We were Continue reading “How I Became An Atheist”