God And The Creation Of The Universe

One of the few (in fact probably the only) reasonable argument for the existence of a God revolves around the creation of the universe. However this is a far weaker argument than it first seems. After all God is not necessary for creation and even if he was, it still leaves numerous other problems with his/its existence. Continue reading “God And The Creation Of The Universe”

Do Babies Go To Heaven?

The fundamental belief of Christianity is that all who accept and believe in Jesus will go to Heaven. (Acts 16:30-1) But what about babies who die before they are baptised? They are clearly not capable of understanding Christianity or Jesus and can’t make any decisions in that regard. So the question is, do they go to Heaven? On the one had they clearly don’t  meet the requirements, but on the other hand it would have to be an especially cruel God that sends innocent little babies to Hell. Continue reading “Do Babies Go To Heaven?”

Religion As A Cause Of War In Ireland

In my last post I argued that religion was a major cause of war. Now I want to discuss this in an Irish context. In fact the history of Ireland is basically the history of Protestants and Catholics warring among each other. There are numerous incidents where Catholics or Protestants were killed solely because of their religion. Continue reading “Religion As A Cause Of War In Ireland”

Religion As A Cause Of War

I would argue that a major cause of most (but not all) wars is religion. Religion divides people into separate groups and tells them that they are incompatible with each other. It provides justification for the killing of others and the promise of reward for martyrs.

There are numerous examples of religious wars. Some of the main ones include the Crusades, Yugoslavia, Iraq, Afghanistan, The War On Terror, The Thirty Year War, Northern Ireland and the numerous religious wars of England and France (which culminated in the Saint Bartholomew Day Massacre). Continue reading “Religion As A Cause Of War”

If Jesus Died For Our Sins . . . How Did It Work?

The central belief of Christianity is that God sent his only son Jesus to die on the cross for us and by doing so freed the world from sin. But how does that work? How can, God, who does not have a physical form, have a son? How does Jesus’ death take away my sin? Especially as I had not even committed the sin at the time, nor had I even been born. How can one person save the whole world? If we are removed from sin, does that mean no one goes to Hell? Continue reading “If Jesus Died For Our Sins . . . How Did It Work?”

How I Became An Atheist

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”