Birth, Death, and Other Trivialities

  Religions worldwide primarily concern themselves with an attempt to answer 2 questions: 1. Where did we come from? 2. What happens after we die? These are universal concerns for humanity, and questions that are difficult to answer when we are being honest with ourselves. Our obsession with birth and death are justified; they are the two most important things that will happen to you in your lifetime. The question of what lies on either...

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4 Questions For An Atheist

Later this week I have been asked by Deakin University to sit for an interview for them to use as content for their “World Religions” course. During the interview I will be asked 4 questions, and if my answers are any good, my words will be used as a voice for atheism in the course itself. Quite a daunting task, and since my voice will be used as representation of atheism and atheists in the world at large, I thought it might be a...

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The Volcano

  Imagine standing on the edge of a 200 metre precipice of sandy black ash and rock, looking down while below you all the furies of hell are roiling in a tumult of noise and light, occasional red embers float up, seemingly in slow motion out from the pit. The ground rumbles, and smoke billows forward from the hole. A flash and a bang and suddenly orange molten rocks are spat out, the earth gushing hundreds of metres into the air...

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The Strange Case Of The Honour Killing Debate

  The Festival of Dangerous IdeasĀ is not your run-of-the-mill festival. In its 6th year, the idea of the festival is for people to freely speak their minds, and in an accepting, but challenging, public environment. The FODI website describes the festival thus: “Over one weekend, leading thinkers and culture creators from around the world will take to the stage to bring contentious ideas to the fore and challenge mainstream...

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Fruit as a Sexual Metaphor in Religious Writings

  In my previous post, “Why Are Religions Obsessed With Sex?” I raised the idea that the fruit in the Garden of Eden was a metaphor for the act of sex and sexual congress, and I was questioned about this link, being informed that the readers had never seen any translation of the bible that made this connection. I had heard this metaphor referred to a few times, neglected to give any links or examples of this connection and its...

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Why are Religions Obsessed With Sex?

  If a person were to read a religious text such as the bible or Qur’an with no preconception of what the books contained or what the religions that are based on these texts are like, you could be forgiven for thinking that, apart from praising god or Allah, the most important thing to people on earth is control over sex. From the opening moments in the Garden of Eden, where god creates man first, then woman as an afterthought, the...

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