Prayer: a Useless Action Some Wrongly Think is Useful

prayer often is used as a self-serving tool. In fact, many times, I have had prayer used against me as a threat and the ones who are threat or force praying against me believe by doing it supports their position in superiority and truth. Why would a religionist/fideist threat or force pray for as an atheist? Force pray or force prayer is telling someone you know who does not want you to pray for them or does not believe in prayer and you say, “I will pray for you” against their will and is a put down or a threat to demonstrate their power over your will. This is something common that christians do to atheists when the christian thinks they have lost the argument. Usually, they will perform a force pray claim at the atheist, which is made as a means of getting in the last word or having the upper hand rather than any true form of care. Instead of the “Force Pray” for me as an atheist, why make this threat, if it is a believed good deed then make it mean something and why not instead pray for the innocent suffering children of the world? You know the ones, the loving god you believe in, will do nothing to save the children from rape, abuse, starvation, and death. I mean, if your imaginary god does not give a shit about innocent suffering children of the world, why would it matter, if you put in a good word on my behalf. What is it with your ridiculous faith in prayer? Even prayer on your behalf to...

Liberal, Progressive, and Leftist

I am an Axiological Leftist, I would consider myself to be a eclectic  liberal, progressive, and leftist. I will define what I mean by those terms.   Liberal: Not limited to or by established, traditional, orthodox, or authoritarian attitudes, views, or dogmas; free from bigotry. as a political philosophy or worldview founded on ideas of liberty and equality, the belief that liberalism should include social justice and that the legitimate role of the government includes addressing issues such as unemployment, health care, education, and the expansion of civil rights.   Progressive: In politics are political positions or activities that strive for societal improvement. Proceeding in steps; continuing steadily by increments: progressive change and promoting or favoring progress toward better conditions or new policies, ideas, or methods.   Leftist: Belief in or support of the tenets of the political left. In politics are political positions or activities that accept or support social equality, often in opposition to social hierarchy and social inequality. It typically involves a concern for those in society who are perceived as disadvantaged relative to others and an assumption that there are unjustified inequalities that need to be reduced or abolished. Leftist is a widening family of movements, socialism, anarchism, mutualism, minarchism, left-libertarianism, feminist, civil rights, child rights, LGBT rights, mental health rights, anti-war, and environmental movements, Etc. Check out my Facebook political page: Axiological Leftist For more info on my axiological thinking: http://damienmarieathope.com/2015/10/20/axiological-leftist/ For more info on my political thinking: http://damienmarieathope.com/2015/09/14/a-challenge-to-my-democratic-political-thinking/ For more info on axiological “value” thinking: http://damienmarieathope.com/2015/08/05/value-blindness-gives-rise-to-sociopathic-evil/ More on Me Here is more on who I am if your interested: I am an Axiological Atheist, Antitheist,...

Categories and Versions of Humanism

I am going to propose a few different categories and versions of humanism broke into connecting classes. The first category is positive humanism or just humanism. The second category is neutral humanism or relative/less positive humanism. The third category is anti-humanism or negative humanism. The three versions of humanism found in each categories are relatively the same but expressed in very different ways. The first humanism is open to all humans religious or nonreligious humanism. (positive humanism) The second is ideological humanism. Not connected to secularism or religion. (positive humanism, neutral humanism or relative/less positive humanism) The third is secular humanism is open to those who are nontheistic and or nonreligious. (positive humanism) Religious Humanism? Religious relation to humanism can be thought of in three categories as well depending on use or nonuse by the religionist often motivated for or against depending how they express or experience their belief or religion. The first positive humanism, can be a factor if the religionist sees humanism as part of their belief status or a religious requirement to be humanistic. (positive humanism) The second neutral humanism, can be a factor if the religionist believes one is only required to be humanistic to those who follow, support or are not against their belief status or religion. (neutral humanism or relative/less positive humanism) The third anti-humanism can be a factor if the religionist believes humans are only meaningful in the relationship to suit the needs of god(s) or religion. (anti-humanism or negative...

Theists and Atheists as well as Agnostics?

Allowing that magical thinking or the possibility of magical thinking being real is clearly not supported by any facts in reality. Thus, it is just more a social engineering “indoctrinated belief” connected to learned magical thinking supernaturalism and/or superstitionism. When asked whether they believe in the existence of one or more Gods and/or Goddesses, Theists will say yes; strong Atheists will say no. Agnostics will say I don’t know or often cannot give a straight “Yes” or “No” answer but are still either classified as either Weak Theism or Weak Atheism as it’s a belief question and no mater how one tries to add or subtract other things the main issue still is, “do you believe in theism” if the answer is anything but yes or some variant of maybe yes then it’s a no; thus one is an atheist as all it takes is a lack of believing theism but it can be disbelief even a beliefs there is no god. Agnostics might respond with one of the following (Weak Theism or Weak Atheism): Weak Theism (Agnostic) Weak Theism: Yes, a god(s) and/or goddess(es) exists though I am not sure or don’t know about god(s) and/or goddess(es) at this time. Weak Theism: Yes, a god(s) and/or goddess(es) exists. However, we have no possibility or certainty of knowing anything about God, now or in the future. Weak Theism: I think that a god(s) and/or goddess(es) exists, but have no proof. Weak Theism: I think so, but cannot be positive that a god(s) and/or goddess(es) exists. Weak Theism: I don’t know but will lead my life assuming that a god(s)...