Firebrand Atheists Unite

I am a firebrand atheist roughly understood as outspoken atheism which for most who don’t know is in contrast with quiet personal atheism or atheist accommodationism. “Accommodationist” atheists are those who frown upon outspoken atheism or atheists who publicly attack gods or religious beliefs, most especially because they think people have the right to religious beliefs and believe firebrand atheism risks alienating so called open-minded liberal and moderate religious people, hinder support for separation of church and state, or other crucial matters of public policy. To the thought of “accommodationism” atheist, I just say “NO” as I am a firebrand atheist and that is not to be against others choice of atheists styles. It is just my style and one I champion. According to an atheist philosopher Daniel Fincke “Anti-Accommodationism” is pro-philosophy. Anyway, I oppose anything even like religion including atheist church but that’s just me. Some with the accommodationist approach seem to champion religious freedom while not extending this believed equality to outspoken atheism as I have been chastised by such atheist accommodationists many times and thus there are those using this accommodationism in regards to the separation of church and state opposes the separationist approach which has been dominant in the courts. According to accommodationists, the First Amendment should be read much more narrowly than it has been in recent years. Some go so far as to argue that the First Amendment prohibits the government from doing nothing other than creating a National Church and everything else is permitted. Some “accommodationist” atheist may prefer to be “semi-accommodationist” only okay with opposition to the bad stuff religion does....

Unacknowledged Buddhism: Gods, Savior, Demons, Rebirth, Heavens, Hells, and Terrorism

Let’s get this out of the way buddhism is a religion; some call it a philosophy, ok, it’s a religion with a philosophy. Dharmic religions are basically Indian, with the main religions being Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism and Ayyavazhi. These religions are similar in core beliefs, modes of worship and associated practices, which are a result of their common history of origin and mutual influence. The earliest of these religions was the Vedic religion, which lasted more or less from 1500 to 500 BCE. The main four Dharmic faiths have similar thoughts of karma, dharma, samsara, moksha and Yoga. These terms are perceived as slightly different within each religion, but Rama is a heroic figure in all these religions. These religions share many similar rituals and ideas on sacrifices although they are doe or understood for many different reasons. similar rituals and ideas on sacrifices from a better reincarnation in buddhism “rebirth”, special wishes, rites concerned with medicine, healing practices, charms, and sorcery both white as well as black magic. The domestic rituals, which dealt with the rites of passage from conception to death and beyond. Supernaturalism in Buddhism | By Jay N. Forrest   Buddhism began in the age of myth and magic, in a world that believed in an invisible supernatural realm that was filled with gods, angels, demons, and ghosts. In this age, miracles were common and shamans did extraordinary signs and wonders. It was a time where the mind was given to superstition and magical thinking. Buddhism was not immune to this. It is reported in The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha, that the Buddha to be, “passed away from the Tusita...

Single God Religions (Monotheism) = Man-o-theism

Single God Religions (Monotheism)    “could almost be called Man-o-theism”   Why I say Monotheism could almost be called Manotheism is because almost all Monotheistic religions happen to have a male god and almost as often are also male centric. Probably the three oldest Monotheism commonly known are probably are ancient Egypt Atenism, Northeast Iran or Southwest Afghanistan Zoroastrianism and Israelite Judaism all having male gods.   Then Hinduism’s version found in the Bhagavad Gita also having male god. Then Christianity monotheism the god is also a male god. Then Islam monotheism the god is also a male god. Then Sikhism monotheism the god is described as neither male nor female however the Guru Granth consistently refers to God as He, even in English. He is also predominantly referred to as Father. Then Bahá’í Faith monotheism the god is also a male god.   The classic religions of Greece and Rome were in the main purely polytheistic, but in later times tendencies arose, partly stimulated by philosophy and later also by Judaism and Christianity, toward inclusive monotheism. The hymn to Zeus (male god) by the Stoic philosopher Cleanthes (c. 330–c. 230 bce) is the best-known document of this process. It praises Zeus as the essence of divinity in all gods, creator and ruler of the cosmos, omnipotent, the giver of every gift, and the father of humanity.   http://www.britannica.com/topic/monotheism https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monotheism https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gender_of_God_in_Sikhism https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God_in_the_Bah%C3%A1%27%C3%AD_Faith Humans seem to have a need to mythicized?   It is interesting how many people act like there is only one god myth in the world. They must not realize the concept is more varied then races...

Discussions on Agnosticism and Atheism

Discussions on Agnosticism and Atheism Which is more reasonable, Atheism or Theism? Atheism is more reasonable as it is only holding to the proven naturalism confirmed by science. Whereas, theism puts forth faith, magical thinking and stories about the history of the world, who’s beliefs either don’t match or are debunked by the proven naturalism confirmed by science. To value faith as a means to know reality or the truth or something, is a mental weakness of wanting one’s beliefs about reality to matter more than the actual reality. Faith in relation of truth is at best just wishful emotions over rational understanding. The Empty God Box In scientific terms a “LACK OF EVIDENCE” is/can be proof of non-existence. As with all things as new evidence is discovered views can change. I can prove something does not exist by its lack of existence, the box is empty? Is a box empty? I can prove god is not in the box, but some say I can never prove the box is empty. But is it right to say the god Box is never empty even if we remove its needed contents. It’s an exercise in rhetoric with what we do know to say the god Box is not empty of all evidence and reason thus all it can be is empty of validity. And still today people say empty god boxes are possibly not empty? The god Box is, was, and will always “LACK OF EVIDENCE” thus empty proving the god concepts non-existence. Think I am wrong then you go and keep looking or trying to empty that already empty...

Similarity in Shamanism?

Is there a similarity in shamanism and/or invention of nature magic / deities?   Maybe not, but there is interesting looking similarities.   1. First is “The Sorcerer” cave art shaman, 14,000–13,000 years ago, (France)   *Certain scholars question the validity of the sketch, claiming that modern photographs do not show the famous antlers. However, “The Sorcerer” is composed of both charcoal drawings and etching within the stone itself. Details, such as etching, are often difficult to view from photographs due to their size and the quality of the light source. Prominent French prehistorian Jean Clottes asserts that the sketch is accurate (‘I have seen it myself perhaps 20 times over the years’).   2. Next, is a female shaman, 9,000-8,500 years ago, (Germany).   3. Then, “Shiva Pashupati” Indus Valley Civilization (Indian) Shamanism 4,600–3,900 years ago   4. Then “Gundestrup cauldron” European (found in Denmark, made in Bulgaria or Romania) Shamanism 2,200–1,700 years ago   5. Then, in 1692 is the earliest known depiction of a Siberian shaman, (Samoyedic- and Tungusic-speaking peoples).   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sorcerer_(cave_art) http://www.ancient.eu/image/361/ http://www.spectator.co.uk/2015/09/the-british-museums-celtic-masterpieces-arent-celtic-but-they-are-fabulous/...