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Science Makes Good On Religion’s Lofty Promises

Science Makes Good On Religion’s Lofty Promises

By David G. McAfee

For thousands of years, religions have been making promises they can’t fulfill. From the claim that prayer can heal the sick to the promise we can live forever after death, religions offer the world to those filled with wishful thoughts, but provide little more than the occasional inspirational word. Scientific discoveries, however, have begun to fill that void and make good on many of religion’s seemingly impossible offers.

An afterlife is something that most religions advertise, in one way or another. Because we have knowledge of our own impending death, humans are susceptible to this type of belief.  But believing doesn’t make it so… and to date there’s not a shred of evidence to support any idea of life after death. But, industrial designer Gerard Moline has come up with a way to combine that romantic notion with reality. Continue reading

Ode to Reality

We walked on the moon, minds cannot bend spoons;
No one can foretell whether or not the end will come soon.
Psychics can’t read minds and crop circles aren’t signs;
You can’t tell a person’s future by looking at their hand or its lines.
Gods don’t talk to men or otherwise intervene;
And no one can tell the future, not even in dreams.
Crystals don’t heal and Big Foot isn’t real;
Prayer doesn’t affect outcomes, regardless of how it makes you feel.
Personality types aren’t determined by month of birth;
And aliens, if they exist, have likely never visited earth.
The real world is beautiful, there’s no need for more;
Don’t cling to conspiracies or religion or folklore.

Why Atheists Need to Understand the Bible- A Response to My Critics

Why Atheists Need to Understand the Bible

By David G. McAfee

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            Religionists have two primary ways of spreading doctrine: heredity (the passing of religious customs from generation to generation) and formal outward conversion (door-to-door and conversational peddling of religion). Regardless of which religion is being practiced, there are various cited cases of conversion and indoctrination of children- it is clear, however, that the latter is a more effective tactic in the expansion of a belief system. Each religion (at least all successful ones) has a built-in form of reward and punishment system that ensures- to a high probability- that the beliefs and practices are passed successfully from parent to child. Continue reading