Why do Atheists ridicule religion and people of faith?

A post on Facebook started simply enough: If you think prayer can cure cancer, why didn't prayer prevent it? Did the tumors start growing the day you forgot to pray you wouldn't get cancer? I just don't understand the premise, nor the false comfort it seems to brings to those…

The Fool Story

My parents taught me that I was God's creation and that I was loved unconditionally by Him. They told me that the Bible was God's Word and that it was perfect (something the Bible conveniently states about itself). They made it clear that all things good come from God, that…

Religion is based primarily upon fear

Image credit:Jeremy Fenske Art "Religion is based primarily upon fear. It is partly the terror of the unknown and partly as the wish to feel that you have a kind of elder brother who will stand by you in all your troubles and disputes. Fear of the mysterious, fear…

The "New Atheists" are not what you think

When most people think of the New Atheists they think of Hitchens and quasi-militants. However, the title New Atheists belongs to a different group of people. Richard Haynes of Atheist Nexus wrote an amazing post on who that group is, and provided seven clarifications of these newer atheists – all of…

False Hope

Some of the simplest and shortest sayings that people use in U.S. culture are actually overly complicated and philosophically wrong. They're used to comfort those who are anxious or emotionally stressed, much like the religious institutions they are connected to. Take for example the saying, "everything happens for a…

Ignorance

I was thinking about ignorance today. I realized – I doubt for the first time – that ignorance is not just one thing. There are different types of ignorance. Different reasons and circumstances for why people experience ignorance. Incapable of knowing ignorance Some people are ignorant, because their life circumstance doesn't permit…