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Faith and Fear

“To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.” —Thomas Aquinas “Faith means not wanting to know what is true.” —Friedrich Nietzsche “Whachu talkin’ bout, Aquinas?” “Anybody who has been seriously engaged in scientific work of any kind realizes that over the entrance to the gates ofmore »

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Pantheism for Dummies (I mean

Oh, Rush. You’ve done it again. One could build a fairly comprehensive and accurate dictionary just by taking the definitions you give to words that you don’t understand, and writing the opposite. A recent victim of your linguistic vericide was “pantheism.” To refresh your memory, here are some quotes from The Rush Limbaugh Show, amore »

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Reasons

There are millions of reasons to be an atheist –go back twenty-five years in linear time and I’ll tell you most of them– but they don’t add up to the one reason not to be: the love of God. The most ambiguous phrase ever spoken, a perfect void of meaning, you say? Empty as amore »

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The Beforedeath and Afterlife of Joe Self

A fellow named “Joe Self” recently asked the Biopantheism Facebook group about our thoughts on an afterlife. Here’s what I wrote to Joe Self: Before trying to determine what happens to us in the afterlife, I suspect, we need to be very clear about what we are in the beforedeath. You can think of Joemore »

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Pantheism: Not Just “Sexed-Up Atheism” Anymore

Are you bored of the endless debate between evolutionists and creationists, theists and atheists? Not sure which is more ridiculous: Hollywood’s War on Religion or Hollywood’s War on Unbelievers? Did the whole “Ham on Nye” charade leave you shaking your head, wondering how we got into this dichotomous mess and what a third voice would soundmore »

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Carl Sagan on ‘Alternative Facts’

Following a dispute over inauguration crowd size, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer rebutted the press, referring to “alternative facts.” The Twitterverse lit up in response. One very popular meme now making the rounds is this quote from Carl Sagan, taken from his 1995 book, “The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark”: “Science ismore »

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Death and Compost

I’m signed up with an organization that will collect my body, when I’m no longer using it, and use it for scientific purposes.  My family won’t have to worry about body disposal.  They can do a memorial for me, if and when and how they wish.  Of  course, I’ll be leaving very specific instructions andmore »

Prayer, meditation, and the nature of being conscious.

Recently I’ve been involved in several threads (and debates) based on such ideas and decided to write a short note to help keep my thoughts on the topic(s) in memorandum. In defense of the above meme (yes, I thrive on being offered the chance to play the devil’s advocate!), I have claimed that no one,more »

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Quit Thinking So Much

The ability to reason well is a gift, but like politics on Facebook, it’s easy to get stuck in an echo chamber of our own making. As Alan Watts points out, quieting our mind is essential to avoiding vicious circles.

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The Forever All

There is the All. The All is everything and every thing is of the All. It is a divine system with clockwork-like precision and order, which we are all a part of. It is the ultimate body, the ultimate mind, and the ultimate spirit. It is not the created, nor is it the destructible. Itmore »

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