Category Archives: myth and metaphor

The Sunday Assembly: church without God

I first heard about the Sunday Assembly (dubbed the “atheist church”) in the news earlier this year. Taking the form of a church service, it is a communal celebration of life (without any reference to a deity), aiming to help … Continue reading

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And so it goes with God

“I told you two stories that account for the 227 days in between.” “Yes, you did.” “Neither explains the sinking of the Tsimtsum.” “That’s right.” “Neither makes a factual difference to you.” “That’s true.” “You can’t prove which story is … Continue reading

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Suffering and the need for a good story

A few years ago, one of the big things that stopped me believing in an underlying purpose and intention in our existence (i.e. that the universe was created by some kind of a god) had to do with suffering. I’ve … Continue reading

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Naturalism: is it just another story?

I posted an article by Mike Young, “Living with Theological Diversity” over a year ago and I thought I would post it again. It is about seeing theology (and atheology!) as language. Seeing it as a model rather than reality; … Continue reading

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What is this here to teach me?

Every failure, every crisis, every difficult time I say “what is this here to teach me?” As soon as you get the lesson you get to move on. If you really get the lesson you pass and you don’t have … Continue reading

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Skepticism and the benefits of faith

A Unitarian friend of mine wondered recently: is there a way to get the good stuff from religion without being religious? This article – on the positive placebo effect some superstitions deliver – made me think about it again. Are … Continue reading

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Critical realists

During the Edinburgh Festival season I went to hear Richard Holloway give a talk on religion and modern society. He remarked humorously, and in beautiful Scottish intonations, that “religion’s a very shouty thing”. Because of course, we don’t need to … Continue reading

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Meaning is a fluid thing

I think suffering poses a big problem to philosophies that make life meaningful by absolutising “goodness”. Human morality is based on avoiding harm, and a harmful world simply cannot be designed by a God who shares that morality. We can … Continue reading

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Non-believing clergy

A friend sent me this interesting article on non-believing clergy. It’s quite long, but well worth a read, touching on some profound subjects. It expresses, better than I have done, how we have manipulated the concept of God over the … Continue reading

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Atheist

“God” is a term which, over time, has diversified in its meaning so much that it remains possible to find a definition that allows anyone to avoid being an atheist. 😀 Religious baggage can mean that terms like “atheist” evoke … Continue reading

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