i love atheism

Children should never be forced into a religion. When I have children I will not be “imposing” atheism on them in any way. I will firstly teach them love, compassion, and kindness. I will teach them to be peaceful, tolerant, understanding of others, and very importantly, progressive and open to change. Then I would give them the opportunity to explore different religions, by providing books, other sources for them to gain information from, and answering questions when I can based on what I know. I would leave their choice of religion to them, and if my children choose to become Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, or a member of any other religion because they explored it for themselves and came to the conclusion that it is the right choice for them, then I fully support and respect that.

I believe in science, I believe in evolution. I believe in Nate Silver and Neil deGrasse Tyson and Christopher Hitchens, although I do admit, he could be kind of an asshole.

I cannot get behind some supreme being who weighs in on the Tony Awards while a million people get whacked with machetes.

I don’t believe a million Indians are going to hell, I don’t think we get cancer to learn life lessons, and I don’t believe people die young because God needs another angel.

I think it’s just bullshit and on some level, we all know that. I mean, don’t you?

—  Piper Chapman // S1 E12

How religion is discussed in Critical Role pleases me so, so much.

Keyleth is wonderful, and Pike is wonderful.  And Vax is wonderful.

Religion is kind of my jam, and I love the range of atheism to fervor among the characters.  I know it’s not for everyone, I know that these discussions are sensitive for a lot of people no matter where they fall on the spectrum.

A lot of people probably don’t tune in for that aspect of Critical Role, but among the friendships and the battles (and yes, the ships)… the past couple episodes have really hit me in my own personal sweet spot.  So much so that I wasn’t sure about tagging this, and then I decided, no, no it had to be tagged.

Because it’s important to me, even if I can’t articulate exactly why.

Do you think someday all of us who are atheists now will be hipsters?

Like in 100 years or so (if we’re still alive) when science has squashed the life out of the religions of our time, and most people are atheists, do you think we’ll have to put up with a bunch of snotty little teenagers coming up to us and going “man this Christopher Hitchens/ Richard Dawkins/ Sam Harris/ etc guy was really awesome!  Have you heard of him?!?!”  And we’ll all have to just face palm and deal with it?  That’s gonna be like the best annoying thing ever.

An atheist reads the Holy Books: Part 1, The Torah

Decided it was time for me to bite the bullet and read the Torah, Bible (yes I know the Torah is in there), and the Qur'an.  These are the pillars of monotheism, and I’m going to see what has so many people fooled first hand.  I’m fairly familiar with the layout of them after years of debating, but I want the real thing.

My Jewish friend lent me her Jewish Bible (“don’t let it touch the ground!!!”), so I’m digging in tonight.  I wanted a real Jewish Bible, not the Christian version.  I plan on cross checking them when I get to the Bible.  I need to know why these books cause people to think they way they do.  Wars have been fought because of the pages in my hands.  There will be a whole list of things I’ll have questions about, and expect some posts poking fun at the whole thing.  Time to “see the light!”  

-Ryan

EDIT: I’ve invoked a bit of wrath from some religious people.  I care very little for your pathetic little insults (I have no friends?  The hurt is just too real!).  They’re actually amusing me.  Get angry if you wish over my laughing at the strange customs religions have, but it’s funny that people honestly think womankind come from a rib, or that everything in existence was made in a week.  I’m not interested in religious apologetic bullshit either, so keep it to yourself.  I’m reading it as is.  It’s kind of sad: I usually find Jews to be a bit more composed and well spoken than their Christian cousins, but apparently I was mistaken.  Seems it’s not just Jesus fans that freak out whenever their way of life meets criticism.   

Also, please keep in mind I am in no way trying to offend people of Jewish ethnicity.  Plently of people are proud to be of Jewish decent and not of the faith.  I don’t care about the color of your skin or the features of your face, only the dogmas you live by and how it affects other humans.    

Do you have a 'God-Shaped Hole' in your life?

This is something I’ve been hearing a bit about lately.  Some atheists claim that even though they have left their religion and don’t miss the religion, they do miss the comfort of having God there as a constant source of support.  They feel an emptiness where there was once a sort of relationship.  Now, I myself don’t have this hole in my life.  I decided young that God was probably not real, and just got on with life.  Never really had the urge to lean on God or anything other than the people I love.  But then again I wasn’t one of those people brought up with religion crammed down their throat.  

But I’m interested to know if some of you out there do have this feeling of loss or emptiness.  How do you fill it?  Has it lessened with time?  Do you think you are better off without God and religion?  Is it natural to feel loss about something like God or religion?  Drop me an ask or submit a response, I’m all ears.  (:  

-Ryan