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Lovely article, Greta, but I hope you don't read the comments over there. They always seem pretty, well, dumb (with a few exceptions, of course). Anyway, another job well done despite that!

Derek K. Miller

I've had stage 4 metastatic cancer for three years now. I've been facing death in my cancer foxhole every day, and if anything, my situation has reinforced my naturalistic view of the world, since it forced me to think about it more.

Jack Rawlinson

Touching The Void is a marvellous film. And this section is relevant to the topic.


I agree with Kyorosuke: I can't bring myself to click over to alternet, the comments make my brain hurt.


I understand the atheistic objection to the concept of an anthropomorphic being raised on a pedestal to be treated by dim-witted supplicants as if superior and all powerful. History is replete with examples of religious dominance of populations which I won't list here.

For thinking persons, only two outcomes to the extensive examination of religion are possible: creating obtuse and illogical arguments to justify the unverifiable, or coming to a complete rejection of the mindless mysticism.

Religion is all about preventing thinking as a means of enabling totalitarian control by a small group of a larger population, and thinking persons cannot remain mentally idle until instructed by the self-appointed mystics on what ritual to recite. Empirical observation blows the myths that the religions all must maintain to keep their followers right out of the sky, provided one uses one's brain for thinking and not for out-of-control emotionalism. Most thinking persons who are secure in themselves as to their place in the universe cannot abide such external domination and will discard it at the first opportunity.



This is one of many symptoms of a common attitude among many theists (not all, of course) - that they know what's really in my mind (and I don't).

Some of them manage to pull off this amazing feat from thousands of miles away, without ever having met me.

"Knowing" how I will respond in a situation they've never observed me responding to (but which I have observed myself responding to) is just one of them.

Yet apparently I'm the arrogant one...

John H.

When my father was dying of cancer four years ago, my mother expressed her own non-belief. (It was a surprise.) I've been a non-believer for quite a while, now. None of us turned to any kind of god for "relief" in our hours of need. We were, and have always been, on our own, and as hard as that seems to bear, sometimes, that's actually a relief in itself.

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