Posts tagged Religion

Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.

Alain de Botton's TED Talk “Atheism 2.0

"What aspects of religion should atheists (respectfully) adopt? Alain de Botton suggests a ‘religion for atheists’ - call it Atheism 2.0 - that incorporates religious forms and traditions to satisfy our human need for connection, ritual and transcendence."

An introduction to the ideas explored further in his recent book “Religion for Atheists”.

Douglas Adams (1952-2001) on “The Origin of God”

Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality. When we recognize our place in an immensity of light‐years and in the passage of ages, when we grasp the intricacy, beauty, and subtlety of life, then that soaring feeling, that sense of elation and humility combined, is surely spiritual. So are our emotions in the presence of great art or music or literature, or acts of exemplary selfless courage such as those of Mohandas Gandhi or Martin Luther King, Jr. The notion that science and spirituality are somehow mutually exclusive does a disservice to both.
I couldn’t care less how we got here; what concerns me, given that we are here, is what will we do?
The Quaker Testimonies
The Religious Society of Friends (also know as the Quakers) has long welcomed Atheists, Agnostics, Humanists and Freethinkers as part of its community, and now has significant numbers of non-theist members.
Central to the Quaker way of life are the testimonies of peace, equality, simplicity and integrity (aka truth).

The Quaker Testimonies

The Religious Society of Friends (also know as the Quakers) has long welcomed Atheists, Agnostics, Humanists and Freethinkers as part of its community, and now has significant numbers of non-theist members.

Central to the Quaker way of life are the testimonies of peace, equality, simplicity and integrity (aka truth).

Video tribute to Christopher Hitchens (1949-2011), by The Thinking Atheist.

Finishes with one of my favourite Hitchens speech extracts.