The Heathen’s Guide to World Religions

You have to read this book:

The Heathen’s Guide to World Religions:  A secular history of the One True Faiths by William Hopper

[I think the newest version is called the New World Order version which is the one I have.]

Seriously hilarious throughout and yet really, really informative at the same time.  My family kept wondering what I was laughing out loud about!  I learned a lot about the major world religions and had a blast doing it.

The only unfortunate thing is that there are quite a few typos and editing issues.  It’s too bad because the book is amazing and deserves better.  But don’t let that deter you from reading it!

After you read a book like this it’s easy to see why us atheists just laugh and toss all the religions out the window.  It really shines a light on the absurdity of it all.

These aren’t quotes from the book, but are some that came to my mind regarding studying world religions:

“Study one religion and you’ll be hooked for life.  Study two religions, and you’re done in an hour.”  (from here)

“Each of those churches show certain books, which they call revelation, or the word of God. The Jews say, that their word of God was given by God to Moses, face to face; the Christians say, that their word of God came by divine inspiration: and the Turks say, that their word of God (the Koran) was brought by an angel from Heaven. Each of those churches accuse the other of unbelief; and for my own part, I disbelieve them all.” – Thomas Paine, Age of Reason, Part 1

“We are all atheists about most of the gods that societies have ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.” Richard Dawkins

[FYI:  Here's the book's website:  http://heathensguide.com/]

The Brain and the Law

How will we handle criminals as we learn more about the brain?  I was discussing this issue with my husband the other day so I was thrilled to come across this video.  It’s 34 minutes long but well worth watching if this topic interests you (and it should!)

 

via Philosophy Monkey

Dan Savage Discusses the Bible and Homosexuality

Meant to post this the other day when it first came out, but here it is for anyone who hasn’t seen it yet.

[nsfw]

 

Here is the Friendly Atheist post that discusses the background and context of the video.

Atheists/Agnostics and Compassion

I’d love to hear your thoughts on these findings:

Religious People Less Driven by Compassion Than Are Atheists and Agnostics, Study Says

via The Good Atheist on Facebook

see also: http://thegoodatheist.com/

Abortion (non) Debate in Canada

Thought you might be interested to see how a Canadian politician’s attempt to start debating the abortion issue in Canada was received (even from his own party):

MP’s Denounce Motion to Study When Life Begins

I can actually understand where the anti-abortion people are coming from.  They believe they need to stand up for a life that can’t speak for itself.  But what should they do with this conviction that they are passionate about?  I think if someone is against abortion/pro-life then there are many areas where they could focus their time and effort.  Some ideas?  Help promote better sex education and contraception availablity.  Maybe help support the adoption system or services that help young mothers.  But to try to legislate that every woman needs to follow your views on this issue and to turn those who disagree into criminals is the wrong approach.  And obviously it’s not going to get anywhere here in Canada.

Doing Good … Without God

via Atheist Media Blog

 

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Not-Too-Upsetting Guide to the Down-There Parts

Here’s a post from The Friendly Atheist: Heading Into The Man Cave

The video makes fun of men for not knowing this stuff but I honestly don’t think most women do either.

But a person running for PRESIDENT not knowing it?  I don’t follow U.S. politics much but …. are you freakin’ serious???  Are you trying to go back to the stone age??  How are you going to remain a world power when this is the kind of thing you are spending your time, money, and resources on?  Sad and scary.