On Atheism


“Atheist is really a term we do not need; in the same way we do not need a word for someone who is not an astrologer. We don’t have websites for non-astrologers, there are no groups for non-astrologers, nobody wakes up in the morning with the need to remind himself that he is not an astrologer.”

– Sam Harris

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2 thoughts on “On Atheism

  1. “Truth does not demand belief. Scientists do not join hands every Sunday, singing, yes, gravity is real! I will have faith! I will be strong! I believe in my heart that what goes up, up, up, must come down, down, down. Amen! If they did, we would think they were pretty insecure about it.”
    — Dan Barker —

  2. The Acts Seminar was a Westar Institute sequel to the Jesus Seminar. It met between March 2000 and March 2011. It was, “charged with the task to develop methods for determining the reliability of Acts and produce a comprehensive guide to Acts as history.

    The Seminar concluded:
    # The Acts narrative is worthless as history of first century Christianity, but quite informative as history of second century Christianity;
    # it provides us no reason to believe that Christianity began in Jerusalem — the Jerusalem centre of the faith was a myth created for second century ideological reasons;
    # some of its characters are fictional and their names symbolic;
    # Acts was created as a type of Christian “epic” (coherent and literary throughout, not a patchwork quilt of diverse sources) and as such, we have reasons to believe, is no more historical than Homer’s or Virgil’s epics;
    # the author did, indeed, know of the letters of Paul, and since the commonly-held assertion has been that The Acts serve as confirmation of Paul’s epistles, that can no longer be the assumption, as Acts, to a degree, was actually based on those letters.

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