The Devout Rationalist

Exciting news! The Reason Rally

Something amazing is happening! A startlingly large number of freethought, atheist, humanist and skeptic organizations are working together to create what has the potential to be the largest secular celebration in history!

On March 24th of 2012, thousands will attend The Reason Rally on the Mall in Washington DC. From the website: read more>>>

Create Your Own Religion!

Recently, on a forum I frequent, I was challenged to create a religion from scratch that had as much logic and evidence to back it up as, say, Islam, Christianity, etc. read more>>>

Open-mindedness

Every critical thinker has has this maddening experience. Someone tells you something that seems unlikely, so you point out a logical contradiction or alternate explanation, and you are told "You need to have a more open mind". read more>>>

Why Is There Religion?

I've gotten several emails recently, ranting about how some version of religious faith *must* be right at some level, because all human societies develop one. While I don't generally like to directly oppose people's belief systems, this seems to be a really flawed argument on several levels, so I thought I'd address it here. read more>>>

It's just misunderstood, really...

So a facebook friend of mine posted a link to this article, detailing the story of a 14 year-old girl who was gagged, beaten, and raped by a man in her village. The rapist's wife intervened, and did so by further beating the poor child and complaining to her imam. read more>>>

Why Live?

One of the websites I contribute to, asktheatheists.com, is bombarded with a surprisingly large number of earnest questions from religious folk looking for greater understanding (and a fair number of cynical "sneaky evangelist" questions, too, but those are usually squashed pretty quickly!). read more>>>

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About the Author

Despite a decade of Catholic school, I have never been a believer. I guess I was just born without the gene! Nevertheless, I've always tried to explore others' ideas and practices, on the theory that just because you can't use one part of a product, it doesn't mean you have to throw the whole thing away.
 
I spent over a decade traveling the world, and I've lived in both Europe and the US. I've read the Bible, the Bhagavad Gita, and the Koran. I've studied engineering, yoga, martial arts, shooting sports, and ballroom dancing. What I've discovered is that a) spirituality is just a spooky sounding word for any of a number of methods for learning about yourself and your mind, and b) whatever word you use, doing so is the single most important thing in learning to be happy.
 
My blog, The Passionate Rationalist (http://www.societyofreason.com/devoutrationalist) is dedicated to my thoughts both on gaining self-knowledge and using your mind to eliminate misunderstanding and delusion.