The Devout Rationalist

Self-Loathing Atheists?

Recently, a blogger for one of our local newspapers wrote a curious article in which he publicly "came out" as an atheist. The first few paragraphs are a perfectly common statement of this fact, and seem to demonstrate a rather balanced and rational attitude toward his own lack of faith in a god. read more>>>

Interview With The Deity

I randomly found the strangest essay the other day. It's about an Atheist who meets god, on a train, and gets the chance to ask a few questions.

It starts out:

I met god the other day.

I know what you’re thinking. How the hell did you know it was god? read more>>>

Awakening

For some time now, I've had thoughts rolling around in my head on how to boil down my position on critical thinking into a "mission statement of the mind", if you will. Last night, in a fit of sleeplessness, I started to feel productive, and I realized I'd found an apt analogy! I think I finally found the right words to make the whole thing hang together. read more>>>

No, I'm not angry at god!

I'm pretty much a digital boy. I live a significant portion of my life online, as an active member of several online communities besides this one. Because of this, I put a great deal of effort into customizing my presence in those communities to reflect my personality and attitudes as much as possible. This includes my position as a naturalist, i.e. rejection of the supernatural. read more>>>

Evolution Versus Creationism: A Moot Point?

Of late, I've been seeing lots of Jesus/Darwin/Evolution/Truth/Crazy-ass Religious Nut fish on my morning commute. While I have to admit I enjoyed the humor, until I was overexposed to the whole thing, I still can't grasp why there's an argument in the first place!

Any way you slice it, evolution and creation are one in the same, whether you believe in a god or not. read more>>>

Meditation, Without the Metaphysics

Meditation is the basis for a lot of the activities involved with religion and other supernatural belief systems. Because of this, many rationalists look down on it and consider it metaphysical hogwash like crystal healing or homeopathy. However, this is guilt by association, and not a well considered viewpoint for a critical thinker. 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.