Atheism. Can Religion Justify Bullying Children? by Sean Faircloth. Food for The Eagle - Adam Savage's speech to Harvard Humanism Society. Good evening.
I hope you don't mind, but I'm going to read my speech from my new iPad. Yep. I'm not only a humanist, I'm also an early adopter. I want to start by saying that, to me, any discourse from me about how one can live a moral existence without religion or the church would sound improperly defensive. That there's an opposite to be defended is absurd and based on a provably false premise. (To be clear: I'm referring to the humanist axiom "Good without God," whereby "good" means morality. By what route does anyone come to believe what they believe? For me it was pretty simple.
Here are a few things I've learned. Prayer doesn't work because someone out there is listening, it works because someone in here is listening. See, I order my life by the same mechanism that I use to build things. I've concluded by this that someone is paying attention—I've concluded that it's me. I think one of the defining moments of adulthood is the realization that nobody's going to take care of you. Enda Kenny Speaks Out. This man is the Prime Minister of Ireland, a politician who has the courage to make a forthright statement - to a sparsley-attended session of the Parliament - a speech that has now been published and distributed world-wide, one that I hope you will all choose to view, as well.
Members of the Irish Parliament knew in advance that this speech was to be made; look at the empty seats they provided so that they might profess ignorance of the importance of this address...! A cowardly refuge... Enda Kenny is the epitome of all things that are the best of the Irish. In this speech, he shows his intelligence, astounding courage, decency, fairness, and eloquence. Now, readers of SWIFT will know that I do not share the honorable gentleman's religious views, but I stand with him when I find that he speaks out against any sort of child abuse, especially when it originates with those who we might expect to be trustworthy. Click on to experience this event. And weep, as I did. Trackback(0) Taoiseach Enda Kenny: Cloyne Report. The word God is the product of human weakness. In January of 1954, just a year before his death, Albert Einstein wrote the following letter to philosopher Erik Gutkind after reading his book, "Choose Life: The Biblical Call to Revolt," and made known his views on religion.
Apparently Einstein had only read the book due to repeated recommendation by their mutual friend Luitzen Egbertus Jan Brouwer. The letter was bought at auction in May 2008, for £170,000; unsurprisingly, one of the unsuccessful bidders was Richard Dawkins. Translated transcript follows. (Source: David Victor; Image: Albert Einstein, via.) Translated Transcript Princeton, 3. 1. 1954Dear Mr Gutkind,Inspired by Brouwer's repeated suggestion, I read a great deal in your book, and thank you very much for lending it to me. The Good Atheist. Atheist Alliance International. Common Sense Atheism.