Sunday, July 13, 2014

Questions I can't answer, apparently

1. How Did You Become an Atheist?

As soon as I started to question the Christianity I was brought up in, it all seemed to fall apart and make no sense to me whatsoever. I was confirmed, but I knew at the time I didn't believe.

2. What happens when we die? 

Our bodies rot and there is nothing, just like before we were born. We live on in the memories of our loved ones, in our actions good & bad and how they affect others, and in our descendants.

3. What if you’re wrong? And there is a Heaven? And there is a HELL! 

Then won't I be sorry! Lol.

4. Without God, where do you get your morality from? 

God's morality seems all about testing people to breaking point and demanding worship of him over decency. Reciprocal altruism and not actually wanting to harm others works for me.

5. If there is no God, can we do what we want? Are we free to murder and rape? While good deeds are unrewarded? 

That's why we have laws. God only offers reward/punishment in the unknowable afterlife, human law attempts to rectify badness in the here and now where we can see. Good deeds tend to be rewarded by acknowledgment by the people around you. Plus it's nice to be nice and not expect medals for it, but just do it anyway.

6. If there is no god, how does your life have any meaning? 

It has meaning in the love of my family and friends, in the sunshine, in the laughter.

7. Where did the universe come from? 

Big Bang.

8. What about miracles? What all the people who claim to have a connection with Jesus? What about those who claim to have seen saints or angels?

Lots of people believe odd things. What about people who've seen aliens and been rectally probed?

9. What’s your view of Dawkins, Hitchens and Harris?

They're all arses in some ways and interesting in other ways, like most people.

10. If there is no God, then why does every society have a religion?

If there's god, why aren't all the religions the same?

Hat/tip Pharyngula.


I saw this rainbow shortly after I got the news of my godmother's death. It was very unexpected. The death, not the rainbow.

It was a busy funeral, the church was filled, the over-flow room had to be used. Afterwards there was tea & cakes in the church hall, which was so full it was unbearable.

It was lovely to see my extended family, although in such shocking and sad circumstances.