Crossbones TV Series: Pirates and the Devil Continued

In the PhD Thesis I'll finish one day, I make the connection between the rise of pirates, libertarianism and democracy with sacrilege and devil worship - not "real" devil worship of course, simply people who openly rebelled against the idea of God and aligned themselves openly with the politics of Satan. So I've been pleased to watch the sudden increase in pirate fascination... which I thought was running dry after the Pirates of the Caribbean movies ...

What is blasphemy, and is it worth it? Questions about life, faith and meaning on International Blasphemy Day

I started this blog about a decade ago, when I was young and bold and idealistic. I believed that everything should be challenged: especially beliefs that we hold dear, because they can be dangerous. Every idea, belief, and concept should be tested and either found strong and valuable, or weak and useless. Nothing should be prioritized over reason, pursuit of knowledge, Truth. But I've mellowed. Or you could say, I've been distracted. I still research and write what ...

The Poetry of Atheism: Emily Dickinson Celebrates International Blasphemy Day

Oops, it's 2:56AM here in Taiwan and I was just reminded that September 30th is International Blasphemy Day. Luckily, since most of the world is half a day behind, I still have time. I decided to celebrate by dusting off this post about Emily Dickinson I've been meaning to publish for about a year. It vexes me to see Christians and other religious people quote Emily Dickinson's Poetry in support of their faith, when she spent ...

Rational Response Squad

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I came across the "Rational Response Squad" a few months ago and dismissed them as a bunch of web-savvy teenagers hooked on the controversial power of atheism; however, they've just made national news on an NBC broadcast because of their "Blasphemy Challenge". If you send them a video of yourself denying God, they'll send you a free DVD of "The God Who Wasn't There", which is a documentary about the ahistorical Jesus Christ. I'm fascinated that ...