Nevyn O'Kane is a History and Philosophy major at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. Married with no children (ever) to a beautiful intelligent woman, he is a frequently scathing (thus less often published) comment writer. An atheist with pagan tendencies, primary issues include state and church separation, animal rights, gay rights, social injustice, and a woman's right to choose. Professional goals include a professorship in Philosophy of Religion, and continued journalistic contributions.
"If there is a special Hell for atheists and other nonbelievers, I shall never fear for my comfort. I am in good company in my disbelief."
Coming to a theatre near you: a little reminder of the effects of faith.
Misogyny in the Bible, "the stillborn child of a 2000-year-old flesh-mongering creed."
In a recent article in The Leaf Chronicle, Jim Monday, with the help of the Barna Research Group, manages to paint a surreal picture of the State and Church separation issue that is a sad reflection of the overall misconceptions often found on the far right.
"'Atheist.' You can almost hear the thunder rolling in the background. Just in the last few days, I've seen 'atheist' written in ways that indicate that the word represents a menacing entity--or even something supernatural. This seems to tell me that 'atheist' and 'atheism' are not only terms commonly misunderstood, but also words outside normal, acceptable, rational speech."
What better to teach, in a science class, than the science of "intelligent" design? What better way is there to expose the fraud of ID than to begin by enlightening our children to its factual emptiness? What educator would not relish this opportunity to inform?
A scathing indictment of Oxford theology professor Alister McGrath's (mis)understanding of atheism.
O'Kane argues that even if a punishing god were to exist, it would remain a logical and ethical necessity to behave as if it did not, that to succumb to such a being would be a moral failure, and that the only moral course of action would be nonbelief and the acceptance of damnation--"in essence, the virtuous must all 'go to hell.'"
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