Dan Ferrisi, an atheist who was raised Roman Catholic, explores religion's intersection with science and philosophy. A trade magazine editor working in the technology field, Ferrisi authors the blog My Case Against God under the pseudonym The Jolly Nihilist.
Although Dan Ferrisi was born into a 100% Roman Catholic family, he eventually came to deplore religion as a pernicious influence on the species. This is the story of his journey from Catholicism to atheism.
Nearly every religion asserts that human beings possess a soul or immaterial eternal essence, a "ghost in the machine" that animates our flesh. However, this extraordinary assertion is backed by essentially no hard, scientific evidence. Science makes it quite clear that the brain is the place in which one's personality, character and memory are stored. Only one conclusion can be drawn from the available scientific evidence: "Mind" is merely a self-organized emergent property of matter.
"Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens are among the most intellectually formidable, witty and persuasive atheists currently writing. Although Harris tends to attack theism from a philosophical standpoint, and Hitchens prefers consulting history and using religions' own texts against them, both have elegantly articulated a sound, unanswerable argument against Christianity (and every other religion currently vying for adherents among people who ought to know better). I shall call it The Argument from Mundanity."
Hitting hard, Ferrisi--born into a 100% Roman Catholic family--explains the main reasons that he completely rejects Christianity.
"Let me be succinct and clear: prayer is a useless exercise, undertaken by those who, in a fit of childish delusion, believe they can effect change in the real world by falling to their knees and murmuring to themselves. These people, oftentimes adults who have been properly educated and who can function in day-to-day society quite serviceably, are under the distinctly infantile impression that muttering under their breath can affect the outcome of some circumstance in which they have a stake, emotional or otherwise."
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