Category: Religion

Excerpts from The Devil’s Dictionary

Today’s Our Periodic Pasta consists of a few select entries from The Devil’s Dictionary, by Ambrose Bierce: Evangelist: A bearer of good tidings, particularly such as assure us of our own salvation and the damnation of our neighbours. Infidel: In New York, one who does not believe in the Christian religion; in Constantinople, one who

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Evidence and Indoctrination

Today’s Our Periodic Pasta: “The vast majority of personal religious beliefs can be accurately predicted based solely on the beliefs of one’s parents or the culture one is raised in…Religionists should ask themselves, ‘Are my religious beliefs based on rationality and evidence or indoctrination?”‘    – John Bice Related articles Disambiguating Faith: How Religious Beliefs Become

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Matt Berry: Faith as Fatigue

Today’s Our Periodic Pasta: “Faith is the fatigue resulting from the attempt to preserve God’s integrity instead of one’s own.”     –Matt Berry

Dan Barker on Salvation

Today’s Our Periodic Pasta: “You believe in a book that has talking animals, wizards, witches, demons, sticks turning into snakes, food falling from the sky, people walking on water, and all sorts of magical, absurd and primitive stories, and you say that we [non-theists] are the ones that need help?”    –Dan Barker Related articles Atheists

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Robert A. Baker on Being ‘Pre-prayered’

Today’s Our Periodic Pasta: “What happens when the same number of people pray for something as pray against it? How does God decide whose prayer to answer?…This spring when a small Kentucky town won the State High School Girl’s Basketball crown, the town’s newspaper, as well as the largest newspaper in Kentucky, gave credit for

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God’s Omniscience: Religion’s Ultimate Cop-Out

“It doesn’t matter what the particular problem is for a person’s faith. Having an omniscient God concept solves it. It could be the intractable and unanswerable problem of ubiquitous suffering; or how a man could be 100% God and 100% man without anything leftover, or left out; or how the death of a man on a cross saves us from sins; or why God’s failure to better communicate led to massive bloodshed between Christians themselves. It just doesn’t matter. God is omniscient. He knows why. He knows best. Therefore punting to God’s omniscience makes faith pretty much unfalsifiable, which allows believers to disregard what reason tells them by ignoring the probabilities.” (link)

Kurt Baier on Life’s Purpose

Today’s Our Periodic Pasta: “I suspect that many who reject the scientific outlook…confusedly think that if the scientific world picture is true, then their lives must be futile because…man has no purpose given him from without. These people mistakenly conclude that there can be no purpose in life because there is no purpose of life;

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Divine Guidance

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Today’s Our Periodic Pasta:

“I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.”

Susan B. Anthony

Behind Closed Doors

Today’s Our Periodic Pasta: “Christian Fundamentalism: The doctrine (in part) that there is an absolutely powerful, infinitely knowledgeable, universe-spanning entity that is deeply and personally concerned about my sex life.” -Anonymous Related articles Dr. Marlene Winell – Religious Trauma Syndrome ( Do You Close Your Bedroom Door at Night? (


Sir David Attenborough on the Wonderful Creation of Parasitic Worms

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Today’s Our Periodic Pasta:

“I don’t know [why we’re here]. People sometimes say to me, ‘Why don’t you admit that the humming bird, the butterfly, the Bird of Paradise are proof of the wonderful things produced by Creation?’ And I always say, well, when you say that, you’ve also got to think of a little boy sitting on a river bank, like here, in West Africa, that’s got a little worm, a living organism, in his eye and boring through the eyeball and is slowly turning him blind. The Creator God that you believe in, presumably, also made that little worm. Now I personally find that difficult to accommodate…”

Sir David Attenborough