About

This blog started out as a place where I could situate my ideas. I then realized, my ideas are invariably anti-religious. The more I think about religion, in and of itself, the more I want to vomit. Contrarily, as an ex-Christian, I am a biblical scholar of which, I spend vast amounts of time thinking about…religion, of all things. I feel there is a need for this. Society has to get past the religion debacle. I want to be a part of this social growth; I want to contribute to the bringing of humans into the world of reality and truth, even it can only be done from this blog, for now.

I’ve read many of the arguments that Atheists use, science and evolution, etc. I try to think about these continually, yet for me, as a literary scholar currently in graduate school, I stick with the text. I find religious texts both amazing and useful in pointing out the fact, that religion is based on written words, written by men with great rhetorical skills. Close reading of religious texts tells much, and that is what I hope to do. I know it’s offensive to pick apart a believer’s dearly beloved text — I realize that; but that’s all we have, and it has to be done, on an ongoing basis, so that the shift towards a society centered in realism can prevail and the people of the future will realize, religion is centered in the historic advent of myth making.

On this blog: All forms of commentary are welcomed and published.

19 Responses to About

  1. Mike says:

    I like it when most Atheists have open comments and do not require moderations as most believers do so that they can filter comments on subjects that challenge their beliefs

    • SoundEagle says:

      SoundEagle would like to beg your pardon, because for some reason, the previous comment seems to be repeated. Please feel free to delete the previous and keep this one as follows:
      Hi phtasmagoria,

      Hello! How do you do? SoundEagle hopes that you would not mind long comments, and would like to congratulate you on creating a blog “to get past the religion debacle …. to contribute to the bringing of humans into the world of reality and truth.”

      It is very unfortunate that too often even those who claim to believe in and adopt the scientific method still cherrypick the data and refuse to examine contrary evidences. They fail to understand and address many valid points, perspectives, domains and dimensions, and hence it is impossible for them to evaluate and change their standpoints, approaches and behaviours. You might have heard of this quote:

      For those who do believe, no proof is necessary.
      For those who don’t, no proof is possible.

      All in all, it is important for, and also courageous and admirable of, us to confront these sensitive and polarising issues amidst social prejudice, ignorance and bigotry, to have lived an examined life, and to be inquisitive and open-minded, such that “On this blog: All forms of commentary are welcomed and published.” Perhaps some of us could take comfort in the fact that in recent years, the Catholic Church has had to accept evolution, though on a theistic basis.

      For one of the most recent takes on atheism, visit http://www.thesixwaysofatheism.com.

      As for the pitfalls and fallacies of the design argument, visit the following:
      http://www.iep.utm.edu/design/
      http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/evolution/intelligent-design-trial.html

      It has been estimated that if evolution (both macro and micro) were wrong then more than 99% of all scientific disciplines would be wrong too due to the high degree of cross-collaborations and confluences of data. That is not (just) my claim; and it is from some scientists who have made the interconnections and stocktaking of disciplines and knowledges. When creationists try to debunk certain parts and/or the whole of evolutionists or evolutionary scientists, they have cited certain problems with some scientific claims and/or techniques which rely on or are founded on mathematics, measurements, instruments, various disciplines and so on in very interconnected ways, and have been reliably used for a long time. For example, many instruments rely on the veracity and reliability of quantum mechanics, electronics and electrical engineering, which in turn rely on other disciplines such as physics, mechanical engineering, optics and so on . . . . It is a very highly interconnected web.

      By “cross-collaborations” (whether by design or by accident, whether independently or co-dependently, and whether concurrently or not), I meant the cumulative results, benefits and synergies from the convergence of evidence from diverse disciplines and researchers who may or may not be collaborating and/or aware of each other’s findings and activities in the first place; and I also meant that research(ers) on/in evolution and evolutionary sciences have relied and benefited, both directly and indirectly, fertilizations, findings, paradigms and techniques from diverse disciplines. Let me quote Michael Shermer from his essay entitled “A skeptic’s journey for truth in science” as further examples:

      To be fair, not all claims are subject to laboratory experiments and statistical tests. Many historical and inferential sciences require nuanced analyses of data and a convergence of evidence from multiple lines of inquiry that point to an unmistakable conclusion. Just as detectives employ the convergence of evidence technique to deduce who most likely committed a crime, scientists employ the method to determine the likeliest explanation for a particular phenomenon. Cosmologists reconstruct the history of the universe by integrating data from cosmology, astronomy, astrophysics, spectroscopy, general relativity and quantum mechanics. Geologists reconstruct the history of Earth through a convergence of evidence from geology, geophysics and geochemistry. Archaeologists piece together the history of a civilization from pollen grains, kitchen middens, potshards, tools, works of art, written sources and other site-specific artifacts. Climate scientists prove anthropogenic global warming from the environmental sciences, planetary geology, geophysics, glaciology, meteorology, chemistry, biology, ecology, among other disciplines. Evolutionary biologists uncover the history of life on Earth from geology, paleontology, botany, zoology, biogeography, comparative anatomy and physiology, genetics, and so on.

      Thank you for introducing yourself with such candour! Happy June to you!

  2. phtasmagoria says:

    Freedom of speech is a golden opportunity that should not be repressed by any side of an issue. In addition, comments most likely to be censored are often the things that say the most.

    Thank you…and feel free to say what you like.

  3. Arkenaten says:

    Excellent. And I applaud your comment policy.

  4. makagutu says:

    Am in and I like your comment policy

  5. LEjames says:

    makagutu…so good to have you here.

  6. Charity says:

    LEjames,

    How ya’ doing? I like your approach. I tend to go right to scripture myself when dealing with Christians. The mistake that Atheists/Agnostics tend to make is the same old argument about evidence and evolution. The first person I came out to after 14 to 15 months of being an atheist was a Messianic Jew. She began to attack my moral compass (Hey Christians, that’s a dumb ass argument for non-believers.). Without thinking about her background, I started in on Father Abraham in Genesis and how the Bible is not a standard for morality. I told her about how he raped his wife’s slave, got her pregnant then kicked her and their son out a decade later with NOTHING while he was super rich. I let her know that it didn’t even seem to phase God at all and Abraham got away with it. Of course, she didn’t consider that rape. Yeah, I think that friendship is pretty much dead now.

    • LEjames says:

      Precisely. Biblical text is a phenomenon of its socio-cultural context. The story of Abraham and his concubines is a wonderful contrast to our modern understanding of the treatment of women. In fact, it wasn’t even until the late-1970s that America began to realize and properly address the issue of single mothers.

      As I see it, the Bible belongs to and speaks to an era that is long gone. It has evolved into a prime fit for study at university.

      Thank you kindly for visiting!

  7. Alice says:

    How long were you a Christian?

    • LEjames says:

      The range in which I could have been labeled a “Christian” falls into about the last three years of a twenty year magical thinking span.

      Why do you ask?

      • Alice says:

        I’ve been reading a lot of atheist’s sites and saw that you were an ex-Christian and was just curious.

        What do you mean by magical thinking?

  8. LEjames says:

    Hi Alice,

    Ah I see, that mode of curiosity we all love and adore. As to your question here, I would classify magical thinking as any cognitive process that requires a measure of acceptance as to the possibility of the supernatural.

  9. Daniel Digby says:

    Love your picture at the top of the big red ball. It’s ever so much prettier in color.

  10. Thanks for stopping by my blog and for the like. I see 4 of my favorite bloggers here, Mak, John, Ark and Charity. Though Charity no longer has an active blog she still comments from time to time. I haven’t seen you around the blogosphere—don’t recognize the name. Nice to meet you and i look forward to reading more of your blog.

    “The more I think about religion, in and of itself, the more I want to vomit.”

    Ditto. I deconverted 10 years ago. Never looked back.

    • LEjames says:

      Hi There (Victoria?),

      I created this blog in a few seconds way back when my thought directions were all over the place. Since I affirmed myself as a committed Atheist, I started posting my thoughts, but I’m not sure the heading picture and title relate very well now. At the very least, I’m finally comfortable with my gravatar. : P

      At any rate, your blog is a thing of beauty and I love it. And the thing about using WordPress is that if I’m flying through the blogosphere, with little to no time to comment, you can always rely on a “like” from this blogger.

      Thank You!

      • LE, thank you for your kind words regarding my blog. I changed up the theme a few times and the header until it felt right. No doubt there will be future changes as my blog evolves. Hope you have a great weekend. :)

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