Articles Filed Under: Religion

  • Islam and the West: Engineering Hate
  • It has happened many times - someone somewhere has a deep religious experience. Others hear about it and want the same thing for themselves. They start discussion groups. Which grow. As they grow, group leaders are formed. The person who had the deep insight dies, much to the relief of group leaders who are now free to make things up. They start liking the feeling of power which being bearers of t Read More...

  • Religious Fanaticism is a means of controlling the rabble
  • In the mid 19th Century Emil Durkheim wrote a seminal work concerning what felt was an increasingly anti-bourgeoisie attitude among the working class. He noted that it would be useful for the bourgeoisie to control this group, lest they rebel or attack their masters. Read More...

  • The Buddha never taught Buddhism
  • Unlike JesusDid Jesus Actually Exist? Probably not), there is ample historical evidence that Siddhārtha Gautama c. 563-483 BCE, later called the Buddha, did indeed exist. He was a prince, a married man, and a father. As a youth he began to see that while his own lot in life was one of ease and enjoyment, for almost everyone else life was filled with suffering. He could not reconcile his riches and Read More...

  • Oprahism is Capitalism’s Religion
  • Oprahism [1] is an increasingly dominant religion in many western countries. Sadly it epitomises the avaricious secularisation of spiritual pursuit prevalent in the United States. But due to that country’s influence, Oprahism has now spread throughout the world. It is a religion founded upon surface analysis, disdain for detailed knowledge, and greed masked as ’spiritual growth’. Read More...

  • Did a Huckster Create your Religion?
  • A pragmatic fallacy occurs when something is presented as true simply because it appears to have a positive effect [9]  [9] More formally stated, the pragmatic fallacy infers a semantic property of an expression through use of that expression.. It is important because it is a basic strategy of all hucksters, whether religious, newage, pseudo-advaita, or whatever the flavour of the month is used to Read More...

  • Did Jesus Actually Exist? Probably not
  • Yet Dr. MacCulloch takes it for granted that a person named Jesus existed, despite the complete lack of non-apocryphal evidence. I am less convinced. In fact it is highly unlikely that Jesus ever existed, other than in the minds of the propagandists for a new anti-Roman cult writing hundreds of years after Jesus’ supposed birth. In Roman records from that time, there is no mention of the governor Read More...

  • Did Irenaus begin Christian Censorship?
  • Saul of Tarsus (later canonised under the Roman cognomen, Paul [11]  [11] If Jesus existed (unlikely - see Did Jesus Actually Exist? Probably not ), then Paul never met him. Rather he appeared to be interested in things other, such as power and gaining position in the Roman world.) founded the Christian Church through a series of Epistles. Saul was a violent man whom many scholars believe suffered Read More...

  • Christianity - millenia of darkness
  • By now Christianity had deteriorated from the hope and joy present in some of the earliest Gnostic Gospels to a hard, callous, petty, and above all, very wealthy political institution. This Church - so very far from its founder’s teachings - carried on the fine tradition of censorship and restriction of learning. Read More...

  • Is the Catholic Church a Fraud?
  • Fast forward now to the 1940s. In the small German town of Traunstein, a young woman named Elizabeth Lohner refused to join in the Nazi programs then being forced upon the German people [3]. Instead, she chose to be a conscientious objector to the horrors perpetrated by the Nazi state. For her courage, her honour, and her morality, she was arrested and sent to the Dashau concentration camp [ibid, Read More...

  • Was Mother Teresa a Fraud?
  • In 1910 Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu was born to a relatively wealthy family [1] in Skopje, Macedonia. As a privileged child she was well educated, taught music, and had access to the arts and culture [ibid, 2]. Read More...