Monday highlights

I was crawling on the internet and came across some very interesting articles for Monday.

Is gender a social construct?

What is the future of religion?

Who knew

For one thing, many atheists are ignorant of the religion they criticize. They think about religion a lot, especially Christianity, but most of what they think they know about it is wrong. I realize that there are plenty of thoughtful atheists who harbor no ill will against believers and respect their beliefs. The trouble was I kept running into the other kind.

and when did argumentum populum become a valid argument? And just in case you don’t know it yet, there will be no atheists in 2050. The world will have become peaceful and prosperous.

And finally something on the enlightenment

About makagutu

As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

20 thoughts on “Monday highlights

  1. jeremiahmyer says:

    Very interesting. The comments were the best part in the atheist article. I’m a theist myself but not a christian. And really enjoy studying religion.

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  2. Arkenaten says:

    I would have put money on your quote being from David Robertson!

    How do these half-wits try to be atheist?
    You either beleive or you don’t.(Unless one is agnostic and I reckon that’s a bit of a cop out.)

    No atheists in 2050? That’s because the Enterprise is is going to take a spin around the sun, come back in time and take all the atheists to the future to 2051 when there are no Christians.


  3. renudepride says:

    There are many atheists who know very little about the beliefs they disbelieve. That much I realize. However, the believer who continuously encounters the atheists who are ignorant of her beliefs should perhaps broaden her horizons – get out and meet more people, period. No matter who they are!


  4. basenjibrian says:

    The bigger question is how many BELIEVERS know very much about their own religion? Beyond folk beliefs, community tropes, and the religious truisms from birth?

    How many Christians have a deep understanding of Islam that leads them to reject it in favor of their own religion? Or Buddhism? Hinduism? Heck, why do they reject cutting out still beating hearts and offering them to Blue Hummingbird on the Left? At least the Aztec gods doe not have an eternal hell, do they?

    Apologist arguments are just so…feeble. Why is it the duty of atheists to deeply understand the fantasies of the faithful, especially, as I note above, when they themselves have only a superficial understanding? And a conflicting one. Christians cannot even agree among themselves on very fundamental points!


    • makagutu says:

      The bigger question is how many BELIEVERS know very much about their own religion? Beyond folk beliefs, community tropes, and the religious truisms from birth

      We can bet, very few and we will not be wrong


  5. As an atheist, I LOVE religion! Theist babies make the best steak! 🙂 No atheists by 2050? Yeah. Right.


  6. “Some atheists are always congratulating themselves on being more educated and intelligent.” I like this statement made by this extremely intelligent post-writer. As an atheist, the only thing I claim to be “smarter” about is food prep and meal-making. Like I said, theist babies are DELICIOUS!! 🙂


    • Ya know, as I go through the comments on the site you mention here, the more I find theists to be smart, super duper intelligent, and, in a way, omnipotent. They can read minds, know the answers to the beginnings of the universe, and are able to tell me and other atheists all kinds of wonderful things about ourselves that we, ourselves, didn’t even know without having ever met us or knowing who in fuck’s name we are. Man, how can I obtain power like that!?

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    • makagutu says:

      “Some atheists are always congratulating themselves on being more educated and intelligent.”

      And one wonders what is wrong with this. There is no problem in blowing one’s horns. Why wait to die then people come to say that in your funeral when it really doesn’t matter to you?


  7. Ron says:

    “Is gender a social construct?”

    I don’t know, but an English gent named Sir Raymond Douglas Davies once opined:

    “Girls will be boys, and boys will be girls. It’s a mixed up, muddled up, shook up world, except for Lola.”


  8. Eric Alagan says:

    The man came upon a flea infested fakir.

    What are you doing?

    I’m meditating so that in my next life I will be born high and not return as a worm, said the fakir.

    The man ran away and spread the word. People in that country believe in reincarnation, he preached. If you do good, you return a high born. If you do bad, you return as a lower life form. That’s what they believe. Can you believe that?

    People scoffed at the religion The tale took off. In the modern world, they would say, it went viral.

    The fakir had a good laugh.


    • makagutu says:

      This is a good one Eric.
      Reminds me of the anecdote that religion began when the first con met the first idiot

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      • basenjibrian says:

        From my favorite strange existentialist detective show.

        Detective Thomas Papania: You figure it’s all a scam, huh? All them folks? They just wrong?

        Rust Cohle: Oh yeah! Been that way since one monkey looked at the sun and told the other monkey, “He said for you to give me your fucking share.” People… so goddamn frail they’d rather put a coin in the wishing well than buy dinner.


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