Toward a Naturalistic (Atheistic) Worldview

(Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, etc.)


The New Yorker, May 10, 2004, The Back Page, by Lee Lorenz:

Lee Lorenz

In the universe, as we know it today, there is no mystery that will not in the end be explained by physics and chemistry.

If you hold to a naturalistic worldview free of supernatural and mystical elements (Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, reincarnation, Allah, the Devil, God, the soul, or kismet) then The, the Secular Web, EvoWiki, the Humanist, or the Secular Humanists may be for you.

Is God willing to prevent Evil but not able? Then He is not omnipotent.
Is He able but not willing? Then He is malevolent.
Is He both able and willing? Then whence cometh Evil?
Is He neither able nor willing? Then why call Him God?
Epicurus, 341-270 BC

The American Humanist Association's Definition of Humanism: "Humanism is a rational philosophy informed by science, inspired by art, and motivated by compassion. Affirming the dignity of each human being, it supports the maximization of individual liberty and opportunity consonant with social and planetary responsibility. It advocates the extension of participatory democracty and the expansion of open society, standing for human rights and social justice. Free of supernaturalism, it recognizes human beings as a part of nature and holds that values -- be they religious, ethical, social or political -- have their source in human nature, experience and culture. Humanism thus derives the goals of life from human need and interest rather than from theological or ideological abstractions, and asserts that humanity must take responsibility for its own destiny."

"The way to see by Faith is to shut the eye of Reason."

-Benjamin Franklin (Poor Richard, 1758)

The Freedom From Religion Foundation

FFRF's radio show "from the secular point of view" now to be carried nationally once a week by
Air America Radio!

"When one person suffers from a delusion, it is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion, it is called Religion."

-R.M. Pirsig, "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance"

Richard Dawkins
"The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil and no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference." (River out of Eden, Basic Books, Harper Collins, 1995)

Further observations, books, videos by Richard Dawkins: on evolution/religion, "Intelligent Design", on the events of 09/11/01, and more generally at the Richard Dawkins website. and The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science.

Time for we Atheists to Come Out of the Closet!
Wear the "Scarlet Letter"!
Out Campaign

"Blasphemy is a victimless crime."

-Richard Dawkins

God Button
Order a 1-in. God Button, $2.00:
Dr. Craig Venter- of The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR)
As reported in the Economist (Dec.4th, 2004):
"...Making a bacterium (or, at least, the genome of a bacterium) would be one of the last nails in the coffin of vitalism- the curiously persistent idea that there is something more to biology than mere physics and chemistry.
...How long it will take to make a synthetic bacterial genome remains to be seen, though an announcement could come sometime next year."

There is no greater evil than to inculcate blind faith upon the mind of a child.

Paul Krugman, of the New York Times.
Has something to say about the religious right in America today.

"A free man has no need of God".

-V. Nabokov

Sam Harris
Faith and Madness: An excerpt from the newly published "The End of Faith".
Also by Sam Harris: "An Atheist Manifesto", and an interview with Sam Harris.

"People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share yours with them".

-Dave Barry

Dave Armstrong
A vast compendium of articles and essays on Agnosticism, Atheism, Humanism, & Secularism

Don't Pray in my School, and I won't Think in your Church.

-Bumper sticker

Hypotheses and Theories
Some musings on the validity of hypotheses.

"I contend that we are both atheists.
I just believe in one fewer god[s] than you do.
When you [come to] understand why you dismiss all [gods other than your own], you will understand why I dismiss yours".

-Stephen F. Roberts

W. Somerset Maugham, novelist.
An excerpt from "Of Human Bondage" on the meaning of life.

"Nobody with a sense of humor ever founded a religion."

-Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-99)

Robert G. Ingersoll, "The Great Agnostic".
His creed.

"God is the immemorial refuge of the incompetent, the helpless, the miserable.
They find not only sanctuary in His arms, but also a kind of superiority, soothing to their macerated egos; He will set them above their betters."

-H. L. Mencken

"Can you name one moral action, or moral utterance, performed or spoken by a believer that could not have been performed or spoken by an atheist?

-Christopher Hitchens

"Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion."

-Stephen Weinberg

Dinner Fish

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