Atheism

Drawing the Battlelines

The ideals of true religion are the only power capable of arresting the social cancer that is Corporatism and it achieves this a number of ways. True religion destroys fear; more specifically, it destroys the fear of death. Furthermore, it seeks to dissolve our attachment to material things – thereby freeing us to live lives…

Spirituality and Religion

I have always found the link between both these concepts – or more correctly realities, as we do find them “alive and kicking” as it were in our daily lives through our encounters with them – most interesting and worthy of reflection. Quite obviously, then, they are usually overlapping areas of our experience. Indeed, some…

Spirituality and Compassion

We are all very much a work in progress. It is a lifetime’s journey to come to terms with life and to get a grasp on what it might mean for us to play our particular part in its unfolding drama. As we age, we grow in experience and in wisdom – or at least,…

Nationwide Survey Reveals Surprising Facts About Irish Student Attitudes Towards Religion

PRESS RELEASE                               13/08/2013 66% of students surveyed don’t believe that religion makes the world a better place. Only 37.5% state that they believe in God. 83.5% believe abortion should be allowed in Ireland A student-focused survey conducted by Youth Research experts, The Student Marketing Network, has uncovered some very interesting statistics regarding Irish students and…

Atheism and Me: Living in a godless universe

Hey there, Spiritualinis! In this installment of my series of posts on Atheism and Me, I’ll be addressing something I’ve heard a lot from folks of a more religious or spiritual persuasion. Namely, how on earth I manage to keep myself sane and happy in a universe without gods. It (and I’m paraphrasing here) tends…

Atheism and me: a brief history

This is the first part of a series originally posted a few months ago over on my personal blog.  For a while now, I’ve wanted to write about atheism and me- how I became an atheist, why I am an atheist, what is important to me about atheism, and how I relate as an atheist…

Atheism and religion: it’s all in the axioms

I’m an atheist. I don’t believe in any gods or supernatural beings or occurrences. As far as I can tell, we live in a wholly natural world. But while my atheism is important and informs many of my perspectives, I don’t see it as an essential part of my basic worldview. It’s merely a conclusion…

Irish Faith Groups give evidence to Health Committee on Abortion

Yesterday a number of the main faith groups in Ireland gave evidence to the Oireachtas (Irish Parliament) Joint Committee on Health and Children. It was holding Public Hearings on the Implementation of the Government Decision following the publication of the Expert Group Report into matters relating to A, B, C, vs Ireland at the European Court of…

Calls for Separation Between Church and State Following Savita Death, But Could There Be Benefit For All

Atheist Ireland has this week been calling for an immediate separation between the church and the state following the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar. They have been holding a series of public meetings around Ireland to highlight the issue and to raise awareness of the plight faced by victims of laws on blasphemy.

These calls for a Separation Between Church and State is not only being call by Atheist Ireland but a Rainbow Coalition of secular groups. However if a Secular State was voted in Ireland could there be mutual benefits for all?

Spiritual but Not Religiously Inclined

I am not a religious person, and I’m most certainly not spiritual either. Both of these statements get me into trouble in polite society, especially when they are coupled. Apparently I’m not the only one, as anybody who has used an online dating service will readily testify. Typically, these web sites allow you to specify your religious beliefs (and to express a preference for the religious beliefs of your prospective dates). Try simply checking the “atheist” box (if there actually is one), and you’ll be waiting a long time for your matches. But if you describe yourself as “spiritual but not religious” your chances are markedly improved (though the problem now is that you’ll see a lot of new agey types showing up in your inbox). Why?

David Cameron says UK is a Christian country “and we should not be afraid to say so”

David Cameron has said Britain is a “Christian country” and “we should not be afraid to say so”, as he marked 400 years of the King James Bible. The British Prime Minister said the Bible has helped to give Britain values and morals which “we should actively stand up and defend”. And he also criticised the idea of “moral neutrality”, saying: “You can’t fight something with nothing”.

No 2 Religion, Yes 2 Faith

I recently heard about Frank Raj Blogs in the Washington Times; No 2 Religion, Yes 2 Faith where he merely expresses an opinions of the differences between Faith and Religion and the benefits to having an individual expression of practicing your faith and not to be stigmatized by owing  allegiances to one Religion. Following publication, the…

Census and Religion

On April 10th every household in Ireland is obliged to fill out a census form. One of the questions asked in each census is on religious affiliation. The results of this can be very interesting. Such as can be seen from the 2006 census reports. In 2006 there were 3,681,446 Roman Catholics 125,585 members of the Church…