I have been delinquent in my posting, so sorry. A long needed vacation got in the way.
Just before leaving for my vacation, I had some nice interaction with some family members about my atheism. I am very sure that most of you have already gone through this:
Why do you have to be so vocal about your atheism? Why don’t you just keep it to yourself?
No offense, I love you and my intention is not to offend you…I like many have my doubts, and sometimes I believe and sometimes I doubt.I respect that you’re an atheist and you are absolutely sure of your belief. But what I criticize and I see as even a little ridiculous is making atheism a religion, with lectures and symposia. All you need now is to start having Masses to Saint Atheist.
How do you like them cookies?
Nice double standard. I have to – and do – tolerate people wearing crosses, a star of David, an Om symbol or whatever symbol of religiosity, but I can’t wear my atheist bands or t-shirts without somebody bothering me. Good thing my Happy Humanist pins don’t cause any trouble. I must tolerate constant references to a deity, but one word of disbelief and I am being militant.
And well, I am loved and respected but I am ridiculous. But enough of that, on to the vacation.
By no means was I only lying on the beach and sipping on a nice cool drink.
I got a chance to read Testament: Memoir of the Thoughts and Sentiments of Jean Meslier and to start reading L’ Esprit De L‘Atheisme (The soul of atheism) by André Comte-Sponville. The first book I bought on my own accord and the second was a gift from a friend.
Meslier’s book is an interesting impeachment of religion with a dash of anti-monarchism, a pinch of animal rights and a touch of communism. It is probably the first book on atheism. A very interesting read although a bit repetitive. Meslier really wanted to get his message across.
I will get back to you on my thought of Comte-Sponville’s book when I finish it.
At lunch the very first day I came back to work, I got into an enjoyable discussion on some well-known topics:
You can’t have morality if you don’t have religion.
Hitler was an atheist.
I already have a previous post on the first one: Borrowed Morality and never have given the second much of a thought, although what I read in Mein Kampf depicts a Christian, but now I will have to read Ian Kershaw‘s books on Hitler. The third point is defenseless, homeopathy has no scientific backing. You might enjoy this 2009 article in Forbes or this one in The Lancet called Are the clinical effects of homeopathy placebo effects? Comparative study of placebo-controlled trials of homeopathy and allopathy .
Things got back to speed very soon after vacation time and that is just fine. How was your week?
See you next time.
P.S. The Hotel had a nice Nespresso bar so I was never without my daily dose of caffeine.