Writing for the Gospel of Reason has been a great, great vent for the past few months. I’ve managed to flex my writing skills, and I honestly believe I’ve learned something in the process.
But along the way I’ve also tracked the development of my life philosophies. I’ve also made contact with a number of very interesting people who have been following the Gospel from the very start.
A lack of updates has worried me for a long time now. Quite simply put: It’s not a lack of content. I’m swimming in content. It’s a lack of time.
As summer draws to a close, a new stage in my life starts – with higher education just around the corner, I figured it would be good closure to draw the Gospel of Reason to a dignified end. I apologise profusely to those (few :P) faithful readers with their RSS antennae switched on constantly.
For those who have just stumbled upon the Gospel, allow me to highlight what I think are the main posts worth flipping through if you have the time.
Obviously, firstly there is the mission statement. These past few months, I’ve written the Gospel of Reason with a bunch of constraints and ethical guidelines in mind:
- Science in face of rhetoric
- Logic in face of emotion
- Honesty in face of manipulation
- Beauty in knowledge in face of fear in ignorance
As far as posts go, the Big kahuna, the numero uno in views, comments and headaches is: God Said Pi = 3.0 Stand By Your Beliefs Dammit. A damning critique of Biblical literalism takes on an oblique approach to the issue trying to get fundamentalists to undermine Mathematics with their beliefs according to a rather lax passage in the Bible. It spurred interesting comments, as well as mucho personal attack, from all sorts of sides.
On a similar ironic note is Westboro Baptist are going to Hell according to themselves, and here’s why. Attacking a fringe Christian fundamentalist group using rhetoric their leader might well use for other occasions. Once again, an attack on dogmatism and a post that, essentially, celebrates flexibility of thought – the antithesis of many, if not all, organised religions.
Filling the Gaps With Gods takes on the God of the Gaps idea, whereby Faith frantically grabs at holes in scientific knowledge to try and hold the fort from science just a little longer. In this sense, Faith really is a bit like an onion.
I tried my hand in the fallacies of Intelligent Design with You Want To Talk Design? I’m All Ears, which essentially just tried to show that there are, in fact, many demonstrable theories and hypotheses regarding the origins of the universe that do not need of a supernatural force or being to belittle the wonders of natural processes. The Scientific Method delves a little deeper into the subject of rationality, reason and evidence and why they’re superior to dogma, hardheadedness and faith.
This critique of the misnomer Creation Science continues with a visit to the research lab of some Creation Scientists as they investigate for their research grant project.
A Matter of Atheist Pride deals with coming out of the closet about one’s atheism, about being proud through hardship and through solidarity with fellow thinkers. Atheism will never become like an organised religion – it would be like herding cats. But through each freethinker there is a common thread of unification which can be very easily harnessed into pride and solidarity with a fellow atheist. Hot on the heels of the issue of pride is Keep Your Heritage Close, But Your Rationality Even Closer. Being a person of mixed origins myself, I’ve come to realise that I can partake in old family religious traditions with a clean conscience without actually believing anything about it. Being an atheist does not imply forgetting who you are or where you came from – it just rejects superstition from the equation.
And finally, to close this summary of what I consider to be the most entertaining writing is fittingly, a piece about death for an atheist. So, Nothing Happens When You Die? is best experienced with personal anecotes in mind (I hate to be arrogant about this but I really like this post 🙂 ).
With no further intention to be a pain in the ass to everyone, I thank everyone of my regular readers – they are too few to be named – especially those who’ve commented from the start and kept me going.
Those who wish to contact me may do so with the following email: . If I’m sufficiently interested I’ll give you my personal email after first contact. Of course, as has been mentioned already, I am more than willing to help out any projects anybody has in mind, podcasts, writing or whatever.
So, there it is. I thank everyone of my readers for making writing worth it.
Make of your life what feels right for you.
Ikkyu, the Zen master, was very clever even as a boy. His teacher had a precious teacup, a rare antique. Ikkyu happened to break this cup and was greatly perplexed. Hearing the footsteps of his teacher, he held the pieces of the cup behind him. When the master appeared, Ikkyu asked: “Why do people have to die?”
“This is natural,” explained the older man. “Everything has to die and has just so long to live.”
Ikkyu, producing the shattered cup, added: “It was time for your cup to die.”*
— Adrian C.