Man makes religion; it does not make man

Published Otago Daily Times, 30 October 2009 In a Faith and Reason column, published in the past few months in the Otago Daily Times, the writer – a pastor – started his discourse on religion by quoting Karl Marx as saying “Religion is the opiate of the people”. The problem is this quote is, strictly …

Religion is nonsense

As a non-expert citizen, my basic claim is this: Religion is nonsense. Often it is dangerous nonsense.

The late American writer Kurt Vonnegut observed “say what you will about the sweet miracle of unquestioning faith. I consider the capacity for it terrifying.” I agree.

The common religious belief in a “supreme being” is a psychological and social construction.

Religion is made up, an invention given credibility simply because a lot of people agree with it.

Hard to find that groove when the right cramp your style

For the middle of winter, we’ve enjoyed some clear, peaceful days at Warrington. However, I haven’t been able to enjoy my walks along the beach because of the screeds of ugly, fascistic junk that seems to be filling the media in recent days. I sometimes wish that I could just ‘turn off’ and ignore the …