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It's Not About Blame

What is the purpose of blame? If someone done something wrong, is it more important to fix it or to find out who did it? I had a boss who was notorious for finding who was to blame for even the most trivial of things. Someone had to be blamed and it drove him crazy when he couldn't find a person to blame. Then, there's the case where there was a miscommunication between people and something went wrong and instead of fixing the problem first guess what happens? All people involved are focusing in

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Friendships Vs Invisible Institutions

In a post I made recently I talked about this interesting phenomenon in relationships that I noticed here in Australia and how people seem to quite happy to limit their relationships with people in the context of the situation that they know them. Whether it be work, school or some kind of recreational activity it was there that the relationship was formed and ultimately stayed. It was quite rare for people to extend this into a full relationship that didn't know limits. For someone like me who

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Why I Am Probably Unsuited For Academia

Though I am in seriously early stages of my education, I tend to think far ahead about where I want to go and what I want to be and that leads me to the title of my blog post. Though I am technically a 'leftist' I am actually so close to the center that a 'real leftist' may mistake me for a conservative or worse but that's beside the point. Anyways, the main reasons I believe I am unsuited for academia are simple. I am not a conformist, I am not a die hard liberal and I am certainly not politica

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Reading 'the Prince'

The Prince is a relatively short text that wouldn't take more than an hour or two to read for most. Most of it is what I would perceive to be common knowledge (but it has a couple of interesting points I'll dive into momentarily). It's far more interesting reading up on those who were influenced by the text itself. From royalty across Europe, to the US founding fathers to the Italian-American mob bosses.   Essentially the text describes what someone in power should do in order to ensure they

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Don’T Care, Don’T Understand: Ultimately The Results Are The Same.

I think the greatest annoyance I have with people (and as a result, leads me to misanthropy) is the fact that if you’re not “normal” you’re an annoyance to them. People give others very little leeway when it comes to what others are going through and struggling with.   If however they are not completely heartless they’re brainless and do not comprehend even on an intellectual level what one is going through and what effects it has on them and what steps they can take to help the individual or

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Fundamentalism And Bigotry

This video makes me think of everything I hate about fundamentalism. In its extreme forms it just turns to bigotry. I find it extremely funny though, mostly because I am so shocked that people can be that bigoted and also because it sounds so incredibly crazy. For some reason it has made a lasting impression me and I cannot help but to keep coming back to it. This video makes me think of so many Christians I know that are like these guys to a "T".

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Reinterpretation Of Texts

One thing that has resonated with me for a while now is the forced harmonization of the biblical texts. What has happened is you have many different authors with sometimes vastly different theologies being forced into a small box. Everything is then harmonized and if unable to be harmonized, abrogated appropriately (think of the excuse why Christians don't follow the law). This has been happening for so long that people no longer see the obviousness of the forced harmonization, even when it stic

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Time For Some Biblical Exegesis

I was waiting for a friend to get a taxi today out a "Jews for Jesus" store today. The store was well located if I do say so myself, it's right at the heart of the "Jewish district" here (you see HEAPS of men with their payots and/or kippahs walking around, not to mention a lot of grocery stores have "kosher" sections). Looking at the store got me to thinking about a passage in Matthew that I use to really enjoy. It was Matthew 11:28-30:   "Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and

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There Is No Compulsion In Religion

This blog title actually comes from the Quran funnily enough. I cannot help but be drawn to religion, not in the sense of converting to a religion but it's just a topic that fascinates me and to an extant, is holding me captive. I want to know everything there is to know about various religious beliefs and philosophies, I want to know more about man and his origins and genetic make up, I want to know where we go after we die and I want to know what is right and what is wrong in the whole scheme

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Who Is Jesus Christ?

I've been reading "The Incredible Shrinking Son of Man" by Robert Price and he has often remarked that his writings are not to necessarily be adopted as truth but simply an alternative point of view for one to examine and spit out whatever bones one finds. I have learned a lot (and will continue to learn until I finish the book) but I cannot accept everything he has stated wholesale. He has helped me develop my thoughts quite a bit and this is sort of where I am at the moment:   Christ perhaps

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Defining One's Religious Views

You know, it's getting pretty hard nowadays to pigeonhole myself somewhere. Not that I need to of course but it's nice to be able to identify oneself alongside a group of other people. At the moment the most descriptive label I can think of is an "Agnostic Atheist Spiritualist". It's a mouthful I realize but I think the label needs to be as accurate as possible to ensure there isn't any misunderstandings. I will briefly give an overview of why I feel it's difficult to label myself and then go on

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Words

You know, some people get really uptight if you use a word outside of its normal dictionary meaning. Some people also get into hysterics if you spell a word wrong or use poor grammar. I'm not one of those people. I do think though we should value the meaning of words in general. My main issue is that today's culture is so "politically correct" that certain words are just thrown out there without much consideration as to the impact of those words. For example, people throw out accusations of raci

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Accepting Human Nature And Other Assorted Stuff

--Human Nature-- One thing that is slowly dawning on me (though I've known it for a while, I guess now I'm comprehending it) is the fact that no matter how advanced humanity is technologically and sociologically, we are still animals bound by our internal instincts and constructs. Though we try to pretend we're above animals, we really are quite similar. I use to get pissed at human nature thinking we're better than animals and that we should be way beyond are primitive instincts but I realized

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Understanding Faith

Most people don't know how to define faith. The faithless mock the concept as one simply believing something based on nothing whatsoever but we'd all agree that that isn't what faith is, or is it?   When I was a Christian I came to a place where I labelled myself a "Presuppositional Evidentialist". In other words, I was at odds with a Fideism. I didn't believe faith was believing without reason. It was inherently tied to it. My view of faith is this: Faith is the ladder that takes us from the

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Unsure

Today has been a better day than yesterday. My mood has been higher than the last few days despite being home all day (usually a disaster for my mood). An interesting thing happened today which threw me off guard. As some of you may know there is a girl that I am kinda interested in. Whilst I haven't made any direct moves, my indirect moves have gone unnoticed (or I didn't initiate, which is more likely but more details to follow). I'm the kind of man who doesn't like risks (because I don't like

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Dealing With Loss

The title is a little more dramatic than what the situation it refers to is but such is life. Since hearing of my job loss I have been feeling the claws of the darkness that is depression grasping at me trying to get a hold of me again. It's honestly taking a lot out of me to stay positive and ignore the bad feeling that seems to be wrapping itself around me. The last time I lost my job this very same thing happened except I wasn't able to fight against it (maybe because I was unfamiliar with my

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