Author Archives: Rastaban

Sex and Weddings

I’ve always been surprised—okay, not surprised, but aware—at the extent to which sex is missing from marriage ceremonies. You find the presenter or priest or officiator of the ceremony talking a lot about love and marriage, but usually never mentioning … Continue reading

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Forbidden Apples

“See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” is not God’s way. We learn this from Genesis. We learn it as we observe naked Eve and Adam wandering about blissfully in God’s garden of Eden. In that self-same garden … Continue reading

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Can You Be More Wrong Than This?

At the end of the year 1858, the president of the Linnean Society of London—the preeminent scientific society in England at the time—summed up the year in science as follows: 1858 has not, indeed, been marked by any of those … Continue reading

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Satanism Identified

Lucifer’s original sin was wanting to be equal to God. And the greatest temptation humans face is the same: wanting to be equal to God. What is the desire for immortality but exactly this? According to Christians, God gave us a … Continue reading

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The Frogs

When Peter was fifteen his grandmother had given him a pair of frogs. “I know how you love animals, so I ordered you a frog aquarium for your birthday,” she told him. And it was true Peter did love animals. … Continue reading

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Litmus Test for Sanity

Nudity is the litmus test for sanity. Sane societies are clothing-optional; they are built on the principle that no one has the right to control the appearance of others. The clothes someone wears or doesn’t wear, the manner in which … Continue reading

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Bertrand Russell on Nudity

The taboo against nakedness is an obstacle to a decent attitude on the subject of sex. Where young children are concerned, this is now recognized by many people. It is good for children to see each other and their parents … Continue reading

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Honesty

Honesty is about being brave enough to embrace life as it is in reality. It’s about taking our clothes off—figuratively and literally—and loving ourselves just as we are. It’s not about making up feel-good stories about heaven, or hoping for … Continue reading

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God & Penises & Vaginas

Isn’t sex just about the most unlikely thing to be God’s handiwork? Imagine the Almighty sitting alone in the vastness of heaven with only His alter-ego Son and Holy Ghost to entertain Himself. Imagine Him after trillions of years trying … Continue reading

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PZ Myers on Movie Atheists

In a review in Pharnygula of the Will Smith movie I Am Legend, PZ Myers notes that when atheists are depicted in popular movies they are either villains or stereotypical candidates for conversion. The acceptable atheist is the one who … Continue reading

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With Legs Splayed

In Cosmopolitan there is a regular section ““Understanding His Baffling Behavior” purporting to “explain” to the magazine’s predominantly female audience why men behave as they do. Recently they asked, Why do men sit with their legs splayed? Their answer, Women … Continue reading

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Fictitious Intermediaries & Death

Instead of worshiping God, which we see as a fictitious intermediary inserted between us and life, atheists worship life direct. We prefer our tonic strong, not weakened with sweet lies. We want to drink the truth about life, not willingly … Continue reading

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born naked

I was born naked, without belief in gods or God. I believed only in what I could touch and hear and see: the breasts I suckled on, my mother’s cooing voice, the funny faces my father made, the lullabies my … Continue reading

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6 Points for a Graduation Speech

First: I’m only a beginner at life. I’ve never been alive before — this is my first time. That means I’m going to make mistakes. That’s ok. Understand that it’s only inexperience. I’ll try to understand your mistakes if you’ll … Continue reading

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A Few Broad Strokes

Religious atheism can be seen as an attempt to fix religion’s flaws and eliminate its untenable assertions. Most of those flaws revolve around the concept of a spiritual world separate and remote from the physical world of bodies we inhabit … Continue reading

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the Naked Atheist

Had the gods bodies like men and women, desire would be the elixir, passion the holy sacrament, coitus the zenith of heaven. But the gods are forever bodiless, and so bodily delight—the greatest wonderment of all—became the entitlement of sunny … Continue reading

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Resurrection

The first Sunday after the first full moon after the first equinox of the year, rise early and lean outside in the spiced air, listen to the bells ringing. Morning bells, bells of the far churches chuckling their delight for … Continue reading

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Jenny’s Wind

Jenny would love this gusty wind were she with me here to see it playing in these tall oak and birch she knows so well. Yes, Jenny would love this gutty wind which sneaks beneath the leaves, rustling them until … Continue reading

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Here or Elsewhere?

The first great question of life is: here or elsewhere? All our hungers, emotions, fears, inclinations, perceptions, desires, urges, obsessions, wants, instincts and needs answer here. Yet the answer of all the great religions is elsewhere. It wasn’t always so. … Continue reading

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Lake

the cardinal-flower i saw this morning while walking beside a lake i’d seen for only an hour pressed without warning deep inside and made me dream of her lips’ sweet power © 1990, 2008, 2016 

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