Novelist. Author of APSARAS and tales from the beautiful Saigh Valley. First person to quantify spiritual values.

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Thursday 17 November 2011

Blind faith

Last Sunday I attended the local Anglican Church to remember the Glorious dead who sacrificed their lives in the service of the United Kingdom. As an atheist, I do not see this as an act of hypocrisy but merely a desire to congregate where others congregate to pay our respects to the brave men and women who have paid the ultimate price.
As the clock strikes eleven I weep at the loss of ordinary people who put themselves in danger so that thieving politicians can help themselves at the trough of public money and bankers can unashamedly rake in the money in both good times and bad, neither professions doing a day of useful work in their disgusting lives.
As I stood there I imagined what I might say if a priest confronted me with my lack of faith.
Why would I worship a God that gave us war in the first place? Why would I worship a God that gave the world pestilence and allows the suffering of children? Why worship a God that gave us an imperfect world when, if he was omnipotent, he could have made heaven on earth? Answer me that, you faithful, as you bleat your way to the altar of blind obeyence to a flawed ideology based on the words of a pair of books.
Unless a God can deliver on all these points I do not see the point in wasting my time with them when one can better support one's fellow men such as those we celebrated last Sunday.

New research suggests that Neanderthals were cleverer than was originally thought. New cave art has been attributed to this race of hominids and it is now thought that interbreeding between Neanderthals and Homo Sapiens was more prevalent than previously thought. Did Neanderthals know the Grace of God? If not, why not? Isn't it the truth that God didn't exist until Humans populated the earth and doesn't this demonstrate that all concepts of Higher intelligence and 'Creators' is entirely the invention of man? God didn't create man. Man created God.

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