Spokesperson For American Atheists Reminds Us Easter Is A Pagan Holiday
The great belief in not believing. It's brash, it's brave, it's increasingly popular and it's upsetting the faithful left and right. Let's have a quick look at the A-word.
Religious creeds are pretty unambiguous—and bound by theologies that dictate a commonly embraced group of precepts, mores and behaviors. There's an afterlife or there is not. Jesus has come already or he hasn't. There is one God or there are many. Atheism takes this platform for defining faith, chews it up and spits it out.
The leading organization advocating for atheist civil liberties comes to defining their "creed" as "a lack of belief in gods and supernatural beings." American Atheists go on to add, "every atheist is as unique as a fingerprint when it comes to his or her individual philosophy, convictions, and ideals."
While churchgoers, or "theists" as they are called at AA, are preparing for Good Friday and Easter with crucifixes, palm fronds and other signs of the faith, David Silverman of AA said non-believers will be doing no such thing.
This year marks what is possibly the first major Christian holiday under a President who acknowledges non-believers—since the Founding Fathers. Silverman elucidated the origins of the Easter in a recent telephone conversation. "Easter is not really a Christian holiday. It's a pagan holiday. That's where bunnies come from and Easter eggs." In a nod to the times, he added that "it's a very good time to be an atheist."
New research links urban planning and political polarization.
- Canadian researchers find that excessive reliance on cars changes political views.
- Decades of car-centric urban planning normalized unsustainable lifestyles.
- People who prefer personal comfort elect politicians who represent such views.
Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.
- America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
- Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
- Based on the UN's partition plan for Israel/Palestine, this proposal provides territorial contiguity and sea access to both 'red' and 'blue' America
Science and the squishiness of the human mind. The joys of wearing whatever the hell you want, and so much more.
- Why can't we have a human-sized cat tree?
- What would happen if you got a spoonful of a neutron star?
- Why do we insist on dividing our wonderfully complex selves into boring little boxes
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