One of the greatest challenges to belief in God is the problem of suffering. But it's not just atheists who struggle with this challenge. Most everyone is conflicted by the fact that there is so much unnecessary suffering in the world, and it would seem that God, if God exists, is often apathetic. I've approached … Continue reading Why Does God Allow Suffering?
If you are reading this article it is because you’re seeking some kind of answer to the age-old question, “Does God Exist?” And it is likely that you have already decided whether or not you believe in God. If this is so, then you might just be looking for some confirmation. But I would ask … Continue reading Does GOD Exist? …and Does it Matter?
Suffering, in all its myriad forms, is the most persistent issue that we face as human beings. The Buddha acknowledged this fact, making it the opening statement in his teaching. But he didn’t leave us to simply endure it. He went on to explain how suffering arises and how we can become free of it. … Continue reading The Problem of Suffering
Atheism has evolved over the centuries from a passive philosophical idea into an active movement which seeks to challenge, not only the foundations of religious belief, but every aspect of religious influence, especially in regard to how it affects society. There are a number of reasons why a person comes to call themselves an Atheist, … Continue reading A Spiritual Perspective on Atheism
Calling oneself a “Spiritual Freethinker” might seem a contradiction in terms, since “freethought” is generally equated with Atheism. In fact, I was once declined membership into a “Freethought” organization because on the application I answered “yes” to the question, “Do you believe in a supernatural being (i.e. ‘God’)?” I was actually quite surprised by this. … Continue reading The Spiritual Freethinker
There are many who believe that they have all the answers, but the answers they have are often borrowed from others. And when we hold to such information with unwavering conviction we leave little room for true understanding. There was a professor who had been studying Zen philosophy for many years, and one day … Continue reading The Wisdom of Unknowing