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Michael Sherlock – Early Buddhism – God, gods & Other Religions

The belief in an eternal soul was, and remains, antithetical to the aim underscoring Buddha’s ‘Four Noble Truths’, i.e., it perpetuates dukkha by fostering the delusional clinging to, and craving for, that which is in fact impermanent. Early Buddhism – God, gods & Other Religions

Michael Sherlock – Christian Misogyny: Female Sexuality in the Primary Historical Sources for Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe

Owing thanks largely to the Malleus, female sexuality became the twisted and distorted obsession of early modern European men. It may be cautiously assumed that these men had become so psychologically deranged, so pathologically affected due to their unbridled religious convictions, that they projected their own guilty and sexually repressed desires and dysfunctions onto their disenfranchised fema...

Jason Sylvester – Eastern Philosophical Concepts in Spinoza’s Pantheism & Ethics

Nadler cited the influence of Greek Stoicism on Spinoza’s thoughts, based on his education and books found in his personal library. However, to the reader unfamiliar with the Greeks but with a basic understanding of Eastern philosophies, the Buddhist thought in Spinoza is readily apparent; it practically jumps off the page and begs to be acknowledged. Schopenhauer noted the connection: ‘The banks ...

Michael Sherlock – The Cult of Scientology in Australia: Religious Freedom v Human Rights

Finally, it will be argued that whether or not Scientology is classified as a cult or a religion, amendments need to be made to S. 116 of the Australian Constitution that expressly place greater emphasis on the protection the human rights of individual Australians over the broad freedoms and gratuities bestowed upon legally recognized ‘religions’. The Cult of Scientology in Australia: Religious Fr...

Michael Sherlock – Freedom of Expression vs Blasphemy: Islam vs Human Rights

Any doctrine or law that governs “offensive speech” will naturally collide with the fundamental human right to express one’s individual ideas, beliefs and opinions, thereby circumventing the progress afforded to society by intellectual diversity. Islam, as a religion, is at present the worst religion when it comes to infringing upon human rights, particularly freedom of expression. This short piec...

Jason Sylvester – St. Peter’s and Their 30 Pieces of Silver: Vows of Silence in Exchange for Statehood

If the Vatican was granted sovereignty by the State of Italy, why, then, is the status not revocable? Surely, that which can be bestowed can be taken back just as easily. ‘…[T]he Lateran Accords, the historic agreement that Pius Xi had struck with Italy’s dictator, Mussolini, ending decades of hostility between Italy and the Roman Catholic Church. With that agreement, the separation of churc...

Michael Sherlock – The Christian Forgery of ‘The Woman Taken in Adultery’

The Forgery of the Woman Taken in Adultery The Gospel of “John”, within which we find this tale, is based upon a collection of manuscripts written by an anonymous author toward the end of the first century and later dishonestly attributed to John the Apostle.  Debates grounded in pure speculation and supposition exist over the true identity of this alleged author, yet most historians and credible ...

Jason Sylvester – Big History of Religion: A Multidisciplinary Perspective on the Rise of Belief

Starting from threshold 6, the evolution of collective learning, along with threshold 7, the agricultural revolution, we will examine how religious thought arose in our ancestors with a series of quotes from leading thinkers in evolutionary psychology and cultural anthropology, and how other disciplines (archaeology, philosophy, neurology) illuminate our understanding of the subject. Big History o...

Michael Sherlock – Blasphemy in the Muslim World: A Research Essay

This essay will examine the differences between Western and Muslim notions of blasphemy, as well as discuss scriptural justifications and hurdles for the enforcement of blasphemy laws in the Muslim world. Qur’anic teachings concerning blasphemy will also be compared to the teachings and examples contained within the sunnah. Thirdly, within the few examples drawn from the sunnah, this essay will br...

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Available below in:  العربية / Bahasa (Indonesian & Melayu) / বাংলা / Français / فارسی / Türkçe / اردو Recently, AAI’s Atheist Support Network has received a number of requests from people in Islamic countries asking for help to be relocated, as their safety is being threatened by Muslim extremists (family, friend, or stranger) for their open and honest free-thinking opinions. This is an issue...