Intellectual Atheism

Here you will find articles of a more scholarly nature from our contributors, for those interested in a more academic understanding of religions.

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,...

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...

Atheists Before Darwin

In his 1986 book The Blind Watchmaker, Richard Dawkins expressed his position that he couldn’t imagine being an atheist before Darwin. As it happens, there were atheists before Darwin, and theor...

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 u...

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 empha...

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 ...

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...

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 ce...

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 quot...

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 wo...