Archive for the ‘Belief to Unbelief’ Category

religion warps thinking

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

I sometimes wonder what my life would have been like had I never been told the lie that ‘God’ exists. Imagine a life without picking up all that negative made-up, loopy thinking about ‘sin’, ‘sex’, ‘Hell’, ‘guilt’, ‘damnation’. Religious thinking warps normal thought. It leaves us believing in mythical beings. We choose things on the basis of false information. We make life decisions based on the biggest lie of all. Little wonder, then, that once we realize that God doesn’t exist that it takes a long time to shake off all that warped thinking.

The Emperor has no clothes. Yet people place religious leaders like the Pope on a pedestal, even though he is peddling nonsense and piffle.

When you think of the history of religions, their rise and fall, it is inexorable that all current religions will decline and fall. What’s happening in Ireland these days, and in much of the Western world, is a gradual realization that, in Christianity, in Catholicism, in Protestantism, we’ve been sold a pup. That which we once believed in is, we now see, literally incredible. That a carpenter rose from the dead. That a child was conceived in a female human by an angel. That the Pope – heavens forbid! – is infallible.

The West is waking up and realizing this. It’s a painful realization. Catholicism has all but shed the great openness introduced by Pope John XXIII: like the collapse of the Soviet Union, they see that once freedom and honest thought is introduced, most reasonable people leave. And so they clasp at the past, wind back the clock, retreat to conservatism and control and ostracizing the thinkers. Where, for a while, it seems people could engage with theology, now they are not to think but merely to submit their uncritical minds to the party line. That is no future! That is the death of any organization and any religion. Their own leaders will strangle it, twist life from its body politic. And, in the process, they will warp more lives, as mainly those too lazy or unable to think critically will respond to the dodgy invitation to pay up and shut up and park their brains outside the increasingly empty and chilly churches.

TV3 interview

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

If you liked my documentary on my journey from belief to unbelief you might also be interested in theĀ  TV3 interview which was broadcast today in which myself (Joe Armstrong) and my pal (John O’Sullivan) were interviewed on Irish television.

Shariah law and the shooting of Malala

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

According to the Taliban, Shariah law says that even a child can be killed if he is propagating against Islam. And hence they shoot Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl, aged 14. How can adults be so blinded to rational thought and shield their ghastly deeds and justify their heinous behaviour by hiding behind any such so-called ‘law’. And if Shariah law does indeed say such a thing, why do responsible Muslims not critique and condemn it?

My documentary ‘From Belief to Unbelief’ now live online

Friday, October 12th, 2012

Click here to listen to my documentary ‘From Belief to Unbelief’ which charts the story of the journey of three men – Declan Wynne, John O’Sullivan and myself, each of us former members of a Roman Catholic religious congregation – from religious belief to outgrowing those beliefs.

John Murray Show interviews Declan, John & Joe

Friday, October 12th, 2012

To listen to Declan Wynne, John O’Sullivan and Joe Armstrong being interviewed on Irish national radio about our journey from belief to unbelief, click here.