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Since the order of the world is shaped by death, mightn’t it be better for God if we refused to believe in Him and struggle with all our might against death, without raising our eyes toward the heaven where He sits in silence?
— Albert Camus, The Plague (via outofthedarkness)
When the throne of God is overturned, the rebel realizes that it is now his own responsibility to create justice, order, and unity that he sought in vain with his own condition, and in this way to justify the fall of God.
— Albert Camus, The Rebel (via ideoclast)
and what lord does not want his people oozing for him?

and what lord does not want his people oozing for him?

(Source: summer-eats-souls)



do you know what
it feels like to
stand before someone you
love, bawling your throat out, you’re
on your porch and they’re leaving, and
you don’t want them to, you
know they can’t, you won’t be
okay, they can’t leave, they can’t
leave, they can’t leave, they
can’t leave, please don’t leave,
don’t go, don’t go don’t go don’t go don’t go don’t godon’t go don’t godon’tgodon’tgodontgodontgodontgopleasedontgodontleave
and crying, and hurting, and asphyxiating
and don’t go, please don’t go

do you know how that feels?
do you know shameless desperation?
do you know how it feels to be
the wrong one,
and to be the one who is rightfully left?
it’s how the world works.
nothing stays still.
nothing but a head glued to a breaking heart
exists stagnated.

do you know how that feels?
i do.
too much.

(Source: umyeahsomepoets)


Humans ‘Predisposed’ to Believe in Gods and the Afterlife

A three-year international research project, directed by two academics at the University of Oxford, finds that humans have natural tendencies to believe in gods and an afterlife.

The researchers point out that the project was not setting out to prove the existence of god or otherwise, but sought to find out whether concepts such as gods and an afterlife appear to be entirely taught or basic expressions of human nature.

'The Cognition, Religion and Theology Project' led by Dr Justin Barrett, from the Centre for Anthropology and Mind at Oxford University, drew on research from a range of disciplines, including anthropology, psychology, philosophy, and theology. They directed an international body of researchers conducting studies in 20 different countries that represented both traditionally religious and atheist societies.

The findings are due to be published in two separate books by psychologist Dr Barrett in Cognitive Science, Religion and Theology and Born Believers: The Science of Childhood Religion.

Some findings of the Cognition, Religion and Theology Project:

  • Studies by Emily Reed Burdett and Justin Barrett, from the University of Oxford, suggest that children below the age of five find it easier to believe in some superhuman properties than to understand similar human limitations. Children were asked whether their mother would know the contents of a box in which she could not see. Children aged three believed that their mother and God would always know the contents, but by the age of four, children start to understand that their mothers are not all-seeing and all knowing. However, children may continue to believe in all-seeing, all-knowing supernatural agents, such as a god or gods.
  • Experiments involving adults, conducted by Jing Zhu from Tsinghua University (China), and Natalie Emmons and Jesse Bering from The Queen’s University, Belfast, suggest that people across many different cultures instinctively believe that some part of their mind, soul or spirit lives on after-death. The studies demonstrate that people are natural ‘dualists’ finding it easy to conceive of the separation of the mind and the body.

Project Director Dr Justin Barrett, from the University of Oxford’s Centre for Anthropology and Mind, said: ‘This project does not set out to prove god or gods exist. Just because we find it easier to think in a particular way does not mean that it is true in fact. If we look at why religious beliefs and practices persist in societies across the world, we conclude that individuals bound by religious ties might be more likely to cooperate as societies. Interestingly, we found that religion is less likely to thrive in populations living in cities in developed nations where there is already a strong social support network.’

Project Co-Director Professor Roger Trigg, from the University of Oxford’s Ian Ramsey Centre, said: ‘This project suggests that religion is not just something for a peculiar few to do on Sundays instead of playing golf. We have gathered a body of evidence that suggests that religion is a common fact of human nature across different societies. This suggests that attempts to suppress religion are likely to be short-lived as human thought seems to be rooted to religious concepts, such as the existence of supernatural agents or gods, and the possibility of an afterlife or pre-life.’

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