After several years of searching and researching a topic that I am passionate about, I have aquired a large stash of items that I find both informative and amusing. So much so, that I thought I would start a blog so that I could share these things with the rest of you. I will also, of course, share with you some of my own thoughts, and not just those I have "stolen" from others. As my first blog entry, I would like to share a poem that I stumbled across around the time I first deconverted. It sums up what I feel about atheism/religion. .
Atheism offers nothing to me.
It never has and it never will.
It doesn't make me feel good or comfort me.
It's not there for me when I'm sick or ill.
It can't intervene in my times of need.
It won't protect me from hate and lies.
It doesn't care if I fail or succeed.
It won't wipe the tears from my eyes.
It does nothing when I've got nowhere to run.
It won't give me wise words or advice.
It has no teachings for me to learn.
It can't show me what's bad or nice.
It's never inspired or excited anyone.
It won't help me fulfill all my goals.
It won't tell me to stop when I'm having fun.
It's never saved one single soul.
It doesn't take credit for everything I achieve.
It won't make me good down on bended knee.
It doesn't demand that I have to believe.
It won't torture me for eternity.
It won't teach me to hate or despise others.
It can't tell me what's right or wrong.
It won't tell anybody that they can't be lovers.
It's told nobody that they don't belong.
It won't make you think that life is worth living.
It has nothng to offer me, that's true.
But the reason Atheism offers me nothing,
is because I've never asked it to.
Atheism offers nothing,
because it doesn't need to.
Religion promises everything,
Because you want it to.
You don't need a religion or to have faith;
you just want it because you need to feel safe.
I want to feel reality.
and nothing more!
So, atheism offers me everything,
that religion has stolen before.
By Richard Coughlan