Tag Archive | Religion and Spirituality

It’s time for a page one rewrite for the Roman Catholic Church

Before I begin I want to let Catholics know that I’m not trying to “come down” on Catholicism. I was raised Catholic and I to a certain degree understand what it means, or meant I suppose, to be Catholic. I write this in the spirit of constructive criticism. I don’t want to see the Catholic church disappear. Despite my disbelief I think the Roman Catholic church isn’t all bad. Catholicism is still one of the Read More…

What is Atheism?

To put it simply, atheism is a lack of belief in God or gods. That’s it! No, really!

There are several philosophical clarifications I wish to make, though. There are those who “believe” there are no gods or God which is classified as strong atheism.

There are those who believe God Read More…

What does religious OCD look like?

Religious OCD is where someone becomes obsessed with morality. Some may believe they have committed a sin, when they haven’t. Some have unwanted intrusive thoughts and misinterpret it as sin. What usually follows is that the OCD sufferer performs a neutralizing action either through compulsive praying or in my case thought neutralizing and avoidance.

I’m what is thought of as a purely obsessional or “Pure-O.” I have blasphemous thoughts that I do not want and I either try to avoid them, I’ll try to neutralize it through using logic and reassurance. I would even pray.

Hey I thought you are an atheist? Well, yes I am.

That means you don’t believe in God, right? Well…..yes.

So then what’s your problem? Now we get to the crux of why OCD is a mental disorder and not some existential problem. The problem is certainty or the lack thereof. The threshold that OCD requires is 100% certainty, not Read More…