Ok, here we go.
Welcome to darmin.net, aka dNet. Allow me to introduce myself: I am “Jupiter Darmin,” humanist-atheist, student of the universe, skeptic, writer, and (insert lots of other lovely labels here). This website is my platform for spreading the things I think about. I intend to hit every subject that interests me, be it a deadly serious issue of morality or some absurd nonsense I’ve found on the internet. I don’t expect anyone who reads the articles therein to agree with them, or even like them. This website is simply going to function as my bullhorn to humanity, and the wonderful thing about it is that if you don’t care to read it, you needn’t subject yourself to it.
Of infinite interest to me are all things related to atheism, science, and religion (in an academic sense). Raised Protestant Christian, it was an exploration into science, logic, virtue, and morality that led me to a desperate attempt to get closer to a god whose existence I ultimately had to reject due to a lack of objective, empirical evidence. Oh, religion still fascinates me, and I have a lot of opinions on the matter, but I have a new all-encompassing higher power I revere with all (if not exponentially more) the wonder I held for the Judeo-Christian god: SCIENCE. There is nothing bigger than the sum total of all reality (and all that is not), which is described in the beautiful terms of science.
To a theist, such a description of “god,” or object of reverence, might seem a little lackluster, but hopefully, as I begin to write my thoughts and feelings out on this blog, I can shed the light of perspective on the subject. Certainly, when I was a Christian, I would listen to prominent atheists make such declarations, and I would think, “Well, that just doesn’t sound very beautiful at all. They speak about science as if it were some sort of god in its own right. Science certainly does have an intrinsic beauty of its own, but it doesn’t even come close to the majesty of that which is the true God. The algorithms and rules of this universe are just stale functions of a place created by the most magnificent being that ever was, is, and shall be. These silly atheists… Imagine being one of them, lost to such trivial banalities.”
I have been on both sides of the fence, dear friends, and I can tell you with certainty that my sense of awe and wonder was magnified a billionfold as I stared up at the stars in the night sky and watched god disappear.
Welcome to dNet.