Welcome to the Atheist Climber blog.

October 10, 2009 § 8 Comments

Why “Atheist Climber”

I have another blog http://martinpribble.wordpress.com/ which is dedicated to the things I love: my family and friends, rock climbing, food and other good things in life. It has a small but dedicated following, and is updated a few times a month. I started “Atheist Climber” in order to have a vehicle of expression for my views and criticisms of anything which causes me concern, and I don’t wish to alienate readers of my other blog.

The reason for the title “Atheist Climber” is simple: I am an atheist, and I love to climb rocks. Many of my thoughts about the world are informed by what I have learnt about myself while climbing. Lets face it I am obsessed by climbing, and all things climbing related, so I thought it would be weird to separate the two.

What is “Atheist Climber”?

This will be a combination of my considered thoughts about science, nature and religion, as well as politics, atheism and the occasional rant about stuff that pisses me off. This will not be about religion-bashing, although atheism is the main diver of this space. If you are easily offended, you may be offended. If, however, you are a freethinker and would like to read the viewpoint of a person who sees the world using logic, reason and historical fact, then you’re in the right place. I aim to inform, educate and challenge. Hopefully this blog acheives that goal. I don’t wan’t to make this a depressive rant about all that’s wrong in the world, rather I would like to keep it entertaining and informative.

When is “Atheist Climber”?

Well, right now, and hopefully I will update this blog once a week or more if I’m feeling particularly frisky.

So subscribe to the RSS feed of this blog, and please, if you feel love, please comment on my entries. If my writing makes any sort of difference to even one person’s life, then I have done more than I’d hoped. Enjoy and in the immortal words of Bill S Preston “Be excellent to each other.”

Atheist Climber


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§ 8 Responses to Welcome to the Atheist Climber blog.

  • Nice. Welcome to the blogging community. Remember you can also join Mojoey’s blogroll.

  • Rick says:

    I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it. (Albert Einstein, 1954)

  • Kristopher says:

    You got a good start here, keep the updates rolling.

    “Man must not check reason by tradition, but contrawise, must check tradition by reason.”
    –Leo Tolstoy

  • Sainter1 says:

    Praise Allah, another abode for us free thinkers. ROCK on, mate!

  • Luke Brator says:

    Greetings Marty,

    It was a pleasure to meet you recently. The scientist with a fancy for Talking Heads lyrics that I mentioned to you is Cosma Shalizi. He keeps his stuff at http://www.cscs.umich.edu/~crshalizi/. The very line you chose as the title of this piece is the one he puts at the top of his home

    I just had a look at your Why I Love Climbing posts on your other blog. The admission that envy of Haley`s gear was a motivating factor in getting you to go climbing was a nice touch.

    I’m curious to see what you`re going to post about here next. The second part of the Why I Love Climbing post reminded me of something that could be said to link the subjects of your two blogs, namely the Epicurean critique of religion-induced fear. It’s summed up by Virgil, who said of Lucretius, ‘Happy he who was able to know the causes of things, and who trampled beneath his feet all fears, inexorable fate, and the roar of devouring hell.’ Perhaps you’re familiar with Lucretius’ poem, De rerum natura (On the nature of things or On the nature of the universe)? I’ve been meaning to read it myself, ever since I learned that it was something of a classic for moderns who, like Spinoza or David Hume, criticized revealed religion in one way or another. It sounded like you’re very familiar with the writings of Hitchens and Dawkins — do they talk about any of these characters from the history of philosophy?

    If it interested you to report on them here, I’d be curious to hear about what they say. Specifically I’d like to know whether they intend positively to say that there is no God (the title The God Delusion seems to suggest that that might be one thing Dawkins wants to say) or whether the goal of the argument is more restricted — say: trying to draw limits on how people should be able to act on the religious beliefs (e.g. in setting school curricula). And then I’d be pleased to hear what you think about their approaches.

    Keep well,
    Luke (as I call myself around here).

  • RadWind says:

    Do ghost phenomena happens? Lets use a atheistic way to explain the mysterious phenomena happens around me and could be proved repeatedly. Investigate it you will be rewarded abundantly.

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