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No Gods No Guilt

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No Gods, No Guilt #00

11/30/2011
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Author's Greetings Greetings from Dr. Stephen Frederick Uhl, author of No Gods, No Guilt, the audio version of his autobiographical book, Imagine No Superstition. [Length 1:14 mins. | File Size = 1.2 MB]

Duration: 00:01:14


No Gods, No Guilt #01

11/29/2011
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Introduction Stephen Uhl set aside his childhood beliefs as he left the Roman Catholic priesthood and became a humanist psychologist. In today's ten minute introduction, the author of No Gods, No Guilt shows how this book began as an intimate family letter. Dr. Uhl shares enough of his personal experiences and insights to show how this only life can be a real joy. [Length 11:00 mins. | File Size = 10.1MB]

Duration: 00:11:00


No Gods, No Guilt #02

11/28/2011
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The Chosen One Stephen Uhl was the sixth child born on the family farm. His older brother was destined to take over the family farm, while his religious mother chose him to head for the altar as a priest. This was to fulfill one of her most precious dreams. So he recognized early in life that he was very special in her eyes; he was her favorite who would one day bring her to her highest joy as the mother of a priest with special supernatural powers. [Length 12:49 mins. | File Size = 11.8 MB]

Duration: 00:12:49


No Gods, No Guilt #03

11/27/2011
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The Road to Agnosticism An insight in Father Stephen Uhl's religious meditation led finally to a complete divorce from Marmion Military Academy and the Catholic Church. This was after some unavoidable hypocrisy while heading for the exit in a responsible fashion. After leaving Marmion, marriage to a fellow teacher made the Ph.D. possible. Dr. Uhl enjoyed his Suburban Chicago private psychological practice as he helped his clients overcome their guilts and irresponsibilities. [Length 12:30...

Duration: 00:12:30


No Gods, No Guilt #04

11/26/2011
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Why Most People Believe in God Desperate, helpless, weak, frustrated, fearful...regular humans often want more of the good and less of the bad things in their life than they can get on their own. So they pray for outside help. Such praying is wishful thinking that often becomes self-hypnosis. And self-hypnosis does, indeed, empower the praying person. With credulous society's approval, the hopeful praying person attributes this (totally natural) power to a Higher Power. The relation...

Duration: 00:12:55


No Gods, No Guilt #05

11/25/2011
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Powerful Effectiveness of Fear and GreedMore of the many causes of belief in God: Fear of divine punishment and a for heavenly happiness make a powerful combination. This stick and carrot combination is so powerful and self-reinforcing for the believer that it becomes addictive and does, indeed, make religion an opiate for hordes of the insecure. Still, religion does a lot of good works--good works that realistically should not need supernatural motivation. [Length 21:54 mins. | File Size...

Duration: 00:21:54


No Gods, No Guilt #06

11/24/2011
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Does God Exist? Believers need no proof of God's existence. However, they do offer a lot of emotion based "proofs" that fail to survive close analysis. The strongest and most lasting proof of God's existence is/was the causality proof offered by St. Thomas Aquinas. It turns out that this "proof" that the Catholic Church taught for centuries is based squarely on a gratuitous assumption by St. Thomas. In law as in logic, what is gratuitously assumed can be gratuitously denied. [Length 18:14...

Duration: 00:18:13


No Gods, No Guilt #07

11/23/2011
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Read the Bible The Bible's Book of Genesis states very simply that "In the beginning God created..." Without any to-do God is just presumed, and that's that. Backing up centuries, now join the tired middle eastern camel drivers around the campfire. Trabadours of the various intersecting traveling groups compete to entertain, educate, and boast that 'our heroes and our gods are greater than yours.' Over time, by way of syncretism or a natural synthesis of belief systems, the Jews came to...

Duration: 00:16:01


No Gods, No Guilt #08

11/22/2011
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Is Religion harmful to society? Charles Dickens wrote that missionaries are nuisances that leave places worse than they found them. Mother Theresa seemed to serve the overcrowded slums of Calcutta while forbidding the use of condoms that could have brought real relief. Presidents and dictators abuse their power when they represent their gods. Multitudes of sects, cults, religions brainwash the young and create hateful and murderous divisions in society. Insofar as religion is...

Duration: 00:18:01


No Gods, No Guilt #09

11/21/2011
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Historic God of wars and divisions Joshua, King David, Constantine, Mohammad, the Popes of the Crusades, Hitler, Osama bin Laden, Bush and many more got greatly increased killing power by calling on their God. Jihads continue in America as the Eric Rudolphs and the Army of God kill adults and destroy abortion clinics. Some of the thousands of religions split and multiply even further as one side accepts homosexuals and the other insists those disagreeing believers should go to hell. Other...

Duration: 00:21:04


No Gods, No Guilt #10

11/20/2011
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Modern young minds polluted by religion Good teachers instill curiosity about facts; religion teachers demand rote memorization of past beliefs, manipulative catch phrases. The Rosary remains a very powerful tool for the new evangelization of the Catholic Church, so Dr. Uhl gives full details of how to pray the Rosary. The official Roman Ritual makes clear that the Church still believes the devil can take possession of a human being. A more modern young minister teaches youngsters there...

Duration: 00:17:54


No Gods, No Guilt #11

11/19/2011
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Credulity impedes creative research Believers who abhor stem cell research and therapeutic cloning insist that a zygote of two or four cells is a human being. This dogmatic stance currently impedes proper funding of researchers who leave U.S. to get foreign funding for their important work. Currently the obstructive conservative stance reflects majority opinion. Galileo, Copernicus and Newton were in small minorities and paid dearly for it. Domestic terror in modern U.S. still obstructs...

Duration: 00:20:22


No Gods, No Guilt #12

11/18/2011
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Chapter five: Guilt and responsibility Religious guilt and a sense of personal lowliness (without god's grace) undermine self-esteem. A sense of dependency, then, weakens a person's conviction that he is responsible for all of his deliberate actions. Though preachers claim that self-responsibility is a high virtue, they teach that lowly sinners are saved through free grace from God rather than good works. Such a silly stance readily produces the attitude that God will provide for my...

Duration: 00:20:29


No Gods, No Guilt #13

11/17/2011
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How to protect the children Parents are powerful in forming youngsters' prejudices (pre-rational judgments). A lie, a piece of misinformation, a superstition, an unreasonable religious mystery, even an outdated family custom planted in the defenseless child's mind as factual is abusive. If every single family tradition is passed on as culture, unimproved, to the children, they will be just as prejudiced and handicapped as the older generation. The most important of the big ten commandments...

Duration: 00:20:27


No Gods, No Guilt #14

11/16/2011
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Chapter six: Faith Can lead to Extremes St. Paul said faith exceeds all understanding. A half century ago the faith of McCarthyism concluded that "extremism in the defense of virtue is no vice." When such a faith quickly led to the obvious destruction of human rights, people lost their faith in Joe McCarthy's unreason. Religion's much longer traditions cannot be so easily cleansed from society. Watch the articulate Franklin Graham continue the influential messages of his political genius...

Duration: 00:16:33


No Gods, No Guilt #15

11/15/2011
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Repeated fallacies become believable You can fool some of the people all of the time, so myths that are repeated often enough can become culturally acceptable. This helps explain how bumper sticker "truths," like "In God We Trust" and "One Nation Under God" tend to supernaturalize patriotism. Politicians, following the crowd, appear to accept the popular myths. This often leads to unconstitutional extremes that threaten the Jeffersonian wall of separation of Church and State. [Length 13:24...

Duration: 00:13:24


No Gods, No Guilt #16

11/14/2011
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First Amendment to the Constitution With the thousands of Christian denominations in U.S., there are religious leaders who believe they have divine knowledge that puts them above the civil law and the guidance of natural reason. As some of these teachers of the young pass on supernatural "truths" and non-rational myths, parents and educators take on a greater responsibility to help naive and defenseless youngsters to develop critical thinking skills. [Length 21:20 mins. | File Size = 20 MB]

Duration: 00:21:20


No Gods, No Guilt #17

11/13/2011
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Further extremes that faith can lead to At a conference on miracles that Dr. Uhl participated in, another participant said it was a miracle that only 3,000 persons were killed by the collapse of the twin towers on 9/11/01. If there had been a miracle worker around, couldn't s/he have just given the hijackers an earlier heart attack? It behooves us to realize that a popular president who believes that about anything goes in the name of religious faith could lead religious America away from...

Duration: 00:16:21


No Gods, No Guilt #18

11/12/2011
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We unlearn our prejudices at different rates Some stay stuck in the past honestly, but those who profit from preaching old myths, beliefs and superstitions may deliberately hinder others from developing into independent thinkers so that their old prophets can bring them modern profits. While so many Christians now claim America as their own, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams insisted vehemently that the stable State must remain free from the divisive opinions of religions....

Duration: 00:14:17


No Gods, No Guilt #19

11/11/2011
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Chapter Seven: Humility is truth, not lowliness Humans have evolved into very complex thinking animals; it would be the greatest insult to nature to become less the thinker and more the believer in outdated "truths." Truly humble human beings, realizing they do not know all, work diligently to develop scientific knowledge; they voraciously "eat of the (bible forbidden) tree of knowledge (science)." A human can think and be great; he does not have to be great; he can choose to be only...

Duration: 00:18:11

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