So – who has the right religion? I do! I’m a Realist. I believe in Reality. Everything that actually is real. And my religion is the one true religion. Church of Reality. Reality changed my life – it can change your’s too!

With all the money we spend on religion and religious wars, wouldn’t the world be better off focusing on Reality? No religious terrorism – wouldn’t that be great?



  1. Wayne R says:

    Do you have proof of reality? I don’t see any.

  2. MikeN says:

    So in your true religion as a devotee of Musk, is Jeff Bezos considered the Devil?

    https://washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2015/11/24/jeff-bezoss-space-company-just-made-a-dramatic-breakthrough/

    • Cosmodrome Cowboy says:

      “jeff-bezoss-space-company-just-made-a-dramatic-breakthrough”

      Gravity works??

  3. IM72 says:

    According to Wikipedia,
    “Reality is the conjectured state of things as they actually exist, rather than as they may appear or might be imagined. In a wider definition, reality includes everything that is and has been, whether or not it is observable or comprehensible. A still broader definition includes everything that has existed, exists, or will exist.”
    So I’m pretty certain that your “reality” is different than mine.
    There are other realities than physical, you know. There is a spiritual reality, which atheists and others (some people who post on this board, as an example) refuse to believe that anything other than physical reality exists at all. Oh well, I’ve had my share of that discussion, so have a good time at it, Marc, and don’t be too hard on yourself as you awaken to the deeper realities that are in store for you.

    • jpfitz says:

      I’m a non-believer, but I realize that what I can see with my eyes and processed thru my brain is my reality. Our reality can be shared with others. The “spiritual” or unseen reality exists I believe. Atheists can be more open than most people in my estimation.

  4. Hmeyers says:

    This is a middleschooler question.

    And a sign of 3 major human fallacies in one sentence:

    1. Humans are their worst when conforming and agreeing. Think mob justice or whatever brainwashing religion and liberals and conservatives do in groups — to arrive at the least complex and dumbest opinions. This isn’t intelligence, it’s opposite of intelligence.

    2. There are no answers, only questions. Being a “realist” is as close to being a pinhead as possible. Because if you think you have an answer, you become less, not more, by no longer asking questions.

    3. If you are really a “realist” — then you there are things you know you know, things you don’t know you don’t know, but you have to know this 2nd group exists. Being a realist is cop-out where you just give up on the “things you don’t know you don’t know”.

    A “realist” to me sounds like some kind of quitter, who decided to give up on thought. Which is the only thing that makes humans special.

  5. bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

    HMyers is right on. Problem with “reality” is that it establishes nothing. Just like saying “God did it.”

    Prove me wrong: is Anthropomorphic Global Warming reality or not?

    • AGW says:

      My reality is not yours.

      • bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

        Sadly, it is….. to the degree any long term slowly evolving life on earth all dying off scenario is. Not your reality in that is will happen to your Great Grand Kiddies, with great die offs along the way in time for tragic self awareness.

        We coulda been great.

    • Your Wish is my Command says:

      “Prove me wrong: is Anthropomorphic Global Warming reality or not?”

      Turns out you are right! …

      http://merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anthropomorphic

      Full Definition of ANTHROPOMORPHIC

      1: described or thought of as having a human form or human attributes

      http://povetrnik.cz/rs/image/200903111016_stribog_3.jpg

      • bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

        Ha, ha…good one if you meant: created by humans but having nothing to do with reality. I think that is what you are trying to point out. Not directly indicated by your posted definition but is included in broader definitions.

        Not a typo, as much as muscle memory and lack of close proof reading.

  6. Likes2LOL says:

    Yo, First One:

    I believe the average cave man’s / human’s belief in The Afterlife is a direct result of seeing one’s tribe member, killed earlier in the day by a mastodon, alive in tonight’s dream.

    What if what we perceive as conscious Reality is in fact a dream we wake up from when we die? How cool would THAT be? 😉

    P.S. Love, love, love the Church of Reality! Great job crafting a viable belief system. Long live Marc Perkel, the Pope of Reality! http://churchofreality.org/

  7. jpfitz says:

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone, especially you Pedro, I can count on your “Yawn” about every other topic.

  8. ± says:

    How come the Flying Spaghetti Monster doesn’t rate a sign in the graphic??!

    http://bing.com/images/search?q=flying+spaghetti+monster&FORM=HDRSC2

  9. Atheism for all says:

    As absurd as a religion based on reality is, Marc Perkel makes a very good point — HUMANS ATTACK ANYTHING THAT DOESN’T FIT INTO THEIR PREJUDICED LITTLE WORLDS. The very first reactions — right here — prove it.

    What does ANYONE care what ONE MAN believes? Not me. I only care what any one man DOES! And if that man’s motive to do things is based on a belief then you can be sure there will be a pretty good fight.

    NO WONDER THERE ARE “HOLLY” WARS!

  10. Benjamin says:

    Jesus is the one true way to get to Heaven. He can save us from sin which leads to death. Every other religion is false.

    • NikElectric says:

      Thor is the one true way to get to Valhalla. He can save us from dishonor which leads death. Every other religion is false.

    • Marc Perkel says:

      May Darwin have mercy on your soul.

    • bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

      BJ–what a silly thing to say/think/post. EVERYONE DIES. Yes, everyone sins. Add it up and what you post is driveling nonsense whether or not there is a God. Hint: it doesn’t matter as he is an asshat if he does.

      Silly hooman.

  11. flatwombat says:

    So, I guess I’ve been a “realist” for about 50 years now and could go into great detail about that, but it’s easier to explain Religion. Just over a year ago, my wife died and the loss has been extreme, especially knowing that there will be no chance of rejoining.

    A week ago, my daughter called me on my cell phone and asked why I’d called her from my home phone (40 miles away). I said that I’d been gone for over a day and it couldn’t be, yet she had the record of the incoming number on her cell. My carrier had no record of the call.

    For several days, I broke down, sobbing that my wife was trying to make contact and why couldn’t I get a call when we’d been so close. That was as close to understanding Religion as I’ve ever been.

    Today, my son told us that he had pranked a call to my daughter with some joke or other and spoofed my number since he was sure she wouldn’t pick up if he’d called. (My son can be a complete asshat!)

    Anyhow, when you are so sad and something seemingly mystic happens, you really want to believe that it could be true, even if your brain says that it can’t. In short, Religion defies Reality at a moment like that.

    • bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

      You mean being spoofed?

      In the depths of my similar despair, I don’t think I became vulnerable to such folly. I’m 99% sure nothing I can say to you is not already known to you.

      I’m going on about 50 years after my loss, and I can tell you, it does abate over time. Not much for the first 20 years though. Hope you have an easier time.

      Just lay off the sacramental wine. It tastes terrible with the cookies.

      • flatwombat says:

        Thanks. Yeah, in times of despair it’s human nature to grasp at any “hope”. During my wife’s illness, even though I knew it was terminal from the start, there was such a long period of “normal” life that I found myself wondering if some way, somehow the diagnosis was wrong. It wasn’t.

        Even if you study Religion, how it likely began and progressed and find it unrealistic, when something beyond our understanding happens we can still find ourselves wondering, especially if it generates hope in bleak times.

        Yep, sacramental wine’s not nearly as good as eggnog for cookies. Beer, however, goes with everything! 😀

        • bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

          “when something beyond our understanding happens we can still find ourselves wondering,…” //// In my mind, this is positive and supporting: I doubt anything happened that is beyond your understanding. No need to be “happy” about that but don’t confuse grief with doubt nor wishful thinking with God.

          Everything worthwhile has been said many times by others. Eg: grant me the ability to accept what I can’t change?

          Read some grief counseling books. I’d say they didn’t “help” me….until years later when the emotions did abate. It cuts both ways, but I didn’t even have many of the good years (months)………yeah…….. it does cut both ways.

  12. Silenus says:

    I almost started a church in Texas because the then attorney general, a woman named Strayhorn, refused to grant a non-profit tax status to a Unitarian Universalist and an Ethical Culture church because they didn’t believe in and extreme being. I was so offended I almost applied for nonprofit status for a church I called the Church of Strayhorn. Our extreme being would be Ms Strayhorn herself. The beauty part of this is that members of the Church of Strayhorn would be known as Strayhornies.

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    Which arrow does not belong on the stick?

  16. Scotty says:

    I stopped reading churchofreality.org when I read ‘wining souls for darwin’ because there is zero empirical evidence of macro- evolution. Sorry darwinots, do your homework (i.e. read both sides of the argument). People defending macro-evolution sound like fundamental Christians defending the resurrection. Both are wrong.


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