Thanks for the welcome. I've read your thoughts above and although I may agree with all or none, I believe one fact should be considered in any conversation about atheism or any belief in a supreme being.
Most folks, not through any fault of their own, do not possess the capability to think beyond a certain intelligence level. The relatively small percentage of humans that acheive higher learning are born with that ability to grow intellectually. And yet some of the brightest minds choose to believe in a higher power. Why? I am persuaded there are many reasons.
My point: Even though I don't agree with many that choose to "believe" they don't upset me to the point that I have to deride them. I am not that intelligent to the extent that I am an elitest, so I have compassion for folks that don't see things as clearly as I.
My understanding and patience with "believers" (not religious activists) is explained in a few words of Paul Simon's song "Quiet".
"If they say you are not good enough.....the answer is - your not!
But who are they? And what is it? That eats at what you've got?"
So I choose to liken civil "believers" as a children believing in Santa Claus. If it comforts them in this world of problems - created by greed, selfishness and the pursuit of power - let them pass through this life without us looking down on them with disdain, contempt and ridicule. Just because they may 'seem' not as intellectual or educated as us we must be patient, understanding and compassionate for folks that don't meet our standards.
My best regards,
Dec 13, 2012
I heard about the site on a podcast so I thought I should check it out.
Dec 14, 2012
I'm half way done my MMS at the moment. The book will be short, so might it garner some of your attention, perhaps for a chapter or two? I estimate being finished it ahead of schedule. I know another Oxford-educated prof who's willing to take a gander... but I'd appreciate as much involvement from as many people as possible. RSVP!
Dec 17, 2012
Thanks for the welcome Terry!
Ok, thanks for the invitation. I'll take a look at the group.
Dec 23, 2012
Thank you for the welcome Terence. I added part of my real name because FrustratedAtheistDad was getting a bit too long for conversation. I will check out the group you posted. Thanks.
Dec 24, 2012
Thank you for the welcome, Terry, I appreciate it! :-) And thanks for the pointer to the group. I'll definitely check it out.
Thank you for the welcome, Dr. Meaden, i look forward to the discussions!
Dec 25, 2012
I particularly enjoy corresponding with folk who have a real education, since I've none beyond high school.
I might have gone into physics (like my best friend from the US Navy did after he was disabled and the Veterans Administration set him up with college, and even sent him to CERN last summer on the government dime for an internship), but the VA declared me unemployable and took my college benefits.
So now I am married to a woman (BethKz here) with two college degrees (computer science and business administration). She has one for each of us.
thank you for welcoming me, greatly appreciate all the support and what everyone does
Dec 28, 2012
Thanks for the welcome. I will stop by when I have time to catch up on the topics being discussed.
Dec 30, 2012
Thank you! I already joined your Origins group. :-)
Thank you for your welcome. Glad to be here!
Dec 31, 2012
Happy New Year Dr. Meaden!
Hope you have a wonderful 2013.
Jan 1, 2013
Thank you, Dr. for welcoming me to Atheist Nexus. I'm not online a lot but hope to read and also ad to the blogs, etc.
Jan 2, 2013
Jan 4, 2013
Thank you for your welcome Dr., I hope to learn from you as well as others.
Jan 5, 2013
thanx dr.....really feeling good about all....hoping to see a world where humans are engaged in some creative works rather spreading nonsense....thanks again...
Jan 6, 2013
Thank you for the invitation, Dr. Terrence.
Jan 7, 2013
Thank you for the warm invitation, Dr. Meaden. I would be very glad to join your group and see yours and others viewpoints.
Jan 8, 2013
Thanks for the welcome and the invitation. I joined right away even though I haven't been able to post. I look forward to learning from this group and the others I've joined.
Jan 9, 2013
Thanks for the Welcome, Terence. Good to be here.
Thanks for the welcome. :) Wow, rationality. What a concept! lol After my upbringing, it's a breath of fresh air.
Jan 10, 2013
Jan 11, 2013
Thank you Terry. I'll check out your group this evening. I appreciate the warm welcome and invitation and look forward to meeting some great people here.
Jan 12, 2013
Thanks for the welcome and the invitation.
Jan 19, 2013
Thank you for the welcome note, happy to be here!
Jan 21, 2013
Thanks for such a warm welcome i hope to be an active member
All the best stephen
Jan 22, 2013
Thanks for the welcome, good to be here.
Thanks for the welcome!
One point I have to differ with you on. The word Religion comes from the Latin for "re-connecting". Religion need not be theistic as many Zoroastrians have believed for millenia. There is a fast-growing community, of which I am one, who believe in am atheist religion. The Synthesist Movement is strongest in Scandinavia and believes that man has a need for religion without the god part.
Jan 23, 2013
thank you very much for sending me that lovely message.
I wrote sentenced to death to give an idea about me because the decision of leaving religion makes me a dead person, according islam every person who leaves religion should be beheaded, and now my blood is due for muslims bcoz am no longer one of them :)
Thank you !
Jan 26, 2013
Thank you for the lovely welcome. I look forward to getting to know the site.
Thanks for the warm welcome
Jan 27, 2013
Man, thanks for the welcome, I've never met such a nice online community!
Feb 2, 2013
Thanks so much for both the welcome and invite. I look forward to both learning and discussing from and with you all.
Thank you, just joined! Thanks to the welcome, Terry - and thanks to my friend, Darrel Ray, to turning me onto this site!
Feb 3, 2013
Thanks Terry. Very glad to have found you. Seems like a great community of like-minded people who value truth more than tooth fairies.
Thanks very much, I look forward to utilizing the tools this site has to offer.
Thanks for the warm welcome :D Happy to be here
Feb 4, 2013
Thanks, I appreciate the welcome and look forward to some amazing conversations and ideas to be shared and expressed.