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Should we rebrand ourselves "Rationalists"

Started this discussion. Last reply by Hmuda Apr 17, 2011. 7 Replies

Disclaimer: Being new to this website, it is possible this idea has come up before. If so I apologize for the repetition.Throughout history, there have been frequent attempts to remove the perceived…Continue

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Apr 9, 2011
Daniel Paris posted a discussion

Should we rebrand ourselves "Rationalists"

Disclaimer: Being new to this website, it is possible this idea has come up before. If so I apologize for the repetition.Throughout history, there have been frequent attempts to remove the perceived negative connotations society has towards a specific name and the idea it represents...  For example, in the abortion debate, we have “Pro Life” for those opposed, while those in favor of abortion rebranded themselves as “Pro Choice.”  In 2003 Paul Geisert and Mynga Futrell started a movement to…See More
Apr 9, 2011
Daniel Paris replied to Jennifer W's discussion Atheist Quotes
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Apr 9, 2011

"Question with boldness even the existence of God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear."

-Thomas Jefferson

 

"The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason."

-Ben Franklin 

 

"In the long run, nothing can withstand reason and experience, and the contradiction religion offers to both is palpable."

-Sigmund Freud

 

"Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by rulers as useful"

-Seneca the Younger

 

There are many aspects of the universe that still cannot be explained satisfactorily by science; but ignorance only implies ignorance that may someday be conquered. To surrender to ignorance and call it God has always been premature, and it remains premature today.

-Isaac Asimov

 

"Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise."

-James Madison

 

"This would be the best of all possible worlds, if there were no religion in it."

-John Adams

 

"Faith is believing something you know ain't true."
-Mark Twain

 

"One of the great tragedies of mankind is that morality has been hijacked by religion"

-Arthur C. Clarke

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At 10:19pm on May 20, 2011, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…

Greetings, Daniel! I notice you haven't been active at Atheist Nexus lately. <sigh> Sometimes it can seem a bit fragmented, with different groups for every interest. Please consider a group for socializing, where we talk about whatever's on our minds,Hang With Friends. :D You might feel more at home.

 

At 10:12am on April 10, 2011, Ken said…
Hello and welcome to the Nexus.  We are glad to have you join us.
At 5:32pm on April 9, 2011, Dr. Terence Meaden said…

Hi Daniel, and welcome to this rational world of Internet atheism---a haven from the superstitions and fictional god of the masses. 

"Thank science and true common sense for atheism."

We invite you to make good friends by joining the busy group "ORIGINS: Universe, Astronomy, Life, Earth, Humans, Religion, Gods, Atheism, Evolution, Darwin..." with its 440 discussion topics and 2500 members.
http://www.atheistnexus.org/group/originsuniverselifehumankindanddarwin

Terence Meaden

 
 
 

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