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Ted Foureagles commented on Justin Murray's blog post My atheism is about a lack of need for gods, not just a lack of belief in gods.
"I think that god beliefs are sociologically important because so many purport to hold them.  That they do so illogically (in my opinion) can't be put down to abnormal thought patterns when it is the stance of the vast majority, or at least…"
Sep 20, 2013
Joan Denoo commented on Justin Murray's blog post Is religion a form of abuse?
"Or like driving down a rugged canyon road with a rushing river on one side and steep cliffs on the other, and trying to steer by looking out the rear view mirror at some goat herders from two to four thousand years ago, with writings that emerged…"
Sep 20, 2013
Joan Denoo liked Justin Murray's blog post Is religion a form of abuse?
Sep 20, 2013
Scott Long commented on Justin Murray's blog post Is religion a form of abuse?
"For sure: I think there could be a wrong outward case made against the psychological damage wrought by the fear religion places onto children from an authoritarian father figure from fantasy land. I've heard psychologists talk about spiritual…"
Sep 20, 2013
Loren Miller commented on Justin Murray's blog post Is religion a form of abuse?
"Christopher Hitchens spoke to this theme frequently, that of being born sick, then commanded to be well.  Shameless scam, anyone?"
Sep 20, 2013
Michael Penn commented on Justin Murray's blog post My atheism is about a lack of need for gods, not just a lack of belief in gods.
"Up until about a year ago I believed that there was a god, the book that revealed him was the "wholey buybull," and that he did have a plan for man. I was taught that very early in life and was told that all the other religions were there…"
Sep 20, 2013
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Sep 20, 2013
Michael Penn commented on Justin Murray's blog post Is religion a form of abuse?
"It's a scam that also holds true as you have written it for cult members as well as the normally accepted religious doctrines worldwide. What most of these people forget is that their "holy book" is flawed and we have proven that. If…"
Sep 20, 2013
Tom Sarbeck commented on Justin Murray's blog post What does it mean to have faith?
"Derod, the faith you have is the most important faith to have. Religion keeps people, especially children, from finding it and encourages passivity. I consider religion abusive. "
Sep 20, 2013
Derod Gregory Broady commented on Justin Murray's blog post What does it mean to have faith?
"I dont have faith in the religious aspect. I kinda fall in the aspect of having faith in me. I have faith in my abilities, my intellect, my determination, and my will power.  When I did attend church I thought that God did everything and…"
Sep 19, 2013
Randall Smith commented on Justin Murray's blog post Everyday Religous Practice 4: Church for Agnostics? The slow decline of a Unitarian Universalist community.
"I was an atheist Unitarian for 12 years. Met my second wife there. We divorced (13 yrs ago). She got the church, I got my home. But I really enjoyed (and now miss) the socialization and intelligence of that church community."
Sep 18, 2013
Loren Miller commented on Justin Murray's blog post What does it mean to have faith?
"Oh, dear, Pat ... it's clear you haven't kept track with the current obesity stats!  As the centuries have passed, angels have GAINED WEIGHT ... a WHOLE LOT of weight ... and as a result, you just can't fit that many pudgy…"
Sep 17, 2013
Pat commented on Justin Murray's blog post What does it mean to have faith?
"Only 52 and 3/4? Those bastard priests in grade school told me it was 10,000! Lying SOBs. I should have known their claims were exaggerated even back then."
Sep 17, 2013
Loren Miller commented on Justin Murray's blog post What does it mean to have faith?
"One of my favorites as well, Pat, especially since the black man who starts out is saying a lot of stuff which he can in no way corroborate what he says regarding aborted fetuses ("aborted children"?!?  Come ON!!!).Which brings yet…"
Sep 17, 2013
Pat commented on Justin Murray's blog post What does it mean to have faith?
"Still one of my favorites. "
Sep 17, 2013
Loren Miller commented on Justin Murray's blog post What does it mean to have faith?
"Damn, Glen!  You angry at god or sumptin?!?  [chuckle!]"
Sep 17, 2013

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My atheism is about a lack of need for gods, not just a lack of belief in gods.

Posted on September 20, 2013 at 6:56am 2 Comments

As a sociologist, I can not rely on naturalism or materialism (especially methodological naturalism).



The study of social life would be impossible from any of those positions.



Thus it is important to understand the epistemological and ontological basis of all worldviews, even if they do not lead to truth. It is enough that people believe them to be true (because sociology is not about truth, but about how people make sense of the world.



Having said that:…

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Is religion a form of abuse?

Posted on September 20, 2013 at 5:48am 4 Comments

Having recently spent quite a bit of time looking closely at the doctrines of a wide range of religions, I have come to the conclusion that most follow the same pattern:



1. An authority figure makes a claim that the individual is in some way flawed or dependent on a supernatural entity;

2. The authority figure make the claim that only they have special access to that supernatural entity;

3. The individual is thus convinced they are incomplete without the authority…

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Everyday Religious Practice 5: The Power of Ritual in the Catholic Mass and a Sense of Place.

Posted on September 19, 2013 at 11:30pm 0 Comments

"...if not for the women of this church, it would be poorer. So we acknowledge the role of these women who serve us with enthusiasm.” Different man in many layers

 

Again I let go of my skepticism about gods and let the power of the ritual of the Catholic Mass surround me.

 

I meet a skinny man who had been going to this church since 1961. Not this exact building, but the same precinct. The building in which we chat now has been a school chapel, a school house and…

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What does it mean to have faith?

Posted on September 16, 2013 at 7:43pm 11 Comments

What does it mean to have faith?
 
For me, when I was a believer, faith is accepting something as true without ever looking for evidence.



Once I looked for evidence and found none, I changed my…
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At 5:40pm on August 17, 2012, Dr. Terence Meaden said…

Hi Justin

A big welcome to this world of rationality, truth and peace, where common sense and science lead to freethinking wisdom --- as you know in being a  non believer and freethinker like us.

We invite you to make good friends by joining the busy group "ORIGINS: Universe, Astronomy, Life, Earth, Humans, Religion, Gods, Atheism, Evolution, Darwin..." with 700 discussion topics and 3500 members.

http://www.atheistnexus.org/group/originsuniverselifehumankindanddarwin

Terry

At 7:01pm on August 14, 2012, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…

Welcome, Justin! Glad you could join us. :D

Please consider joining a group to meet people and talk about anything that's on your mind, Hang With Friends. After you've searched for topics of interest in "Groups" above and in the "Forums", don't forget to look at recent activity which hides along the right margin of the page all the way at the bottom.

You might also like Atheists who love Science! and Geek & Nerd Haven. I also recommend Eco-Logical, since the climate is changing so drastically.

At 5:00am on August 14, 2012, Steph S. said…

Greetings! Welcome to the site!

 
 
 

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