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Public event in Melbourne: Average Atheists - seeking potential presenters

Started Apr 5, 2013 0 Replies

__A One problem facing atheists is that of perception among theists. Many theists are only hearing about atheism from prominent scientists and philosophers, basing their counter arguments on…Continue

Answer you census questions honestly, Australians

Started this discussion. Last reply by MB Jul 26, 2011. 1 Reply

The looming census has seen christian groups start a scare campaign.  They claim there are a million muslims in Australia, and that unless everyone ticks christian in the census question about…Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard J May 17, 2010. 3 Replies

Hello everyoneAmong other things that keep me busy and happy, I'm a marine ecologist.  I come from an Anglican heritage but haven't believed in god since late high school biology classes got me…Continue

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Public event in Melbourne: Average Atheists - seeking potential presenters

__A One problem facing atheists is that of perception among theists. Many theists are only hearing about atheism from prominent scientists and philosophers, basing their counter arguments on positions held by those particular atheists. While I agree with the ideas many of those scientists and philosophers espouse, I came to many of those ideas on my own and can express myself coherently on those matters, as is the case with many other common or garden atheists. I would like to make the fact…See More
Apr 5, 2013
Matthew McArthur replied to Matt--Lukin's discussion Has anyone noticed that most atheists…
"You ask me to find a link to find a link to read more on a topic I care little about.  This is unlikely to happen.  I have often been criticised for discarding the beliefs and practices of religions when I have not researched them…"
Dec 16, 2012
Matthew McArthur replied to Matt--Lukin's discussion Has anyone noticed that most atheists…
"What makes you think that the US is the only place where religious oppression is an important issue? Religion can go jump anywhere and everywhere it attempts to push unsupported doctrines on people who don't subscribe to those doctrines. Has…"
Dec 14, 2012
Matthew McArthur replied to Matt--Lukin's discussion Has anyone noticed that most atheists…
"If eastern religions are non-dominionist and cannot inspire in-group fidelity and out-group aggression, why do I get threats from Buddhists who find my calling the four noble truths a series of category errors?  As far as I can see, Buddhism is…"
Dec 14, 2012
MB replied to Matthew McArthur's discussion Answer you census questions honestly, Australians
"I appreciate where your coming from but I must say as An Aussie I havent heard any such rubbish being touted. I still hope the Church of the Jedi gains massively in this census, although they say they will mark this down as a non-answer.   The…"
Jul 26, 2011
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Answer you census questions honestly, Australians

The looming census has seen christian groups start a scare campaign.  They claim there are a million muslims in Australia, and that unless everyone ticks christian in the census question about religion, those muslims will build mosques everywhere and try to institute sharia law.  Given that muslims make up about one percent of the nation's population, this means either that the muslims are going to start an aggressive and successful campaign of conversion in the coming weeks, or that the…See More
Jul 26, 2011
Matthew McArthur replied to leveni's discussion Decline of religion in certain countries
Mar 23, 2011
Matthew McArthur replied to leveni's discussion Decline of religion in certain countries
"  "Religion may not be seen as a practice, but as a way of living it's still very present. No mathematical formula can catch that,"   I disagree with this comment, but I think the formula needs to be more subtle than that…"
Mar 23, 2011
Matthew McArthur replied to Vangelis Stamatopoulos's discussion Sam Harris is not an Atheist according to the AFA
"I'm very sorry.  Here's the same post without the internet memes in the opening paragraph.  Besides that, and a single erroneous question mark, my example of what defines a scientist makes a sound parallel to my problem with…"
Feb 3, 2011
Matthew McArthur replied to Vangelis Stamatopoulos's discussion Sam Harris is not an Atheist according to the AFA
"An engineer, huh?  Do you drive trains or build bridges?  Either way, you clearly have the cleverness, but the word is less than definitive.  Oh noes, unclear definitions are hell on engineers.  Where will you go to work in the…"
Feb 2, 2011
Matthew McArthur replied to Vangelis Stamatopoulos's discussion Sam Harris is not an Atheist according to the AFA
"What is CARM?  I'll have a look, but I am pretty sick of dealing with the online Christian community.  All my internetting other than at Atheist Nexus occurs under the name Worldslaziestbusker.   "Boy, I really do hate these…"
Feb 2, 2011
Matthew McArthur replied to Vangelis Stamatopoulos's discussion Sam Harris is not an Atheist according to the AFA
"Indeed, this thread.   Vangelis, I know I said I wouldn't be back, but this was too good to keep from you:   http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2011/02/why_are_you_an_atheist.php   You are fond of the argument from…"
Feb 1, 2011
Matthew McArthur replied to Vangelis Stamatopoulos's discussion Sam Harris is not an Atheist according to the AFA
"  I would stand shoulder to shoulder with you in a secular humanist critique of the Catholic Church, I would fight any law that attempted to prevent you from believing what you like, I would be grateful for your support if you turned up at the…"
Jan 27, 2011
Matthew McArthur replied to Vangelis Stamatopoulos's discussion Sam Harris is not an Atheist according to the AFA
""I can see that you are very fond of the AFA forums and you defend them with great vigour, almost religiously one could say."   No you could not say.  I have already outlined one set of conditions under which I would leave the…"
Jan 27, 2011
Matthew McArthur replied to Vangelis Stamatopoulos's discussion Sam Harris is not an Atheist according to the AFA
"This post may appear out of sequence as the reply function failed to show up after your post from which the quotes were taken.   "Yes, I meditate every day, both metta and samatha. Metta is particularly beautiful and…"
Jan 26, 2011
Matthew McArthur replied to Vangelis Stamatopoulos's discussion Sam Harris is not an Atheist according to the AFA
"I don't accept the argument from ignorance from theists, so why should I make an exception for you?   "Seriously, this is what meditation is all about, not blaming others but taking responsibility for your own flaws and resolving…"
Jan 26, 2011

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At 1:02pm on May 17, 2010, Donna Darko said…
Hello, Matthew, welcome to the Atheist Nexus.
At 10:27am on May 17, 2010, Sigmund said…
Hi Matthew,
Welcome to Atheist Nexus!
Sigmund (http://atheistprinciples.tripod.com)
At 5:09pm on May 16, 2010, Dr. Terence Meaden said…
Hello Matthew, and welcome to this friendly meeting place where we recognise--like you as a freethinking atheist--that gods are phoney and religion is used to control people;
and how tragic and inexcusable it is that women and minorities have been oppressed these last two thousand years and more.

Terry Meaden
founder of the busy group "ORIGINS: Universe, Life, Earth, Humans, Religion, Evolution, Darwin..." with its 260 discussion topics. We invite you to join us.
http://www.atheistnexus.org/group/originsuniverselifehumankindanddarwin
At 7:59am on May 16, 2010, Atheist Princess said…
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