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Roger Zelasny's Agnostic Prayer

Insofar as I may be heard by anything, which may or may not care what I say, I ask, if it matters, that you be forgiven for anything you may have done or failed to do which requires forgiveness. Conversely, if not forgiveness but something else may be required to insure any possible benefit for which you may be eligible after the destruction of your body, I ask that this, whatever it may be, be granted or withheld, as the case may be, in such a manner as to insure your receiving said benefit. I ask this in my capacity as your elected intermediary between yourself and that which may not be yourself, but which may have an interest in the matter of your receiving as much as it is possible for you to receive of this thing, and which may in some way be influenced by this ceremony. Amen.

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Mother Church

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 7:08am 0 Comments

A curious thing sometimes happens to organizations when they mature. They can take on a life of their own. Anyone who has ever been involved in any sort of organization that is run by committee can probably think of an example or two. People start out with an enterprise, and decide that this enterprise needs organizing. They get together, divide tasks, and in this way try to pursue the enterprise more efficiently. There are obstacles that prevent the organization from doing this, and they are… Continue

The Leap of Faith

Posted on March 11, 2010 at 5:30am 1 Comment

The Leap of Faith

One of the big problems I have with religion is that it does not allow you to test its…

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Reasons Not To Believe

Posted on March 10, 2010 at 6:21am 5 Comments

I am an Atheist because I see no reason to believe in the existence gods.



There are a lot of things that can be explained in ways that feature supernatural beings, but so far I have not found a single one that cannot be adequately explained without them, or that makes me feel that it will never be adequately explained in a non-supernatural context. What is more, I find that explanations that do not have any supernatural components are more useful than the ones that do, for the simple… Continue

Latest Activity

Matt commented on Michael Nugent's blog post Pope's letter protects church, not its victims
"Excellent post, thanks for that. 4(b) An apostolic visitation and a mission - notice the emphasis on obedience? For a while there was a little bit of a rebellion brewing among the footsoldiers of the church, with priests threatening to refuse to…"
Mar 23, 2010
Matt commented on Henk Bolhuis's blog post Is atheism the default setting at birth?
"If you mean the belief in a specific god, then yes ideed. Also a lot of the tenets of religion do not come naturally or even easy to young children, unless carefully packaged and force-fed from a young age. If you mean belief in the supernatural…"
Mar 18, 2010
Matt replied to James M. Martin's discussion Favorite Atheist Sayings, No. 1
"Give a man a fire, and he is warm for a while. Set him on fire, and he is warm for the rest of his life!"
Mar 16, 2010
Matt replied to James M. Martin's discussion Favorite Atheist Sayings, No. 1
""the greatest victory of science over religion hapened when they began installing lightning conductors on churches" Isaac Asimov"
Mar 16, 2010
Matt replied to Cārvāka's discussion Am I rational?
"I am inclined to think that you can test rationality to an extent -you can see if you can reach your conclusion in a series of clear steps that can each be tested for truth, or at least usefulness. It is not something I have thought about much so…"
Mar 16, 2010
Matt posted a blog post

Mother Church

A curious thing sometimes happens to organizations when they mature. They can take on a life of their own. Anyone who has ever been involved in any sort of organization that is run by committee can probably think of an example or two. People start out with an enterprise, and decide that this enterprise needs organizing. They get together, divide tasks, and in this way try to pursue the enterprise more efficiently. There are obstacles that prevent the organization from doing this, and they are…See More
Mar 16, 2010
Matt replied to Eagle Ashcroft's discussion The Flood Story
"if everything is just a theory, do toss a coin when deciding between leaving the house through the front door or through the 3rd floor window?"
Mar 15, 2010
Matt commented on Matt's blog post Reasons Not To Believe
"quote away, it would be an honor, and thanks for your kind remarks!"
Mar 15, 2010
Matt replied to Hugh Kramer's discussion Yes I can say there is no God: An open letter to atheists
"I read the best answer to this on this very site - someone stated that they are 100% *satisfied* that there are not russells teapot, and/or god. I am very happy with that answer - thanks, poster whose name I forgot! It is brief, exact, and to the…"
Mar 15, 2010
David Prentice commented on Matt's blog post Reasons Not To Believe
"To Eric - Isn't it interesting that our entire justice system is built around paying the state for crimes against the people. Sound familiar? "Vengeance is Mine", sayeth the government lol."
Mar 14, 2010
David Prentice commented on Matt's blog post Reasons Not To Believe
"Really nicely and concisely put. I wish I had your articulatory ability ;) There are some choice passages I'd like to quote if I may, from time to time. I'll reference you, of course :D"
Mar 14, 2010
Matt replied to Goz's discussion Word is getting out.
"Hear hear. The anti-abortion nonsense should have been put to rest ages ago. Someone's body is a key part of their personal sovereignty. Simply going "you should have done something about it" is a shortsighted approach. I remeber a…"
Mar 14, 2010
Matt commented on Jim DePaulo's blog post Getting Porked by Jeebus
"The receiver of the miracle himself could not be reached, as he was being treated for serious burns all over his face."
Mar 14, 2010
Matt commented on Richard Healy's blog post I just had my first ever....
"pretty good :) There is someone on the nexus who has written a little tract, pinting out the advantages of atheism, and how they answer some of the big questions of life. You can download it, and then when they give you one of their little…"
Mar 14, 2010
Matt commented on Sigmund's blog post The Invention of Religion
"You can corroborate what you have just said by looking at the births of religious movements. More often than not, when a new religion pops up or a new culkt schisms off, this tends to go hand-in-hand with socio-cultural revolution. It is like all…"
Mar 14, 2010
Matt replied to Eric's discussion Meat taken away for Lent
"Hmmm - meat-centered guerilla warfare. This should be examined as a means of resistance in religious conflicts. Perhaps, all we need in afghanistan is a large consignment of bacon! It could be a humorous and gentle way to point out that it is a…"
Mar 14, 2010

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At 11:25am on May 15, 2011, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…
Greetings, Matt! I notice you haven't been active at Atheist Nexus for almost a year. <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 5:54pm on April 20, 2010, Cyril Butler said…
Hi, Matt, could you sign my petition for a secular education system as I am trying to get it off the ground. If you could join the group on facebook and spread the word http://www.secularpetition.com. The facebook group is Petition for a secular irish education system. Thanks for your help. Cyril
At 6:34pm on November 12, 2009, Dr. Terence Meaden said…
Yes, you are right. Religion is a great fraud.
Welcome to this fine atheist site and its thousands of bright people like you who recognise that gods are nothing but fictions inside the brains of the credulous. Join Atheist Nexus groups and enjoy.

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