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The arrogance of being right

Started this discussion. Last reply by Miguel Jul 11, 2010. 230 Replies

I sometime read religious boards and it amazes and disappoints me how much religious zealots and atheist have in common – the absolute and righteous certainty that they at the exclusion of others…Continue

The Religion teacher did always tell me I was going to hell

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jennifer Rice Jul 7, 2010. 3 Replies

Howdy all!  Reading some of these introductions reminded me of how the old nun that taught Religion & Morals announced to the class that I was going to hell and so was everyone that listened to…Continue

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A dollar

Posted on November 24, 2010 at 1:57am 6 Comments

I was once called a "sucker" by a very rich fellow for giving a dollar to a homeless man.

I replied “the day I summarily judge a man as worthless for being poor, I will have…

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For reason's sake

Posted on July 2, 2010 at 11:46pm 1 Comment

The voids of our knowledge have always been filed with religious and mystical explanations and although we have only began to understand our world, science has done a far greater service than shaman or clergymen in elevating our understanding of the planet and the universe we live in.



There is a view that is often advanced by mystics that the rigor of the sciences stifles imagination…

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Older but not necessarily wiser

Posted on July 2, 2010 at 11:30pm 4 Comments

Experience provides an opportunity to learn but it does not guarantee that anything is learned from it.

Much like a pupil that is merely present for class, being present during life’s events, does not by itself guarantee that one will have learned anything.

Few are the people that grow both older and wiser. Most people simply grow older and more irrational.

Being human

Posted on July 2, 2010 at 11:30pm 2 Comments

We all differ in our ability to participate in the lives of others but we all have the opportunity, the choice, to participate in the lives of others more fully than we do now.

And yet we don’t do it out of fear, out of ambivalence to the suffering of others and because we tell ourselves that we are too busy and our own lives too messed to help others. Yet, all that it takes is to reach out without fear and to care, a simple embrace, to share food, and to…

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At 10:20am on July 4, 2010, Richard Healy said…
I have not been to Darwin's House, no. Not made it down that far South.
At 4:48am on July 4, 2010, Richard Healy said…
Oh well I was sent to church. Evidently it didn't take. ;-)

I never had any faith to loose really but I did not doubt that god existed, so insofar as I recognised my own doubts about religion in general I still thought God existed (to the point where I though he would be annoyed if I attend church - like by walking through the doors I'd be appearing under a magnifying glass carry an illuminated sign: I DON'T BELIEVE IN YOU)

It seems a bit ridiculous now but I put it down to a young brian grappling with ideas it was quite sure how to file. So it sort of hadn't occurred to me that god he could probably tell that if I was stood outside of the church too (If I believed he could see me anywhere) nor that by doubts would ultimately lead to including his very existence. It was all very one sided: I didn't feel I had any faith at all. Talking to the weather was doing nothing for me. So I sort of affirmed doubt while believing in something I didn't yet know was false.) And that's how things were up and until I got into my late teens, then once I began actually asking questions it all just fell away.
At 3:25pm on July 3, 2010, Dr. Terence Meaden said…
Welcome to Atheist Nexus and to the busy group "Origins".
At 2:23pm on July 3, 2010, Richard Healy said…
Thanks. I got the graphic from Sam Harris's Reason project. - All the red-lines represent contradictions in the bible. (frankly it looks better on the poster - the Ning uploader crops and magnifies images)

http://www.project-reason.org/gallery3/image/105/

But I like abstract qualities of images, so it appealed to my inner aesthetic and atheistic reasoning.
At 2:19pm on July 3, 2010, Richard Healy said…
I was spared a religious upbringing in that sense. So have never yet encountered nuns only observed from afar, as it were.

Then again, unlike it's ineffectually scented wooden-flaked homonym, I find popery offenseive and it gives me a rash.
At 1:07pm on July 2, 2010, Atheist Princess said…
Welcome to the Nexus ( :
At 2:50am on July 2, 2010, Richard Healy said…
Welcome to A|N

Old Nuns are funny (and wrong)
 
 
 

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