"I have read some sociological studies that have found that greater economic equality and security is associated with decreased religious belief. Studies cite the examples of countries like Sweden and Denmark which have comprehensive welfare systems…"
"Well, being a polite rooster bye and large, I will be gentle with my thoughts as to why Religious-Americans fear Atheist-Americans, not wanting to offend anyone. =]
I feel it is because right from the first European invasion of…"
"Hmmm, addicted. That's more appropriate than you may think! Churches are rarely just theology-delivery systems (like some sort of weird turkey baster...) They offer a whole variety of social interactions. If you are the…"
" I just wrote the great author Sam Harris about this subject. That "void," that Mr. Harris speaks of is very real to someone of faith. Below is a small portion of the story that I sent to Mr. Harris. My nephew was only 21 years old…"
"Given the secularism of the founding fathers and how consensus looks to authority it is an anomaly. Their openess set the spring-board to no monoply by christians and belief than is seen by comparison in muslim counties where it can be against the…"
"Down here in Costa Rica, we refer to the nightly ranters on 75m. as the "finqueros cerdos" - the "pig farmers." Most seem to display a level of ignorance suggesting that their only contact with education is a weekly trip…"
"I don't know about that.
I live in a small town in a red state on the Great Plains. My husband and I are pretty open about being atheists. There are social events connected with the church, but there are a LOT more associated with local…"
"Simply put, the country as a whole is afraid of atheism and its rising numbers because it represents a loss of control and authority over the people. When religion controls thoughts and beliefs, it also controls behaviour. There…"
I can only wonder how the far right conservatives will greet this news.====Book Questions Abraham Lincoln's SexualityA forthcoming book claims that the sixteenth president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, was a homosexual, based on evidence ranging from a post-assassination interview with Lincoln's stepmother to a poem about gay marriage written by the Civil War leader.The book,…See More
"Part of the problem, too, is that believers have been told repeatedly that They Are SINNERS, that they can't redeem themselves on their own, that they were born broken and only through the Blood of JEEEZUS can they extract themselves from the…"
"the establishment has always used religion as a control mechanism for the masses. Religion also helps to galvanise political and idealogical thinking. there is also the idea that without moral imperatives we would all run around killing,…"
"Its nice to hear that people worldwide are waking up. I see the opposite here in California lately, seems the churches have mastered brainwashing. My wifes family puts their children in these bible quiz tournaments now. As young as 5 pretty…"
I'm not sure how it happened but the discussion posted twice. Your answer is very interesting but as you can see from Dr. Meaden's answer in the other post he disagrees with you. (My position is that science does not know enough about the nature of life energy to say whether it can exist in the absence of a physical realm and that Atheism means only a lack of belief in gods.) I was wondering if you would post your answer to the latest discussion to see what other opinions it might generate.
Hello Scott, and welcome to this friendly meeting place with freethinkers like you who recognise that gods are phoney and religion is nothing but a great fraud aimed at controlling vulnerable superstitious people, including especially defenceless children; and
how tragic and inexcusable it is that women and minorities have been oppressed these last two thousand years and even longer.