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What is Humanism to you?

Started Apr 26, 2011 0 Replies

Maybe this belongs in another category besides the Water Cooler, but I'd just like to know what everyone thinks of Humanism. I consider myself a humanist and I know what it means to me. How do you…Continue

Tags: humanism

Evolution Disclaimers Discussion.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Timo Ostrander Jan 22, 2010. 5 Replies

here is a link to a funny site that lampoons arguments ID advocates spout. I posted this to my facebook account and one of my closest friends (from when I was still a fundy) took great offense at it.…Continue

Tags: Creationism, Design, Intelligent, evolution

The Raptured Speak! Their message to those left behind.

Started this discussion. Last reply by ryan cameron Nov 20, 2009. 12 Replies

This gave me a great chuckle. I found it on a site called Rapture Ready which was referred to in a recent episode of The Atheist Experience. For those of you who are vague about what some Christians…Continue

The Honest Armor of God, Rewriting Ephesians 6:10-17

Started this discussion. Last reply by AgeOfAtheists14 Nov 20, 2009. 10 Replies

Those of you familiar with Christianity may know of this passage in Ephesians in which Paul uses the metaphor of armor for the equipment of the Christian. I thought it deserved a more honest,…Continue

 

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Timo Ostrander posted a discussion

What is Humanism to you?

Maybe this belongs in another category besides the Water Cooler, but I'd just like to know what everyone thinks of Humanism. I consider myself a humanist and I know what it means to me. How do you view it (whether you consider yourself one or not)? I'm interested in what people think humanism entails and what it excludes. Some things are obvious, but others might disagree on some. Is it inherently atheistic/antitheistic or just compatible with it? I'm also interested in how one refutes claims…See More
Apr 26, 2011
Timo Ostrander replied to scott martins's discussion IS EVERYBODY 100% POSITIVE THERE IS NO GOD?
"Saying that you are 100% sure of something does seem a bit of an exaggeration to me on epistemological grounds, even with lots of supporting evidence. At the same time, I think we can say, I'm pretty damn sure when it comes to lots of things,…"
Jul 25, 2010
Timo Ostrander replied to Jennifer W's discussion Do you believe Jesus existed?
"I sit somewhere between the A and B camps depending on what claims we're talking about. I doubt his name was Jesus. There were most likely many preachers taking disciples at that time. The character in the bible is most likely a conglomeration…"
Jul 25, 2010
Timo Ostrander commented on Richard Goscicki's blog post Bus Advertizements
"I agree that we should go with less undeniably offensive ones like the camel and zombie examples. I also think that we have to be outspoken."
Jul 25, 2010
Leigh K replied to Timo Ostrander's discussion Dealing with Fundamentalist Loved Ones in the group Life After Christian Fundamentalism
"sorry amanda. that sounds really rough. we're thinking about ya."
May 9, 2010
Amanda Mae Burklow replied to Timo Ostrander's discussion Dealing with Fundamentalist Loved Ones in the group Life After Christian Fundamentalism
"Relations with my parents and I are extremely tense. Until about a year ago I was extremely fundamental. I even attended liberty university for a year. My parents were so proud of their 'young woman of God.' So when I left the faith even…"
May 9, 2010
Ian Andreas Miller replied to Timo Ostrander's discussion Latin Translation for "I think therefore God does not exist." in the group LINGUAPHILES & SESQUIPEDALIANS
"The Neo-Latin word for "computer" is "computatrum.""
Mar 31, 2010
Ian Andreas Miller replied to Timo Ostrander's discussion Latin Translation for "I think therefore God does not exist." in the group LINGUAPHILES & SESQUIPEDALIANS
"Of course!"
Mar 31, 2010
Timo Ostrander replied to Timo Ostrander's discussion Latin Translation for "I think therefore God does not exist." in the group LINGUAPHILES & SESQUIPEDALIANS
"true, though the implication (in my thinking) was, "I think therefore I can say god does not exist.""
Mar 20, 2010
David replied to Timo Ostrander's discussion Dealing with Fundamentalist Loved Ones in the group Life After Christian Fundamentalism
"For the most part, I have not really brought the topic up. When I came out as gay to my parents they were devastated. Despite me still being a believer at the time, they have kind of equated my being gay with some kind of rejection of God. They made…"
Mar 15, 2010
Klaus Motan replied to Timo Ostrander's discussion Latin Translation for "I think therefore God does not exist." in the group LINGUAPHILES & SESQUIPEDALIANS
"...ther´s a little problem with theses sentences, as the implication "I think" doesn´t state any evidence of the non-existence of a god; you might think, but you don´t automatically have to think correct, so the state of…"
Mar 12, 2010
Gary A. Poche replied to Timo Ostrander's discussion Dealing with Fundamentalist Loved Ones in the group Life After Christian Fundamentalism
"this is almost my situation verbatim. I connected with your statement about "On an internal personal level, the day I left the faith was the happiest of my life." Yes, I felt so free, now I just feel alone. I have a non religious buddhist…"
Mar 9, 2010
Leigh K replied to Timo Ostrander's discussion Dealing with Fundamentalist Loved Ones in the group Life After Christian Fundamentalism
"Are relations tense?- For me, yes. I haven't spoken to my mother in a few months now. We live two states apart and she is a re-fellowshipped Jehovah's Witness. How do you interact and communicate about the issues on which you disagree with…"
Mar 7, 2010
Round Peg replied to Timo Ostrander's discussion Dealing with Fundamentalist Loved Ones in the group Life After Christian Fundamentalism
"My parents and sister are all Fundamentalists. From childhood until age 26, so was I. But by the time some really trying circumstances led me to question those beliefs, I had already married a Fundamentalist woman and had a daughter. On an internal…"
Feb 20, 2010
Warren replied to Timo Ostrander's discussion Dealing with Fundamentalist Loved Ones in the group Life After Christian Fundamentalism
"Yes Nathan. There are studies that AA does not have better results than a person just quitting on their own or more secular programs such as SMART. There is evidence that AA may even be harmful to those trying to quit drinking. The site linked to…"
Feb 10, 2010
Stephen Moore replied to Timo Ostrander's discussion Grammar Delineation: Much, Many, A lot of in the group LINGUAPHILES & SESQUIPEDALIANS
"I think "Do you want much pizza?" sounds unusual because it is wrong. What do you think? Doesn't sound unusual to me. The usage you've provided would be my usage, with those expectations as the questioner."
Feb 8, 2010

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At 3:46pm on July 25, 2010, D R Hosie said…
Tim, I just had to enter your motto, 'I think therefore god does not exist,' here.
At 3:14pm on February 13, 2010, A Former Member said…
Thanks for posting your discussions in the LINGUAPHILES group. Sorry I haven't commented, but work has kept me busy and I'm way behind on emails, etc.
At 10:29am on November 17, 2009, Timo Ostrander said…
On the point we've been discussing... hardly. :)
At 11:41am on November 16, 2009, Stephen Goldin said…
Welcome to the SFF group. Hope you have a lot of fun here.
At 8:58am on November 16, 2009, A Former Member said…
Thanks for joining us in Linguaphiles. I look forward to your contributions.
At 11:36am on November 10, 2009, Timo Ostrander said…
Having fun here. I definitely think A/N is the best Atheist forum/community online.
At 9:40am on October 21, 2009, Dr. Terence Meaden gave Timo Ostrander a gift
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At 1:24pm on October 20, 2009, A Former Member said…
Thanks for the add.
At 1:04pm on October 20, 2009, A Former Member said…
Timo, I’m not the official welcome wagon, but I do spend a lot of time on A|N, so I’ll take the liberty to welcome you and tell you a little about the site.

There are three ways to join in the conversations here. You can use the CHAT ROOM, or you can post a discussion in either the FORUM or in one of the GROUPS. The FORUM has different categories for posting discussions, and it is open to everyone here. To post a discussion or comment in a GROUP, you must first join that group.

There are over 500 groups so far, so just about any area of interest you can have will be represented. There are regional groups, groups for ex-Christians or ex-Muslims, and groups for pot smokers, bikers, singles, gamers, the LGBT community, parents, and pet lovers. Groups of common interest include: music, science, writing, politics, philosophy, morality, ethics, cinema, feminism, human rights, memetics, sexuality, history, race & culture, gardening, vegetarianism, books, propaganda, Cynicism, Objectivism, news, Doctor Who, free speech, the NFL, psychology, science fiction, horror films, Star Trek, and much more.

You are welcome to start your own group, but I might suggest that you first check to make sure that no such group for that particular interest already exists (for example, we already have four LGBT groups).

I've started eleven groups here (please, no comments on my OCD), so please join any you think you might be interested in: HERCULANEUM: A PLACE FOR MEN, FOUR SCORE AND SEVEN YEARS AGO, THE KNIFE & FORK, HUMANE ATHEISTS, CONSUMER ETHICS, A TRICK OF THE EYE, ODDITORIUM, ARS POETICA, LOVERS OF SHAKESPEARE, QUOTH THE RAVEN, and LINGUAPHILES & SESQUIPEDALIANS.

When commenting in a group, be sure to select FOLLOW at the bottom of the screen so that you’ll be informed of follow up comments to either the discussion, or to your comments. Also, the unspoken preference on A|N for responding to the comments of another member tend to be that you copy the text to which you are referring, paste it in your comment, italicize it, and then write your response below that. That way everyone knows to whom or what you are referring. You should also activate all links or URLs you post.

The best way to see what’s going on elsewhere on the site is to monitor the LATEST ACTIVITY feed on the right side of the screen. You’ll see new members announced and the conversations that are attracting the most attention.

Again, welcome aboard. I hope you enjoy it here, as I do.
 
 
 

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