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World religion resources

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom Thompson Jul 22, 2010. 2 Replies

I discovered a new service, Freebase, which aggregates all types of information. I started perusing the religion section and it occurred to me that it may be of interest to others here to catalog a…Continue

Tags: education, resources, encyclopedia, religion

Front page content

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard Healy Jul 10, 2010. 10 Replies

What happened to the updated posts and blogs on the front page? I hope they aren't gone forever. That's the only place that I know how to easily see what's new.Continue

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Choose: Islam or Christianity

Started this discussion. Last reply by Francisco Gutierrez Jul 1, 2010. 87 Replies

If you had to choose a theocracy to live in which would you prefer? Personally, Islam would always be my least desirable option.I understand that none of us would prefer to be forced to live under…Continue

Tags: freedom, ideology, islamization, islam

[Video] Ramachandran on beliefs of split brain individuals

Started Jun 3, 2010 0 Replies

Neurologist VS Ramachandran explains the case of split-brain patients with one hemisphere without a belief in a god, and the other with a belief in a god. This is a hilarious and thought provoking…Continue

Tags: neurology, brain, ramachandran, youtube

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Keith Pinster commented on Tom Thompson's blog post You are agnostic
"@Howard Dunn – You can take the definition of any word to such an extreme so as to be ridiculous.  It amazes me when people do that with these terms.   'Gnostic' is not an “arrogant label” at all. What part of…"
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Mar 31, 2011
Tom Thompson replied to lee's discussion interesting questions for atheists.
"Sure. I won't remember my life when I'm dead but that doesn't mean it isn't worth living, either for me or others."
Mar 9, 2011
Jaime Leyton commented on Tom Thompson's blog post You are agnostic
"New here, just sign in because of this post. I agree with everything you wrote and I think is a real nice semantic essay. Beign an agnostic I will put it this way thou: So huge the difference between "knowledge" and…"
Dec 26, 2010
Tom Thompson replied to Maia Rodriguez's discussion How Has Becoming an Atheist Affected Your Experience of the Holidays?
"If I assumed that the reason for "holidays" is what the Christian church would like you to think then I would probably not celebrate them. However, reading about the origins of many traditions, especially Christmas, lets me celebrate guilt…"
Nov 25, 2010
Tom Thompson replied to Skycomet the Fallen Angel's discussion "Why No Woman Should Ever Be Christian"
"Patriarchy and misogyny is not just a facet of religion but also of culture. Most cultures are infused with it and merely disbelieving in gods is no guarantee against this ancient disparity. As others have commented, even atheists fall afoul of it.…"
Nov 12, 2010
Tom Thompson replied to Earther's discussion When I am asked what my race is on questionaires, I don't answer it.
"Race, as it is meant on the census, and in any other use is a vulgar generalization. Is it defined by skin color, culture, country of birth, ancestry, primary language, or something else? Is it a product of some combination of these? Anthropologists…"
Nov 12, 2010
Tom Thompson replied to Natalia Z's discussion What is death for an atheist?
"Before I was conceived by my parents I did not exist. I had no fear or anxiety or other feelings whatsoever about this state of nonexistence, because nonexistent things cannot. Now that I am alive my state of mind and perception of reality is a…"
Nov 12, 2010
Tom Thompson replied to Earther's discussion When I am asked what my race is on questionaires, I don't answer it.
"My thoughts? Define race."
Nov 9, 2010
Tom Thompson replied to World Walker's discussion Racial Inclusiveness
"I suspect that most atheists are much less biased against skin color or culture than the average theist."
Oct 27, 2010
Tom Thompson replied to Bronwyn Caveney's discussion Can't join groups or make replies to friends
"This site makes use of very delicate script which can fail if you are using a proxy or a certain type of FireFox plugin. It sounds like that may be your problem."
Oct 25, 2010
Tom Thompson replied to Tina Hsiao's discussion Any Advice For a Fellow Atheist?
"I would give you some advice if I had any but you are in a tough position. Decide how much this ceremony will affect your life afterwards and how much of an effect refusing it will have on your relationship with your family. If your parents are…"
Oct 12, 2010
Tom Thompson replied to Deborah Moreno's discussion Atheises Open your eyes
"This is an odd way of introducing yourself, if that was your goal. Are you sure you aren't looking for Youtube?"
Oct 12, 2010

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At 10:14am on May 15, 2011, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…
Greetings, Tom! I'd like to invite you to a group where we talk about anything on our minds, Hang With Friends. :D
At 11:01pm on June 23, 2010, Doom Kitten said…
Thanks for the add Tom ..... the bunny says hello!!
At 6:18pm on June 3, 2010, Piper said…
Thank you for the welcome, Tom. As for my vision, well, I try, haha.
At 2:31am on May 28, 2010, Ron said…
oh wow Tom!!
haha its crazy hearing about dear park sounds like you know exactly what im around.. haha anyways how about you? i see your in redlands.. did you go to LLU?
BTW: you should check out the dave larson class (the sabbath school class that deconverted me...) if you haven't already. its in the LLU church bulletin. i believe they meet in one of the conference rooms of coleman pavilion. some of the UC professors attend, so odds are you wont be the only atheist in the room.
At 1:43am on April 8, 2010, QM - [Mr. Molotov] said…
Thank you for the encouraging words on my post..I am sure I will manage to get over the regret with time..
At 12:20pm on February 26, 2010, Dave Anderson said…
hey, enjoy. their album is great, while i liked great cold distance for the individual songs contained therein, and the great production values, and the increase in the tightness of the music in general, I like their new album for different reasons. It is best to listen to the album in it's true form, from front to back, the songs really inform each other, and as a result the album in it's holistic form truly works for me.
At 10:29pm on February 23, 2010, Gecko, Seth...brother of Richie! said…
Welcome to the Atheists for a Vigoras Space Program! Cant wait to read your opinions and ideas!
At 8:07pm on February 15, 2010, dr kellie said…
Your 3 points were great. I feel the same way. What books do you recommend as an atheist trade-off? I haven't read much, due to mostly reading vet stuff and science stuff for work. What would be your top pick?
At 4:05pm on February 15, 2010, Rebecca Kudzinowski said…
Maybe I should tell them that I'll sacrifice some burnt offerings. I hear that God likes burnt offerings. And legs. Maybe burnt goat legs...
At 3:46pm on February 15, 2010, dr kellie said…
Thanks for your thoughts. I agree. I'm starting to consider how to get this done with the least conflict possible. I have encouraged many friends to come out as gay through a letter/writing, That is something I am considering.

Does the fact that they send you religious materials and such irritate you at all? It has always bugged me. Especially when the stuff is so ridiculous and simplistic. One pamphlet actually quoted some words from an Alabama song! At times like that, I am not offended because I am an atheist, I am offended because I am an intelligent, educated person.

Thanks again for the input. I will let you know how it goes. I am due a trip home in the next month or two. Fun!

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Theists invalidate their position with evidence

Posted on June 13, 2010 at 2:00pm 4 Comments

I am reading Christopher Hitchens' book 'god is not Great' and chapter 5 concludes with an obvious but, nonetheless, important point.

Actually, the "leap of faith" - to give it the memorable name that Soren Kierkegaard bestowed upon it - is an imposture. As he himself pointed out, it is not a "leap" that can be made once and for all. It is a leap that has to go on and on being performed, in spite of mounting evidence to the contrary. This effort is actually too…

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Homer Simpson reveals the nature of faith

Posted on April 22, 2010 at 6:14am 4 Comments



I love The Simpsons for saying what we all want to say, in a way that few of us can. The most recent episode has a line so good I simply had to share it with anyone who may have missed it.



"Faith is what you have in things that don't exist." -- Homer… Continue

Theists: Prove that God loves you

Posted on March 7, 2010 at 2:26pm 2 Comments

Debating the existence of a god with a theist is often a tiresome waste of time. It is sometimes more entertaining to debate specific aspects of doctrine with a theist. One point that I find it interesting to discuss is that of the god's supposed omnibenevolence or love since it is a position which they are unaccustomed to defending.



How do you determine that another human loves you? After much experience to the contrary I could never take someone's word that they really love me even… Continue

My story

Posted on February 25, 2010 at 3:11pm 2 Comments

This is my story. I think it is different than many other people's story so that's why I'm telling it in some detail. It begins in a remote part of northern California where I grew up during the early 70's. Imagine a barely developed countryside with homesteads separated by miles of woodland and connected by a winding dirt road. My nearest neighbors were my cousins who lived about a mile away. Other than my siblings they were the only kids my age I knew until I started school, but I saw them… Continue
 
 
 

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