Twinkle, twinkle little God,
Logic tells us you are a fraud,
Existing in the minds of fools
,Stay out of our public schools.
Added by Sikandar Solzer on April 21, 2014 at 6:38am —
What do collateral damage, friendly fire, special rendition and disposition matrix have in common? They are euphemisms for distasteful operations done by the military. For instance,… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on April 21, 2014 at 5:00am —
Don’t Christians ever wonder why the Apostles struggled so long in recognizing Jesus as God? Hmmm. In Mark, Matthew, and Luke, they never do. They keep falling down, saying things like, “Jeez, we’re gonna get caught!” or “How in the world did you do that, man?”
Either they were the dumbest people on the planet at the time, or they were really good… Continue
Added by Emmett Hoops on April 20, 2014 at 9:31pm —
Thousands of years ago — in times we are fond of calling ‘primitive’ (since this renders us ‘modern’ without having to exert ourselves further to earn this qualification) — religion and medicine were united in an undifferentiated enterprise; and both were closely allied with government and politics — all being concerned with maintaining the integrity of the community and of the individuals who were its members. How did ancient societies and their priest-physicians protect people from… Continue
Added by Alan Perlman on April 20, 2014 at 3:30pm —
My name is Vincent and I'm an artist, part time rationalist, and a believer in Dan Dennett's idea that secularists have a responsibility to create communities and institutions that provide the things that religion religion provides. In the face of the real possibility that religion as it exists is, as Sam Harris would say "incompatible with a global civilization," I can imagine few projects and possibilities more urgently in need of exploration than this as the fit between bronze age ideas… Continue
Added by Vincent on April 20, 2014 at 12:45pm —
Have fun at grandma's house. hahahaha. Put twenty dollars in an egg and make a kid's day.
Added by roland707 on April 19, 2014 at 11:39pm —
“In your Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it,
You’ll be the grandest lady in the Easter Parade…
On the Avenue, Fifth Avenue, photographers will snap us
And you’ll find that you’re in the rotogravure…”
“They tried to nail him down, but he got away.”
Marquee outside church in Massachusetts
Well, it’s that day again, and our Greek Orthodox friends, as well as our Roman… Continue
Added by Alan Perlman on April 19, 2014 at 7:00pm —
I used to foolishly believe that I, as an atheist, and my friends, family, or colleagues who were Christians ultimately wanted the same things. I truly believed that, with the exception of “that one thing” (of course referring to the belief in God here), we were basically the same. After all, just because I don’t believe in God doesn’t necessarily mean that we can’t find common ground on just about everything else, right?
The more I have talked and debated with believers of religion… Continue
Added by Mike Mitchell on April 19, 2014 at 9:00am —
The second step of most 12-step addiction programs is typically "Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity." What if the individual cursed with addiction does not believe in a power greater than ourselves?
I used to be an alcoholic. Back when I was a theist I managed to go through a rather secular program and successfully am no longer addicted to alcohol. I might have a couple beers per month or a bottle of wine a couple… Continue
Added by Gregory Phillip Dearth on April 19, 2014 at 12:53am —
Imagine the religious principles which have, in fact, prevailed in the world. You will scarcely be persuaded that they are anything but sick men’s dreams.”
Psrt I: The Non-Event
Another Passover is upon us. I’ve said just about all I can say about this holiday when Jews celebrate their founding myth, the…
Added by Alan Perlman on April 18, 2014 at 7:30pm —
Anyone here watch Grey’s Anatomy? It’s rather a scattered potpourri of mostly doctors at a fictitious Seattle hospital, playing out multiple plotlines, medical and interpersonal and too frequently with about as much reality involved as the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, but that’s beside the point. There was one particularly refreshing event which occurred in the most recent episode, broadcast naught but a handful of minutes ago as this was written, between Drs. April Kepner and Jackson… Continue
Added by Loren Miller on April 18, 2014 at 8:00am —
Negro specific pamphlets, magazines and registries were common in black communities around the United States during the late 1800s up until the 1950s. One publication, The Negro Travelers’ Green Book was a travel guide series published from 1936 to 1964 by Victor H. Green. It provided Negro motorists and tourists information pointing out safe venues to stay, eat and sightsee during… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on April 17, 2014 at 12:03pm —
Congratulations, new atheist! You now live in a world where you are free. You no longer fear the threat of Hell, eternal damnation, demonic possession, God, or evil spirits. You now realize that the boogeyman is nothing to fear, nor are ghosts. You laugh a little inside when people tell you they will pray for you, since you know the chance of that doing anything is about as likely as being hit by lightning, bitten by a shark, and falling out of an airplane simultaneously. You no longer fear… Continue
Added by Mike Mitchell on April 17, 2014 at 9:00am —
If you want to understand a species, observe the behaviors of it's members over time. Bears have specific behaviors that have been exhibited throughout bear history. Bears forage, hibernate, are omnivorous, and so on. While the reactions of one bear in a particular situation may be unpredictable, the…
Added by Edward Teach on April 16, 2014 at 7:00am —
Until very recently, consciousness was considered sort of a “black box.” A mysterious phenomenon too complex to even attempt to explain in any objective manner. However, new theories are beginning to …
Added by Edward Teach on April 15, 2014 at 11:30am —
I must admit something to you. The argument from design is still appealing to me, and I can understand why it is among the most popular defenses for religions and faith. I am sitting here, watching my son’s soccer practice, trees and beautiful landscape in the background, thinking about how complex it all is. How could everything just be here, without a creator?
Am I a target now? Will the… Continue
Added by Mike Mitchell on April 15, 2014 at 9:09am —
There is nothing that is too obvious of an absurdity to be firmly planted in the human head as long as you begin to instill before the age of five by constantly repeating it with an air of great seriousness.
– Arthur Schopenhauer
Followers of the riveting “Zachary’s Brain” series of posts will know that the narrative is not a Gothic horror tale…but something that is just as disturbing: resisting the religious programming of a child.
Added by Alan Perlman on April 14, 2014 at 3:00pm —
I had a fairly unpleasant high school experience. In the middle of my tenth grade year, my family moved from the coast of South Carolina to the Piedmont of North Carolina. My new high school had two distinct social groups: tobacco farmers’ kids and the privileged children of fairly affluent… Continue
Added by Edward Teach on April 14, 2014 at 12:06pm —
You can't prove a negative. Science will never disprove any god. It's impossible. The same way you can't prove bigfoot, tooth fairies and leprechauns don't exist. You simply look at the evidence at hand and determine which hypothesis fits the best. A supernatural creator has no evidence to support it. This hypothesis alone creates an even greater problem because you then must explain the complexity and origin of the deity. The evidence of our universe, our galaxy, our planet and our species… Continue
Added by Bryan McDowell on April 13, 2014 at 5:58pm —
Epistemology provides a natural framework for skepticism. It is the duty of a rational human being to utilize skepticism when confronted with a hypothesis that provides no evidence to support it. Just because an ideology has been passed down for generations does not make it true. You can indoctrinate children to believe anything and they will carry it with them their entire lives. The Council of Nicaea is enough to question the entire Abrahamic religions. 20 books were going around at the… Continue
Added by Bryan McDowell on April 13, 2014 at 5:29pm —