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Atheist Sunday School: Reading about religion

Now that my Grandmother Fish Kickstarter is over (and successful!), I've restarted my blog, Atheist Sunday School. Yesterday's post was about the books I've read that treat religion as a social rather than metaphysical phenomenon. What do Haidt, de Botton, Wade, Wilson, Greene, Wright and others say about religion, especially any social benefits it may…

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Added by Jonathan Tweet on September 1, 2014 at 11:41am — No Comments

Just a glance

As an Atheist, I sometimes sit and ponder for what feels like hours about how and why this existence is so clouded and deluded with lies, myths and superstitions. I get irritated, and eventually just down right pissed. After making legitimate reasons for my anger, I think, "What if religion just vanished from the face of this planet, how would that feel?" "What would become of my ever true perception of the world once the problem had been erased?"



Here is a hypothetical scenario that… Continue

Added by Meek on September 1, 2014 at 11:06am — No Comments

RR Excerpt #11: Most Scientists Are Atheists

This is excerpt #11 from The Reason Revolution: Atheism, Secular Humanism, and the Collapse of Religion, a short, FREE e-book available at Smashwords, Goodreads, and Amazon

Readers are invited to post online reviews at the download site. …

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Added by DAN DANA on August 31, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Becoming Numb to Beliefs

Before I write my first post here I would like to make a quick introduction. I am a teenage, mostly closeted atheist. I have been an atheist since 8th grade and I am currently over halfway through high school. I would love to say more, but I don't want to make it too obvious who I am.



Recently I have been finding myself thinking much less about religion when others bring it up, and I call myself a christian without even thinking about it at all. Recently a person told me they… Continue

Added by Steve on August 30, 2014 at 9:52pm — 9 Comments

ISIL/ISIS Here we go again !!!!

ISIS   wants  to draw the West into  the Middle  East  again so they can obliterate  us.......Why should  we have to fight  on their terms?      The West has  the superior force of arms  and technology, we should fight  on our  terms......ISIL   means  the Islamic state of Iraq  and the Levant......The Levant  is the biblical name  of what is  now  Israel, Palestine, Jordan,Syria, Lebanon and some say  the Sinai....Therefore  their goal  is  to control the…

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Added by Freethinker31 on August 30, 2014 at 11:25am — 3 Comments

The Pennsylvania Atheist/ Humanist Convention 2014

Hello all,

I had a great time at the Pittsburgh DoubleTree Hotel tonight. I met a bunch of great people and had a lot of great conversations.

I met too many people to name them all, but I would like to mention that I got to meet Bill and Suzy. They produce a podcast called Bar Room Atheist which I will be checking out very soon. I spoke mostly with Bill. He used to be a sheriff (I think), and he also studied 'the' Bible to become a better Christian.

I exchanged…

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Added by Andrew Bradford Hoke on August 30, 2014 at 12:49am — 6 Comments

Are you a spiritual atheist?

 

I was raised in a Christian home as a child. Catholic, to be exact. When I ventured off to college, I broke away from the tightness of Catholic doctrine, and followed a more moderate form of Christianity. The religion requires so much blind faith, in things that honestly make no sense. Faith is the belief of things…

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Added by Deidre32 on August 29, 2014 at 11:30pm — 21 Comments

RR Excerpt #10: Gullibility of Followers of Religious Leaders

This is excerpt #10 from The Reason Revolution: Atheism, Secular Humanism, and the Collapse of Religion, a short, FREE e-book available at Smashwords, Goodreads, and Amazon

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Added by DAN DANA on August 29, 2014 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Can we please call the enemy by its real name?

We now face a new menace in the Mideast: a body of fanatics (armed with weapons we left) who will kill anybody who gets in the way of their turning the clock back to 1500.  They're openly threatening the US.

Once again politicians dance around the real problem.  It's not terrorism.  It's not even Dubya's "evildoers."  

No public figure has the guts to call the enemy by its real name: RELIGION.  A vicious, ineradicable set of shared beliefs that is responsible for 90% of the…

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Added by Alan Perlman on August 28, 2014 at 2:30pm — 21 Comments

RR Excerpt #9: The Evident Futility of Prayer

This is excerpt #9 from The Reason Revolution: Atheism, Secular Humanism, and the Collapse of Religion, a short, FREE e-book available at Smashwords, Goodreads, and Amazon

Readers are invited to post online reviews at the download site. …

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Added by DAN DANA on August 27, 2014 at 11:05am — No Comments

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Added by Djacson jn on August 26, 2014 at 7:23pm — 2 Comments

The Answers

Long, long ago, when I was a superstitious, semi-spiritual, wishful thinker - in spite of an intense overwhelming fear of death - I used to imagine how at least in death, I would know the answers to everything. My spirit would ascend, and I would enter a realm where the answers would be revealed to me.

So eventually, I would find out what the spiritual entity behind the whole thing had planned for me. The answers would be my reward. The ultimate revelation. This notion can…

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Added by Ian Bowes on August 25, 2014 at 4:56pm — 10 Comments

RR Excerpt #8: Wishful Thinking

This is excerpt #8 from The Reason Revolution: Atheism, Secular Humanism, and the Collapse of Religion, a short, FREE e-book available at Smashwords, Goodreads, and Amazon

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Added by DAN DANA on August 25, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments

My research on family violence and training programs of non-violent interactions

The focus of my research in 1977-79 was on the factors that contribute to maintaining and sustaining family violence. I found that all institutions, family, church, education, health care, laws, and law enforcement did not take the word of a child or battered spouse seriously, ignored or denied abuse occurred, and did not do what was necessary to make changed that needed to be made. Furthermore, I found the highest incident rate of child abuse occurred in homes of the religious. This was…

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Added by Joan Denoo on August 24, 2014 at 8:21pm — 2 Comments

Drought

Thanks to 

Lake Mead Before and After the Epic Drought

Move the rod back and forth across the page to see before and after in its full context. 

"Using a satellite designed to track changes in groundwater, the research team found that the Colorado River basin—which supplies water to 40…

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Added by Joan Denoo on August 24, 2014 at 7:38pm — 4 Comments

Many are Called but Few are Chosen: My Belief -- Yes, Belief -- in Euhemerus

This is essentially a piece I originally wrote in one of my occult fanzines either late 80s or early 90s, when I was still in the thrall of Crowleyanity (also known as Thelema) and began to really wonder why man makes deities in his own image. I consulted many works on mythology and god-making, learning that all religions begin as cults, so it is redundant to call, say, Scientology a cult of Old Mother Hubbard. It's a religion we could even call Hubbardism. I read of an ancient Greek…

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Added by James M. Martin on August 24, 2014 at 2:00pm — 5 Comments

Followers of Christ faith healers bury their dead children

Fallen followers: Investigation finds 10 more dead children of faith healers

BOISE, Idaho – Peaceful Valley Cemetery sits on a windswept hill 30 miles east of Boise.

Followers of Christ faith healers bury their dead in Peaceful Valley Cemetery

KATU’s Dan Tilkin covered many faith-healing stories.…

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Added by Joan Denoo on August 24, 2014 at 1:14am — 33 Comments

Pascal's Wager -- Your Fate is a Crapshoot



 

 

 

http://www.iep.utm.edu/pasc-wag/



Pascal's Wager. It's an often scrutinized philosophy. For good reason too, I would say. Basically, if you're not familiar, Pascal's Wager states in a nutshell that there really is no objective evidence to prove that a god exists, but it is still a…

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Added by Deidre32 on August 24, 2014 at 12:30am — 143 Comments

Infinity, Possibilities, the Multiverse, and Misconceptions

A common thing I see brought up in discussions about the multiverse is that god would have to exist because in an infinite number of possible universes that option would have played out. This is incorrect, and a common misconception regarding infinity, probability, and restrictions. It has a lot to do with our hesitance to even accept infinities as possible to begin with. 

The reason we humans recoil at the concept of infinities has much to do with our very limited…

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Added by Gregory Phillip Dearth on August 23, 2014 at 12:22am — 12 Comments

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