So lets see if I can come up with a conception of God that will irritate the hell out of everyone. OK. Assuming God exists what do I think It/Him/She/They is/are? I think that God is the 99%. By that I mean the 99% of you that is actually running your body and mind right up from creating new red blood cells to most of your "higher" brain functions. Another way to think of it is whenever you refer to yourself as "I" you are referring to less than 1% of the total of what "you" actually are.… Continue
Added by Vincent on April 24, 2014 at 4:55pm —
I was bored, and entered an on-line writing contest. The challenge was to write a 500 word max story based on a photo that was provided. The photo was of an old building, with the words SEMINARIUM EPISCOPALE etched into the stone above the door. The majority of members there have little appreciation for me as an atheist, so I don't expect much feedback regardless of the quality of the story. Therefore I'm posting it here to see if it gets any appreciation amongst people I relate with. I wrote… Continue
Added by Future on April 24, 2014 at 1:10pm —
Review of Christopher Boehm, Moral Origins: The Evolution of Virtue, Altruism, and Shame (Basic Books, 2012)
Humanism asserts that human beings are naturally capable of caring about others and taking action to help others, even those who are not like themselves. One only has to notice the worldwide response after Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines to be convinced of the truth of that assertion. But despite humanists’ celebration of Charles Darwin… Continue
Added by Homer Edward Price on April 23, 2014 at 3:54pm —
This is an interesting point. I was raised Roman Catholic and went to Catholic schools right up until college. Religion is a community builder, I'll give it that. We knew who we were, why we were, and where we were and there was no questioning any of these things. I think that is a good place to start for way more children than not given the gargantuan uncertainties built into the world of even the most secure child. My sense of it is that…
Added by Vincent on April 23, 2014 at 1:21pm —
Last night, I had a vivid dream. It was an emotional dream, and I could feel the effects of the dream when I woke up in the morning. My dream was about the attractiveness, the longing even, to believe in God. It is an incredibly emotional response, and something I know to be the result of so many years of indoctrination that my mind and body still react to.
In my dream, I was attending a funeral for someone — I’m not sure who — and my friends and family were surrounding me at the… Continue
Added by Mike Mitchell on April 23, 2014 at 9:00am —
"An elderly Missouri man dialed 911 and asked for an ambulance to come and help his ailing wife. Instead, the police showed up, threw him to the ground, sat on his head and handcuffed him.
He later received… Continue
Added by Čenek Sekavec on April 23, 2014 at 12:26am —
Added by Bud the Wonderer on April 22, 2014 at 11:05am —
My friends and I have a Teamspeak 3 Voice Server. I'm usually there if you would like to talk rather than type.We have an atheist/secularist channel called Freethinkers and Philosophers.
Typing sucks. Email me an essay if you want to type and I'll type you a reply. But I want to hear your voice.
If you don't have the software here is where to download it. It is simple to use. And I mean its simple enough so that I have no problem and that's… Continue
Added by Vincent on April 22, 2014 at 6:58am —
Hello everyone. I'm an artist and writer and someone who is interested in community. I've been listening to a lot of Dan Dennett on youtube and find his argument that if secularists want to end the more harmful excesses of religion we have to provide institutions that do the things that religion is good at.
My view of religion is that God created me to not believe in Him, and in my conversations with Him,…
Added by Vincent on April 21, 2014 at 4:10pm —
I find it amazing that so many people are content in their lives having accepted certain things as true and refusing to re-examine their beliefs out of pride or stubbornness. It has been my experience that, at some point, many people simply stop questioning the things they have come to accept as fact/truth. I would argue that this is where engaging in philosophical discussions becomes most important of all. It either solidifies the truth, rationality, and reason of important matters, or… Continue
Added by Mike Mitchell on April 21, 2014 at 9:00am —
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 —