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…Continue
(a ''praying'' mantis) hehe
What are miracles? Did you believe in miracles prior to your 'deconversion?
Taken from wikipedia:
A miracle is an event not explicable by natural or scientific laws. Such an event may be attributed to a supernatural being (God or gods), a , a saint or a .
Theologians say that, with , gods regularly work through created nature yet are free to work without, above, or against it…
As more and more ways of knowing become available, as more information easily comes through our computers, it is exciting to track down information to see if it is validated with evidence or repeated based on a belief. Sorting through the overload of news outlets with unreliable sources can be…Continue
Added by Joan Denoo on August 22, 2014 at 1:52pm — No Comments
Let's just stop and think about this statement for a minute:
"Brantly thanked the hospital workers who cared for him in Atlanta and administered the experimental serum that cured him. 'Above all I am grateful to God for sparing my life,' Brantly said."
Let us take away the research that was…Continue
“The last king of the house of David, Zedekiah, was also exiled, his sons slaughtered, the elite of the cities, the priests and the scribes, were banished to the banks of the Tigris and Euphrates. The Book of Psalms…
Okay, please don't roll your eyes and think "Here we ago again. Another blog about police brutality, police states in America, and racist bashing." I'm not going to be analyzing the events of Ferguson, per say. I am writing about a larger picture here. No speeches about how…
Added by Amanda Ashcraft on August 22, 2014 at 9:47am — No Comments
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This is the fifth of nine posts describing "Reasons for Skepticism" derived from…Continue
Abrahamic traditions gave rise to great temples, cathedrals and mosques! Paintings! Music! Literature! All these achievements began in the minds and imaginations of Homo sapiens. Stories, handed down from generation to generation, changed over time by accident or on purpose, came to this century with little evidence that any of it actually happened. The stories are myths, legends, folk tales, and sagas, told verbally at…Continue
I first ran across Paul Hawken and his writing in 1977 and have been a fan ever since. I had been watching the economic markets for several years and used an old high school typewriter to record my alarm at what was happening to the economy. Because of what the markets revealed and because of writings by some economist, I began watching for a financial crash, especially in the 1980s when I had my first computer. It sits in my sunroom upstairs, idle for many years and with no services to…Continue
Added by Joan Denoo on August 20, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments
WE all tend to make fun of the bible because of God and his many miracles....However the expression `throwing the baby out with the bathwater' applies here'......The bible should be renamed the Book of Ancient history......My point is if you take out all references to God and his many miracles, all that is left are stories of real people who actually shaped our lives in many ways......The so called bible gets the dates wrong, but archaeological digs can verify…Continue
We have all had that conversation with friends, family, and even in our own minds have pondered the validity of the "What if you go to Hell?" scenario.
Images of devils, demons, exposed human flesh to flame, faces twisted in torturous poses, evil looking imps in observant reveries of delight. The overall themes being rejection, exile, physically unbearable pain, retribution, and guilt. Through many belief systems, Hell is a common thread that most agree upon.…
There are so many different lakes of so many different colors, I find it hard to pick my favorites. This author choses these eight lakes of different colors.
She didn't pick my very favorite lakes, so far, Croatia's Plitvice…Continue
Added by Joan Denoo on August 18, 2014 at 3:27pm — No Comments
I like to think the U.S.A. is the greatest country in the world. I have heard it said, over and over. However, when I look around at the events and systems that hold our culture together, I know it is not true ... at least not now ... maybe never. We started out as a slave holding nation, which gives lie to the Declaration of Independence; we were founded on the principles of white, male, landowners as citizens, when suggested U.S. isn't a nation of the free, and we only made citizens of…Continue
Human exploitation of nature's water, soil and sky results in degradation of each of these elements; they impact everyone on Earth, causing famines, droughts, diseases, pests, and all forms of political upheavals. Many people can see the degradation and work to reverse the manipulation of resources in harmful ways into observing the water, soil and sky to create a more livable, renewable, sustainable life. One such man is John D. Liu, a photographer. …Continue
Added by Joan Denoo on August 18, 2014 at 11:53am — No Comments
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Added by DAN DANA on August 17, 2014 at 9:50pm — No Comments
Between the advent of engineered disease, and surreptitious attacks of mind boggling computer viruses that could potentially bring down banking systems globally, it would seem we need to look at everything we…Continue
It's everywhere I go. I remember it being something I witnessed a lot of in grade school, even high school. But, it's especially sad when I see it amongst adults.
Looks like it's a human quality, perhaps given to…
I am proud to be an Atheist and I enjoy discussing various topics on A/N......I may not believe in God or all the fables in the Old or New testament, but some of us do believe in traditions from our culture unrelated to any Theistic belief.....Maybe being Jewish is unique, because it is a rich culture with a very long history as well as being a religious faith......I may have rejected the religious part but certain traditions are important to me because they define who…Continue