January 2009 Blog Posts (309)

waiting for armageddon

Speaking of doomsday, did you know we’re living in the end times? Yeah, I know, we’ve been living in the end times during the fall of Rome, the Dark Ages, Black Death and an invasion into Spain by Muslims as well as both world wars and the Cold War. But all the disasters, wars and epidemics are nothing compared to now. The end is almost here as it’s written in the Book of Revelations. Unlike the Mayan prophecy of 2012, the belief that we are the last generation on Earth isn’t just embraced by… Continue

Added by Greg F. on January 23, 2009 at 6:09pm — 1 Comment

Pro Life Atheists?

I just came from this group as I was intrigued how one could be Anti Choice without also believing that a soul is created at the moment of conception. I mean isn't that the only real basis for being Anti Choice? If not then I guess the argument is that Society should intervene in an adult Woman's reproductive rights and force her to carry a child to term because...... I just don't know? Doesn't it have to be that something magical happens at conception and that the rights of a zygote now trumps… Continue

Added by Kozz on January 23, 2009 at 6:01pm — 10 Comments

A Nation of Non-Believers

Obama has the last quote in this blurb: "...and non-believers."

It's nice to be included for a change.



http://www.metafilter.com/78458/A-nation-of-nonbelievers



"The government of the United States is in no sense founded on the Christian Religion." ~ George Washington / "I do not find in Christianity one redeeming feature." ~ Thomas Jefferson / "The Bible is not my book, nor Christianity my religion." ~ Abraham Lincoln / "A just government has no need for the clergy or… Continue

Added by MJ on January 23, 2009 at 4:15pm — No Comments

"objective" morality and ugly christians. . .

From time to time, I may post a short blog detailing problems with theistic world-views. These posts are meant to be rants that exist largely for my pleasure. They are also meant to be non-technical and easy to follow, so you won't find a lot of philosophical mumbo-jumbo here. I hope you enjoy them.



One of the recurring arguments you will hear from theists [especially Christians it seems] is that without an external law-giver we can have no "objective" morality. For the sake… Continue

Added by jc morrison on January 23, 2009 at 4:00pm — 4 Comments

Poll - Which Other Books Should President Obama Swear On?

As expected, Barack Obama did have to swear the Oath of Office a second time, this time in a more intimate setting with just a few of the press corp. However, some Americans may feel the new President has made yet another blunder by not swearing on the Bible. Amazingly, given the God-squad in America, not a bible was found anywhere near the swearing in. As the TimesOnline reported, one blogger snarled "Expect a third oath when bitter small town gun- and Bible-toting America finds… Continue

Added by Richard Mankiewicz on January 23, 2009 at 2:38pm — No Comments

"Let's all stop being so damned respectful" Richard Dawkins

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Added by Clarence Dember on January 23, 2009 at 12:50pm — No Comments

Non-History on the History Channel

The History Channel is one of my favorites along with the Discovery Channel ect... but am I wrong in getting pissed off when I see programs like "In the footsteps of Jesus, The Way of the Cross" on the "History" channel? I understand that religion has played a large roll in shaping historical events, almost always in a negative way and usually resulting in the needless deaths of hundreds or thousands or in the case of the Holocaust, millions of people. But is there really a need to broadcast… Continue

Added by Andrew on January 23, 2009 at 9:10am — 18 Comments

Raising Freethinkers is released!

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Raising Freethinkers: A Practical Guide for Parenting Beyond Belief is now available at Amazon.com.



Book Description

Praised by Newsweek as “a compelling read” and Library Journal as “accessible and down-to-earth,” Dale McGowan’s Parenting Beyond Belief offered… Continue

Added by Dale McGowan on January 23, 2009 at 6:30am — No Comments

Is Hell exothermic or endothermic?

I apologize if you'd read this e-mail forward already, but I was laughing so hard I had to post it here.





HELL EXPLAINED BY CHEMISTRY STUDENT

The following is an actual question given on a

University ofWashington chemistry mid-term.



The answer by one student was so 'profound' that

the professor shared it with colleagues, via the Internet, which is, of

course, why we now have the pleasure of enjoying it as well :



Bonus Question: Is Hell… Continue

Added by Roxanne on January 23, 2009 at 3:59am — 4 Comments

Introduction to my playlist.

Since a profile like this is supposed to help you get to know me, I thought I'd offer some explanation for the songs I chose for my play list. Obviously these are not all the songs I like and some of them aren't even my favourite songs. They do represent songs that I want you to hear for various reasons. Some of them have a special meaning. Some are incredible songs. Some are rare gems you've probably never heard before. Some are just examples of the style of music I like in case you want to… Continue

Added by Tao Jones on January 23, 2009 at 1:03am — No Comments

What Does Death Bring?

The question of what I believe happens when I die has recently become a topic I repeatedly have to touch back on. My theist friends find what I say in response astounding.



My answer to them is this:



Nothing. We become plant food. Nothing else happens. Everything (within yourself) ends. It just stops.



Then the theists get a little puzzled. "But then you're just floating around in a void."



So I ask them what would be floating around and where they would… Continue

Added by JustJoshNYou on January 23, 2009 at 12:12am — 6 Comments

First blog post

I am psyched to have found Atheist Nexus. I'm having fun just setting up my profile and can't wait to go explore the site and meet new people. Sometimes you feel alone when it comes to this stuff, it's like are we the only sane people in this world? I guess so..... I'm looking forward to chatting and hitting up the forums :)

Added by The Virgin Marlene on January 22, 2009 at 10:25pm — 4 Comments

is evolution a repeatable science?

An occasionally used creationist tactic is declaring that evolution isn’t a scientific theory but a circular argument preached with the zeal of a religion. Evolution, they say, isn’t repeatable under laboratory conditions and if it’s not repeatable, it’s not science. Can we put evolutionary mechanisms to the test and show exactly how we can reproduce them in a lab?

( read on... )

Added by Greg F. on January 22, 2009 at 8:03pm — 2 Comments

Funny story :D

So my school has 7th and 8th grade girls basketball teams and the 7th graders had a game today and the rest had regular practice. Guess what team the 7th graders were playing.....a christian school team! So yeah I was at practice and then we got to watch the last part of the game and the Christian team SUCKED. Want to guess what the final score was? Our 7th team won by 35 points! 39 to 4. I joked with my friends that they probably thought Jesus would help them lol.

Added by FamilyGuyLover on January 22, 2009 at 7:40pm — 1 Comment

Conservative and liberal fear of science

I am not by any means good at science, in fact I avoid taking science classes as much as possible knowing I'll be confused on the first day. But I try to stay as informed as any lay person can. For most of my life I lived in Orange County where a good portion of the population believes in Creationism or Intelligent Design and deny Global Warming. Now, I live in Eugene, where a good portion of the population are non-religious and very liberal. However, I've noticed a similar level of… Continue

Added by Shireen on January 22, 2009 at 7:36pm — 2 Comments

ADHD stimulant treatment may decrease risk of substance abuse in adolescent girls:

ADHD stimulant treatment may decrease risk of substance abuse in adolescent girls



Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers have found that treatment with stimulant drugs does not increase and appears to significantly decrease the risk that girls with ADHD will begin smoking cigarettes or using alcohol or drugs. Their report in the October Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent… Continue

Added by Deepak on January 22, 2009 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Two years as an Atheist, a reflection.

From my blog





I don’t have the date written down, but sometime in the middle of January two years ago I officially decided I was an Atheist. It’s been a very interesting and difficult two years.



Before I realized I was an Atheist, religion didn’t take up much of my daily thought process, now it’s something I think about almost constantly. It’s been a stressor for the most part. The constant feelings of being a second… Continue

Added by Dustin Sanders on January 22, 2009 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Rick Warren does not speak for me

I was pleased and surprised to hear nonbelievers mentioned in Obama's inaugural address, the first time to my limited historical knowledge that such a mention has occurred in a new President's opening words to the nation. People argue over the numbers, but anywhere from several percent to one in four Americans is an atheist, agnostic, or unassociated with any formal religious group or organization. Our numbers are legion, as the saying goes. So it was pleasing to finally be recognized as an… Continue

Added by Planetologist on January 22, 2009 at 11:30am — 7 Comments

British watchdog rejects complaints about 'no God' ads

British watchdog rejects complaints about 'no God' ads



LONDON (AFP) – A poster campaign proclaiming "There's probably no God" does not breach advertising rules, a British watchdog ruled Wednesday after more than 300 people complained.

The atheist campaign, organized in response to Christian adverts, has seen some 800 buses plastered with the slogan across the country. It was paid for by more than 140,000 pounds (200,000… Continue

Added by Rick on January 22, 2009 at 5:00am — 2 Comments

i have a Mormon girlfriend...

she is:



19, a senior in high school, sister of a close friend (who is on a mission as we speak, he will be back this June) that doesn't know about our relationship.



i am:



part: black,Asian,Native South American. (on my drivers license it says i am Caucasian...snicker)



a liberal (open minded) extreme leaning Atheist.



21 and in collage for welding MATC (west). I still live at home.



we have been together for 7 or 8 months. fights… Continue

Added by Darkone on January 21, 2009 at 11:11pm — 4 Comments

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