The gilded cage of belief
The preacher dude was going over the story of Genesis. You know the one with Adam, Eve, a walking, talking snake and a tree with really tasty fruit that you can’t eat. He was making a lot of crappy points that I could dissect, but I’m only going to talk about the reason he gave for placing the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil in… Continue
Added by Andrew Garber on January 28, 2010 at 9:45pm —
I have often wondered how different we (royal humanity we) would have been if the Neanderthals had survived along side us into modern day.
Imagine a world with two data points of intelligence and consciousness instead of just one.
Imagine developing along side another thinking species, seeing the differences as well as the similarities play out in real time.
What would it be like to meet a mind that evolved along side us, from the same basic lineage, and yet was… Continue
Added by JayBarti on January 28, 2010 at 4:33pm —
Ask a believer if there was a God/god who created the universe and humanity, why didn't he/she fix a few things......for example, why such a big pit in an avocado? Why 80% nitrogen in our atmosphere? I mean if a creator wanted us to be happy, why not throw in a little Nitrous Oxide instead of all that nitrogen? Probably be less war, people would be happier, and oh, yeah....any nasty side effects could have been abolished by the god, surrounding humanity with a healthy atmosphere....was the… Continue
Added by Cheri on January 28, 2010 at 3:44pm —
As I will explain in annotations next to some of the more confusing lyrics, this song... which originally was produced for the awful movie "Blair Witch 2"... possibly has more under it's exterior. Many of the lyrics could perfectly describe the foolishness of worshipping a clearly evil and unforgiving god.
Come to me
Kill for me
Follow everything I do
Act it out before me
I'm the one they told you
Would come again -[The second… Continue
Added by Skycomet the Fallen Angel on January 28, 2010 at 2:42pm —
Added by Howard S. Dunn on January 28, 2010 at 12:43pm —
From Not My God
Not My God focuses on persecution and hatred of atheists. I’m not saying that I equate anti-atheism rhetoric with segregated bathrooms under Jim Crow laws or genocides. What I am trying to say is that many people in the US hate atheists, all else being equal. I’ve heard time and time again of people saying that they didn’t believe in God– without sarcasm, without “and neither should you,”… Continue
Added by Sarah Trachtenberg on January 28, 2010 at 11:13am —
Good news everybody! Ted Haggard's wife is completely convinced that the former pastor has been 'cured' of his unholy urges. Huzzah!
Added by Erik on January 28, 2010 at 9:26am —
A friend of mine just got back after a year traveling in Australia and said while it was beautiful, she was shocked at how racist the Aussies were against the Aboriginal people. All walks of life she came across seemed to have nothing but scorn and contempt for "abbos" and used them as the butt of every joke.
Can anyone corroborate this? Was she just hanging in the wrong crowds?
Another thing she pointed out is that there are so many backpackers going there, that they have… Continue
Added by ryan cameron on January 28, 2010 at 7:49am —
Now that Howard Zinn has died, may we all reflect on his legacy and what we can do to continue to educate.
see article here
His A People's History of the United Statesopened my eyes. Zinn's essays, lectures, and interviews changed lives and opened minds. May we remain open minded and never compromise under the power structure of religion and greed.
Added by Kitty on January 28, 2010 at 4:50am —
Twitter is currently taking votes for the best contributors in various categories.
In the area of 'health', the quack and anti-vaxxer, 'Dr' Joseph Mercola, has taken the lead over Australian doctor and skeptic, Dr Rachie
(sister of Atheist Nexus member and well-known skeptical blogger, Podblack
). Podblack (aka Kylie Sturgess) is also the co-MC for the Global Atheist Convention in… Continue
Added by Chrys Stevenson on January 28, 2010 at 12:30am —
Entire post here
Video of the debate here
"A debate between Lewis Wolpert and Russell Cowburn in Nov 2009 at Gunnersbury Baptist Church"
The biggest problem with this debate is the question. It didn’t really go anywhere interesting, nor did it seem to sway anyone in the… Continue
Added by Richard Walker on January 27, 2010 at 7:28pm —
So apparently one of my coworkers has made it his personal goal to convert me to Christianity. Now to give you an idea, this Christian's entire life revolves around his faith, and he's very much what you'd think of when you picture the home-schooled Christian whose only social interaction comes with those at his church. However, he's a very nice man, and always extremely respectful, so it really didn't bother me at all. Plus, I love sharing my thoughts, especially when it's an opportunity to… Continue
Added by Lord J Bar on January 27, 2010 at 12:00pm —
I heard the most amazing sound tonight.
A massive wall of chirping frog calls. I almost pity the neighbors over there, a few lots away, from where this primeval symphony seemed to emanate.
It was almost like being at a rock&roll concert where the sound is so huge that it becomes a physical sensation. They seemed to all synergise and build some kind of energy and the noise just built and built and began to convey some kind of fervent emotion. I would have walked across the field to… Continue
Added by HotMess on January 27, 2010 at 1:30am —
Nothing ever happens in a small town...except for yesterday when PZ Myers, came to Chico, CA, to energize our local skeptic community and, at the same time, kick back a couple of our fine local beers. This WAY off the beaten path stop for PZ was arranged by CSUC's Secular Student Alliance
and about 20 people attended, including several members from the… Continue
Added by Brian Peterson on January 26, 2010 at 11:30pm —
Article in The St Petersburg Times
Leaving Scientology is not very easy. It's like leaving the CIA. Scientology apparently has secrets it doesn't want anyone to know about. Suddenly, when Scientology is concerned about secrets (and refunds), it's a business that sells products. The… Continue
Added by Rev Hellbound Alleee on January 26, 2010 at 10:17am —
acabei de entrar no Atheist Nexus
e fico feliz em saber que tenho com quem compartilhar minha lucidez!!
abraço a todos Continue
Added by Suylan Matias on January 26, 2010 at 9:41am —
I just got done listening to a fascinating piece
on NPR's "Morning Edition," which dealt with two major processes within the brain and the internal conflict which can occur between them. This was demonstrated by an intriguing experiment described in the story involving memorization of a number which could be from two to seven digits in length, followed by a distraction in the form of a choice between… Continue
Added by Loren Miller on January 26, 2010 at 8:13am —
My daughter dreamed she saw an elephant on 33rd street, a few blocks from my house. She wondered, why an elephant? We joked about what it might symbolize; weight gain? an elephant never forgets? She said, "maybe it's The Elephant In The Room".
She might be right. The elephant in the room is Religion. It looms between us and threatens our relationship. It's not something we can chat about.
She has never wanted to talk about religion. She didn't care about it, never thought about it and… Continue
Added by Secular Sue on January 26, 2010 at 1:00am —
Just got confirmed to speak at The American Atheist Conference April 3. Should be an excellent conference with speakers like Lawrence Krauss and Dan Barker.
Added by Darrel Ray on January 25, 2010 at 9:20pm —
My mother-in-law recently (within the last 5 years) entered into a committed relationship with another woman, I guess you can say she converted. They consider themselves to be Christians, which I still have a lot of trouble trying to wrap my mind around. I can see being homosexual and still believing in God and even believing Jesus is the messiah, but I just don't understand how one can be homosexual and still attend a Christian church that reads and follows the Christian Bible. Isn't it an… Continue
Added by Michelle on January 25, 2010 at 8:22pm —