Mathematician and Christian apologist Blaise Pascal famously wrote of those who were so made that they could not believe in God. He developed his ultimately flawed "wager" to address these non-believers.
There are many who simply can not bring themselves to believe in the supernatural. They can not believe in something without evidence. Such people could be referred to as "naturalists." But this is not to say that they necessarily adhere to the philosophy of…
A few years ago, I took a Cultural Identity class (required) that was based on religions. The point of the class was to explore one's religious identity and compare it to others while urging tolerance. It was not an easy class for me because I was the only non-believer in the midst of quite a few clerics (including the professor). Needless to say, I got into quite a few heated debates.
Back to the point: The final consisted of interviewing someone outside of the student's religion…Continue
It was 1972 in san Antonio texas,fort sam Houston where I was training to be a combat medic. There it was......it was everywhere and it was free or cheap.......china white,vietnamese heroin. I sat there with the syringe in my hand thinking if my mother saw this what would she think as tears streamed down my face........then I slowly pushed the plunger in and all those feelings went away......I saw god for the first time ever in my life.......I was in heaven dancing with the angels,i found…Continue
I was on The Thinking Atheist last night. We really got into things like how to talk to your children about sex and the bogus notion of sex or porn addiction. If you or someone you know, believes in sex addiction, listen here. It is only a figment of the Christian imagination and their sex crazed guilt.…
Atheism is not a system of values
Atheism doesn't tell you what you "ought" to do. It is simply a lack of belief. Naturalism on the other hand is an epistemological position, i.e. "I don't see evidence for the supernatural, which includes gods"
One can be an atheist and be a great humanitarian or a mass murderer. Atheism is not a system of values. My lack of belief does not inform my values in any way.
But then I am not merely an atheist any more than a Christian is…Continue
Now, for something different! I wrote this story four years ago for a Dallas magazine because for some reason stripping and strip clubs received a face-lift over the past decade. That was the reason for the following piece. I knew most of…Continue
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Of Tu Quoque and Atheism as a Motivation for Mass Murder
The church has a long tradition of killing free-thinkers specifically for religious reasons. Pointing the finger at others will not erase this fact. But let's consider the claim that atheists "did it too." Let's consider the popular example, Stalin. Is the religious apologist's tu quoque that atheist Stalin was motivated to kill by his atheism valid? Was Stalin driven by atheism to kill not just Christians but to conduct the…Continue
"It is very important not to mistake hemlock for parsley; but not at all so to believe or not in God." Denis Diderot [i]
One of my sons asked me if I was a nonbeliever and of course I asked, "a nonbeliever in what?" I was not trying to be flippant, but there are…Continue
Absolutely! Matter cannot be destroyed......it can only change forms. So you see I will have an afterlife.....will I beaware of it? NOT! As for me it is a beautiful feeling that I may have some part in a tree or plants growth through decomposition or whatever.......to help give back mother earth something as beautiful as a flower......to have my children to look at the flowers and trees and know that in someway I am there and not in some place of mythological reward or punishment.......
But it's not the usual reasons. Or maybe it is. In reverse. Or whatever.
Mondays are the worst because I'm alone again! The family is home on weekends. Usually we have good weekends. But then comes Monday.
My day so far:
- woke up real early, around four.
- made coffee
- woke the kids up after six.
- went to tell my wife good morning around seven as she got ready for work.
- told the wife and kids goodbye and watched, once again, as they…Continue
Criticism of Islam and the Quran is not a sin, but not insulting.
Islam in the Arabian Peninsula is an underground phenomenon and customs and circumstances of the people and the tribes were at war for wealth and power has stemmed.
Qur'an and belief in a political-military chief for the tribal supremacy.
Writer, translator and Iranian intellectuals. Iran guided the pioneers of modern fiction was a great intellectual. Many researchers, the novel "The Blind Owl" her most famous and most brilliant work of contemporary Iranian literature have
Although generally known for directing and writing, but the works of great writers such as Jean-Paul Sartre, Franz Kafka, Anton Chekhov has been translated.
Volumes of books and articles written about the writings, and the suicides of Hedayat's…
I will be talking to Seth on The Thinking Atheist Tuesday. Listen live, call in or listen later. I will be discussing shame and how religions use it to infect others and manipulate our behavior. Tune in.
Would he have been the son of god? There is no god so that one is out........would he have been deeply indoctrinated to think he was and was sent here to save the world.....most likely......sad thing to do to a child.....to place something that big on his shoulders......nope I think that if jesus ever did exsist he would have been a kind,loving and compassionate homeless drifter,possibly gay and hated the church priest and doctrine as well as the hypocrites of the times........he certainly…Continue
It didn't take long for newly-minted Spanish cardinal Fernando Aguilar, who will officially receive his red cap from the famously liberal and gay friendly Pope Francis next month, to weigh in on homosexuality. His Eminence tells us that gays are defective. Specifically, we are defective in the way in which we manifest our sexuality. The defect in question is that same-sex sex does not result in babies.
For many religious people, the popular question “What would Jesus do?” is essentially the same as “What would I do?” That’s the message from an intriguing and controversial new study by Nicholas Epley from the University of Chicago. Through a combination of surveys, psychological manipulation and brain-scanning, he has found that when religious Americans try to infer the will of God, they mainly draw on their own personal beliefs.
Psychological studies have found that people are…
A friend of mine who enjoys trolling websites posted a comment back in 2012 on the Creationist Haven called BeginningAndEnd.com.
I allowed him to use my Account and Alias on this site, because I had stopped trolling it myself as I considered such site full of complete Idiots as a waste of time, since they either don't reply for weeks or they simply scrub the posts if they find them too alarming.
This site (Beginningandend.com) supports Creationism, Illuminati…Continue
What if the bible is all wrong and jesus actually was a raptor all along......I mean this hit me like a ton of bricks today! The bible does not say anything about him not being a raptor........what if the thing jesus loved the most about the little children was the way they tasted! OMg! I will be on the phone all day with my therapist now........LOL! Have a very nice weekend all!
It is Saturday morning, it is cold outside, and I seek input from those that has crossed this bridge multiple times ...
I would like to think I have been on a path of uncertain adventures - when traveling on the road of atheist - however, there is no denying that this road is fraught with disconcerting challenges. I find myself questioning the so called sound reasoning by those in charge after recognizing their religious perspectives. I am becoming Dawkins-ish -…Continue
Recently, I've been engaging with my wife's pastor and a few other friends on Facebook about origins. I read Lawrence Krauss' book "A Universe From Nothing". When talking about these issues I always end up getting into a rabbit trail discussion about how Lawrence Krauss defines "nothing". Truly, as I understand it, Lawrence Krauss' idea of "nothing" is the quantum vacuum that allows particles and anti-particles to pop in and out of existence. What I've submitted to the theists is that it's…Continue