February 2011 Blog Posts (130)

Having trouble sharing the gospel? use trickery and sleight of hand!

Hilariously apt approach to "spreading the gospel".  The entire practice of "evangelizing" is no more than using manipulative techniques to convince a person of something that is clearly and obviously false.

IE "a guy rose from the dead 2000 years ago and that matters to you" is very hard to swallow for any thinking person, so you need to rephrase, use trickery, and manipulative techniques to sell the concept as "truth".

 

Fully aware of this, Campus Crusade for Christ,…

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Added by ryan cameron on February 6, 2011 at 11:07am — No Comments

Poo!

The most ridiculous and pendantic missinterpretation of facts claiming proof that the gospels were all written well before 60 - 70 CE. Unbelievable nonsense.

Added by T Andrew Klatt on February 6, 2011 at 10:52am — No Comments

Interesting website and my open letter to the guy

I found this website created by a scientist who is clearly in the "human caused global warming is a hoax" camp and found his reasoning fairly good, but other parts of his site seemed to wander into the polemic, which was a bit disappointing so I wrote him the following letter:

 

Hello,
I read with interest your thoughts on the notion of global warming and felt you made some interesting points that are…
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Added by ryan cameron on February 6, 2011 at 10:22am — 3 Comments

Thrown out of church today...

The topic of the sermon this morning was "Divine Inspiration." The preacher was rambling on about how God "inspires" human thought and that human creativity is an expression of God. I asked him what God was thinking when he inspired the creation of the 24" double-ended neon purple dildo. As I was being dragged out, it hit me: The father and son are one.

Added by Odin Zeus McGaffer on February 6, 2011 at 9:13am — 6 Comments

Rand's "Epistemological Argument"

Preface: The following essay was written in 1998, for the IOS discussion list. More recently I have had an exchange of views on an Objectivist site called "Noodlefood" where they (1) claimed that I had totally misunderstood Rand's argument (2) refused to present her argument, saying only that the choice of whether to live or die was **FUNDAMENTAL**, and that I should go back and do my homework. I have added a postscript at the bottom, in reply to these…

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Added by John B Hodges on February 6, 2011 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Making Atheism Stand for something more than just a lack of belief?

Yes, the classical definition simply means that you don't believe in a god.

 

Here's what I would like to see for the future, though:

-activism. A striving for equality and understanding.

I grew up surrounded by racism, class-ism, ableism, sexism, sizism, homophobia and a whole lot of other -ism's that are negative, and detrimental to society, by splitting it up into "us" and "them", and a lot of these are in religion, some are outside of it, but much of it, is…

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Added by Jonel Burge on February 6, 2011 at 12:36am — 8 Comments

Junk DNA: Of Mice and Men

We know that genes are the recipe for life on earth. We know that not only do mice and humans have the same number of genes, they have exactly the same genes. The difference between a mouse and a human is when the genes are turned on and in what order. Genetic focus now seems to be on the bits of substance between the genes, the 'non-coding junk' sequences that may tell us the order and pattern of how gene expression is controlled (and hence explain the difference between mice and men). Can we… Continue

Added by Gary Renegar on February 5, 2011 at 9:43pm — No Comments

The properties omnipotent, omniscient, and omnibenevolent

If the properties "omnipotence, omniscience, and omni-benevolence", are only attributed to god and we mortals can not experience them, then how can we know that they are actual properties of god?



(Supposedly we were created in the image of god and supposedly we are a product of his existence, meaning god is everything, we are a part of everything therefore we are a part of god, then if we are essentially equal in all properties, why then do we not experience omnipotence,… Continue

Added by Bubba Tarandfeathered on February 5, 2011 at 8:53pm — 2 Comments

Whoa, not good for the USA.

Here's how Mrs. Smith described these Capitol religious services:



"I have called these Sunday assemblies in the capitol, a congregation, but the almost exclusive appropriation of that word to religious assemblies, prevents its being a descriptive term as applied in the present case, since the gay company who thronged the H. R. looked very little like a religious assembly. The occasion presented for display was not only a novel, but a favourable one for the youth, beauty and fashion of… Continue

Added by AgeOfAtheists14 on February 5, 2011 at 7:54pm — No Comments

Doctor Who and the God of the Gaps

 

To start off, I'm on a Sci-fi kick as of late. I've already posted a little bit about TZ and Atheism, but now I want to move on to my greatest sci-fi love: Doctor Who.

 

For those of you out of the loop, Doctor Who is one of the longest running television shows in history, and is personally my favourite import from the British Isles. The first season aired all the way back in 1963, and nearly 50 years later (save for a hiccup in the 90s) the show is still running to a…

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Added by Gordon W Maples on February 5, 2011 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

Abuse Bowl Hoax

The Super Bowl is barely 24 hours away, and people across the country, even other parts of the world, are all gearing up for a marathon of beer, Velveeta topped Fritos, endless commercials (and, oh yeah,  probably a little head banging good ‘ole ‘Merican football, too). And many are also bracing for that annual orgy of misogynistic violence that accompanies it.
Or are they?

 

 

Domestic violence is a serious problem.…

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Added by pantagruel1 on February 5, 2011 at 7:05pm — No Comments

Not preaching to the choir

So, here we are in our nexus, discussing things that interest us and I wanted to post something about the need to not preach to the choir.  We all know that we don't believe, but how do we reach the folks who also don't believe but don't care enough about the fact they don't believe to get involved?  Does it even matter?



Of course, we all think it matters, otherwise we wouldn't be actively involved in groups that express and promote our non-belief.  We are almost all passionate…

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Added by Jennifer Hancock on February 5, 2011 at 11:02am — 1 Comment

"Twilight Zone" and Atheism, Part 1

So, I'm currently taking a course exclusively on "The Twilight Zone" and how it pertains to American culture. For those of you who don't know, TZ ran from 1959-1964, an era that was a stones throw from the height of McCarthyism. Anything considered liberal was vis a vis under the umbrella of communism. This was not a good time to be a free-thinker of any sort. Yes, this covers the Kennedy era, but this was a time in which being a catholic president was considered a progressive step…

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Added by Gordon W Maples on February 4, 2011 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

These two go where others fear to tread...

Hey gang, looking for a talk-radio show from your perspective? Looking for a show that goes where others fear to tread? If you are, tune in to ShockNet Radio at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT TONIGHT for another edition of American Heathen - three hours of talk, news, analysis and commentary from an Atheist-Libertarian POV! It's the talk show OTHERS only wish they could be!:…

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Added by Brent Feeney on February 4, 2011 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Pakistan's deadly blasphemy-seeking vigilantes

Mustafa Qadri argues that the blasphemy laws of Pakistan are just as much a threat as the Taliban.
After reading his article i can't but agree.


Something that caught my eye in the text however was the following passage:
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Added by Tarentola Mauritanica on February 4, 2011 at 3:58am — No Comments

El caso del “auto tortilla”, o como nos ofendemos de las cosas más irrelevantes.

"No me llames 'beaner" p!%$* gringo puñetero!" - Molotov



Una de las noticias del momento es la serie de comentarios racistas y ofensivos (y algo estúpidos) hacia los mexicanos (estrictamente, hacia un modelo de auto producido en México) de un grupo de presentadores británicos del programa de televisión de la BBC "TOP GEAR". Estos comentarios han generado una indignación a nivel nacional y muchos compatriotas se han -metaforicamente- vestido en la bandera nacional y arrojado desde la… Continue

Added by G.P.Plascencia on February 3, 2011 at 6:44pm — No Comments

ooo, I can do blog posts here eh?

Start off by linking to my other, older, far more oft used social networking sites.

Me facebook!

Me twitter!

 

I'm also on le reddit, for you /r/atheism peoples.

Le Reddit!

 

Friend me, follow me, tweet me, troll me, whatevs. I…

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Added by Gordon W Maples on February 3, 2011 at 1:29pm — 5 Comments

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