As can be demonstrated throughout history, religions do all they canto insert themselves into aspects of people's lives in which they have no business. "Good parents" bring their children to church; How many catholic hospitals are there around the U.S.?, How many religious schools?
I am so excited about finding this community. I have been an atheist for a few years and before that I called myself an agnostic. I was raised christian but have never been able to reconcile their beliefs with what is rational. My husband doesn't like to use the word atheist because of its alienating effect on people, he likes to call us rationalists. I am a RN who works in the emergency room in a medium sized hospital in the south. I have a 21 month old little girl and we are expecting a son… Continue
Marvelous reckless abandon in Cirque du Freak – The Vampire’s Assistant, falls prey to an invisible, ill timed hand of meaningless restraint. The restraint is not only unnecessary, it puts a lampshade over the brilliance in this movie.
Goodie-two-shoes Darren Shan (Chris Massoglia) and his bad influence friend Steve (Josh Hutcherson), sneak off to attend Cirque du Freak, a traveling freak show. Amongst the standard freak show staples is a beautiful dancing spider, Octa owned by… Continue
The other day I was reading an article written by a gay expert on the Christian religion. He said that Jesus never said anything about homosexuality. Well, of course, that's completely untrue. Jesus thoroughly condemned homosexuality in Leviticus and in various books in the New Testament.
But just about any expert of the Christian religion would respond by saying: "No, no, you don't understand the Holy Bible. Jesus was not featured in the Old Testament." Well, okay, not by that name,… Continue
Added by Micheal on October 23, 2009 at 10:40am —
This morning, I was making myself some breakfast of fried eggs and corncakes. When I flipped the corncake over, I noticed there was an unmistakable image of a face on it. I think it might be God. It has that "smite the Kennite and rape his daughter" kind of smirk.
I am sorry to report that Corncake God will not be for sale on Ebay or… Continue
In the last 20 plus years there has been a movement backed by several special interest groups that have focused on so called “tort reform” in our country. What the general population have heard the term “frivolous lawsuits.” In other words, lawsuits that have no foundation or basis.
You may have also heard such terms as, “Jack pot settlements.” Bush #43 used that while speaking to a medical group. He was met with cheers.
Well what has happened these special interest groups have… Continue
This is an old article I saved about a decade ago. Because of the impression it made on me, it's managed to survive one PC after another and is still on my hard drive (I just happened upon it, again, a few minutes ago). It's a pretty cool idea and pretty thought provoking. Not that I buy into everything it says . . .
The Holographic Universe
In 1982 a remarkable event took place. At the University of Paris a research team led by physicist Alain… Continue
Hi friends, It's good to be alive and kicking after having been bed ridden with the flu this week I don't know what strain it is or how I got it but I'm happy the worst part is over.
I've been thinking about something that has been part of our modern life, and I say the following things not to denigrate the work of a great man like Carl Sagan or great people like Hawking or those heading SETI, great thinkers like Neil deGrasse Tyson. For their work in searching for possible… Continue
Added by Seth R. on October 22, 2009 at 9:30pm —
My friend Michael recently passed away after what seems like a lifetime of medical complications. He left behind a wife, one of my best friends, Maureen, and their two year old daughter, Layla. His funeral took place in the Baptist church Michael's parents had raised him in, and though he hadn't attended since his late teens, the two pastors who spoke seemed unwilling to admit any of this. They talked about Michael's faith and about the (Heavenly) Father they all had in common more than they…Continue
Added by Amanda on October 22, 2009 at 7:00pm —
Hey AN. Here's a blog post I wrote about prayer in governments. Please feel free to visit Good Reason News for more.
I don't think I'm generalizing here to say that many religious folk (and indifferent people) are blind to how absorbed in religion our government is. There's been plenty of press lately involving… Continue
Added by Billy Deaton on October 22, 2009 at 5:30pm —
October 20th will go down in history. Or, maybe October 20th will be a trending topic on history's pages. Maybe October 20th will cease to exist, mysteriously combined with October 21st.
Digital multi-minimalists (aka Twitter users) all around the globe stumbled upon a phenomenon yesterday. They either found it to be monumentally self-affirming (as did I) or soul-shattering. What is the phenomenon, you ask? It was the temporarily trending topic, "No God." Blasphemy, they cried!… Continue
I told my kids last night that my husband and I were getting a divorce. At first of course they were very shocked and upset as was everyone else. We never fought or talked badly about each other in front of them or anyone else. After many tears, and allowing them time to ask questions and answering as honestly as I could, I started talking to them about my plan going forward. I told them we would be moving to the town that I work in. Right now I live 30 minutes from work, and I explained that I… Continue
Found this while crusing that kookie "Rapture Ready" (or should I say RAPTURE READY!?) site:
In 1978, a science fiction radio series aired on BBC called “The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy”. Created by Douglas Adams, it went on to become a spin-off TV series, comics, various books, and even a movie. One of the repeated themes in the various incarnations of “The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy” is that a "simple answer" is asked of a computer called “Deep…Continue
How would you say something like - Jesus is a child of an unwed woman, and impregnated by a non-human (Angel, God, whatever).
"His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit." (Matthew 1:18)
Here is the question I am trying to answer. How do you express Matthew 1:18 in a concise way. 6 words or less total, starting with "Jesus is a..." . Convey the same information, with quality,… Continue
We had the most delightful time tonight with Steve and Carol Baird. We spent about half the night talking and half listening to Steve sing Scienfic Gospel. It is a hell of a lot more interesting, entertaining and actually educational than any other kind of gospel music I have heard. I think a lot of people on this site would like his music. It is pretty informative, for example, I learned some things about Gregor Mendel that I had never heard before - and I thought I knew about Mendel. Steve… Continue
Added by Darrel Ray on October 21, 2009 at 10:38pm —
I do not understand Why there is such a grand hullabaloo about being an atheist. Religion has never in my whole life been a part my personality. At times I can get disturbed about the crazies out there in the world that hold extremely unexplainable, contradictory believes but I can always just walk away and not need to deal with another such person for a few years.
During the early years of my life in school it was popular amongst the 1st and 2nd graders to ask each other if they… Continue