Faith – A firm belief in something for which there is no proof.
It all comes down to faith. It’s a simple word that pretends to hide someone’s belief in some ancient, mythical fairy tales. You might hear someone say, “That’s my faith. You can’t question my faith”. They expect some undeserved reverence by invoking the word, instead of pity for being fooled like a child is by Santa. Astonishingly, they actually pity you for not “sharing in their faith”.
Animated and in 3D, Charles Dickens’ beloved holiday story, A Christmas Carol, spills onto screens again. A garish demonstration of the capabilities of the new 3D technology, the story only pops out when it possesses an opportunity to show off the technology.
Scrooge (Jim Carrey) is a miserly old man who holds tight each penny in his pocket. After his business partner, Marley (Gary Oldman) dies, Scrooge loses all perspective, turning even surlier than he was before. Devoid of all… Continue
Added by LaRae Meadows on November 5, 2009 at 9:00pm —
This is sick and it needs to stop. What am I talking about? The nasty, vile, infectious, bitter, hate-mongering that is spreading itself around our country in the form of anti-gay marriage legislation. I don't care if I sound like I am exaggerating, because this is honestly how I feel about it. As a group we clearly skew left, but we all have seen on this site conservative atheists (maybe you are conservative- hello!). However, I have never encountered anyone here who does not support gay… Continue
Here in the Not My God penthouse, I focus on stories of atheists that are particularly difficult and moving for the purposes of illustration and because this obviously makes for a more interesting book. So if anyone out there thinks I cherry-pick the extremes, yes, I am, but that’s sort of the point.
As far as the religious go, you could say that Frank Schaeffer is one of the good guys. He is the son of one of the first televangelists, Francis Schaeffer, and in his book, Crazy for God, he did a great job explaining how he helped found the Religious Right, and why he now regretted it.
I believe most (if not all) members of A/N reject the crap that is proclaimed to be science such as creationism, Nostradamus prophesies, Astrology and etc. Most of the beliefs are basically harmless, in that they don’t put the believers in danger (except intellectually). One such pseudoscience is, however, directly affecting the lives of people in Iraq. That bogus science is dowsing. For those not familiar with dowsing it is the claim that using a “Y” shaped stick or metal rods one can detect… Continue
She joined the ranks of the Youtube posters...who knows maybe I'll eventually manage to drag her over here.
It is kind of weird being a white guy that cares about the state of hair fashion and culture in the United States brown people population. All I have to say is let your hair be what it is! Curly is definitely… Continue
I have had an awesome trip to the Bay Area beginning with a fun group at Berkeley on Friday. I enjoyed a good time with Nick Gwenn and others afterwards. On to San Francisco Atheists on Saturday with Larry Hicok and Dave Kong. They had a great turnout. Not sure how many, but there weren't any seats left in the house. Last night (Tuesday, Nov. 3) I spoke at U.C. Davis to an incredible crowd. Around 120 attended. Shiva and her Agnostics and Atheists group did a superb job of getting the word out.… Continue
Added by Darrel Ray on November 4, 2009 at 3:43pm —
If people don't agree with many things in the bible... why do they still believe everything else? Why do some people accept scientific evidence yet cling to their beliefs (by changing them around to coincide with the evidence)? Why are people able to justify anything and everything concerning GOD? Because it is all make believe.
Here is an example:
My invisible force field. This force field can block any harm directed toward me. How can you prove it does not exist? What… Continue
Victoria's Governor spoke to the annual conference of Police Chaplains and said a lot of nonsense unfortunately. First he said that because church attendance is declining we should think of teaching ethics in schools and other educational institutions. Well I'm all in favour of teaching ethics but what does it have to do with declining church attendance?
Church attendance in Australia is about 7.5% and falling. A figure I'm very proud of. It makes Australia one of the most secular… Continue
Added by Janet Holmes on November 3, 2009 at 10:15pm —
In case you missed it. Here's great opinion piece from an Australian vice chancellor of a local Catholic university equating new atheists to a plague of blowflies or something from biblical Egypt. Excellent!
A 5 year-old daughter went to mom (mum for us Aussies) to ask where we came from. "Well, God made Adam and Eve and they had children all the way down to you darling." Her daughter went away satisfied with mommy's explanation. Couple of days later she wen to dad to ask the same question. "Well, we all came from monkeys and over many years became people just like you and me." His daughter went away a little confused and went back to mommy.
It is no secret that we nontheists are continually bombarded with religious references. Most of the time, we simply smile and ignore them, knowing that our fellow primates mean us no harm. And when we do complain, no matter how polite and courteous we may be, it is always taken the wrong way. So, when should we speak up?
My friend Margaret Downey wrote this letter to American Airlines concerning her recent trip her to Hawaii:… Continue
"I never know whether I should say "Agnostic" or whether I should say "Atheist". It is a very difficult question and I daresay that some of you have been troubled by it. As a philosopher, if I were speaking to a purely philosophic audience I should say that I ought to describe myself as an Agnostic, because I do not think that there is a conclusive argument by which one prove that there is not a God. On the other hand, if I am to convey the right impression…Continue