December 2012 Blog Posts (136)

I wish a Merry IsaacNewtonMas to everyone, everywhere.

I wish a Merry IsaacNewtonMas to everyone, everywhere.

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We know to 100% accuracy that the great scientist and mathematician was born on 25 December, whereas there is only a 1 in 365 chance that Jesus was.

Added by Dr. Terence Meaden on December 25, 2012 at 3:20pm — 5 Comments

A World of Fantasy

I awake to yet another Christmas morning--calendar speaking.

Thankfully, there was no Santa, angels, virgin births, Jesus, etc. in my house. The kids (4) are all gone, as are ex-wives (2). No one but me. Total silence. No christmas music or television. Just another day in the life. Blissful.

I guess I'm really "old fashioned". I loathe fantasy and its inclusive pageantry. This is true on so many levels, I hardly know where to begin. For starters, I really hate christmas. For…

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Added by Randall Smith on December 25, 2012 at 8:18am — 3 Comments

Christian Proselytism in the Military

First of all, I want to direct your attention to Dennis Kelley's piece, "Wow. just...wow" (thanks, Dennis!). That is what has inspired me to write the following email to Congresswomen Marcia Fudge and Senator Sherrod Brown:



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I want to draw your attention to the following video:

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Added by Loren Miller on December 25, 2012 at 8:08am — 9 Comments

Shovelling My Walks for the Churchgoers across the Street.

It's Christmas Day, both a Federal secular holiday and the second-most important religious holiday (after Easter) in the Western Christian liturgical calendar.

I live across the street from the Lutheran Church in my village. While the minister and I are friends, I doubt she expects me to show up for services this morning, though the rest of…

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Added by James Kz on December 25, 2012 at 6:50am — 3 Comments

Should Atheists support other problems with religion and humanity besides just the lack of proof for god?

  I was listening to the Godless Bitches podcast.

Should Atheists support other problems with religion and humanity besides just the lack of proof for god?

In my opinion every Atheist should at least think about being tolerant of everything that the churches exclude. L.B.G.T. woman's rights civil rights pollution etc. Or they have not fully thought out why they are atheists in the first place,yet. Being so…

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Added by J. Morr on December 25, 2012 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

Why don't Atheists use empathy as an argument against Religious/biblical/god morality claims?

 

I have asked this of several different non-theist sources and have yet to get a satisfactory answer. So I thought I would pose it here for your thoughts. This article is how I've argued against biblical morality. This is Matt Dillahunty discussing this point. …

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Added by J. Morr on December 24, 2012 at 11:06pm — 6 Comments

I Don't Believe in Ghosts But I Love "A Christmas Carol" by Dickens: My Life With Mr. Sim

From a first viewing of Alastair Sim as Scrooge in the best movie adaptation of Dickens' A Christmas Carol, I was hooked.  The story employs the use of symbolic characters and moves the narrative as if we had the controls to a time machine.  A wealthy man who won't aid charities and wonders why there aren't more poor houses and prisons meets his old partner, the dead as a doornail Marley, and is warned of visitation by three ghosts.  The second turns out to be this…

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Added by James M. Martin on December 24, 2012 at 4:44pm — No Comments

Merry Hitchmas!!!

As we enter the "myth" season of the year, its time to look at all the wonderful things that are going on in the secular movement.

 

First, the movement is going strong. A lot of new faces are showing up at secular "Meet-up" events all over the nation.

 

Second, There are a lot more "Camp Quests" opening all over the place. This is a great sign! Its important that we teach children that its "OK" not to believe in God.

 

Third, American Atheists is…

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Added by Joe Eversole on December 24, 2012 at 2:14pm — 4 Comments

Carrier / Marshall Debate set for February 9, 2013

The UAH Non-Theists and Ratio Christi are co-sponsoring a debate on the proposition “Is the Christian Faith Reasonable?” with Dr. David Marshall for the affirmative and Dr. Richard Carrier for the negative. The debate will be held in the Chan Auditorium at the University of Alabama – Huntsville on Saturday, February 9, 2013, time to be announced. The event is free and open to the public.

More details can be found at…

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Added by Charles Miller on December 24, 2012 at 11:53am — No Comments

Matching donation challenge

Dear RR leaders and members: Dr. Steven Uhl has given us an end of the year challenge. He has promised to match every dollar donated to RR through Dec. 31. If you are considering possible charities for this season, please consider RR. You will double your money and help RR get off to a strong start in 2013. Please go to Recovering from Religion to donate before Dec. 31!

Added by Darrel Ray on December 24, 2012 at 11:47am — No Comments

Mondo Diablo Episode 363: Sick of Christmas

It's Christmas again, and since I didn't make that many posts this year, I owe you the worst podcast possible. And this is it. Are you sick of Christmas? I might be, but I'm too darn busy to think about it.

Playlist

Scary Christmas Intro

Sick 1

Alleee1

Riders in the Sky * Sidemeat's Christmas Goose

Andrea Bocelli * Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Elves 3

Sick…

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Added by Rev Hellbound Alleee on December 23, 2012 at 10:39pm — 1 Comment

servingatheists.org

Though it was down for about 36 hours (!), the blog I am using to follow up on the "Better understanding the world of atheists" survey is now back in action.  I have been a bit surprised -in a very positive way- how many people are visiting and interacting with the site.  Several of the "mimi polls" that I have added to the site have generated quite a few responses.  I encourage anyone -particularly those of you who took the time to critique the questions on the main survey (thank you!)- to…

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Added by tom arcaro on December 23, 2012 at 7:13pm — No Comments

My Garden

I've always been an avid gardener. Winter is difficult for me not to be able to work in the garden.

I continue to harvest a few things, like kale, Brussels sprouts, and parsnips. But, for the most part, the garden is dormant. That's okay--we both need the rest.

Two gardens actually dominate my summer time. It's easier to rotate crops having two. The main garden is about 40 x 60 feet, way too big for a single guy. But habits are hard to break. (At one time, I was feeding 9…

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Added by Randall Smith on December 23, 2012 at 8:25am — 1 Comment

Genocide is OK if the True God commands it – but how to know which God is the right one?

Richard Dawkins in recent writings has referred a number of times to a charming fellow named William Lane Craig, also known as "the Genocide Preacher". For those who have not heard of him he has a webpage with the preposterous title of "Reasonable Faith". In a recent Q & A page he explains why it was perfectly…

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Added by Scott McGreal on December 23, 2012 at 2:50am — 4 Comments

Whitewashing Hell: or why belief in Hell is still not very nice

There has been some discussion about the topic of Hell over at Psychology Today recently. (I have a blog there by the way in case anyone's interested!) You might even say it's a hot topic! (Sorry.) Psychologist Nathan Heflick wrote about the psychological aspects of the subject…

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Added by Scott McGreal on December 23, 2012 at 2:30am — 3 Comments

Law dances the fine line between religion and insanity

“There is nothing that is too obvious of an absurdity to be firmly planted in the human head as long as you begin to instill before the age of five by constantly repeating it

with an air of great seriousness.”

– Arthur Schopenhauer

“Since it is obviously inconceivable that all religions can be right, the most obvious conclusion is that they are all wrong.”

-- Christopher Hitchens

“Society attacks early, when the child…

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Added by Alan Perlman on December 22, 2012 at 7:30pm — 8 Comments

Papa Bento XVI convida-nos, ateus, a ingressarmos numa aliança em defesa da família.

Apesar de estarmos em recesso, este que vos escreve, rompe excepcionalmente o seu descanso, pois não pode deixar de reproduzir aqui a mensagem de Bento XVI, no último dia 20, acerca da valorização da família tradicional e do combate à legalização do casamento gay. Isto porque ele convida os ateus a ingressarem numa aliança em favor da família. 
Vossa Santidade, agradecemos a menção a nós, ateus! É isso mesmo. Estamos todos irmanados na luta…
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Added by Pereira on December 22, 2012 at 8:43am — 1 Comment

National Institute of Standards and Technology: No, Virginia, the World didn't End.

NIST atomic clock. As you can see, it still…

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Added by James Kz on December 22, 2012 at 5:35am — 3 Comments

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