December 2012 Blog Posts (136)

Violent Video Games Reduce Violent Crime

With the recent shooting at a school in Newtown Connecticut and the shooting in Aurora Colorado violent video games are in the news again. The old men in the old media are blaming violent video games as they always do when a shooting hits the national news.

Violent video games have been the target of old media and conservatives for years. They will spout dubious studies and claim there is a link. They will blame any act of violence on violent video games even if the perpetrator never…

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Added by Lone Wolf on December 21, 2012 at 10:32pm — 1 Comment

untimely death crap

UNTIMELY DEATH!!!!!!!! .... BE SURE YOU SCROLL WAY DOWN TO SEE WHAT THIS MESSAGE HOLDS FOR YOU!!!! YOU JUST MIGHT BE SURPRISED!!! I WAS!!! DID YOU KNOW THESE FACTS? Death is certain but the Bible speaks about untimely death! Make a personal reflection about this...... Very interesting, read until the end..... It is written in the Bible (Galatians 6:7): 'Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man sow, that shall he also reap.... Here are some men and women who mocked God : John… Continue

Added by Zico Kiamba on December 21, 2012 at 10:02am — No Comments

My Thursday Night

After solving the last clue of the Mayan puzzle and fighting Xecotcovach the Demon-bird servitor of Alom, or as he is known to his friends "Face-Gouger" to a standstill I reached for the lever. The clock was ticking down from 10 seconds. It was just two seconds before the apocalypse when I pulled it with all my strength and averted the end of the world.

You're welcome!

Added by Russell Pangborn on December 21, 2012 at 9:40am — No Comments

The Bankruptcy of the Free Will Defense

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In the philosophical competition of worldviews many Christians use the "free will defense" as a way to excuse their god's apparent moral negligence in this world. Supposedly the value of free will is greater than whatever evils may result from establishing moral beings who have this opportunity to do both good and evil and suffer or profit as a result of it. I've taken the liberty of assembling all of my analysis of this popular move of theirs. Enjoy.…

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Added by Ben on December 21, 2012 at 9:10am — No Comments

First or Last?

Here's the question: Should I  (we) be celebrating the Winter Solstice (Dec. 21), or even the Summer Solstice (June 21)?

I know we recognize the date--barely. But what should we do with the fact?

It's rather contradictory to say it's "the first day of winter", season-wise, yet "celebrate" the fact the daylight hours will begin lengthening. The former sounds bleak, the latter, optimistic. I'm going with the bright side.

We all know how much ancient civilizations worshiped…

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Added by Randall Smith on December 21, 2012 at 8:01am — 1 Comment

Coming out to Your Parents – Part 1 of 3 – Why? - By BlackWitchoftheEast

Many people around here in the Middle East seem to be under the impression that the United States is the birthplace and haven of atheism.[Read more at godlessteens.com]

Added by Godless Teen on December 21, 2012 at 7:47am — No Comments

Why Some Kids Have An Inflated Sense Of Their Science Skills

I've just read this story on NPR. It appears that students in countries that are mediocre at science have an inflated sense of good they are. Interesting article. Here's the link: http://www.npr.org/2012/12/21/167718275/why-some-kids-have-an-inflated-sense-of-their-science-skills

Added by Bud the Wonderer on December 21, 2012 at 5:53am — No Comments

Dear Chris: Evidences for God - by Godless Teen

Thanks for your reply. Unfortunately, your alleged “evidences” for a god do not stand up very well to criticism. You named quite a few, so let’s take them one by one, shall we?[read more at godlessteens.com]

Added by Godless Teen on December 20, 2012 at 3:05pm — No Comments

Interesting Week

It's been a hectic week here in north central Indiana. Right now, we're preparing for our first winter storm. Lots of wind and rain with snow forecast for overnight. My plans for attending the annual middle school christmas breakfast tomorrow is on hold, depending on weather conditions. Retirees, like myself, are always invited. I like to see my old compadres. 

I have good news and bad, then good. First, I did purchase a new truck this week. I've always been partial to small trucks,…

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Added by Randall Smith on December 20, 2012 at 8:02am — No Comments

Welcoming a new contributor to godlessteens.com

Thanks to atheistnexus, we have recruited another contributor/blogger to godlessteens.com, redrabbiter who lives in the UK. [Read more at godlessteens.com]

Added by Godless Teen on December 20, 2012 at 7:49am — No Comments

Prayer Warriors

A couple of prayer requests for the President came across my desk a few weeks ago. At first I just deleted them because they came from my religious friends and I didn’t want to offend them even though they probably never considered that the people on their mailing list may be of different religions or no religion at all.…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on December 19, 2012 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

It's All About the Guns.......again

The recent tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut is one of the most horrible in recent memory.  The actions of that young man were as incomprehensible as they were inexcusable and we as a country need to learn from what happened to better protect ourselves and our children.  What is even more inexcusable and, in my mind just as disgusting, is the way gun control advocates use this tragedy to support their agenda.  

As the details unfold we are starting to see there was a lot of anger and…

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Added by Richard Lawrence on December 19, 2012 at 3:03pm — 13 Comments

How Much Good Can You Do? There's A Calculator For That.

Oxford University ethics professor Toby Ord encourages people to donate 10 percent of their incomes to charities, and has posted an online calculator that is supposed to show you the good that can be done with this amount. Even though the '10%' amount sounds like the xian 'tithe,' nowhere in the article is religion mentioned. Perhaps this could be the humanist equivalent? Here's the link:… Continue

Added by Bud the Wonderer on December 18, 2012 at 11:11pm — 2 Comments

The coolest fucking thing ever.

Some of you may not know this, but my wife and I are voluteers for Camp Quest Oklahoma. We had our first camp this summer with 34 campers.



This year we posted a "wish list" on amazon.com with lots of items needed for camp. Just for fun we put two very high end items to see if just by chance we coul get something cool for camp. One of the items was a $300 Tesla coil.



On Saturday a big package was delivered.



I'm still in shock.



Inside was the Tesla… Continue

Added by Joe Eversole on December 18, 2012 at 11:07pm — 2 Comments

I Have Just Found a Treasure

Said treasure is at a fellow-traveler's site: Atheist Republic.  Therein I have found a gallery of pictures with quotes which are truly FABULOUS.  They include quotes I have not encountered before, direct and powerful quotes which I am sopping up the way a dry sponge absorbs water.  Consider the following:…



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Added by Loren Miller on December 18, 2012 at 6:55pm — 9 Comments

What is the religious purpose of life?

I'm writing something and I have to state what religion says about WHY were here.  How does God answer that? Why am I here?

So far I've put down: 1 to worship god. 2 to exert your free will and be judged by it.

It's been so long, I can't remember what the religious purpose of life is.  But I do remember all those stupid "Got Purpose?" signs everywhere.  Can someone enlighten me.

Added by JP Carey on December 18, 2012 at 3:50pm — 44 Comments

Where he belongs - my response

I have one fb friend who posts tons of religious garbage and also happens to fall for every other internet hoax, such as the old "Craig shergold make a wish foundation".  Usually my counterpoints go unanswered, and it looks like this one might stay like this as well.  My reply is pretty tame, and I think it needs to be to reach people.  Nonetheless, I'm curious how you would have responded.  Also, this is a headsup, as this one will probably continue to make the rounds.…

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Added by Daniel B on December 18, 2012 at 3:26pm — 3 Comments

Atheism

        Just what does it mean to be an atheist?  Richard Dawkins proposed a sliding scale of theistic probability:

  1. Strong theist. 100 per cent probability of God. In the words of C.G. Jung: "I do not believe, I know."
  2. De Facto theist. Very high probability but short of 100 per cent. "I don't know for certain, but I strongly believe in God and live my life on the assumption that he is…
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Added by Wyatt on December 18, 2012 at 1:04pm — 17 Comments

Jim Morrison post on Religion and Masturbation

Here is an excellent post by James Morrison, a world religions teacher on sex and religion. He looks at some of the crazy ideas that religionists hold, especially about masturbation. I wonder if he will actually talk about the views of the various religions on masturbation, including the ancient Egyptian god Autm, who masturbated his two children into existence?…

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Added by Darrel Ray on December 18, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

Christmas(yawn)

walking around the supermarket I see people I know all the time, this is because I live in a very small town down on the coast in Victoria (Australia). Every second person I see asks me what I am doing to celebrate Christmas, I say that I am an Atheist and I do not believe in the story of nativity. I am greeted so many blank stares and negative comments that I feel like I am a party pooper, I then go on to explain that I have a deep love for the nature of the world we live in and that I believe… Continue

Added by Ben Anderson on December 17, 2012 at 11:26pm — 7 Comments

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