Since joining the Atheist Nexus I've debated about writing a blog. I've never expressed myself regarding atheism and it's been difficult to whittle down a subject to focus on. But after bashing my head against my desk a few times yesterday after reading an article in my local newspaper it dawned on me I might have something to write about.
I'd like to take this first blog as an opportunity to open a series with no reliable frequency regarding trends and other stupid shit that…Continue
I don't really know as much about these two men. I am aware of the Answers in Genesis website but I don't go on there. I went on CARM once by accident. I was on an atheist website and there was a link to CARM which was displayed as a website about religion. I find it ridiculous how CARM calls non-Christian religions 'alternative' religions. I don't believe in the concept that non-Christian religions are 'alternative religions'. They are just religions in my eyes. That phrase actually…Continue
Added by Marisa Goode on June 15, 2013 at 8:11pm — No Comments
Joan Denoo, I hope you won't mind that I borrowed this quote from you.
"We are fortunate to live in a country where we have the freedom to exercise the religion of our choosing while also being free from having any religion imposed upon us,"
~ Donna Howard, an Austin Democrat, a Unitarian Universalist, gave the Texas House's daily prayer, only stronger.
Donna Howard's words are so true. I think's its cool that she is a…Continue
Added by Debra Stevenson on June 15, 2013 at 8:03pm — No Comments
So a little while ago I joined the forums at the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry (CARM) in the hopes of being able to actually have some productive discussions with Christians rather than the typical troll fests I often have on Sodahead. Ironically enough, there are far more trolls on CARM than there are on Sodahead, but I digress. After a few weeks of extremely bad arguments from the Christians on the forum, I eventually noticed that the vice president of CARM, Diane Sellner,…Continue
No she should not run for Senate or even operator of a ice cream vending machine either.
Brandi Amari Williams
I developed an amazingly severe dog allergy, through living with dogs nonstop for 17 years. If I'm riding my bike and a car pulls up next to me with a dog in it, and the window's open, I'll get sick. If I'm anywhere near a dog and I breathe any of the air around it, I get sick. The allergist I see has an office in a building where dogs live, and people sometimes go through the door that opens into the rest of the building, although the door is usually shut. When I go there, I have bad…Continue
An Atheist is someone who lacks a belief in a god or gods. The critical characteristic is belief. Anyone who does not have an affirmative belief in at least one god is an Atheist. Beliefs are a result of knowledge, experience and feelings. While beliefs can change, they are not the result of a willful process. One either has a belief or doesn't. One cannot decide whether or not to have a belief. Faith is a belief maintained without supporting evidence or in the face of controverting…Continue
Did you know the JW's think the Elohim refers to the angels? This is a false belief. The Elohim refers to the Hebrew counsel of god's. The early Jews were polytheist , there is no way that the Elohim refers to 'angels' it is referring to the Hebrew pantheon of deities. The JW's are not biblical scholars of any kind. I'd say that they discourage biblical scholarship. The men who run the WBTS probably know this stuff but they most likely hide this information from their followers. …Continue
Here is something about the fundamentalist Christian denomination I grew up with and left at 22 which I often talk about on Nexus.One study I read on the fundamentalist Christian denomination of the Jehovah's Witnesses dealed with horrific persecution they have faced. The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society owns all records of their history of the JW's worldwide. Another study dealed with the deaths of members who refused to give their children blood transfusions and other dealed with…Continue
Added by Debra Stevenson on June 15, 2013 at 12:59am — No Comments
It is my experience that there are a huge number of theists who would indeed consider so-called 'near-death experiences' (NDEs) as evidence – if not proof – of a soul and/or an afterlife. The truth is they are not and cannot in any valid and sound sense be considered evidence of an afterlife; they simply can't, it is a complete non sequitur. To substantiate this claim, I'll explain what WOULD be necessary in order to count as empirical evidence for an afterlife, and why such a thing…Continue
Christianity And Homosexuality
Some Seventh-day Adventist Perspectives…
Added by Debra Stevenson on June 14, 2013 at 4:54pm — No Comments
Once again the Seventh-day Adventists have led the way in ministering to and for the outcasts. This is one of the most comprehensive and supportive studies of Christianity and Homosexuality issed by any denomination. Out of necessity 'the other…Continue
Added by Debra Stevenson on June 14, 2013 at 4:53pm — No Comments
Do you think it alright for a parent to raise a child as an atheist? Personally I don't. I think a child should be allowed to make up their own mind about religious, spiritual or non-religious preferences. I think raising a child as an atheist without giving them other options is just as bad as forcing them to be religious. Teach a child HOW to thin, not WHAT to think. I don't have children but if I did they could make up their own minds. Madalyn Murray O'Hair's son is a fundamentalist…Continue
I'm new here, so I'm just going to say this: Feel free to ask me anything you like(within reason, obviously). I'm happy to answer. I'm happy to make new friends, and just get to know more atheists like myself. That's about it. So...Yeah. ^^
Added by Debra Stevenson on June 13, 2013 at 3:48pm — No Comments
Added by Debra Stevenson on June 13, 2013 at 3:45pm — No Comments
It had to be either a return-visit or someone he knew at work, Ted deduced.
"No peach-fuzzed adolescent stage
But right away a virile God
All filled with manly wrath and rage…"
"I know who it is," Ted thought to himself, occupying himself with the man's identity rather than his blasphemy, "it's Bill Jackson,…Continue
Added by Debra Stevenson on June 13, 2013 at 3:43pm — No Comments
She had indeed magnified Ted's spirit though her own poetic talents of inspiration. Having read the magazines and parts of the Truth book he'd left her, she was fully charged with their ideas. She spoke as if she'd been in it for years instead of a day. But in spite of all this, in spite of Ted's elation over her and her defense of the Truth, he felt like replying to her last sentence, "No, Paul has been to a meeting. You haven't, and that's why there's this difference of…Continue
Added by Debra Stevenson on June 13, 2013 at 3:40pm — No Comments
She came from the narrow stairway that led to the roof. Her ebony skin glistened with sweat. "Oh!" she exclaimed as she covered her bikini top with both her arms. "They're not home," she giggled half nervously and half bawdily.
Ted stepped back two full steps so as not to frighten her from entering the dim hall from the stairwell. He gripped his light satchel loaded with tracts tighter and swallowed hard as his eyes automatically pierced through her concealing arms, "That's all…Continue
Added by Debra Stevenson on June 13, 2013 at 3:31pm — No Comments