Joshua 24:15 "But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”"
Growing up very religious I heard this passage a lot. There was a hymn that quoted it. There were talks about it. But the subject of the songs and the talks wasn't…Continue
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The Looming Specter of AIDS
Bigotry against homosexuals in the black community contributes greatly to the AIDS epidemic. Today, AIDS drifts in and out of the top position as the number one killer of African…
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I contemplate writing a book on this subject intended for the educated reader, tentatively titled “My Death, My Choice: A Secular View of Voluntary Euthanasia” in which this quantum theory will play an integral role. The book assumes that readers hold a secular humanist worldview. That is, secular in the sense that no deities, afterlives, or other supernatural notions are involved, and humanistic in the sense that the wellbeing of human…Continue
One of the most beautiful gifts of the internet is the ability to learn at a glance the wisdom of America’s founding fathers. In fact, one can often find these pearls of wisdom beautifully packaged in nice visuals. They are perfect for a tweet or a quick illustration, and so very informative. Most of all, they are ever so conveniently one quick google away...
Read more about it here.…Continue
Some may think I'm stating that religion is junk food for the mind.
Well, not quite right.
I'm drawing from comments made by psychologists and neurologists whose work I've been studying.
Essentially it is the confirmation of a quote from Arthur C. Clarke:
"The greatest tragedy in mankind's entire history may be the hijacking of morality by religion."
Which, when the junk food phenomenon of…Continue
Do you ever wonder, as I wondered, why a broccoli or cauliflower looks as it does? Why do animals have two legs or four legs, two eyes, or two nostrils? Why are rivers formed into dendritic patterns? Why do some crystals have dendrite patterns in them? What causes a snowflake to form into patterns? Why is every fingerprint different from every other one?
One day I heard a lecture and the speaker used a word I did not recognize. I discussed the word with the speaker afterwards and she…Continue
I am a 23 year old female living in the bible belt in an extremely religious (southern baptist) family. I have ALWAYS had questions and doubts, but I would push them to the back of my mind and just try my best to fit in. That lasted until I had my son at 17. That's when I couldn't forget my questions and doubts any longer. I simply could not be a part of something that would limit the love I am able to have for my…Continue
Just watched “The Best of Charlie Skinner” on YouTube for the umpti-umpth time. Sam Waterston’s portrayal of Charlie in the HBO series, The Newsroom, is dear to me for his alternation between avuncular father-figure and curmudgeonly news director, and I get a big kick out of him. Watching that made me think about how much I’d love to see Atlantis Cable News become a real, actual news organization, and then…Continue
Do any of you play video games on Steam?
I have an Atheist group called Friendly Neighborhood Atheist and we are growing.
Currently we have 1,640 members and adding new members each day.
In the group we have discussions on Atheism topics and announcements and a group chat to bring fellow Atheist gamers together.
Please feel free to join.
See you on Steam
Over the years, I ran across people and ideas that have important messages that we need to know about and understand. These are individuals and concept who look at the reality of our current situation and have ideas for solving problems and conflicts. The subjects range from economics, education, health care, permaculture, politics, religion, spirituality, and beyond.
The first one I call attention to is Chris Martenson and his "Crash Course" in which he defines the state of the…Continue
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The Hoover Radio Show went fine but only as an icebreaker to more important issues. It reminded me of early Christian bishops arguing over how many angels can reside on the head of a pin. I felt like standing up and yelling out, “Look, as you sit here in this luxurious setting, people are getting their heads chopped off, wars are being fought, 15 million people (mostly children) are starving to death and billions have to live in fear of opening their mouth or saying the wrong thing. Isn’t…Continue
Work is how we make a living. For many, we spend more time with our coworkers, than with our spouse. I do. Work gets us our living, our benefits, if we are lucky, some savings, security, and the ability to pay for what we need to pay for. Work has psychological costs, and psychological rewards. If we are very lucky, work gives…Continue
Why is this so hard to understand? Every year we go through the same thing. Some city puts up a nativity scene on the courthouse lawn.A secular group asks for its removal. The city then refuses and says religious freedom. The secular group then asks to put up their own holiday display. The public goes crazy saying how horrible atheists are and how we are persecuting. They argue that there is no such thing a separation of church and state. Based on public opinion the city denies the secular…Continue
Human life is under the absolute dominion of two mighty principles, fear and hope. Any one who can make these serve his ends may be sure of rapid fortune. - Lucian, in his Alexander the Oracle Monger
Alexander is a work of secularist literature written by 2nd Century Roman satirist Lucian, who tells the story of a false prophet of Apollo. It depicts the…Continue
Crumbling Creeds (1890)
Robert Green Ingersoll
THERE is a desire in each brain to harmonize the knowledge that it
has. If a man knows, or thinks he knows, a few facts, he will
OMG, yet another new religion.
First met Ryan Ballard in Colorado Springs after he was forced to relocate from New Orleans because of Katrina. At the time he led Razzmatazz, a puppet theater workshop for at risk kids.
He has since moved back to New Orleans and is doing this:…Continue