Christianity, Judaism, and Islam are superstitions. Buddhism is if full of superstition. African diasporic religions that involve ancestor veneration and divine spirits are based on superstitions. The main religions of India; Hinduism, Sikhism, Jainism, and Buddhism depend on blind…Continue
If Christ was in fact God, he knew all the future.
Before Him like a panorama moved the history yet to be. He knew how his words would be interpreted.
He knew what crimes, what horrors, what infamies, would be committed in his name. He knew that the hungry flames of persecution would climb around the limbs of countless martyrs. He knew that thousands and thousands of brave men and women would languish in…
With the holidays fast approaching, many of us will undoubtably be heading back home for family dinners. Even if we don't recognize any meaning to the holidays, we will nonetheless be seeing the family. Being an atheist, I have had to develop some coping mechanisms to survive some of the more awkward moments, such as the PRAYER BEFORE DINNER! So what I do while everyone else is listening to the prayer I sing, in my…Continue
Finished up yet another episode of my Mormonism series:Mormonism: The Big Con? pt 4.
This episode covers the "Anti-bank" scandal (aka how to set up a personal piggy bank and fleece the flock). Joe up on charges of conspiracy to commit murder and other various counts. And, the power struggle picks up speed with the different sides (each with Big Daddy on…
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I cannot take credit for this compilation of quotes from Thomas Jefferson. I found it in the comments section of an article on Alternet.
Millions of innocent men, women and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined and imprisoned; yet we have not advanced one inch towards uniformity.
-Thomas Jefferson, Notes on Virginia, 1782
But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there…
Nearly 20 years ago, my father, Dr. Porter E. Barbera, MD, told me that socialized medicine would be coming to the United States and he was right.
He said that his practice was during what he termed “the golden age of medicine.” He also…Continue
"Question with boldness even the existence of a god; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear."
-- Thomas Jefferson
Jesus H. Christ!! I cannot believe that the Supreme Court is AGAIN about to debate the legitimacy of the spouting…Continue
In the movie The Seven Percent Solution, Freud and Holmes use different, but empirical methods to come to the same conclusions. Using empirical reasoning they converge on the same understanding of how a murder took place. In contrast ideologies diverge as people go off on different ideological tangents. Ideologies seem destined to diverge into increasingly fragmented sects.
Are Atheists converging on an increasingly common understanding? As faith based groups splinter into…Continue
I was at an open house event recently for a christian charity organization. They had slideshows about the work they do around the world. In a way I was impressed by all the things they have been able to do helping people from third world countries, but it sickened me how much of what they do is actually just simply scaring people into believing in god. They also sponsor many programs that will only aid christian communities while excluding anyone else. It made me wonder how much of their…Continue
Spend even a small amount of time on an atheist website and the issue of the, quote: “Meaning Of Life” end-quote, will doubtless come up. There have been several such conversations here on A|N, and doubtless the topic will come up again as new members join our ranks. It’s a topic so fundamental to our lives that wrestling with it should be a natural part of living … or one would hope.
That said, who here remembers Bill Watterson, creator and artist behind one of my favorite…
"I have been called a sexist by feminists. It's a smear, because I have strong attitudes about sexism, which I detest. I have a wife who went to work in 1962 so that I could stay home and try to be a writer, and who earned less than she would have in the same position had she been a man. That made it that much harder to survive the lean years of my writing career. I have two daughters I want treated fairly. If there's a job requiring heavy muscular…Continue
Pastor Enoch Adeboye is an evangelical pastor from Nigeria who promotes the existence of witches and wizards, resulting in the torture and death of young children and others in Nigeria, the wider African continent, and has also spread into Europe.
Adeboye is the leader of one of the fastest-growing Pentecostal churches in Africa, the Redeemed…Continue
Imagine my surprise when I saw the title THE BONOBO AND THE ATHEIST, In Search of Humanism Among the Primates in my small conservative town's public library! It's a brand new book by Frans de Waal, a Dutch/American biologist teaching at Emory U. in Atlanta, GA.
The book can best be summed up in the cover's introduction: "In this lively and illuminating discussion of his landmark research, esteemed primatologist Frans de Waal argues that…Continue
Jesus missed his chance. He said he was coming back in the time of his apostles but he didn't.
My first choice, when I rag on religion, is Judaism, just because I know it first-hand. Of course, there's always more to learn. Through my current wife, I became aware of what goes on in Jewish enclaves/ghettos (depends on who's herding Jews together, Jews or gentiles) -- the threats, the ostracism, the mind control, the obsession with ritual (these people REALLY observe all the Sabbath and milk/meat separation rules, and it is a major…Continue
Faitheist is a new book by humanist and interfaith promoter, Chris Stedman. Bearing the full title, Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious, promises an interest read filled with personal revelation regarding the intersection atheism and religion, a task that seems…Continue
Firstly some definitions:
Mindware: Essentially a collection of tools we use to think with or make decisions.
These include, Information or Data and Methods of applying these.
Contaminated Mindware: Essentially incorrect or misleading data, often from bad or heavily biased sources and which lacks any form of reliable or independently verified…Continue
I question what I'm told, a great deal - so I could be called a skeptic. I'm not a devotee of any pseudoscience and I agree with a great deal of what is said by skeptics.
But the skeptical blogs and skeptical commentary online, and magazines like Skeptical Inquirer, are very far from the skeptical ideal of rational questioning. There's a lot of ridicule. For example, Orac on the…Continue
In the blog where to start Philosophy studies, a woman wrote Philosophy was patriarchal. I found this disturbing since I have believed one of the greatest characteristics of Atheism was its disconnection from ideologies that could justify sexism. I would like to believe, as an Atheist, I have treated women as complete equals.
At a staff meeting, at a school I taught at, I suggested reading Condorcet's 'The Nature and Purpose of Public Instruction" where Part 4 starts with the section…Continue