You've all heard the accustaion before... without religion, there is no morality and we atheists can just go around killing, stealing, and raping until the cows come home. It's a tiresome accusation, but one I've read so often lately that I felt the need to address it... and so I have, albeit briefly. I think religion gives a free "get out of sin" pass. Atheism does not.
I've got a more grandiose treatise in the works, but the following article will have to suffice for now.… Continue
I am an atheist.. If you didn;t know by now you have been absent, or you're stupid (This is an atheist site). Many people believe that all atheist are moraless, hedonistic, alcoholic, junkies. Well I am none of those. I have very firm morals, I don't drink, I don't smoke, and I have never done any drugs (apart from prescriptions smartass). I don't even hang around people that do that stuff ofter. George Carlin put it best: " I don't have time for other people's stupid bullshit." That stands… Continue
In the 1970’s, Benjamin Libet conducted a series of studies that aimed to provide a timing of consciousness. A subject was asked to look at an oscilloscope timer with a moving dot and voluntarily press a button within a certain timeframe. The results showed that there was unconscious activity within the brain signaling the readiness potential for the voluntary action 300 milliseconds before the subject reported being conscious of it. These and other related studies… Continue
A question thrown out often in debate between Christians and atheists is “If you can’t explain the origin of the universe and the origin of life then why don’t you just believe in God?” It is often followed up with, “Doesn’t it make more sense to believe in God because all those questions are answered in the Bible. All science has is theories but the Bible has the Truth.” I have answered this question so frequently that I decided to write an… Continue
I just knew I'd be able to get on here at least one more time today to post something with a little more substance than the last post. And, by "substance," I mean, proof of fundie-dumdie (yes, I just made that up, right this moment. It is my new word for the species of dumb with which fundamental Christians infect our space). This week's winner--and I realize it's only Monday but really, this is great--is Patrick...…
Atheism is often considered another religion. When filling out profile information on website atheism is stated as a religion rather than the choice 'none'. When people ask an atheist his/her religion his/her answer is "I'm an atheist". When one asks a christian his/her religion his/her answer is "I'm a christian".
I believe that atheism seems like a religion to ignorant people because the word 'atheist' is used in that context. Many people believe that an atheist just hasn't found… Continue
I wrote this in retaliation to people attacking my views on religion, and specifically in this instance, gay marriage. Supposed it "pertained" to this site or rather met the criteria. So here it is...
Writing is one of my things, clearly. If you knew me, you'd know that for sure. I often write to express myself. Sure I am opinionated and stubborn. But aren't we all when it comes to our beliefs and our views? If you're not standing up for what you believe in that is not my problem and… Continue
I believe there are two primary groups of atheists.
The first being the group who lives in harmony with religion; believing that all religions can tolerate one another and exist together. I also believe the 'closet-atheists' fit into this group.
Next is the group I fit into; the group who believe that religion is incompatible with human life and causes more problems than it solves. I personally believe that religions put up a wall for the advancment of human-kind. Even… Continue
If only one side can win, and God is the one who chooses the winner, why play at all?
Sports. A big part of our society. Especially in school. Weather it is Grade School, or Junior High , High School, College or Professional Sports.
Now, before the sporting event, a lot of the teams or individual players pray or have a group prayer. There have been some court cases on this matter dealing with schools. Well that’s not what… Continue
Its been a hard day. Eleven years ago today my mother passed away. I was only ten, so every year its hard on me. I felt like I was robbed of so much.
It could have been harder, though. My best friend and my fiancee accompanied me to the gravesite. It was the first year I made it on her deathdate. It was nice to have their morale support. And they both knew better than to try to comfort me with the "She's in a better place" or "Everything happens for reason" (they are both religious,… Continue
Here’s a thought experiment and a challenge for philosophers and scientists alike:
Imagine there are two universes, A and B, exactly alike in all ways except one.
In universe A there is a physical law that dictates and governs the behavior of coin flips. Every coin that is flipped in universe A is caused by this law to produce the exact following predictable pattern, 50 heads, 1 tail, 50 heads, 1 tail, and so on…
I have been dating my girlfriend for almost two months now. I met her at the beginning of this school year (she's a sophomore and I'm a junior). Her family is devoutly baptist, as is she. However, she was fully aware that I was atheist before we began dating (as was her Mother who isn't very excited about the fact). Lately though, my atheism has been having a larger impact on her and she seems to be much more questioning about the world around her and her faith especially.
I've just noticed the survey on the front page of the Nexus asking: "Do you celebrate Christmas?" There are four options - two yes and two no - but my own preference is sadly missing. So I'll post it here instead.
Yes, I do celebrate Christmas and I had a rather good time of it last year. Christmas, for me, is a time to go back home and catch up with friends and family. It's a time to eat, drink and exchange presents. And I can enjoy all of this… Continue
Respect the rights of atheists, too
By PHILLIP BERRY | La Crosse
This is a response to Sally Oswalt’s letter to the editor titled “They can’t prove there is no God.” I can agree we atheists may not be able to prove there is no god; however, we are not the ones making the claim.
If I started telling everyone that I believed that there is a one-ton diamond buried in my backyard, and that my family and I enjoy digging for… Continue
I know, shocking title, eh? Shocking! What slander! This will make sense in just a moment.
Vjack at Atheist Revolution has an interesting post up today highlighting the work of your friend and mine, Rick Warren, in Africa. You know Africa. Lovely landscapes, nauseating HIV/AIDS rates. Apparently, the oh-so good work he's done there--the stuff he touts, the wonderful work battling HIV/AIDS--includes his man on the ground there, Martin Ssempa, doing great things. Things like burning… Continue
Added by IsThatLatin on January 11, 2009 at 9:35am —