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The Religious Corporation: Part 1

from thegoodatheist.net



When trying to explain how religion came about, we must undoubtedly answer the question of it came together, since although human beings are social animals, the act of creating a stable institution is an extreme rarity. Consider how many cults come and go; obviously, even if there is a fundamental need to be religious, there must be some explanation as to why humans would continue to participate and develop their… Continue

Added by The Good Atheist on November 17, 2008 at 2:03pm — 1 Comment

"Somebody Up There Loves Me!"

At 2:30 AM on Friday, I sat watching the TV, unable to turn it off and go to bed. Embers had been blown from a rapidly moving brush fire into a mobile home community in Sylmar, Ca., and now I was watching horrified as random homes in the densely populated park began to go up. As I watched, scared and frantic residents scrambled to get what few belongings they could and got out. The police and fire department, trying to prevent destruction were then quite literally chased out of the park by the… Continue

Added by Larry Huffman on November 17, 2008 at 1:55pm — 1 Comment

Artistically Stupid

My four year old daughter loves dinosaurs. I made the mistake of purchasing nearly the entire set of Land Before Time videos from a local thrift store and she has nearly worn them to ribbons. To compound that mistake, I bought each of the varied plastic dinosaurs offered up at the grocery store. It was a good thing they had their names stamped on their bellies because several I didn't know the names of and several others I had totally wrong. For months now, she has insisted they all come to bed… Continue

Added by Roger Rotge on November 17, 2008 at 9:06am — 4 Comments

[insert witty title here]

Well, this will actually be the second time I write this post. It didn't go through before, and I didn't notice and closed the window. Yay!



This post is going to be kind of rambly (rambly?), so if you have an issue with that, stop reading now.





I'm getting a new car. For free mind you. It's a 280Z I think. I can't remember. It's been sitting in a parking lot for over a year. The owner used to run the largest Z shop in the country apparently. He actually had a choice… Continue

Added by Patch on November 17, 2008 at 3:27am — 3 Comments

Phineas Gage and Psychopaths and Mom

I don't know why I allow this stuff to bother me but whatever, I do. At the same time that I wish I could shrug it off I feel like it would be morally wrong to be unbothered by stupidity.

Sitting around with my mom and she's flipping channels, falls on a few minutes of a show on an educational channel about the brains of psychopaths. They logically know what is right and wrong but are unable to feel what we would call a conscience because they lack communication between two parts of the… Continue

Added by Krista on November 16, 2008 at 7:52pm — 2 Comments

God's judgment

More reason to get rid of religion.



I have always stated that There are, in my view, no evidence that can solidly give the slights probability of the existence of a God. So the topic of this blog is in no way an endorsement of God.

I titled this blog God's judgment because all christian leaders, from what ever christian cult they are from, always often make the claim that they were chosen by God. However, it seems to me that God always chose individuals who mostly turning… Continue

Added by THE GRENADIAN FREETHINKER on November 16, 2008 at 7:00pm — No Comments

The first really, really hard goodbye

by Dale McGowan

Author/editor of Parenting Beyond Belief: On Raising Ethical, Caring Kids Without Religion

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"Daddy!! Something's wrong with Max!!" Erin's face was a mask of anguish. "He's making sounds I've never heard before...and he's laying wrong!"



Erin's guinea pig Max, the first pet that was all her own, was clearly not OK. The vet… Continue

Added by Dale McGowan on November 16, 2008 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Some Atheists are Taking Themselves a bit too Seriously..

from www.thegoodatheist.net



Ggnothi seauton: It means know thyself, and it’s something I’ve always taken to heart.



I’m not always the most positive and easy going guy around. I’ve been known to kick some dust in the faces of my opposition. When you’re in a fight, particularly one for the hearts and minds of your fellow human beings, you can sometimes lose sight of how the conflict changes you.



When you have a website… Continue

Added by The Good Atheist on November 16, 2008 at 2:09pm — 3 Comments

"As If" - Deconstructing Religious Memes

Here's an essay that I submitted to Broowaha Los Angeles. Enjoy! ~~~~~~~~~~~



What happens when believers and nonbelievers start to debate religion?



The first thing that is placed on the table is a covert acceptance of the religious person’s beliefs. How so? This happens the moment that a nonbeliever acknowledges and uses the words that the believer is using.



Acknowledgement, recognition, and understanding implicitly support an argument, no matter what it… Continue

Added by Lori Stephens on November 16, 2008 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

"oh my god" [explicit lyrics]

I don't have the literary skills that most others on this site have, nor the time to do research.



But I only wanted to write a blurb tonight on the small bits of text we/I speak on occasion without really thinking about them. Even in my Godlessness, I find myself still saying "Oh my god" and "bless you" (when people sneeze) at times.



"How on God's green earth" do I stop myself from doing this?



Should I?



"God damn't!" There I go again, references to… Continue

Added by Roxanne on November 16, 2008 at 5:46am — 5 Comments

A biblical argument for gay marriage?

Owe no one anything except to love one
another, for he who loves another
has fulfilled the law."

(Romans 13:8)

Added by Krista on November 16, 2008 at 1:05am — 2 Comments

Moving to Texas

So we made it to Killeen and since I have time, I'm gonna blog our trip . So we left Washington (much later than we meant) and drove to The Dalles, Oregon. We got to go through Portland for about a second and I saw what I think was the middle part of Mount St. Helens. I'm not sure...I saw clouds, snowy mountain, then more clouds. Since we were closest to St. Helens then I'm guessing it was that one. The next day was a total blur of BORING! The western sides of Washington and Oregon are… Continue

Added by Auntie Meggles on November 15, 2008 at 11:53pm — No Comments

The Official Podcast Drinking Game is Here!

Just follow the instructions to play along. We have a studio time but we don't know when the air date will be yet. In the meantime have fun and be responsible. And go to the Discovery Institute and claim to be a skeptic and atheist and see what sort of reception you have. Just saying is all.





To see the large, printable version, go here:… Continue

Added by Kate Holden on November 15, 2008 at 5:40pm — No Comments

Tiana, Kate, Seattle, Skepticality!

So, gentle readers, this coming weekend I'm flying up to Seattle to see my fabulous friend Tiana. There shall be drinks. There shall be fun. There shall be ... doing an interview for a Skepticality podcast about our time at the Discovery Institute, what? Yes! Stay tuned for more information, but realize in the meantime that it shall be awesome. I only wish I was flying into Seattle on Friday so we could visit Casey Luskin and pals one last time so Tiana and I could test the theory that all… Continue

Added by Kate Holden on November 15, 2008 at 5:35pm — 1 Comment

The “Charter for Compassion” is a Waste of Time

From my site, www.thegoodatheist.net



I came across this website, “Charter for Compassion”, which is the latest attempt by religious moderates to extend an olive branch to other religions in the hope of curbing fundamentalism. The site asks for people to discuss stories of compassion that they have experienced in their lives. I believe it is their hope to communicate through these stories the idea that all people share the need for acts of… Continue

Added by The Good Atheist on November 15, 2008 at 4:56pm — No Comments

For People Who Love Clouds

Sensuous classical music by Claude Debussy and some of the best cloud photography you have ever seen:

NUAGES (Clouds)…

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Added by Paxdora Kosmosian on November 15, 2008 at 11:56am — 2 Comments

My Music & Slideshow Webpages

I create webpages using music and slideshow imagery, such as "The Other Side", with music by Steve Roach and my own "C.R.O.N.O.graphs" (Contrived Reflections Of Natural Objects).

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Added by Paxdora Kosmosian on November 15, 2008 at 11:00am — No Comments

Religion and Autonomy

Say there’s a young child, 4 or 5, who believes in Santa Claus. Her parents cultivate the belief, provide the props and stories, and the kid’s friends support the myth. Then the parents drop the bomb – there’s no Santa! The magical reindeer, Rudolph, the elves, all of it, it’s all a made-up story! The kid might be crushed, but their honest revelation is a vital step toward the child’s separation from her parents and their authority. It’s a step that moves her toward the dismissal of childhood… Continue

Added by Lori Stephens on November 15, 2008 at 10:58am — 5 Comments

Which side was God on? Monks exchange punches just before religious ceremony

JERUSALEM (CNN) -- An unusual sight greeted Jerusalem police as they entered one of Christianity's holiest sites Sunday morning: dozens of monks punching and kicking each other in a massive brawl.

Video and more here

Added by THE GRENADIAN FREETHINKER on November 15, 2008 at 10:42am — 1 Comment

Church fighting foreclosure threat

Source - Tampabay.com



Without Walls International Church is fighting foreclosure threat.



Last week, the St. Petersburg Times reported that the California-based Evangelical Christian Credit Union filed foreclosure proceedings against Without Walls, which owes $13-million for its Tampa property and $12.5-million on its Lakeland branch.



According to the church's pastor, Rev. Randy White, "We are a great church, and the devil has tried to take us… Continue

Added by THE GRENADIAN FREETHINKER on November 15, 2008 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

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