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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

Shy Atheists, Bashful Skeptics

I am sure you know or have met somebody who thinks like this. You may, in fact, be one of these people I'm about to describe. If you are, I strongly urge you to consider what I'm about to say.



You're an atheist, but you feel that too many hard-nosed vitriolic cynics have given the label a bad name so now you refuse to refer to yourself as what you truly are. And yet. Yet, you could always make an effort to proudly assert that yes, you are an atheist but that you're willing to discuss… Continue

Added by Kate Holden on November 15, 2008 at 9:23am — 4 Comments

I Went to Church Today - So Sue Me

On my way to work today in Chicago I took a detour and stopped off at a local church. I sat there for a while and closed my eyes for a few minutes. I happened to be next to the confessional boxes and some fake flickering candles. The building itself was really impressive, lots of marble, and it was extremely peaceful. I thought to myself, these religious folks actually do have something, you know. If you take away all the words and beliefs and repeated gestures and intolerance for other faiths,… Continue

Added by Buford Twain on November 14, 2008 at 11:01pm — 5 Comments

Hmm

I don't think I'm going to use this site much any more. I joined to see exactly how an atheist social network would work out, and whether it would be an interesting, new, and worthwhile experience.

I've decided that just being atheist isn't enough of a quality to bring together all these very different people. It's only one thing, and I don't feel like it's very substantial. Maybe if being atheist is a more important, defining part of your identity then it can work out. In my case, it's… Continue

Added by Undecided on November 14, 2008 at 6:24pm — 1 Comment

Exoplanet imaged in visible light

NASA yesterday announced the first image ever taken of an exoplanet in visible light. Photographed using the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), the newly-discovered world orbits the star Formalhaut, a young hot star about 25 light years away. The star and planet are only about 250 million years old. Named Formalhaut-b (by astronomical convention the star itself is referred to as Formalhaut-a), the new planet orbits… Continue

Added by Planetologist on November 14, 2008 at 12:37pm — No Comments

Children in Nigeria Victims of Superstition

for my site thegoodatheist.net



In a small village in Nigeria, a little boy of 5 years of age is frightened and confused. His mother and father have abandoned him; their normally loving embrace will never be felt again. The other villagers are angry, and some of them throw stones at him. He does not cry. Part of him has accepted her fate, and the dejection of his loved ones is enough to make the boy numb. The only question in his mind is how… Continue

Added by The Good Atheist on November 14, 2008 at 10:01am — No Comments

1800 responses to the survey!

All,



I am excited to announce that we are hours away from hitting the 1800 mark for respondents to the survey.



I am thrilled that so many people all over the world have responded to our "Coming Out as an Atheist" survey, but I am even more excited to begin sharing some of the data:



The respondents are young (ish) and males are over represented:



How old are you?



> 18 1.0% 17

18-25 32.1% 573

26-35 30.3% 540

36-45 19.5%… Continue

Added by tom arcaro on November 14, 2008 at 8:17am — 1 Comment

Repitition and Futility.

My life has been so repetitive for as long as I can remember. I have changed but my a lot of thing have just be repeated. I have been struggling with money for a very long time. It is always the same in the past my dad would get a great job and things would be finally getting stable then my dad would get laid off or fired then we were back in the shitter again. Now its that but with me working at the same time.

My life has changed in some ways because of it but most of it has been… Continue

Added by TheFlyingWelshman on November 14, 2008 at 3:16am — 3 Comments

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