This is a basis of a story I am writing but first a bit of history about where I began.
I remember that I was in 4th grade and my teacher asked, 'What do you think about god?' to everyone. Everyone said a few lines about how god was the power and the giver the provider and stopped. When it was my turn to speak, I was a little nervous initially but then I said, 'I don't believe in god'. My teacher was horrified, the next half hour was spent trying to explain to me that I was an… Continue
Added by Ravi on November 27, 2008 at 4:23am —
In July 2008 I wrote some articles to make my column and blog readers think each being presented as a piece of humor and a different slant as seen through this poor old atheist eyes. I now wish to share these small humorous articles with my new friends and audience on gather.com
The first deals with the problem of a second coming of the Christian savior Jesus Christ of whom I think as one of the worlds greatest philosophers.
I am the son of… Continue
Added by Robin Johnson-Perkins - Babel Fish on November 27, 2008 at 1:15am —
Imagine a vast colony of insects, all living and working diligently according to their natures, age upon age, constantly toiling to perfect the hive. And then one day, a few individual insects are infected with an unknown virus, which attaches to their nervous systems and twists their neural processing. The infected insects, who are otherwise well fed and gainfully employed, begin to twitch and veer aimlessly. Soon they lose all volition, and become a thrashing mob, scything through their hive… Continue
Added by Planetologist on November 26, 2008 at 7:54pm —
Someone please tell me what good are future predictions when you can only discover them in hindsight? With all these Nostradamus and bible predictions and so on, only intense analysis can seem to match up the predictions with the events they supposedly predicted. What good is it, even if it was true? Take those things and tell people what will happen and prevent some harm, and then we can talk. But until then, I hope people put those crazy notions aside because, even if they were somehow true… Continue
Added by SkeptiKat on November 26, 2008 at 7:28pm —
Thanks & blessings be
to the Sun & the Earth
for this bread & this wine,
this fruit, this meat, this salt,
thanks be & blessing to them
who prepare it, who serve it;
thanks & blessings to them
who share it
(also the absent & the dead).
Thanks & blessing to them who bring it
(may they not want),
to them who plant & tend it,
harvest &… Continue
Added by Paxdora Kosmosian on November 26, 2008 at 7:19am —
You may be a declared atheist maybe a weak atheist like me, but I am sure at times you wonder if you got it all wrong. What if a God or Gods really do exists yes I am sure at times you may wonder and lets be honest about it, its at times when we think of dying.
I often lay in bed wondering what if I got it all wrong but then the hard facts come to mind about my path to atheism which was due to reading the holy text, well at least those that originated from the Middle… Continue
Added by Robin Johnson-Perkins - Babel Fish on November 26, 2008 at 4:34am —
It’s never ceases to amuse me that the following passage translated from the original old testaments the within the Jewish Bible, the torah has been adapted from its original meaning in most Christian publications of the Old Testaments
Isaiah Chapter 45.7 (Torah)
I form the light, and create darkness; I make peace, and create evil; I am the LORD, that doeth all these things.
It of course highlights the fact that the Jewish author made a bold statement that God… Continue
Added by Robin Johnson-Perkins - Babel Fish on November 26, 2008 at 4:26am —
Pope Benedict XVI
Tuesday 17th November 2008
I know you’re a well known defender of traditional Catholic doctrine and values, but there is a problem within the third World countries such as the Christian nation I presently live in. The Philippines consists of hordes of faithful Catholic followers that live in poverty.
The problem seems to be looked at the wrong way by you and your present administration… Continue
Added by Robin Johnson-Perkins - Babel Fish on November 26, 2008 at 4:00am —
Getting it less wrong
A very interesting subject. Arrogance seems to be a underlying aspect of scientific explanations to those who are faith based thinkers. They seem to immediately perceive science reasoning as an attack. They may infer you are questioning that they are less intelligent in some way to gravitate to faith instead of science for an explanation of the natural world?
I have a lot of questions and so few answers.… Continue
Added by Rexerex on November 26, 2008 at 12:03am —
Added by Creature on November 25, 2008 at 11:30pm —
Sara Robinson’s entry today on Blog for Our Future
is probably the best short summary I’ve ever read, of exactly why liberals should stop being nice and polite and backing down to avoid family arguments during Thanksgiving dinner. I’m pretty lucky; I rarely have to deal with this stuff at family holidays. When I have, I’ve usually managed to avoid a blowout death match,… Continue
Added by Planetologist on November 25, 2008 at 9:45pm —
Just wanted to share this with the A/N community.
I came across a very good web site
that hosts various documentary videos including, on the linked page, A War On Science, The God Who Wasn't There, The Enemies of Reason, etc.
I hope this link isn't already posted somewhere here. I had never seen it before.
Added by Father Nature on November 25, 2008 at 5:06pm —
What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite.
in Sceptical Essays
here was a time when I was a quiet, closeted nonbeliever. It was a smallish moment that tipped me from passive disbelief to secular humanist activism. Not some Robertson/Falwell nonsense, nor a Bushism, not the abuse of children nor the disempowerment of women nor… Continue
Added by Dale McGowan on November 25, 2008 at 4:49pm —
UN Bans "Defamation of Religion" in Islamic Bid to Curb Free Speech
Tuesday, 25 November 2008, 11:03 am
Press Release: UN Watch
UN Bans "Defamation of Religion" in Islamic Bid to Curb Free Speech but advocacy campaign reduces support from 108 to 85 votes
Geneva, November 24, 2008 - By a vote of 85 to 50, with 42 abstaining, the UN General Assembly today adopted a draft resolution calling on all countries to… Continue
Added by Kyuuketsuki on November 25, 2008 at 4:00pm —
I read this at my grandpa's funeral on 11/19/2008.
None of this seems real quite yet. Part of me wonders if it ever will. Another part of me wonders… if this never seems real, how will there ever again be such a thing as "reality"?
Guy Heintzelman was my grandpa. But that was just a biological technicality. There isn't a moment of my life that I can recall when he wasn't an integral piece of who I am. Be it picking me up from school, weekend trips to the… Continue
Added by AYFABTU on November 25, 2008 at 3:00pm —
Henry Louis "H. L." Mencken (September 12, 1880 – January 29, 1956)
was an American journalist, essayist, magazine editor, satirist, acerbic critic of American life and culture, and a student of American English. Mencken, known as the "Sage of Baltimore", is regarded as one of the most influential American writers and prose stylists of the first half of the 20th century.
Added by Paxdora Kosmosian on November 25, 2008 at 11:38am —
The first thing that needs to be dealt with is an explanation of my title; After many years of observing multifarious religions the one and only thing that I have learned from them , and possibly the only thing that they all have in common, is the notion of faith. Faith is the idea that belief need not be based in any way on -- and in fact is hampered by -- a reliance on evidence, after all if one requires evidence then it’s not really faith, is it. Furthermore having faith in something can… Continue
Added by Crapsquire on November 25, 2008 at 11:30am —
Born and raised in Rockford IL, I was enlisted in the U.S. Marines from 1996-2000, I am a father or four, husband, poet, philosopher, music artist, graphic and web designer, and truth seeker.
I don’t believe there is a god or gods to believe in or to disbelieve in. It is because, for the most part,… Continue
Added by TJMorgan on November 25, 2008 at 9:21am —
Prepare thyself, he who reads this, to tremble and quake before the Incredible Word of God, as written by THE LORD HIMSELF!
I am the Lord Almighty; I am the Light of the World and The Ultimate Goodness; more Perfect than your feeble human brain could ever conceive; I made the world and all the creatures in it; I have watched over, loved and protected you all of your life.
Yet despite all that I have done for each and… Continue
Added by God on November 25, 2008 at 12:05am —
I'm 29 years old. I've never lost anyone close to me. My grandmother passed when I was seven. I don't recall much of that time.
Friday, November 14th, 2008... at approximately 5pm eastern... my grandfather took his last breath. It was devastating. I was crushed. Growing up, my father wasn't around except when he'd pick my sister and I up for our Christmas vacation and then for another week during our summer off from school. So my grandfather was the only father figure in my life… Continue
Added by AYFABTU on November 24, 2008 at 8:30pm —