Luis De Jesus Miranda, minister of the Miami Growing in Grace church, gained international notoriety in 2004 by declaring himself to be Jesus Christ, and then later claiming to be the Antichrist. His theory: As he is the Second Coming, his teachings supersede those of Jesus.
His powerful and charismatic influence over the congregation of Growing Grace was in evidence when they all showed up, in mass, to get the numbers 666 tattooed on their bodies, in honor of their messiah. At home, he… Continue
Added by Terry Osburn-Sharff on August 26, 2008 at 1:28pm —
I found this link
today while browsing Pharyngula. Good quick reference points for explaining atheism to theists. And this
is just incredible.
H/T to PZ Myers
Added by Brad Feaker on August 26, 2008 at 1:14pm —
Ranking 3rd on Adherants.com's list
of the world's Major "religions", you wouldn't think of Free Thinkers as a dying breed. But, I ask; What are we doing to grow?
If you look at the modern Christian evangelical movement, they are putting up quite a front for the hearts and minds of the world's population, and in particular, it's youth. See, for instance, some of the… Continue
Added by Tex on August 26, 2008 at 12:38pm —
I was raised (loosely) as a Roman Catholic. I went to a Catholic comprehensive school in London on the weekdays and church on Sundays. Well, most Sundays. One time I snuck away with my brother and we bought comic books with the collection money. That was more fun than church! But over time I have become an atheist. As I grow older and spend more time thinking about life, I cannot bring myself to stay religious. The more I think about it, the less I am able to buy into… Continue
Added by Buford Twain on August 26, 2008 at 3:28am —
A community of Atheists. Wow, who woulda thunk it? I've been an atheist/skeptic/rationalist for it seems like forever, but it never occurred to me that there were organized groups of people who think like me. I don't know why I didn't think of it since there are online communities for everything else, from knitters and glass blowers to people who really love cheese. I used to belong to a community of fans of an obscure Canadian Folk-Rock band, although I sort of dropped that since the band's… Continue
Added by spacecoyote on August 26, 2008 at 12:37am —
This falls into the category of Why Didn't *I
* think of that!?
I wrote about this great business idea at Heaving Dead Cats
. Basically it is helping "good" christians with a very much needed service. It's brilliant!
Added by Neece on August 26, 2008 at 12:26am —
Tuesday, 26 August, 2008 23:53
Nilknarf Daily Haiku
sugar in the blood...
not too much, not too little;
got to be just right.
First, a confession: this was not really written on Tuesday but on Wednesday morning at 04:00.
I did get a good nights' sleep Monday night, like seven hours or so... felt pretty good when I got up at 06:00.
Beautiful day, and I even got out a little bet, went to the store, did a few chores....
Lana got… Continue
Added by Douglas Franklin on August 25, 2008 at 11:30pm —
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Added by LogicalMind on August 25, 2008 at 9:30pm —
Monday, 25 August, 2008 19:53
Nilknarf Daily Haiku
by love and understanding...
alone in sorrow.
Dammit, I need to remember to spell-check and edit every fucking entry....
And I forgot to mention in yesterdays' entry that it was Moms' ninty-first birthday. I miss her so much.....
I was awake at 03:00 today, got up at 03:15 and met the day.
Went out the motel that Cleata an Norm were staying at about 06:45... Cleata… Continue
Added by Douglas Franklin on August 25, 2008 at 9:26pm —
Figured I would post this writing from college, since it kind of applies.
We live in an artificial reality. The world around us is the result of thousands of years of culture and beliefs being abstracted over generations. There is little we "believe" and "feel" that makes any rational sense, but our actions usually can be traced directly to our basic instincts of survival. We hunger for more, both in ways that are necessities to our success as… Continue
Added by Coyote on August 25, 2008 at 8:57pm —
I am going to brag a little on my son here so please excuse the excess of fatherly pride. A little background first - my son is playing 7th grade football this year for his middle school. He is 12 y/o, 5' 10" tall and weighs in at 224 ibs. He plays defensive tackle and this clip is from their jamboree last Saturday...watch it HERE
He made the highlight reel first game -… Continue
Added by Brad Feaker on August 25, 2008 at 6:51pm —
I received a flyer in today's mail from a church group. There's nothing unusual about that. It seems that here in the Southern United States (aka the bible belt), there's a church on almost every corner and they use flyers and such as recruiting tools. This one was giving a recap of a recent outing to a local lake for the kids. I generally do read these things just because it amuses me to see how rabid the fundies get in their zeal for their skydaddy.… Continue
Added by Oh-Oh-Oreo on August 25, 2008 at 6:36pm —
Good grief, here it is again. There is yet another instance of the Hoax That Will Not Die circulating on the Internet. Here is the version I received a few minutes ago in an email:
Hey check this out...
> Two moons on 27 August
> 27th Aug the Whole World is waiting for......... .....
> Planet Mars will be the brightest in the night sky starting
Added by Wordplayer on August 25, 2008 at 2:20pm —
In the past couple of days, I’ve been fielding an increasing number of, um, interesting questions from School Girl. Yesterday, we talked about “how the earth was created”. Last night, there were another couple of interesting questions, which found their way into the breakfast conversation this morning.
“How was the moon created? Is it really white, or black, or green?” Green? Huh…
Closely followed by…”If there’s nothing in space, is it white or black?” White being in the… Continue
Added by Karen Mohler on August 25, 2008 at 10:35am —
by Dale McGowan, author/editor, Parenting Beyond Belief
There's plenty of nonsensical meme creation on the Internet (just so you know). One of my least favorites is what I'll call the Fictional Narrative Cartoon (FNC, or 'Fink'). Follow these steps to write a Fink of your own:
1. Select a life stance you have never held nor attempted to… Continue
Added by Dale McGowan on August 25, 2008 at 9:30am —
A simple question from a simple person: Where is God? If he exists, he must be somewhere. I don't mean in the metaphorical sense, as in, "Wow I am going through a bad patch right now, God where are you?" but rather as in physically, where the fuck is he? I mean, for a person to believe in something, typically it has to BE somewhere. Is he in Australia? Is he down a mine shaft? Is he on Uranus? Is he on the other side of the galaxy? Is he far, far away, in the outer… Continue
Added by Buford Twain on August 25, 2008 at 1:50am —
I have had a few people welcome me into the "community" here on Atheist Nexus, but I haven't had a chance to answer and say "Hi" back. You see, we have lost a cherished member of our family and I won't be posting for a while after this, but I will be back later. This Saturday in the wee hours, my Father in Law passed away. The family was there to see him go as he lay in his hospital bed in intensive care. We knew he was sick with leukemia since early spring of this year, and so were trying to… Continue
Added by Natalie on August 25, 2008 at 1:20am —
If anyone else plans on being here, and you want to meet up, send me a message :)
Added by Hessenroots on August 25, 2008 at 12:28am —
*says* something smart
Added by Fiona on August 24, 2008 at 11:27pm —
I'm going to be at Dragon*Con 2008 in Atlanta on Labor Day weekend and will be involved in throwing a large party in the Hyatt. It's usually one of the larger parties of the con. We will have lots of alcohol and lots of fun. If anyone is going to be there and is interested in meeting up or finding the party, hit me back with a comment or a message.
Added by Jeremy on August 24, 2008 at 10:00pm —