Adam and Eve; God created them with “free will”. Problem being that he didn’t give them intelligence to choose their all-powerful creator, whom they knew personally, and left them ignorant enough to choose to believe a talking snake instead. Since god knew this would all happen and created them as they were anyway, including the creation of angels that would rebel and deceive mankind, it is clear that this god intentionally wanted mankind to sin and not choose him. Why else would he create… Continue
Added by Saint on September 8, 2009 at 10:01pm —
This will be nice and quick for my first post.
As i was driving home today whilst going through a small town in NOTTS i noticed a huge board which read out like a questionnaire with the question highlighted being 'Is there a God?'.....
The answers were as follows 1) Yes 2) No and 3) (as far as i can remember was) Probably not.
It made me smile especially as it was directly opposite a church.
I was really tempted to tick a certain box but i didn't have a… Continue
Added by Luke Hymas on September 8, 2009 at 5:13pm —
September will be a very busy month for me and for Recovering from Religion. It looks like we will add another two groups in the next couple of weeks. I am speaking five times in the LA San Diego area Sept. 17-20, and several times in Oct. in San Francisco, Portand. and maybe Seattle.
Added by Darrel Ray on September 6, 2009 at 11:45pm —
Hey, AN: Just thought I'd let you know what's going on at Good Reason News. You can read this here or visit me there and catch up on any posts you've missed, if you're interested.
Added by Billy Deaton on August 11, 2009 at 8:50pm —
Really though. If God truly did exist, and truly wanted all of us to be aware of his presence it would be pretty easy. I mean he is omnipotent right? Yet, the biggest crime one can commit in reference to the Bible is denying the existence of the Holy Spirit. Its the one surefire ticket straight to Hell. All God would have to do is show up again like in the good old days, perform a few miracles and I would be satisfied. But unless that happens I'll… Continue
Added by Jake Collyer on August 3, 2009 at 12:08pm —
AN: I've been following this story pretty closely, but I'm happy to announce there's finally a suspect in the senseless killing. You'll never GUESS who it is! reposted from Good Reason News:
Although he looks like a confused teenage goth who likes to play with his sisters dolls, Hector Salva
is South Jersey's… Continue
Added by Billy Deaton on July 28, 2009 at 11:23am —
I'll be speaking to the Las Vegas Atheists next Sunday, August 2. If you know anyone in Vegas, let them know. Here it the link to the meetup announcement: http://atheists.meetup.com/30/calendar/10539156/
Added by Darrel Ray on July 25, 2009 at 12:08am —
Ok, I am finally getting around to the best part of my trip. As I mentioned in my last blog on the trip, I got caught behind a major wreck outside of Columbus, Ohio. I didn't end up in Cincinnati until 5am, and I was going to be at the museum when they opened the doors. I slept a few hours and pulled into the museum at 10am. I hope they were prepared for a grumpy atheist because that is exactly what they got.
At 10am, I entered the gates behind… Continue
Added by John Q. Antichrist or Rosco on July 23, 2009 at 1:02pm —
98% of theists (don't ask where I got those statistics. I don't know.) I've talked to for some reason think this is an end-all good argument, when it really is a poor one.
They usually start out by asking if you believe in good and evil. My answer is yes, with a but. Yes but...people aren't all good or evil. Good and evil are very vague and broad terms, especially the word good. The idea of Good and Evil isn't the same for all people, but generally most people living in the same place… Continue
Added by Hekate Moon on June 29, 2009 at 8:16pm —
My interview on Chariots of Iron Podcast came out today. I talk about The God Virus and Recovering from Religion. Eli, Mark and Lamar really did their homework and had great questions. I think we explored the Civil Religion idea better in this forum than in any others I have done. Having three guys interview is a trip. It was more like we were all sitting around the table with a beer and having some good laughs. The interview portion is in the last half of the podcast.
Here is the… Continue
Added by Darrel Ray on June 24, 2009 at 5:16pm —
**********Atheist Dont believe in anything.....
Yea I still hear it. Because we dont believe in an invisible ghost, we dont have any beliefs at all. Granted its said in a very passive tone by people who dont even realize what they are saying until you point it out to them (and I do, and I get crap about that too). I think I want to start doing this blogging thing. Well this is my first on this site and hopefully the first of many to come.
Added by Steve Anthony on June 17, 2009 at 11:32pm —
I am working on book tour events for Sept. 17-20. I am doing two presentation for the Los Angeles CFI on Sept. 20. If you know of a group or people in the San Diego, Riverside, or other cities close to Los Angeles who would like a presentation on The God Virus on Sept. 17, 18 or 19, let me know or have them contact me.
Added by Darrel Ray on June 12, 2009 at 3:22pm —
Added by God on June 3, 2009 at 11:00pm —
Richard Dawkins - The God Delusion 10 Parts
Added by Subrata Banik on May 24, 2009 at 12:05am —
I often judge a book by how much it makes me think and reflect. Frank Schaeffer's, Crazy for God: How I Grew Up as One of the Elect, Helped Found the Religious Right, and Lived to Take All (or Almost All) of It Back - certainly passed that test. The outdoors, mountains, adventures with firecrackers, hunting, hiking and, of course religion, all were a big part of my childhood and relationship with my father as it was for Frank. Some other similarities struck me as well. As the oldest, my mother… Continue
Added by Darrel Ray on April 2, 2009 at 10:20am —
I love Dawkins video on mental viruses and have added it to my videos. If you have never seen it, take a look. It is still the best articulation of the concept that I have found.
Added by Darrel Ray on March 31, 2009 at 3:41pm —
I am off to St. Louis. On Sunday I will be speaking at the St. Louis Ethical Society at 2:00. It is cosponsored by St. Louis Atheists and the Ethical Society. See this link for more info. http://atheists.meetup.com/463/calendar/9572173/
Hope to see some St. Louis A/N people there!
Added by Darrel Ray on March 27, 2009 at 9:48am —
Judeo-Christians use the phrase “God's Will”. They'll use it to explain why bad things happen to good people. They use it to explain weird and illogical rules in the Bible.
Christians will say God's will is clear. “It clearly states in the Bible, fag's shouldn't marry”. To get the full effect of the last quote read it again this time with a judgmental know-everything southern accent. “It clearly states in the Bible, fag's shouldn't marry”. Now you should look at your cousin… Continue
Added by Riggs on March 21, 2009 at 4:00am —
"You're an atheist -- how could you do that to your children?"
It's in our nature to cherish our children. If you have children yourself then you will know what I am talking about. (Unless you're emotionally retarded.) As soon as you rationalize that it is OK for a "God of Love" to put disobedient children to death....you lose me!! (Truthfully, you lost me at the God part!) Parents in the USA would be imprisoned and (if in Texas, hehe) possibly put to death for killing disobedient… Continue
Added by Ravenone on March 17, 2009 at 10:00pm —
This is a little story about a whistle stop on the way to atheism. My husband Mike wrote this one. So I thought I would share.
Our Lady Of Spiritual Ambiguity by Mike Pence
LeiLani Burt stood upon the stage, arms outstretched, swaying to the lilting music, perfectly quaffed and immaculate in her Sunday best. For a 60-something year old woman she was kind of hot, enormous hair bun and all. With her eyes firmly closed, and head tilted slightly back, she spoke, "We welcome… Continue
Added by Ravenone on March 16, 2009 at 9:56pm —