I was originally going to publish this at Associated Content but they don't give up front payments for opinion articles so I published it there under a non-exclusive license and will publish it else where including my blog
Beliefs in gods is as old as civilization as is religion. But is the belief in god(s) and religion necessary? Does it benefit society or does it harm society? It is my belief that a belief in god(s)… Continue
Added by Lone Wolf on February 1, 2010 at 4:44pm —
Our universe is a place of massive physical forces, and given the microscopic size of humanity in the scale of it all, it’s not surprising that we get caught up in the midst of these forces. And when we do, lives and infrastructure are lost on a relatively massive scale.
In 2004, the Indian Ocean Tsunami, caused by a massive earthquake off the west coast of Sumatra, causing massive devastation of homes and communities, and taking more than 230,000 lives in Indonesia, Sri Lanka,… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on January 20, 2010 at 11:07pm —
I know that a lot of religious people think that most atheists are angry, but the truth is we know that this is our one and only life so most try to live it the best we can. Life is not a dress rehearsal for the big show. Atheists haven't caused as much harm as religious people by a long shot. No wars were ever started in the name of atheism, but they have in the name of god (any god). I have heard people say that Stalin and Hitler were atheists, but if you look at any of their writings,… Continue
Added by Natalie on January 13, 2010 at 9:00pm —
From Atheist Climber blog
Logic. Reason. Rationality.
These are the 3 tools I use on a daily basis to make sense of the world. Without these tools, the world decays into a mess of suppositions and superstitions.
This means that whenever I look at the world, I have a lifetime's worth of knowledge by which I can make assessments on what is… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on January 2, 2010 at 11:06pm —
I found a great website to upload/download ringtones, wallpapers and all sorts of stuff. Ever wanted to have "Christians Murdered Indians"
by Corporate Avenger or "Enemy Of God"
by Kreator as your Cellphones ringtone? Well my fellow godless heathens - YOU CAN.
If anyone would like a custom ringtone from any song, PM me here and I'll get to it as soon as I can. When it's uploaded I'll PM you a link and you can send it directly to your phone. No sign up required on your end… Continue
Added by Alex Tyler on December 30, 2009 at 9:02am —
Death to an Atheist
In most mythologies or belief structures the main goal of its design is to assure the believer that they may physically die but that is not the end of them. There is a concept of a soul, a living soul that will never cease to be. All these beliefs systems take away fear of death and replace it with a feeling of anticipation and acceptance.
Many believers of such creative fancies believe that life, physical life, is a lesser existence, and that worldly… Continue
Added by Diana Graves on December 28, 2009 at 5:28am —
Let’s All Have Faith
If something cannot be proven, there is likely to be a reason for it. If something cannot be seen, it can still be proven. Gravity cannot be seen by any of our current technology. But its effects can be seen and measured. Just try dropping an iron weight on your toe. Or do you think that was a spiritual effect by god to punish you for being stupid enough to drop it on your toe?
Gravity can be measured, its actions observed and even predicted. I… Continue
Added by James Smith on December 23, 2009 at 12:34pm —
“I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.” - Frank Lloyd Wright
Every year at around this time I feel the need to reflect on the year passed, and be thankful. While this may be trite, I do see the end of years celebrations as an important time, a time for reflection. We all feel it to some degree.
Why is it that we feel the need to reflect and be thankful? It's a weird sensation, because I don't have a God to thank for my existence. I don't believe in a… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on December 14, 2009 at 7:00pm —
"Space is big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is."
Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
As you may have read previously on my blog
, I'm a big fan of perspective. I like to have an idea of where I am and who I am, what it means to be alive and what it means to be… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on December 6, 2009 at 6:18pm —
So being in Retail all of my working life one thing has always been clear, you must work Sundays. Period. People just don't get it.
So a few days ago a woman came into my reception area asking for a hiring manager. "I put in an application several days ago and I wanted to see if there had been any decisions made." All the while she was clutching her son to her hip like a ming dynasty vase.
So as a part of my job I looked up her information and looked at her availability.… Continue
Added by AletheaT on December 1, 2009 at 1:15pm —
1) Note that many fundamentalist groups are predominantly concerned with control of public behaviour- how people dress, whether they go to religious meetings... Even though their religious doctrine often is primarily concerned with personal faith or commitment, and in some cases explicitly condemns the temptation to establish onself as judge of others' behaviour (this is particularly salient in fundamentalist Christianity and Islam).
2) Some… Continue
Added by Bex Holmes on November 29, 2009 at 9:48am —
The Victorian State Government has basically ignored the request for funding for the "Rise of Atheism" Convention in Melbourne next March, while allocating $4.5m in funds for the "The Parliament of the World’s Religions".
This decision to basically ignore the funding request shows gross contempt for Atheism and Atheists alike in favour of religion and religious organisations.
See article posted at the convention's website… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on November 26, 2009 at 11:37pm —
I made a tweet this morning, based on this news story I read in The Daily Press
about a group of students at Bethel Christian School who: "took part in a variety of projects, including writing letters and sending care packages to troops in Iraq, assembling food boxes and grooming kits for the Peninsula Rescue Mission, cleaning up Bluebird Gap Farm, completing household chores for… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on November 26, 2009 at 7:23pm —
I had a great time talking with Reggie and Val on The Infidel Guy tonight. We had a whole list of questions to talk about but only got through about half of them. I had the opportunity to really discuss Recovering from Religion on the show. Hope we get some interest from new areas.
Added by Darrel Ray on November 12, 2009 at 8:10pm —
Here ya go, Atheist Nexus, a map of the U.S. with Atheism on the rise
"The world needs Religion as much as The Dead need Politics"
Added by Andrew Lafont on November 1, 2009 at 8:46pm —
It the Never ending stooooooooorrryyyyyyyy!!!!
(And for those of you who have not seen the movie, Don't Watch It!)
Atheism Vs Theism is an old debate, a long and old debate.
I am a dedicated Atheist, I will fight with Theism on every front, but this old tired process of Atheism being the minority is getting on my Nerves!
Why must Atheism continue to be the minority?
The Debate reminds me of an analogy: Two kids are sitting in a sandbox, pulling… Continue
Added by Andrew Lafont on October 28, 2009 at 9:02pm —
1. - Why is Atheism such a bad thing? Atheists: never burned others at the stake, never started/engaged in a Crusade and just want to be left alone for the most part.
However with the threat of FORCED CONVERSION
, anyone would be pissed and come out swinging. Likewise, do you think we would just allow you to publicly deface our belief and ESPECIALLY with such non-sense as you, Kirk Cameron, have presented as "fact"
? Why do Extremists think Atheism is such a threat to their… Continue
Added by Alex Tyler on October 20, 2009 at 8:51am —
I'd have a blast making Megadeth puns and being a pain in the ass to some people too, LOL.
How I Would Ring Religious Peoples Doorbells As Vic Rattlehead:
Step 1. I get on their portch and sing these lines from "Skull Beneath The Skin"
by Megadeth: *As we fold your arms to make the Holy Cross, we cross the crucifix - RELIGION HAS BEEN LOST!*
before ringing the bell.
Step 2. If they say shit about the "religion has been… Continue
Added by Alex Tyler on October 15, 2009 at 7:00am —
"Yeah thats right! Super Mecha Death Christ 2000 Version 4.0 Beta - BITCH!"
- The Angry Video Game Nerd
aka My Personal Jesus's father and therefore God... along with Geddy Lee, Dave Mustaine, Tony Kakko and my Grandfather who was the best man I ever knew and will ever know. If there is a Heaven, he better have a seat in the best part or else I'll be pissed off big time.…
Added by Alex Tyler on October 11, 2009 at 8:04pm —
So, who is the god of Abraham? Is it Yahweh, God, or Allah? Or, are they all simply one in the same?
It depends on how you define things. The Christian god is supposed to be the same god as Allah, but obviously you can’t actively believe they are all one in the same. Why? Because of the differences of laws, beliefs, and the judgments those gods are involved in. A Christian is not going to look at the things attributed to Allah, such as the prophet Muhammad and the insistence that… Continue
Added by Saint on September 8, 2009 at 10:02pm —