The development of complex languages, around 200,000 years ago, that can describe and pass on abstract thinking (like religious thought) has been likely the biggest force behind our cultural evolution, which has taken off exponentially since the first sentences were formed.
This use of language to describe complex and abstract notions sparked our cultural or cognitive evolution which recording in writing and now vocal/video/software has pushed along this exponential growth curve,… Continue
Added by Dyslexic's DOG on December 5, 2013 at 7:41pm —
What about it ? Can theists endure with confidence a close and careful examination of their religious beliefs, or do they fear that if they are scrutinized too closely those beliefs won't hold up, that they'll prove false and illogical ? Continue
Since I am an American and most familiar with the Christian religion I will use that as my test case, but these questions apply equally well to Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, or any other theistic beliefs that may be out there.
Added by Anthony Jordan on July 28, 2013 at 10:21pm —
I’m a married man and have been for 31 years, but if I were of the age to be seeking a wife I know where I wouldn't be looking. From my standpoint any woman centered on the church is the kiss of death for any serious relationship. I’ve been an equal opportunity dater all of my life, but for this article my focus is… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on June 6, 2013 at 10:07pm —
I signed up for Dish Network (it's a satellite TV company) here in Yuma AZ. The new customer package was just $19.99/month and included extended Movie stations like HBO, Starz etc and entailed about 200 stations. After 3 months, "New Customer Promotions" ended & if I continued with Dish, I was forced to choose continuing that Extensive Package *at normal prices* (very co$$tly!) or choose another 'Package'. I chose the Budget Package which has about 50 stations and now costs me $40/month.… Continue
Added by LBGT Atheist/Secular Humanist on May 15, 2013 at 8:58pm —
Red States Whip Ass
A recent case that involved an infant stuck to a wall with super-glue and another dropped into a pot of scalding water set my parental fluids to a boil. Almost every evening there is another case of horrific child abuse or kidnapping and neglect. Living in the “Bible Belt”… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on March 7, 2013 at 9:00pm —
It seems simple, but it is hard to achieve.
We all know of the Religious killing each other over Israel and Jerusalem in particular. The Israelis have their state, the Palestinians want to have their own state. Lines have been drawn in the sand, nations of the world are backing either the Israelis or the Palestinians. Fighting for Jerusalem has caused the city to be split into sections.
However, it seems that the answer is quite clear.
Why doesn't the UN simply make… Continue
Added by Andrew Lafont on October 26, 2011 at 11:51pm —
So the top four areas of faith or lack there of, cover about 5 billion people. These are the best teams humanity has to offer for our posterity. To bad we cannot have head to head contest and the winners get the other adherents followers. A sort of “World Series of Belief”. Not so much to count numbers but to be educated in the others religion and judge it on its own merits.
Stephen Prothero in his book Religious Literacy
makes the case for religion to be… Continue
Added by Thomas True on November 9, 2010 at 12:26pm —
Why do the most highly religious societies tend to be the most poverty stricken, crime ridden, hungry, illiterate, undereducated, unsafe, violent and aggressive societies on Earth? Even if religiosity is not a direct cause of these fundamental ills, why does it correlate so strongly with the worst tendencies and instincts humanity has to offer? Why is it that when religiosity insinuates itself more strongly in the secular world, that societies seem to tend… Continue
Added by Jeffrey A. Myers on October 19, 2010 at 12:27pm —
I don’t believe in religion, but I do believe in religious freedom and religious tolerance. That doesn’t mean I am innocent of irascibility when it comes to my attitude about religion. I have all manner of opinions on the subject, but I find myself in the same position I imagine John Adams (also irascible) found himself in when he observed the Jesuits were coming to our newly founded republic.
I do not like the reappearance of the Jesuits.... Shall we not have regular swarms of them… Continue
Added by T Andrew Klatt on August 4, 2010 at 12:00pm —
Dear Religious Cult Member: Continue
I do not want to join your cult.
I do not care that you do not like being told that you are in a cult. You
are in one, deal with it.
Your belief in talking donkeys, angels, demons, a man surviving three days in the belly of a
whale, magic underwear, someone walking on water, living to be 900 years
old, someone rising from the dead, a flaming…
Added by Joseph Franklin Cook on July 17, 2010 at 1:24pm —
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 —
First, a little background.
My parents are Catholic. I was raised as such and went to Catholic school from 5th grade to 8th grade (which I partially credit for my current atheism, ironically enough).
My wife and I are both atheists now, but were obviously not always so.
At one point early on my parents asked my wife, "Do you believe in God?"
To which she succinctly answered, "Not the Judeo-Christian anthropomorphic God, no."
Parents, "But you believe in… Continue
Added by Pirate Bard on December 23, 2008 at 4:15pm —
Just got back from seeing "Religious" with the The Palm Springs Atheists. What a wonderful, thought provoking movie, I highly recommend it to all who question religion!
Added by Angela Gallacher on October 20, 2008 at 10:19pm —
When I was a young student in school studying ancient mythology, I always loved the fanciful tales and colorful characters, but couldn’t help but wonder why we call ancient Roman and Greek religious practices mythology and ancient Christian practices religion. If Christianity had not had such a powerful or successful PR machine behind it, we might all still be praying to Athena and worshiping Zeus, and the world’s few remaining pagans might not… Continue
Added by Terry Osburn-Sharff on September 12, 2008 at 6:36pm —
Honour Killing is generally defined as the murder of a female member of a family by the family, when they (and maybe the wider community) believe her to have brought dishonor upon them. A woman can be targeted commonly for: refusing an arranged marriage, being the victim of a sexual assault, seeking a divorce—even from an abusive husband—or committing adultery. Basically, these killings result from the perception that defense of the "family honor" justifies killing a woman whose behavior… Continue
Added by Terry Osburn-Sharff on August 19, 2008 at 4:53pm —
I admit to often being on Facebook. I have friends and family everywhere--in fact, it's safe to say that there are more far away than near me--and this has been the best way for me to keep track of them and vice versa. I try to keep it to people I actually know, with just a handful I don't really, mostly for fun (I do have Jesus Sonofgod and The Prophet Mohammad on my list). Now and then, though, I am approached by some complete stranger. Every time...every single time...it's been for… Continue
Added by IsThatLatin on July 11, 2008 at 6:04pm —