Atheists are a diverse bunch of people. There's no single set of beliefs or ideas that unite all atheists under a single banner. In fact, the only thing they have in common is that they don't believe in any deities.
This can make understanding the atheist community rather difficult for an outsider. Doesn't it make more sense to unite with people based on shared beliefs or identifying by what you are rather than what you are not? After all, it makes sense to start a…
The First Person Ever Busted By Rudy Guiliani
That’s right, MOI.
As an atheist I’ve always enjoyed the irony and surrealism of life. With all the Mafiosi and arch criminals Rudy Guiliani helped put away, including the dons of the five NYC crime families, the infamous Tony “Ducks” Corallo, the notorious Carmine “The Snake” Persico, and the sine quo non, Johnny “The Teflon Don” Gotti, I have a place of distinction none of these disreputable…Continue
"Question with boldness even the existence of a god; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear."
-- Thomas Jefferson
Jesus H. Christ!! I cannot believe that the Supreme Court is AGAIN about to debate the legitimacy of the spouting…Continue
A few months ago, The New York Times published a bizarre opinion piece by philosopher Gary Gutting called Did Zeus Exist? With apparent earnestness, Gutting argues that not only did the ancient Greeks have good reason to believe in the existence of Zeus (and presumably their other gods) but that we should take seriously the possibility that they might just have been right. Not that they were right, but that…Continue
Since my wife and I moved here in 2009, we’ve been visited by Jehovah’s Witnesses and other religious representatives on multiple occasions. On three of those incidences, I engaged my visitors and responded to statements or questions made by them regarding both religion and atheism. While I will admit having no interest in actually inviting them into my home for a protracted conversation, there are certain things I wish they would learn and understand about me as an individual atheist and…Continue
I don't think I have anything to add to the idea of the MRA, so I figure they can do the talking themselves. If you can't figure out what's wrong with them, well, you don't listen to this podcast anyway, so you aren't reading this right now. That means I can call you a stinky-faced poo-poo heads who eats poo and writes with it.
My Seed is Gold 1
Added by Rev Hellbound Alleee on October 1, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments
In respose to a post about a pretty mediocre study of "types" of atheists (indeed all A/N belong to one of the six categories, antitheists," who regard religion as dangerous fantasy and warn of its many harms and evils), I posted the following categories of religous (non-)belief. Readers are welcome to contribute/commment.
(1) atheist/antitheist/"ignostic" (doesn't care, doesn't worry about it)
(1a) work in progress - trying to free oneself from…Continue
Hey Everyone. I host a LIVE podcast/radio show called Atheist Freedom. The show is on Thursday nights at 7pm PST. It would be an honor to have you join us! PM with any questions and send a friend request too. See you then.... http://www.blogtalkradio.com/atheistfreedom…Continue
Added by Morgan Fleur De Lys on July 11, 2013 at 7:44am — No Comments
It's great to be free from the superstitious thinking I once had, but sometimes wonder how god belief gave me an overall…Continue
There is nothing that is too obvious of an absurdity to be firmly planted in the human head as long as you begin to instill before the age of five by constantly repeating it with an air of great seriousness.
– Arthur Schopenhauer
Followers of the riveting “Zachary’s Brain” series of posts will know that the narrative is not a gothic horror tale…but something that is just as disturbing: resisting the religious programming of a child.
Added by Alan Perlman on July 2, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments
Will Sexton, an attorney for the county, explained that neither the religious monument nor the atheist display implies that the county is either establishing a religion or denying one. In fact, he noted,…Continue
Added by SecularCortex13.x on June 25, 2013 at 12:27pm — No Comments
So a friend reminded me about how I rewrote the words to "Hail Mary" to her name. Most of which I remember and is a running joke. However, what she keeps forgetting was my lyrics to a musical number that I never wrote music for. I thought I'd share the lyrics.
It..just.. takes... just a little faith, just a little faith.
Grab some bread, get some juice, now you have what's for use for
Just a little faith, just a little faith
wear a robe, grow your hair, look like a mess?…
Added by Rachel Riley on June 20, 2013 at 2:52pm — No Comments
BIBLE MORALITY (compiled by Barbara Walker)*
Barbara gave me this list last year and said I could with it as I wish. It’s copyrighted in the epilogue of Mirror Reversal, but I decided to share it with A/N friends and readers. I love it because it’s so conspicuously “whacky and bizarre” that you can hit your religious antagonists in the head with their own beliefs. After reading this list, the only rational conclusion, (I feel anyway) is that the…Continue
This one waited in the wings for me at least 20 years, but it took a gift from a well meaning friend to make it into an issue. This past December a friend of my wife gave her a Christmas gift in the form of a plaque which ended with the word’s “God Bless the Barbera’s.”
It had some other ridiculous schlock…Continue
I came out as an Atheist around two years ago. I was very lucky that I didn't lose anything by coming out, I still have all my friends and family. I know that it confused some of my friends, and I have no idea what my family really thinks about it as we have an unannounced agreement that we just don't discuss religion. So I carried on, watching Atheist Experience, The Thinking Atheist, and posting the occasional Facebook posts about some of the skeletons in Christanitys closet, so I should…Continue
I was contacted by www.askimo.com , a new internet portal featuring video interviews of experts talking on their field of expertise. I decided that my field of expertise would be “what the Torah really says” (since I am one of the few laypeople who has actually bothered to find out), along with related questions about atheism, blasphemy and the “clear alternative to the Torah” (It's SCIENCE!).
The questions were partly supplied by me, generally…Continue
Added by Alan Perlman on May 8, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments
In an email exchange, an old friend and fellow English-prof colleague wrote this:
"I know you're 'the Jewish atheist,' but don't you feel a strong sense of identification with the Jewish ethos, aside from religion? You've sought out Jewish wives, and friends to some degree could be, the way I might seek out writers as friends. I think of my former Catholicism not angrily but gratefully. When I grew up, I decided on my own that I didn't believe. But my Catholic education was excellent;…Continue
Recently I spoke with a theologian who holds a young-earth creationist viewpoint, and I was struck by his illogical dedication to his beliefs. It was apparent that he was not unintelligent: our conversation touched on a great variety of topics, including quantum physics, the origin of the universe, and modern astrophysical theories. He was clearly knowledgeable and scientifically aware -- apparently he…Continue
I am going to the Veterans Administration Wednesday for surgery on my right hand to relieve Dupuytren's Contractures, the second time in four years.
This time there is a difference. Four years ago I lived in Oklahoma, where as an atheist my Christian neighbours…Continue
For an introduction to this project please see this post.
Here's a string of ideas I aim to draw on to create discourse for thinking about ourselves as having evolved: