I continue to chafe at some of the so-called intellectuals on Free Thought Blogs continually referring to atheism as a "movement" and associating it with all these other causes that actual nonbelievers have every right to care about or not. I happen to think that supporting equal rights with no preference given to either gender is a positive thing, and this is why I have a reservations about feminism. I happen to think that a progressive view of politics is the best way to move society…Continue
Added by Our Daily Train blog on March 31, 2013 at 6:59pm — No Comments
The greatest question to me at this moment is "what am I?"
Not just as it pertains to my social label of Humanist, atheist, agnostic, irreligious, skeptical, etc., but in relation to my mere existence. This fuzzy feeling I get when crawling around in the darkness of existentialism seems too real. I keep finding new ideas and experiences and when I press their "on" buttons to see what they do, it changes my perception of reality. It's more than just being objective when playing with…Continue
“All religions are the same: Religion is basically guilt, with different holidays.”
“Prayer is like a rocking chair: It’ll give you something to do, but it won’t get you anywhere.”
--Gypsy Rose Lee
“When you go to war over religion, you’re basically killing each other to see who has the better imaginary friend.”
I have kept…Continue
“Do you know that many people believe in God?
They think God made the world and runs the universe.
Some people grow up and learn that God is JUST PRETEND like Santa.
But some people still believe God is real. . .
Some people believe in a god who gives rewards to favorite people.
They imagine a place called Heaven with gold and crowns and music and no pain or work.
Some people believe in a god…Continue
Added by Alan Perlman on February 9, 2013 at 7:23pm — No Comments
I've collected a complete list of major atheist events for this year. I've posted it here:
Enjoy! And of course feedback is welcome, either here or directly on the site.
Added by MT on January 23, 2013 at 5:35pm — No Comments
This Wednesday, January 23rd, will be Ardent Atheist's 100th episode! Please join Emery Emery, Heather Henderson and guests for a live taping of Ardent Atheist at the Jon Lovitz Comedy Club at Universal City Walk.
We really want to get as many people in seats so please come and pass this on to your like minded friends!
Guests on the show will be:
Added by Heather Henderson on January 19, 2013 at 5:37pm — No Comments
This one is pretty fun, in case anyone is interested.
Join us again for another live Ardent Atheist at 7pm PST at our new home GoCast Network!
Watch and listen at:
The following folks will be in the studio:…Continue
Added by Heather Henderson on January 16, 2013 at 4:05pm — No Comments
I just created a group for Atheists on Branch (www.branch.com). If you haven't heard of Branch, it's a new conversation startup that's backed by the founders of Twitter and Blogger and is trying to bring great offline conversations, like the ones you have around a dinner table, online. Our group will let us start “branches” with each other really easily, and give us a page where we can share them with people and friends can ask to join. It's like the best…Continue
Added by Peter Merrill on January 16, 2013 at 9:55am — No Comments
“Heaven, as conventionally conceived, is a place so inane, so dull, so useless, so miserable that nobody has ever ventured to describe a whole day in heaven, though plenty of people have described a day at the seaside.”
--George Bernard Shaw
“It’s an incredible con job, when you think of it, to believe something now in exchange for life after death. Even corporations, with all their reward systems, don’t try to make it…Continue
Richard Dawkins in recent writings has referred a number of times to a charming fellow named William Lane Craig, also known as "the Genocide Preacher". For those who have not heard of him he has a webpage with the preposterous title of "Reasonable Faith". In a recent Q & A page he explains why it was perfectly…Continue
There has been some discussion about the topic of Hell over at Psychology Today recently. (I have a blog there by the way in case anyone's interested!) You might even say it's a hot topic! (Sorry.) Psychologist Nathan Heflick wrote about the psychological aspects of the…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
“Since it is obviously inconceivable that all religions can be right, the most obvious conclusion is that they are all wrong.”
-- Christopher Hitchens
“Society attacks early, when the child…Continue
If you haven’t yet noticed, I’ve been stuck arguing with this fellow Chris over a variety of topics for the past few days. I’ll dive right in: I’m writing this post as a response to Chris’s last argument. [Read More at godlessteens.com]
Added by Godless Teen on December 11, 2012 at 9:00pm — No Comments
I was incensed. There it was in the Washington Post, President Obama's campaign adviser casually acknowledging that he did not view the group collectively known as "nones" as a constituency.
This egregious statement is on a par with Mr. Romney's 47% remark. It simply sweeps us under the rug. He says we do not matter.
We do not matter even though an overwhelming majority of nones voted for the President's re-election; figures as high as 87% have been floated in…Continue
I guess the title of this article is rather quite sufficient. Before I go back and delve into the many reasons why I don't believe in God anymore, I'm going to go a little over my background a little bit.
First of all I was raised by great, Christian parents, and my youth was a pretty "normal" upbringing. I was born in 1982 and that's where we start. I remember growing up and hearing about the Genesis story and how God created the entire Earth, Moon, planets, stars,…Continue
“Long as You Know You’re Living Yours”
Song title, Keith Jarrett
"The world is impermanent. One should constantly remember death."
“In this world, we eat, shit, sleep, and wake up. After that, all we have to do is die.”
“Please enjoy your only life!”
“The power of a man’s…Continue
Added by Alan Perlman on November 25, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments
‘The atheist, by merely being in touch with reality, appears shamefully out of touch with the fantasy life of his neighbors.”
“Pointing to another world will never stop vice among us; shedding light on this world can alone help us.”
Followers of the riveting “Zachary’s Brain” series of posts will remember that Zach is my 7-year-old stepson, whose task of configuring the world –…Continue
Added by Alan Perlman on November 3, 2012 at 8:47pm — No Comments
History is a funny thing. The more I live through the more out of touch with history I have become. There was a time when a first person account of a historical event was deemed primary evidence when assessing both the event itself and the implications that followed from the event. Now eye-witness accounts are treated as 'anecdotal evidence' as if they were some story I made up about what happened even though it happened in front of my eyes and to me. Unless they mesh with the received…Continue