I look at my search engine results quite a bit and have noticed that several people find my blog by typing in the phrase, “How to come out as an atheist” so I’ve decided to write a bit from my own experience for those who are seeking inspiration.
Step One: Realize you’re an atheist. This may seem to be a given but for the longest time people will have the knowledge that they don’t believe in a god and still label themselves otherwise. You’re an atheist. If you can’t share this with… Continue
Added by Kate Holden on December 19, 2008 at 8:31pm —
I was never raised religious. My family was "officially" some kind of non-specific Christian though we never attended church and my mother subscribed more to a vague new-age type of spirituality. When I asked "why" questions, I was mostly given the actual, scientific answer.
So I have always held largely the same beliefs. When I was young I was very interested in stories of the supernatural and strange mysteries and perhaps even wished for such things to be real, but I've become much… Continue
Added by MP Lockwood on December 19, 2008 at 12:59pm —
Today I took the atheist survey
about coming out of the closet. It inspired me to talk about being a proud atheist. I think it's important that we show ourselves to everyone as ethical, intelligent people. Feel free to read more at Heaving Dead Cats
Added by Neece on December 15, 2008 at 6:12pm —
Added by Kate Holden on December 15, 2008 at 1:41pm —
Alternative titles: Door of the Imagination, and Threshold of the Twilight Zone...
"Do you know everything?"
"Do you know half of everything?"
"In the half of everything you don't know, could God exist?"
And why stop at God???
"Do you know everything?"
"Do you know half of everything?"
"In the half of everything you don't know, could leprechauns exist?"
Could you disprove leprechauns to someone who believes in… Continue
Added by j on December 15, 2008 at 11:00am —
(Originally posted on my personal blog, BrainlessGeorge.com
I stand firm with my thoughts on Darwinian Natural Selection. I’m quite sure that it has happened in humans in even recorded history. I think that the technological advances, and forms of entertainment, all have implications of evoluation. Since the dawn of man we’ve been evolving and furthering our thinking.
To better survive in an ever changing… Continue
Added by George S. on December 13, 2008 at 11:00am —
A while ago I was talking to some friends and the topic about my position came up and they asked me "What do you believe in?", to which I answered that I don't 'believe', but that I think that evidence should be evaluated and yadda, yadda, yadda (skepticism)... and then, they finished saying "So, you are atheist", to which I responded "I am skeptic, therefore I am atheist". A few months ago, there was a 'Atheist Pride March' (or something around that), and I was telling a contact on… Continue
Added by G.P.Plascencia on December 11, 2008 at 11:30am —
I received some comments on my earlier post
on religion and the Mumbai attacks, and rather than pour time into comment replies, I’ll publish my response here. It’s a good reason to talk about this stuff, and I plan to write much more about this topic as time permits.
notes, any discussion of religion and its role in… Continue
Added by Planetologist on December 1, 2008 at 7:03pm —
I tend to be a 'drifter' when it comes to social networking sites. For a while it'll be Facebook, or Blockles, or I'll be on Spogg.com, then I come back here.
I've realized that I don't realize
that I miss atheist solidarity and companionship until I come back and experience it again.
I've recently had the pleasure of conversing with a fellow atheist "irl" and just the fact that I can call someone my "atheist buddy" in a sea of the religious makes me smile. The… Continue
Added by Sondra on November 28, 2008 at 3:52pm —
Born and raised in Rockford IL, I was enlisted in the U.S. Marines from 1996-2000, I am a father or four, husband, poet, philosopher, music artist, graphic and web designer, and truth seeker.
I don’t believe there is a god or gods to believe in or to disbelieve in. It is because, for the most part,… Continue
Added by TJMorgan on November 25, 2008 at 9:21am —
Ggnothi seauton: It means know thyself, and it’s something I’ve always taken to heart.
I’m not always the most positive and easy going guy around. I’ve been known to kick some dust in the faces of my opposition. When you’re in a fight, particularly one for the hearts and minds of your fellow human beings, you can sometimes lose sight of how the conflict changes you.
When you have a website… Continue
Added by The Good Atheist on November 16, 2008 at 2:09pm —
So, gentle readers, this coming weekend I'm flying up to Seattle to see my fabulous friend Tiana. There shall be drinks. There shall be fun. There shall be ... doing an interview for a Skepticality podcast about our time at the Discovery Institute, what? Yes! Stay tuned for more information, but realize in the meantime that it shall be awesome. I only wish I was flying into Seattle on Friday so we could visit Casey Luskin and pals one last time so Tiana and I could test the theory that all… Continue
Added by Kate Holden on November 15, 2008 at 5:35pm —
I am sure you know or have met somebody who thinks like this. You may, in fact, be one of these people I'm about to describe. If you are, I strongly urge you to consider what I'm about to say.
You're an atheist, but you feel that too many hard-nosed vitriolic cynics have given the label a bad name so now you refuse to refer to yourself as what you truly are. And yet. Yet, you could always make an effort to proudly assert that yes, you are an atheist but that you're willing to discuss… Continue
Added by Kate Holden on November 15, 2008 at 9:23am —
This years Great American God-Out!–a newly established annual festivity will take place this year in San Francisco, CA on November 15, 2008. Mikey Weinstein, President and Founder of Military Religious Freedom Foundation, will be the guest speaker.
The purpose of the the Great American God-Out! (GAGO) is to encourage people to think about the possibility of morality existing independently of theology and abide by humanistic principles–live as if there is no god–even if only for one… Continue
Added by Crystal Shard on November 12, 2008 at 6:30am —
from my site, thegoodatheist.net
I’ve written on the subject of an organized atheist movement for years now. The responce so far, overwhelmingly from many atheists, is that such a movement would violate the notion that atheism is not a religion, but rather a particular viewpoint about the non existence God. Over this same period of time, however, a number of individuals have emailed me… Continue
Added by The Good Atheist on November 11, 2008 at 4:23pm —
Today I made my first appeal to a Christian as an atheist and posted a comment on this blog,
which was flagged up by a commenter on Pharyngula and has now been picked up Richard Dawkins website and others. Up until now I have been something of a lurker :-) I have not been active, only an observer and have never jumped in at the deep end until now. I am a committed and convinced atheist, but… Continue
Added by Crystal Shard on November 10, 2008 at 6:57am —
After my first posting the day I joined Nexus, someone asked, "What is a metaphysical naturalist?" He could as easily have asked, "What is a naturalist?"
There are many kinds of naturalists, which for almost 3000 years has meant that whether or not a god exists, everything in the world is natural and operates on natural laws.
But actual, true atheism was almost unheard of in ancient Greece. Atheism was the mere denial that the many thousands of gods that were believed to exist had… Continue
Added by Curtis Edward Clark on November 7, 2008 at 6:00am —
Agnosticism is often used as a middle ground of sorts between theism and atheism. I think this is a misuse of the word -- regardless of Huxley's intentions when he coined it.
comes from the Greek "gnosis", meaning "knowledge". Why this is ever applied to belief
, I do not know.
comes from the Greek "theos", meaning "god". Literally, "atheos" means "godless".
In both situations, the a-
prefix, of course means "without".… Continue
Added by AYFABTU on November 3, 2008 at 2:09am —
Added by Curtis Edward Clark on November 2, 2008 at 1:49pm —
by Dale McGowan
Author/editor of Parenting Beyond Belief: On Raising Ethical, Caring Kids Without Religion
The world is full of ignorant nonsense, and that's okay. Well, it's not okay, but it seems to be part of the unavoidable deal, what with unequal access to education and a thousand other things. What I've had quite enough of is ignorant nonsense from people who really have no… Continue
Added by Dale McGowan on October 14, 2008 at 11:30am —