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 —
Added by V1ktor on September 30, 2008 at 12:02am —
I've got to write it. It's been a full day since Saturday when I made a mistake. This isn't to imply that it's the only mistake I've made since then, this account is just the mistake at the forefront of my weekend.
I will let you guys know upfront that this isn't a complete record. The conversation lasted hours on and off. I'll just hit the highlights and give my thoughts.
It all began innocently enough Friday night. I also belong to another networking website called… Continue
Added by Roger Rotge on September 22, 2008 at 9:32pm —
though you could be forgiven for thinking so.
No the opposite of Atheism is Theism. Two different answers to the question - Do you believe in god (assuming of course their can be agreement on exactly what god is, but I digress)?
Now belief or disbelief in a god does not cause one to go out and commit acts of atrocity, or of loving kindness for that matter. No for that something extra has to be added.
Steven Weinberg, Nobel Laureate and Physicist is quoted as… Continue
Added by Sean the Blogonaut on September 19, 2008 at 12:31am —
The Following is a great satire by my good friend and mentor Riki Mathews
O come all Ye faithful
Joyful and triumphant
O come Ye, O come Ye to the altar,
of the al mighty dollar
O come let us adore it
O come let us adore it
O come let us adore it
Money, and, Our Lord
Let me preach it, brothers and sisters! Are we losing our faith? Have we forgotten the power of our joint saviors so intertwined that we have stamped "In… Continue
Added by Metro State Atheists on September 14, 2008 at 1:17pm —
My blog is called Dubiosity
, and you can find it at dubiosity.net
On it, you'll find my writings about various topics, like atheism, religion, science, politics, medicine, space, and whatever else I find interesting.
Added by Bevans on September 3, 2008 at 10:00pm —
I am sure we are all familiar with the vast array of scams on the internet but this, in particular, caught my eye.
When I opened my inbox this morning I was greeted with this:
Being an inquisitive sort, I went to visit their site and see what they are about. The first thing to strike me as odd was the lack of any link to tell you what this organization is about. They begin, immediately, asking for personal information without so much… Continue
Added by Rev. Mathew G. Thompson on August 30, 2008 at 8:00am —
I work at a little department store not too far away from my house and forgot to scan something that a lady was buying. Lucky for me, she caught my mistake and was really nice about correcting me. After I apologized, she waved it away and said "Don't worry about it.....God wouldn't have liked it"
I felt a rather large pang as I scanned and bagged her new purse. Then it hit me. When I bought "The Portable Atheist" I remembered that I hid it in its bag and covered the bag with my… Continue
Added by Jack on August 29, 2008 at 3:25am —
I am going to do this in 3 separate posts, because it is rather lengthy. it covers my 2 visits to a big 'ol church somewhere in the Western U.S. Out of respect for the pastor, who has been nothing but nice to me, I will let the church remain anonymous. Here goes....
I went to a big box church twice in February. I had never been to a church like this. It was, well, kind of surreal, a little bit disillusioning and quite a bit sad. The building is huge. I had expected this as I had seen… Continue
Added by 5ive on August 27, 2008 at 6:53pm —
I found this link
today while browsing Pharyngula. Good quick reference points for explaining atheism to theists. And this
is just incredible.
H/T to PZ Myers
Added by Brad Feaker on August 26, 2008 at 1:14pm —
Ranking 3rd on Adherants.com's list
of the world's Major "religions", you wouldn't think of Free Thinkers as a dying breed. But, I ask; What are we doing to grow?
If you look at the modern Christian evangelical movement, they are putting up quite a front for the hearts and minds of the world's population, and in particular, it's youth. See, for instance, some of the… Continue
Added by Tex on August 26, 2008 at 12:38pm —
Figured I would post this writing from college, since it kind of applies.
We live in an artificial reality. The world around us is the result of thousands of years of culture and beliefs being abstracted over generations. There is little we "believe" and "feel" that makes any rational sense, but our actions usually can be traced directly to our basic instincts of survival. We hunger for more, both in ways that are necessities to our success as… Continue
Added by Coyote on August 25, 2008 at 8:57pm —