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 —
Today I blogged about de-christianizing actions and thinking. Full post here
. I am curious as to how you feel about the need to remove religious expressions and actions from our lives as much as possible.
Do you think it's necessary? Do you have any suggestions for… Continue
Added by Neece on August 21, 2008 at 1:30pm —
Stumbling around the web, I came across a page at lukeprog.com titled The Arrogance of Atheism
. I almost moved on, but then I saw the subtitle: Why I’m an atheist, not an agnostic. Luke writes a page that is simple and concise, yet totally makes sense. I contacted him and asked him if I could share it with you. He said sure, so here it is in its entirety:
The Arrogance… Continue
Added by Neece on August 19, 2008 at 1:09pm —
Recently I've had a conversation with a friend of mine and admitted that I am an agnostic.
Really!?! You Ask.
Yes, but only in the singular and truest sense. Meaning this: I CAN NOT
know what happens after I die and whether there is a god awaiting or if
there is an afterlife at all. This does not define my outlook on
religion exclusively though. After all we are all agnostics whether we
like it or not. There's always that "question" though: What… Continue
Added by Larro on August 18, 2008 at 8:00pm —
I just joined Atheist Nexus today. I likely won't be blogging here too much, if ever, as I maintain my own blog and will be contributing to another.
So check out my other blogs:
My personal blogi
Added by Ian Bushfield on August 18, 2008 at 11:00am —
Visit my website for my writing and photography work.
Added by V1ktor on August 16, 2008 at 4:03pm —
In these off-the-record interviews, neurologist turned playwright, filmmaker and self-described atheist Jonathan Miller filmed conversations with six of today’s leading men of letters and science: biologist and New York Times best-selling author Richard Dawkins
, philosophers Daniel Dennett
and Colin McGinn
, distinguished… Continue
Added by V1ktor on August 14, 2008 at 5:02pm —
A half-serious question. Why not take advantage of the tax shelter and collect some of that "faith-based" money? Perhaps it could be diverted to some better causes. I don't know all the details of this, but would there be an advantage over simply creating a non-profit charity group? Hostile religious types like to accuse atheism of being a religion itself all the time. (of course, the fact that they consider this an insult is obviously self-defeating)
I can see the dangers in it too,… Continue
Added by MP Lockwood on August 14, 2008 at 9:38am —
It seems that every day 3 polls come out and the people who refer to them talk about the results as if the poll is solid gold fact. And most people just accept it as truth. Well, it's not.
Don't believe everything you read or hear. People have agendas and numbers are easily warped and skewed.
That leads me to Reason and a new project I've volunteered for. If you've ever seen the Skeptics Annotated Bible, this is a project to make it even better. I love having resources and… Continue
Added by Neece on August 13, 2008 at 12:00pm —
[From the GameSpot forums. You can read the thread I posted this in here
Seriously, what is this? Militant atheists, eh? Where are they?
Here's a primer on… Continue
Added by Mark C. on August 12, 2008 at 9:37pm —
Please add your two cents. I'd rather do a poll but this will have to do.
What does Atheism mean to you?
How would you symbolize it? How does being an atheist affect you and your life?
If you could pick on thing to represent atheism, what would it be and why?
Looking forward to LOTS of answers! Please comment!
Added by Neece on August 11, 2008 at 11:10pm —
Of all the insults, of all the absurdities and smug assertions of superiority, this one
will always have a special place in my memories. This post, my friends, takes the cake.
I was arguing with somebody on Facebook, and she got so fed up she left in a huff. As is sometimes the case with online debaters who get really worked up about a debate they're in, she set her husband on me.… Continue
Added by Becky Garcia on August 11, 2008 at 7:00pm —
You know what makes me mad? I know; there's a lot of things that make me upset. But one of the things that has the potential to send me to a fiery tirade is when people >cough, Christians, cough< feel the need to point out that we are a Christian nation founded by Christians. OK first, one needs to describe "founded" and "nation". Are you talking about when the pilgrims came to America to set up shop? Are you talking about Chris and his three boats in the Caribbean? Or are you speaking of… Continue
Added by Feminist Francophile on August 10, 2008 at 10:49pm —
I’m reading a book that is so good, so interesting, that I’ve highlighted almost every sentence. It’s a gold mine of ideas and information, a real treat to read.
If you looked at my book list
, you’ll notice that I haven’t read all the “traditional” books that all other atheists seem to love. That’s not to say that I won’t, but I became an atheist when most of those books didn’t exist.
Once I… Continue
Added by Neece on August 10, 2008 at 6:26pm —
Added by Mark Tiborsky on August 10, 2008 at 12:07pm —
I had a discussion with a friend the other day about religion - surprise, eh? - and in the wake of that I should probably briefly clarify my views.
I would love religion to vanish, but that's not a reasonable thing to want or strive for. I really don't mind religion as long as it doesn't affect the outside world. My main issue, which I think a few people have misunderstood (probably because I ramble and rant) is that religion isn't open to question and criticism, seemingly because… Continue
Added by Blue on August 9, 2008 at 6:59am —
Further to my note of a few days ago, about the Sikh girl who managed to get her personal delusions championed over mere secular beliefs.
It occurs to me that the position religion occupies within the British judicial system – or seeks to occupy, with a great deal of success – is similar to the position it seeks to occupy in science. Fundamentalist religion challenges a varied range of scientific theories, but the alternative hypotheses supplied often function as refutations of… Continue
Added by Blue on August 9, 2008 at 6:55am —