All Blog Posts Tagged 'atheism' (485)

Genocide is OK if the True God commands it – but how to know which God is the right one?

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…

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Added by Scott McGreal on December 23, 2012 at 2:50am — 4 Comments

Whitewashing Hell: or why belief in Hell is still not very nice

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 subject…

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Added by Scott McGreal on December 23, 2012 at 2:30am — 3 Comments

Law dances the fine line between religion and insanity

“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…

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Added by Alan Perlman on December 22, 2012 at 7:30pm — 8 Comments

Response to Chris – By Godless Teen

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

My petition to the White House to acknowledge the nones | notes

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…

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Added by James Kz on December 11, 2012 at 4:19am — 6 Comments

Why I Stopped Believing in God

     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,…

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Added by Zach Jones on December 8, 2012 at 12:11pm — 3 Comments

The existential significance of Adam Sandler’s “Click”

“Long as You Know You’re Living Yours”

Song title, Keith Jarrett

"The world is impermanent.  One should constantly remember death."

Nyogen Senzaki

 

“In this world, we eat, shit, sleep, and wake up.  After that, all we have to do is die.”

Ikkyu

 

“Please enjoy your only life!”

Jakusho Kwong

 

“The power of a man’s…

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Added by Alan Perlman on November 25, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

The Battle for Zachary’s Brain IV: Hell

‘The atheist, by merely being in touch with reality, appears shamefully out of touch with the fantasy life of his neighbors.”

Sam Harris

 

“Pointing to another world will never stop vice among us; shedding light on this world can alone help us.”

Walt Whitman

 

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 –…

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Added by Alan Perlman on November 3, 2012 at 8:47pm — No Comments

I tried to pay attention

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…

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Added by Philip Jarrett on October 30, 2012 at 5:57pm — 18 Comments

Never having to say you're wrong?

I found this cute cartoon recently, thought it was a clever way to turn the smugness of some believers on its head.

Added by Scott McGreal on October 12, 2012 at 6:00am — 7 Comments

I make Christians look like 'Bad Persons'

At last, I have achieved my goal!

I recently had a comment exchange on Deviant Art:

http://pjarrett.deviantart.com/  (not a safe site, as my McAfee always reminds me...but they seem to have solved some of their problems...be careful, in spite of its name "Deviant Art" they allow underaged children to post right along with adults!  If you're leary of the site...which I can't say I blame you...try my other blog at …

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Added by Philip Jarrett on October 7, 2012 at 5:08pm — 1 Comment

Happy Blasphemy Day! (They’re just WORDS, idiots!)

 “Impiety, n. Your irreverence toward my deity.”

 Ambrose Bierce

 

“Irreverence is the champion of liberty and its only sure defense.”

Mark Twain

 

Fuck Yahweh.

Fuck Shiva.

Fuck Mohammed.

Fuck Jesus

Fuck Zeus.

Fuck Allah.

Fuck Thor.

Fuck _____ (fill in the name of any deity, past or present).

 

There, that ought to do it.  I’m an equal…

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Added by Alan Perlman on September 30, 2012 at 3:30pm — 12 Comments

Reason versus faith? The interplay of intuition and rationality in supernatural belief

Recent papers (Gervais & Norenzayan, 2012Pennycook, Cheyne, Seli,…

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Added by Scott McGreal on September 12, 2012 at 8:00pm — 3 Comments

Hatred of Atheists plummets to new depths of stupidity

This post is of a more personal nature than usual for me. I was browsing through Reddit recently and came across a link to a bizarre article claiming that research has linked "overt atheism" and mental illness. The story cites no references and contains no links confirming that the study is real. Funnily enough, "Damien", the owner of this website says on his homepage that…

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Added by Scott McGreal on August 27, 2012 at 1:30am — 6 Comments

When Should Atheists Keep Their Mouths Shut? (And When Not?)

“God is the immemorial refuge of the incompetent, the helpless, the miserable.  They find not only sanctuary in His arms, but also a kind of superiority, soothing to their macerated egos: He will set them above their betters.”

H.L. Mencken

 

“I find it necessary to wash my hands after I have come   into contact with religious people.”

Friedrich Nietzsche

 

Recent A/N threads have generated much thoughtful…

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Added by Alan Perlman on August 25, 2012 at 5:02pm — 10 Comments

New Thread: What are “Secular Humanist Politics”?

“..a wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them free to otherwise to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned.  This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circle of our felicities.”

Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1801

 

There’s no debate about what “religious…

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Added by Alan Perlman on August 19, 2012 at 1:00pm — 11 Comments

The Battle for Zachary’s Brain III: Religion Rears its Ugly and Divisive Head (rev.)

“If God wants us to do a thing he should make his wishes sufficiently clear.  Sensible people will wait till he has done this before paying much attention to him.”

Samuel  Butler

“I cannot believe in a God who has neither humor nor common sense.”

W. Somerset Maugham

Followers of the riveting “Zachary’s Brain” series will remember that Zach is my 6-year-old stepson (7 this month) whose task of configuring the world – his…

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Added by Alan Perlman on August 10, 2012 at 8:30pm — 6 Comments

Mondo Diablo Episode 353: Come Sail the Freewinds

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This week we sail the Freewinds with Scientologists, and tackle a deep subject from an atheist: how do you deal with the fact that there is no…

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Added by Rev Hellbound Alleee on August 5, 2012 at 7:50pm — No Comments

The unknown purpose of the universe

Some philosophers, such as Richard Swinburne have argued that there is evidence from fine tuning that the specific laws of physics that allow intelligent life forms to exist are so improbable that it is plausible that these laws were fine tuned by god in order that intelligent life forms could exist (Leslie, 1990). Swinburne argued that a good god would have particular reason to will that beings such as humans could come to exist, e.g. so that we could develop…

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Added by Scott McGreal on August 2, 2012 at 10:30pm — 3 Comments

Explaining the universe with the unexplainable

Religious philosopher Richard Swinburne contends that the fact that the universe is actually explicable to human reason ‘points to the existence of a deity’.

As a thought experiment, imagine a universe that was not explicable to its inhabitants, where the reasons why things happened were completely opaque and not open to human understanding. People there might say that ‘God works in…

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Added by Scott McGreal on August 2, 2012 at 10:00pm — No Comments

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