I came out as an Atheist around two years ago. I was very lucky that I didn't lose anything by coming out, I still have all my friends and family. I know that it confused some of my friends, and I have no idea what my family really thinks about it as we have an unannounced agreement that we just don't discuss religion. So I carried on, watching Atheist Experience, The Thinking Atheist, and posting the occasional Facebook posts about some of the skeletons in Christanitys closet, so I should…Continue
I was contacted by www.askimo.com , a new internet portal featuring video interviews of experts talking on their field of expertise. I decided that my field of expertise would be “what the Torah really says” (since I am one of the few laypeople who has actually bothered to find out), along with related questions about atheism, blasphemy and the “clear alternative to the Torah” (It's SCIENCE!).
The questions were partly supplied by me, generally…Continue
Added by Alan Perlman on May 8, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments
In an email exchange, an old friend and fellow English-prof colleague wrote this:
"I know you're 'the Jewish atheist,' but don't you feel a strong sense of identification with the Jewish ethos, aside from religion? You've sought out Jewish wives, and friends to some degree could be, the way I might seek out writers as friends. I think of my former Catholicism not angrily but gratefully. When I grew up, I decided on my own that I didn't believe. But my Catholic education was excellent;…Continue
Recently I spoke with a theologian who holds a young-earth creationist viewpoint, and I was struck by his illogical dedication to his beliefs. It was apparent that he was not unintelligent: our conversation touched on a great variety of topics, including quantum physics, the origin of the universe, and modern astrophysical theories. He was clearly knowledgeable and scientifically aware -- apparently he…Continue
I am going to the Veterans Administration Wednesday for surgery on my right hand to relieve Dupuytren's Contractures, the second time in four years.
This time there is a difference. Four years ago I lived in Oklahoma, where as an atheist my Christian neighbours…Continue
For an introduction to this project please see this post.
Here's a string of ideas I aim to draw on to create discourse for thinking about ourselves as having evolved:
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
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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 subject…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