Since my wife and I moved here in 2009, we’ve been visited by Jehovah’s Witnesses and other religious representatives on multiple occasions. On three of those incidences, I engaged my visitors and responded to statements or questions made by them regarding both religion and atheism. While I will admit having no interest in actually inviting them into my home for a protracted conversation, there are certain things I wish they would learn and understand about me as an individual atheist and… Continue
Added by Loren Miller on October 7, 2013 at 7:03am —
In respose to a post about a pretty mediocre study of "types" of atheists (indeed all A/N belong to one of the six categories, antitheists," who regard religion as dangerous fantasy and warn of its many harms and evils), I posted the following categories of religous (non-)belief. Readers are welcome to contribute/commment.
(1) atheist/antitheist/"ignostic" (doesn't care, doesn't worry about it)
(1a) work in progress - trying to free oneself from… Continue
Added by Alan Perlman on July 13, 2013 at 7:30pm —
"In America it is sport that is the opiate of the masses."
"Pro football is like nuclear warfare. There are no wionners, only survivors."
"Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules, and sadistic pleasures in witnesssing violence: in other words it is war minus the… Continue
Added by Alan Perlman on February 4, 2013 at 8:20pm —
So, you find yourself questioning the existence of your god. No matter your religion, that’s pretty frightening. All these years, raised to believe that an all-knowing, all-loving being was out there, somewhere, and that he had a plan for you. That your parents and community knew the ‘Truth.’ Most importantly, you’ve been instructed that when you die -if you followed all the rules, or asked for forgiveness- you’d join your loved ones for eternity in a paradise of sorts.
Maybe this… Continue
Added by Emily Dietle on November 9, 2012 at 10:04am —
I'd like to share the news that my novel, "The Holy Family," is now available in paperback and digital editions.
Dale McGowan, author of the forthcoming "Atheism for Dummies," had this to say about "The Holy Family": "'The Holy Family' is a rich and engrossing story, elegant and moving. Though it… Continue
Added by Alan Michael Wilt on November 5, 2012 at 4:48pm —
Magic and magic, what do they have in common? Perhaps I should clarify. What do prolific supernatural beliefs have in common with conjuring tricks? Continue
In between study, I work as a close-up magician, performing at weddings, coorporate dinners, birthday parties and other such events. My passion for creating illusion has led me to perform for thousands of people, and to spend countless hours in front of the mirror, fiddling with cards, and studying the techniques and psychology of magic.…
Added by Joe Williamson on September 25, 2012 at 11:20pm —
Added by Scott McGreal on September 12, 2012 at 8:00pm —
“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.”
“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… Continue
Added by Alan Perlman on August 10, 2012 at 8:30pm —
There's a fundamental disconnect between atheists and the word "atheist". Part of this is because there isn't complete agreement on what the word means.
Lack of belief in God
- Lack of belief in God
- Lack of belief in God's existence
could simply mean a choice not to believe in God because he is cruel or undesirable for some reason -- but does not… Continue
Added by Atheist Exile on April 7, 2012 at 12:00pm —
With the rise of Evangelical Christianity in the United States a corresponding increase in finger pointing and blame claiming that the country is in moral decline accompanied it. The usual culprits for the fingered for the alleged deterioration are liberals, non-Christians and unbelievers, but a look at the numbers show the source may be a closer to home.
Without a doubt Christianity is the dominant religion in the United States comprising 75 percent of the population. Christian… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on February 6, 2012 at 6:00am —
I think it is time to redefine “belief”, or at least to limit its use a little. While it is true that the dictionary defines belief as “an acceptance that a statement is true or that something exists”, in many cases people seem to add “as a matter of faith” or “in spite of a lack of evidence”.
Added by Leland Jory on December 12, 2011 at 11:42pm —
A Skeptical Use Of The Words BELIEF, FAITH And TRUST Continue
In atheistic and sceptical discussion the words belief, faith and trust are often used with implicitly different meanings and this leads to misunderstandings. My solution is to define, how I use these words.
Faith and belief are to me synonyma, because they both translate to only one German word, Glaube. If there is at all any difference,…
Added by Maruli Marulaki on November 2, 2011 at 11:04am —
I wonder sometimes, if there was no religion, would the hairless apes of Planet Earth simply latch onto some other ideal or philosophy that they would be willing to kill for? Someone once told me that faith was the culprit in clashes like this one
rather than belief in a god or a religion.
Faith can be placed in anything I suppose, whether it is a person, place, thing, idea, or philosophy. However, it seems to… Continue
Added by Mike Haynes on September 3, 2011 at 9:29am —
Over the past week I have engaged a number of christians on Twitter, and it seems as though evidence for beliefs, and specifically, what is it that makes beliefs valid or invalid. So I want to address directly the nature of valid and invalid beliefs, and then would like to shift my focus to one tweeter in particular and the pope and some comments he recently made.
Because christians and atheists always seem to start running into problems here, each criticizing the other of not having… Continue
Added by Brian Bridson on July 16, 2011 at 7:00pm —
The Columbus, Ohio newspaper, The Republic, just today printed the story Religion: Battle Over Circumcision, describing the battle that is erupting in San Francisco over a November 8 ballot that would ban male circumcision. While much of the article tries to distract readers from the issue by making reference to Foreskin Man and how it incites the anger of religious groups like Jews. I think the real issue is not what the author of “Foreskin Man” is up to, but the fact that there is an… Continue
Added by Brian Bridson on July 15, 2011 at 7:30pm —
I have been, in the past, accused of endlessly whining about religion generally and Christianity specifically and not doing more about it. I respond usually that my activism has included going on marches and writing to my MP.
Here is an example of a recent exchange between me and my MP on the reform of the house of lords which proposes an increase in the religious representation and not as I would prefer the removal of this anachronistic oddity and the advance of a secular… Continue
Added by Richard Healy on May 12, 2011 at 12:43pm —
Islam, as I stated in my last post, is an evil religion, however, I would like to say that fundamentalist Christians are not much better. Their attitude towards homosexuality is appalling, (as is Islam's by the way), and their conviction in their beliefs are no less baffling. The difference is the actions that are taken based on these beliefs. While fundamentalist Christians might picket a soldier's funeral, waving banners with vile claims of their god's hatred of “fags”, they still do not go… Continue
Added by Rational-Thinker on May 7, 2011 at 4:52pm —
Hi, I’m Mark, I am 24 years old, I was born an Atheist like everyone else, but early on in childhood I was introduced to Christianity. I was never baptized or ‘saved’ as they so arrogantly state.
As far back as I can remember my Mother always went to church,…
Added by Mark Bundy on February 18, 2011 at 11:00am —
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