We always act on some mixture of facts and beliefs. It's just a question of how rich the mixture is with facts.
Life being the way it is, though, there is probably no issue that doesn't involve some element of belief because just thinking that we have all of the facts in a given case is itself a belief that is a part of the fact-belief mixture.
But as convoluted as the issue can become, there are commonsense rules to apply -- a prime one being that the more fundamental the… Continue
Added by Joseph Hilton on February 28, 2014 at 12:42am —
Atheists, by and large, have let their opponents define them in the public mind by what they do not believe. And I strongly suspect that actually is a fair way to describe most atheists.
But there is another breed of atheist: An atheist with a body of positive beliefs that either makes the existence of god irrelevant or implies that god does not exist.
An atheist of this sort can fairly be called a technical atheist… Continue
Added by Joseph Hilton on February 27, 2014 at 10:42am —
Whether you used to believe in Jesus or Yahweh, Mohammed or Allah, Krishna or Zeus, I can assure you that none exist. I will even take you further than that and guarantee they do not exist. It is all about your perception of the concept that a god/goddess is. Not a… Continue
Added by Amanda Ashcraft on February 22, 2014 at 6:23am —
If you haven’t read the recent Daily Mail piece by A.N. Wilson, I would recommend you do so to follow along with what I am about to go on about. Some of you might already be familiar with his emotional appeal drivel for Christ and might be able to save yourself the agony of reading more of his… Continue
Added by Amanda Ashcraft on February 4, 2014 at 4:00pm —
I have mentioned many times here on Atheist Nexus about the social pressures to conform, and the cult-like nature of tradionalist Islam (isolationist, puritanical, exclusivist
, controlling etc), and the many mind-control techniques employed by the religious people to ensure they retain power and the religion survives. However, underlying all this is the assumption that Muslims make that Islam is 'the true…
Added by Murtad Fitri on April 18, 2010 at 6:30pm —
Disclaimer: This in no way represents how I believe all non-theists should feel, just how I feel. Also note that this post contains explicit language.
For as long as I have considered myself one, I have never shied away from the term "atheist" in public. My beliefs (or lack thereof, if you want to refer to them that way) are very important to me, and why I believe what I do is of even greater importance. I do a lot of reading and exploring in order to more fully understand what I… Continue
Added by Christy Gonzalez on October 11, 2009 at 5:30pm —
I came to read this article before couple of months back. It manly focuses on the psychological aspect of the human attitudes and reasons that cause them to be changed. (Environmnetal factors and Genatical inheritance)
In this article you will be able to find a scientific… Continue
Added by Isuru Ayodhya Chamarasinghe on June 23, 2009 at 3:44am —
Beliefs & Choices
After I had gotten away from Jehovah's Witnesses, then from religion in general, and had shared stories with others of how it was like coming out of a cave you had been in all your life, and after reading Ingersoll's eloquence on how he felt upon become free of belief in gods, I was absolutely flumoxed by how people could believe such stuff as religion even AFTER being shown how illogical it was. How stupid could…
Added by El Solo Lobo on May 2, 2009 at 12:11pm —
Logic linking, rational thinking, socratic speaking, skeptical sleuths seeking out truths clouded in conditioned youths determined by causality to seek out the details of debris, part of some ultimate reality, following evidence with each sense condensed through perspectives fence of relativity realized through free inquiry, following leads, pulling out weeds, recognizing breeds thanks to evolution, an elegant solution to the diversity of life, knifed by supernatural beliefs, arrogant chiefs,… Continue
Added by TJMorgan on April 4, 2009 at 7:38am —
On his trip to Africa, Pope Benedict XVI declared that traditional Church teachings are the only failsafe way to prevent the spread of STIs. So I decided to take a look at what science has to say about it and found that not only is traditional abstinence-only education an abject failure (ex: 82% of virginity pledgers deny their pledge later and have just one less partner than non-pledgers), it's also dangerous to the public at large. (… Continue
Added by Greg F. on March 19, 2009 at 3:30pm —
There’s a bizarre symmetry when believers and unbelievers debate the existence and influence of the supernatural on our temporal world. Both sides offer an answer, one side using an ancient book and the other deferring to science. But as flawed as a book of uncertain origins and a tumultuous history may be as a guide, using the word of a PhD to confirm that science knows something for sure isn’t always the right way to go either. Atheism and theism are fundamentally different and when… Continue
Added by Greg F. on January 25, 2009 at 8:30pm —
In May of last year, the director of the Vatican Observatory, Father Gabriel Funes, attracted a few sideways glances after he said that not only could intelligent aliens exist on other worlds but they would be free from original sin since there’s nothing in the Bible about aliens eating the forbidden fruit. But while his article in a Vatican newspapers has been published as an novel oddity, does it represent a future trend of religious institutions rushing to make a definitive statement on… Continue
Added by Greg F. on January 21, 2009 at 7:38pm —
This is a post from my popular science blog, Weird Things which I thought would be of interest to Atheist Nexus's community since I'm trying to summarize the atheist/agnostic stance on life and provide a rebuttal to the theist charge that atheists and agnostics are angry and bitter because we have a very limited worldview. Here's the post in its entirety...
I periodically get asked why I write about creationism and creationists and try to use a scientific battering ram on people who… Continue
Added by Greg F. on January 20, 2009 at 10:00pm —
I keep hearing all these thumpers saying we should make abortion illegal. Their logic being, "It's taking a life, no different than a murdurer." My question is, how are they going to follow each person around and know if they terminated their pregnancies? Maybe they found a way to do it themselves. I never claimed to be the smartest person on earth, but I think making abortion illegal would be catastrophic. You would have young girls dying from back alley abortions. You would have all kinds of… Continue
Added by Jerbear1974 on November 13, 2008 at 8:50am —
New post up on my blog
. One you're probably not going to like.
Here's a snippet:
"Many atheists fiercely argue against any suggestion that atheism is anything like religion. Not only that, many expressive posts have also been written about how atheism is most definitely not an ideology or a philosophy, only to then describe a common set of beliefs, similar… Continue
Added by Mark on August 6, 2008 at 8:30pm —
People believe in too many things. They can't answer their open questions, their doubts, and the easiest path is to believe.
There is no reason to believe a certain past or history. You were not there.
There is no reason to believe a teachings of a certain person. One can't be always right or good.
There is no reason to believe a cause for an event. They are just words, mere mathematics.
There is no reason to believe money. It is just a piece of paper.
There is no… Continue
Added by DieHappy on August 1, 2008 at 8:00pm —
Hello, I know, a really cheery subject.
But I'm kind of lost. I'd love to know your opinions on this touchy subject.
See, 2 months ago I thought suicide was a stupid, permanent solution to a potentially temporary problem.
But a month ago, a very dear friend of mine who was amazingly intelligent and wonderful killed herself at the age of 59. I know she was in very poor health, and that she had problems with her family abandoning her. Other than that, I have no idea why she… Continue
Added by Neece on July 28, 2008 at 5:06pm —