I am a survivor of religious brainwashing and amplified abuse due to religious influences in my childhood household.
I was trained from an early age that life was a constant battle between the divine and my imperfect flesh. I was…
This weekend was a personal test for my parenting. As an atheist parent, I am pretty adamant in presenting both sides of an argument and using context when discussing religious belief with my kids. The only confirmation of how fair of a job I am doing is when the kids end up in awkward…Continue
Between the advent of engineered disease, and surreptitious attacks of mind boggling computer viruses that could potentially bring down banking systems globally, it would seem we need to look at everything we…Continue
So my girlfriend is studying to become a lay minister within her Church. I even helped her pay for a class. She knows I’m an atheist and is fine with that. And I’m fine with the fact she is a Christian.
Well, during the class someone mentioned, yes..you know how…ATHESISTS….
Ya know what the instructor told the class.
Atheists tend to have and behave more “Christian” then the Christians.
That took a lot of people aback.
Kinds throws a different like on…Continue
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
I have a big interest in the ancient Near East, and wish now that I'd become an Assyriologist, instead of a sailor. Anyway, tonight I was reading some ancient Persian history, and came upon a description of some of the first xians in the ancient Middle East. This was in Persia, circa 400 CE. This entry was written from a xian perspective: "The Persian bishop of Susa, who was given to impetuosity, destroyed one of the fire temples of the Zoroastrians. Complaint being made to the king, the…Continue
With the exception of Alaska, Texas is the largest state in the Union and has a population of over 25 million. Texas also has the highest number of uninsured residents in the entire United States with over a fourth, or 6 million, of its residents lacking healthcare insurance.
Houston has the dubious distinction…Continue
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Pussy Riot members jailed for two years for hooliganism
Three members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot have been jailed for two years after staging an anti-Vladimir Putin…
Okay usually you get people that just like "historic Jesus" or think the concept is neat, or like the happy feel good hippy junk he preached about.
But no, I cannot stand Jesus, not at all.
Why is this?
Well it can be summed up as: He is an inconsistent, hypocritical, asshole.
Without getting too theologically involved, lets take the trinity, in which you believe "God" and "Jesus" (not their actual names but the most frequently used aliases the followers use when…
Private unaccredited religious education is really messed up. Two of the main reasons for sending ones children to such a school are 1. to isolate and indoctrinate, 2. to reform children who have been kicked out of public school. These go together well. When teaching their children how evil the outside world is they only have to point to the very troubled second group and say, "See them? That is how the world without God will make you". That is just from my experience and I do not have any…Continue
Added by Timothy Allman on July 26, 2012 at 8:13am — No Comments
I need your help and advice.
Awhile ago I heard about Seth Andrews' $30,000 Atheist Charity Drive. Before that I had heard about the Foundation Beyond Belief and other pre-existing secular charities.
While thinking about this, an idea entered my mind. Why not reach out to…Continue
Added by Godless Poutine on May 8, 2012 at 6:06am — No Comments
“I am treated as evil by people who claim that they are being oppressed
because they are not allowed to force me to practice what they do.” ~D. Dale Gulledge
Ignorance is our natural state: we were born that way. We learn what we know as…Continue
Added by AgeOfAtheists14 on April 12, 2012 at 8:18am — No Comments
Last night I went to my fridge to get some soy milk for my coffee (lactose doesn't agree with me) and I noticed a 1,000,000 dollar bill fridge-magneted to the door with all the other stuff. I had put it there last summer after I found it while walking in the park near the river at the bottom of our street. Young Christians were wandering the park with…Continue
This is my very first post on here so be very, very kind. Maybe even sycophantic if you have it in you… ;-)
I've decided to post this in order to avoid having a drawn out and painful discussion with the original author of a Christian apology which, like arguing with a drunk teenager, is largely pointless and always entirely depressing.
The post in question was from someone called Templestream, a guy who was trolling on Atheist Revolution. His theory was the typical drivel and…Continue
Once you've accepted Jesus into your heart, your next step is showing your obedience and symbolizing your rebirth through baptism. The Christian denominations in which I grew up believed that baptism was only valid as a personal decision. Some denominations practice infant baptism or sprinkling, but in the context of what I was taught that practice seems to have no significance whatsoever (except to…Continue
Added by Jon Willis on July 7, 2011 at 6:31pm — No Comments
Getting saved through Jesus Christ and receiving the Holy Spirit sounds like it would be a really big deal. I mean, the sheer mechanics of opening up one's heart and having the Holy Spirit move in like a college kid moving into the dorms is difficult to wrap your head around. Oddly enough, Christians seem to think it requires nothing more than the ability to repeat phrases told to you by another person. This applies mainly to children who are too young to formulate a sentence based on the…Continue
I was indoctrinated into Protestant Christianity from birth and accepted Jesus as my Lord and savior at the ripe old age of four. I don't remember much about my childhood but I still remember that evening and the place of worship in Panama we called "The Home." It wasn't a formal church and I imagine it was more like what you would have seen in the Apostle Paul's day where believers gathered in homes to praise god together through song and prayer.
The Home was situated either…Continue
Added by Jon Willis on July 5, 2011 at 3:16pm — No Comments