When a Christian decided to go soul fishing on the Unreasonable Faith site recently, his ignorance of the reality of non-belief and non-believers tripped him up.
Most Religionists are incredibly ignorant of what it means to be a non-believer. Fundamentalists of any brand are among the most naive in this respect. The gross inadequacy of their primary assumptions about the causes and characteristics of atheism is one of the reasons why attempts to reconvert the disillusioned faithful… Continue
Added by Rosemary LYNDALL WEMM on March 21, 2009 at 9:00pm —
This was a question that I was asked by another recovering Ex Jehovah's Witness:
you've briefly touched on your past a couple of times, but kinda glanced over exactly what it was that you were into after you left the JW world...
mysticism or something?
like Wicca type stuff?
can you tell me a lil about that...
what drew you to it?
and most importantly, what turned you off of it??
but seriously, i'd like to know what your… Continue
Added by Ravenone on March 16, 2009 at 10:02pm —
Friendships with Fundies can be very taxing.
When I began my friendship with “Frieda” we were both members of an Australian Methodist church. I began studying for the Methodist ministry but the intensive academic study of the Bible led to me losing my religious beliefs. Shortly after that Frieda moved to a country town. The ensuing 20 year relationship has been continued, for the most part, by email.
When the Methodist Church joined to become part of the Uniting Church,… Continue
Added by Rosemary LYNDALL WEMM on February 16, 2009 at 3:00pm —
I wasn't sure where to post this but I wanted to share it. It is a very good episode about an atheist woman from Kansas who is immersed in a fundamentalist christian household in Texas complete with weekly bible studies. It's a 45 minute video on hulu so the commercial interruptions are short. I'd love to hear your post-viewing comments.
Added by Sheryl on February 10, 2009 at 6:00pm —
christianity drives me nuts. I find it to be reprehensible in most aspects but here are a few issues that top my list at the moment. Please feel free to add to the list, and to include islam and any other religion. I found it overwhelming to even get as far as I did. It's rather depressing how evil it all is. See the list at HDC along with links
Have a great day, my… Continue
Added by Neece on January 28, 2009 at 8:46pm —
My first comic! Enjoy! Click on it to see the whole thing.
Added by TJMorgan on January 26, 2009 at 7:26pm —
From time to time, I may post a short blog detailing problems with theistic world-views. These posts are meant to be rants that exist largely for my pleasure. They are also meant to be non-technical and easy to follow, so you won't find a lot of philosophical mumbo-jumbo here. I hope you enjoy them.
One of the recurring arguments you will hear from theists [especially Christians it seems] is that without an external law-giver we can have no "objective" morality. For the sake… Continue
Added by jc morrison on January 23, 2009 at 4:00pm —
I believe there are two primary groups of atheists.
The first being the group who lives in harmony with religion; believing that all religions can tolerate one another and exist together. I also believe the 'closet-atheists' fit into this group.
Next is the group I fit into; the group who believe that religion is incompatible with human life and causes more problems than it solves. I personally believe that religions put up a wall for the advancment of human-kind. Even… Continue
Added by Adam Johnson on January 12, 2009 at 5:21am —
I'm not 100% sure how to start this so I am just going to say that my father died from a motorcycle crash July 29, 1997; two days before my 12th birthday. He was not religious; I suppose I'd describe him as agnostic. He wasn't concerned with the afterlife but moreso with the now; his children in general. He was an absolute great father.
The first thing I want to say is that it irritates me when people say "I'm sorry" because that's not the emotion they feel. They usually have no… Continue
Added by Adam Johnson on January 9, 2009 at 1:58am —
The atrocity going on in the Gaza Strip is a prime example of the poison of religion. The death toll is now over 600 including civilians. This is all because of a disagreement of religion. They want this 'sacred' plot of land. We're talking about the massacre of children in a UN school and blatant disregard for 'collateral damage'. People are losing their homes, families and lives over this trivial medieval idea of god. I know its asking a lot but it would be nice for these blind, brainless… Continue
Added by Adam Johnson on January 8, 2009 at 5:30am —
Don't you love it when you can turn the tables on religious hypocrites? It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside to be able to calmly tell them they are doing the whole christian thing wrong.
I wrote about it in more detail at Heaving Dead… Continue
Added by Neece on December 19, 2008 at 5:44pm —
I like this, taken from the BHA:
Live your life based on humanity and reason and recognise that moral values are properly founded on human nature and experience alone. Base decisions on the available evidence and an assessment of the outcomes, not on any dogma or sacred text. Atheism and agnosticism is an active and ethical philosophy far greater than any negative responses to religion. Foster individual rights and freedoms but believe that individual responsibility, social… Continue
Added by Enlightened Observer on December 6, 2008 at 2:00pm —
Pope Benedict XVI
Tuesday 17th November 2008
I know you’re a well known defender of traditional Catholic doctrine and values, but there is a problem within the third World countries such as the Christian nation I presently live in. The Philippines consists of hordes of faithful Catholic followers that live in poverty.
The problem seems to be looked at the wrong way by you and your present administration… Continue
Added by Robin Johnson-Perkins - Babel Fish on November 26, 2008 at 4:00am —
In 1896 a man by the name of John Denham Parsons wrote a book on the history of the cross. Since he had been a young man several questions regarding the cross had puzzled him and when he was older he determined to try and and answer them for himself.
The first of those questions was why John the Baptist, who was beheaded before Jesus was executed, and so far as we are told never had anything to do with a cross, is represented in religious pictures as holding a cross.
Added by Crystal Shard on November 12, 2008 at 8:30am —
I have gotten a few bulletins on MySpace of something that's floating around.
It's more smoke bombs thrown up since we are at the end of the election.
I tried to clean up the spacing, but I wanted to maintain it's "integrity."
Body: Might want to dust off the old BIBLE first!!
This will make you re-think: A Trivia question in Sunday School:
How long is "the beast" allowed to have authority in Revelations?
Revelations Chapter 13 tells us… Continue
Added by Daley on November 3, 2008 at 5:40pm —
Yes, I live in south Georgia.
Yes, there are plenty of uneducated church folk around here.
Yes, this is completely ridiculous...but it's like a car crash....you… Continue
Added by Daley on November 3, 2008 at 6:32am —
There is a significant subset of Christians who somehow find great comfort in products stamped with a "Christian" label. While they proclaim the rejection of "worldly ways" they often adopt them by dressing up inferior knock off products in Christian god talk language and act as if that somehow provides value and morals. They feel they get automatic points for using a PrayStation instead of PlayStation, taking Scripture Mints instead of Altoids, or starting a collection of Holy Bears instead of… Continue
Added by Russ on October 11, 2008 at 6:30am —
Or so it is revealed in the Nashville scene. Scene reporter Caleb Hannan was able to track down a former patient and confidant of Nancy's, Jennifer Wynne, who was witness and part to a cover up of Nancy's long term liaison with Lisa a "cured "lesbian who worked as a nutritionist at Mercy. It seems Nancy was smitten with this woman, buying her expensive gifts (cars and a house). The situation became so obvious that… Continue
Added by Sean the Blogonaut on October 1, 2008 at 7:07pm —
For international readers Compass is a program that examines religion, mostly in Australian society.
This weeks program focused on Christian Schooling, last weeks was on Muslim schooling in Australia.
For more information, the program website is here. You may also be able to watch the program for free over the ABC's iview… Continue
Added by Sean the Blogonaut on September 19, 2008 at 12:26am —
Humans have flawed systems of perception and attention. It is little wonder that many of the leaders in the skeptical / freethought movement are current or former magicians (e.g., James Randi, Penn Jillette & Teller, Richard Wiseman, D.J. Grothe, etc.), because magicians capitalize on the vulnerabilities of human perception and attention.
There are several examples of ways our senses can be fooled, but optical illusions are perhaps the easiest to display on the… Continue
Added by NH Baritone on September 4, 2008 at 7:12am —