“Men make themselves believe that they believe.”
“The idea of God is the sole wrong for which I cannot forgive mankind.”
Marquis de Sade
What does it mean to “believe in God,” as 95% of the population professes to do? As an academically-trained linguist and a secular humanistic Jew, I’ve thought about this question for many years and listened to how people answer it. I’ve collected several…
Added by Alan Perlman on June 12, 2012 at 3:00pm —
"Mystery [the divinity of Jesus Christ] is made a convenient Cover for absurdity."
"Every other sect suppos[es] itself in possession of all truth, and that those who differ are so far in the wrong: like a man traveling in foggy weather, those at some distance before him he sees wrapped up in the fog, as well as those behind him, and also the people in the fields on each side, but near him all appears clear, tho' in…
Added by Alan Perlman on June 10, 2012 at 11:30am —
“Imagine the Creator as a low comedian, and at once the world becomes explicable.”
“Infidel, n. In New York, one who does not believe in the Christian religion; in Constantinople, one who does.”
“Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived.’
“Our Bible reveals to us the character of our God with minute and remorseless… Continue
Added by Alan Perlman on June 7, 2012 at 8:29pm —
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 —
"You are checking theism with twisted, naturalistic logic. The two are completely incompatible, and thus one cannot define the other. That is the greatest fallacy of those who support Naturalism, thinking that they have an upper hand in defining the undefinable."
"If God wanted himself to be able to be tested by his own creation, then we could do so. We can't, and thus He doesn't."
"Since God works 100% through natural methods (meaning he rarely comes down to earth and… Continue
Added by Richard Healy on March 16, 2012 at 2:46am —
Before you sharpen your pitchforks and light the torches, let me qualify that title with: Not all of them!
Those who are child molesters, or knowingly aid such vile excuses for humans deserve all of the scorn and contempt they get from any thinking human.
That said, I was thinking the other day of how religion is basically a mind virus that has permeated and infected much of humanity for millenia. Then the thought struck me that if that is the case, should we not feel… Continue
Added by Jas Brimstone on February 28, 2012 at 1:10pm —
I know everyone here knows the answer is yes, but I am writing this for the ones that have not figured that out yet.
Added by Mike Wasdin on January 29, 2012 at 9:47am —
An interesting thing occurred after I returned to the Land of the Rising Sun. I had been in Tokyo a couple of days, and jet lag had seemed not to be too much of an issue, thanks to napping at the appropriate times. However, after running about Harajuku with a friend of mine and visiting Oedo Onsen afterwards, I was a content and drowsy foreigner. We each paid the fee for all the wonderfulness that was the Old-fashioned Edo village inside the bathhouse, on the way out. We tossed on our shoes and… Continue
Added by Nerdlass on January 8, 2012 at 12:00am —
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 —
Timothy Keller informs us that we can get that true happiness by acknowling that we are sinners! God would then take away that guilt of sin and make us truly happy. We must never tempt Him by sinning, but we'll sin and get that absolution. When bad things happen, we can still have happiness as knowing that He loves and protects us.
As His own son, [amongst His others who had children by… Continue
Added by mlg.lamberth on August 30, 2011 at 6:30pm —
Why should one beieve or disbelieve in the supernatural?
What counts as evidence for it? We naturalists-rationalists find none. Why, none can present it self, because that would go agianst our conservation of knowedge. Nature presents no divine intent as Lamberth's teleonomic argument notes and thus cannot affirm His very existence but can affirm that no divine intent presents itself… Continue
Added by mlg.lamberth on August 27, 2011 at 9:00pm —
I thought it only appropriate for my first Atheist Nexus blog to be a story of how I lost my faith. Let it be a lesson on how to reason with the unreasonable. First a little background on where I came from.
I was raised in a Christian fundamentalist home. My uncle is a Petroleum Engineer which he thinks… Continue
Added by Moral Atheist on July 5, 2011 at 2:00pm —
TONIGHT Ardent Atheist at 7pm PST stars Laura J Silverman, Gary Shapiro & BJ Kramer! It's the 3 Jew Review Part Shtayim - http://tinyurl.com/3zc6zrm
AND The LIVE CHAT hosted by Heather Henderson will be right here: http://tinyurl.com/6ft2ltr
Added by Heather Henderson on June 22, 2011 at 7:05pm —
"TRUTH Will not be destroyed by questioning or scrutiny. It will always stand unbeatable. Questioning only confirms TRUTH and makes it visibly stronger; it never crumbles!"
This little dandy turned up on my Facebook page today and I would agree with its logical message, but not its intended message. You see this was…
Added by Susi Bocks on June 16, 2011 at 5:43pm —
“I don't believe in an afterlife, so I don't have to spend my whole life fearing hell, or fearing heaven even more. For whatever the tortures of hell, I think the boredom of heaven would be even worse.” ~Issac Asimov
The prospect of death doesn't worry me. But the prospect of physical suffering and pain certainly does. When I die, I just hope it's as painless as possible. The brevity of life doesn't bother me either. It's nature's way of telling me to enjoy myself or… Continue
Added by Atheist Exile on June 7, 2011 at 7:00pm —
In the grand scheme of the universe, and the scale of our evolutionary time line, humans are young. Extremely young. Infants, struggling to stand on our own two feet. We know almost nothing of what there is to know. We can comprehend only a smidgen of what there is to comprehend. Our minds still struggle to accept the reality of our existence, our insignificance. We must evoke magical beings to fill our understanding, rather than accept that we simply don't… Continue
Added by Rational-Thinker on May 23, 2011 at 7:01am —
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 —
Yesterday I came upon an article posted through RD.Net
Researchers at the University of British Columbia and Union College (Schenectady, N.Y.) have found that people's death anxiety can influence them to support theories of intelligent design and reject evolutionary theory. ..... Continue
"Our results suggest that when confronted…
Added by Tarentola Mauritanica on April 1, 2011 at 4:25am —
It's all true. We have to believe this story. From the mouth of a child. Buy the book. Support heaven and the blue-eyed Jesus. Why wouldn't you just believe? I mean, here's what the publisher says:
“This was a very down-to-earth, conservative, quote-unquote normal Midwestern family. We became fully convinced that this story was valid. And also that it was a great story that would just take off.”…
Added by Chris Highland on March 11, 2011 at 1:17pm —