I know the impact of criticism, I've known it all my life. It begins with my family who expects me to fit in, to think as they do, to do the things that they do, to remain silent because I say things they don't want to hear or read.
Sometimes the criticism is constructive, offering me a new frame of reference, pointing out a contradiction, exposing my biases and these are all valuable and important in my creative processes.
There is another kind of criticism that is less… Continue
Added by Joan Denoo on June 19, 2014 at 11:30am —
Review of Christopher Boehm, Moral Origins: The Evolution of Virtue, Altruism, and Shame (Basic Books, 2012)
Humanism asserts that human beings are naturally capable of caring about others and taking action to help others, even those who are not like themselves. One only has to notice the worldwide response after Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines to be convinced of the truth of that assertion. But despite humanists’ celebration of Charles Darwin… Continue
Added by Homer Edward Price on April 23, 2014 at 3:54pm —
Added by AgeOfAtheists14 on January 23, 2014 at 5:45am —
A few months ago my cousin - a highly religious girl - posted a status stating that she is extremely disappointed that she won't be enrolling her future unborn son in to boy scouts.
Why? Because they allow gay children in.
Naturally, I debated with her, in which her mother joined in, talking about how homosexual actions are a "sin against god."
I then pointed out many other "sins" against god (i.e: eating pork, or wearing clothing of two separate fabrics, etc.… Continue
Added by SnowyEmerald on November 15, 2013 at 10:54am —
Entering via ipad over unstable connection. So brief, and typos.
Assumed China still censored / prevented access to Nexus. But it does not prevent access here.
The flight is long for me. I fatigue easily. But enjoying this trip.
Staying with in-laws. What sweet welcoming people.
Beijing air is acrid smoky thick. At least, wS yesterday.
Changchun is old big industrial city in Northeast. As different from, say, Hongkong as Detroit or… Continue
Added by Sentient Biped on October 14, 2013 at 5:30am —
I come from a Christian family. My mom is very... very religious. She cried her eyes out when I said that I didn't want to get baptized. My father, I love him. He's very understanding and open-minded about my lack of belief and has been a huge help when it comes to dealing with my mother.
But my grandparents on the other hand, they are very much a picture perfect view of christian country folk. I am made to dress up in ridiculous clothing every Sunday because we are going to… Continue
Added by Meredith Tarkington on July 15, 2012 at 8:27am —
First let me say that, when I refer to fossils I mean all species of animal, reptile, bird,
insect and arachnid fossilized remains found.
I have read that, as of 2010, the number of species living today are;
Mammals ..... = 5,490 .......X 2......... = 10,980 Continue
Birds............. = 9,998 .......X 2......... = 19,996
Reptiles........ = 9,084 ........X 2......... = 18,168
Insects... = 1,000,000 ........X 2.... = 2,000,000
Arachnids.. = 102,248 .......X…
Added by Larry Smith on June 28, 2012 at 6:49pm —
Added by AgeOfAtheists14 on March 7, 2012 at 11:52am —
It's a blog update from me! Wow!
Okay, I know no one on here even knows who I am. It's been a very long time since my last post. Therefore, no one is going to jump up and down in joy and rapture (har!) at this little update of mine.
From what I'm able to gather from previous blog posts and comments, when last you heard from me, I was contemplating coming out to my parents about being an atheist and having a hard time dealing with the reactions of my extended… Continue
Added by Kristi Leitholt on December 10, 2011 at 10:53am —
I have always enjoyed the holidays with my family, although we never celebrated the religious aspect of them. My parents are nonbelievers who did not want to influence us on religion.
We have this tradition for Thanksgiving that brings real meaning for the day. Before we eat, when most families would pray, each of us would go around the table and acknowledge the things we are thankful… Continue
Added by Nichelle Wrenn on December 9, 2011 at 6:14am —
I think it's amusing that Facebook and Family Bullshit can both use the initials "FB". That's all I seem to be getting lately. Here's the latest exchange I've had with my family.
My initial status read:
"The Bible sure is full of some crazy shit. Do believers really read this shit? If so, do they really understand this shit? Am I tripping? Am I feeling myself?"
It wasn't a very random thought. I was reading the Bible at the… Continue
Added by Martial Epicurus on November 27, 2011 at 12:55pm —
A little background: brother is a reverend, rapper for Jesus ( i swear) mother Facebook page might as well include the entire new testament.
My whole family us aware I am an atheist. Anytime we speak religion, I'm usually met with condescension. Pretty funny most of the time. Today though, just got under my skin.
Brothers Facebook post:
Added by Rebekah Ramsey on September 11, 2011 at 3:42pm —
shame there's such a fragmentation of family life; I guess worldwide with the www... it's especially tough when you've been well read on the reasons things in the gov/world go bad or wasted.. due to some doctrine or another; aside from just living and striving to do good... cracks me up that people are so easily trusting of x y or z... catholics role deep in Mexico look what happened there. Xtian orthodx runs Russia; no blacks or gays allowed there. Israel is said to be looking more like… Continue
Added by AgeOfAtheists14 on July 9, 2011 at 11:45am —
As the end of the day approached, and the folks who had emptied their bank accounts and abandoned their lives in preparation for a glorious ascent into heaven began to realize that the train wasn't coming, other churches began to show up at American Family Radio. That's got to be depressing when other churches start rubbing it in.…
Added by Jamey on May 22, 2011 at 8:56am —
So, my partner and I are moving to Washington, DC. We've told our family. Everything was going really well.....until.....
A few night ago I was talking with my mother. Once again, I mentioned the move. She acted like she had not heard this before. The conversation on the phone went something like this:
Mom - So you are really going to move.
Me - Yes, we are.
Mom - You are making a big mistake. I don't know why you don't understand the cost of living… Continue
Added by Rejectthegods on April 2, 2011 at 9:00pm —
Ok, im an atheist, i'll admit it here, and around my mom and dad all the time...especially my dad, just to make him mad because hes a christian and likes to try and force me to believe and crap. He believes that no different race hould be together and that gays should all drop dead or whatever. So, the more i piss him off the better. Im not saying im an atheist because of that though, im an atheist because i just don't see proof of a man upstairs saying hey, do this or do that, plus we are… Continue
Added by Timothy Warner on March 13, 2011 at 8:04pm —
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 —
The move toward American Theocracy by the empowered evangelical 'elite' in the US has made it almost impossible for an atheist or difficult for a non-christian to be elected to office. Schools are having their curriculum undermined by creationist who wish to revise history, remove evolution from science, and prevent teaching sexual health and pregnancy prevention. Atheist fear reprisals for not being christian and are often discriminated against at work, socially, and most especially in… Continue
Added by Shannon on February 15, 2011 at 10:57pm —
I came out to my mother on Christmas. It wasn't planned that way, she simply sat next to me at dinner. I thought I'd be safe at the kid's table. But the number of kids has been slowly dwindling over recent years, as they grow up and move off to the eagerly awaited table of "grown-ups". I saw this opportunity to return to the safety of the kid's table and quickly set my can of Dr. Pepper to claim my spot.
I was more than a little surprised to see my mother sitting next to me when I returned… Continue
Added by Jessica Lenehan on January 11, 2011 at 5:56pm —
An imaginary interaction with my mother in which she poses the point "I'm at the end of my life when I must look forward to meeting my maker and going to heaven, and you want to take that away from me?". In my mind I feel her agony at the thought of it all being a lie. I know this pain because I've felt it myself. It's not all that dissimilar from the feeling I had when my father came clean about Santa Claus. It's a let down to know it was just a big scam.
In my mind I attempt to… Continue
Added by Jessica Lenehan on January 11, 2011 at 5:53pm —