"Well aren't you just a big boy!" Continue
I'd just rang the door bell of the rather palatial corner lot's brick coated home a few seconds previous when I heard an elderly voice sounding rather enigmatic and enthusiastic,…
Added by Amanda Ashcraft on June 27, 2014 at 3:42pm —
A popular repost from the internet...but I have lived and learned all of these. Continue
It is in a way, my own Manifesto.
I believe --
.... that just because two people argue, it doesn't mean they don't love each other.
And just because they don't argue, it doesn't mean they do.
I believe --
....that we don't have to change friends if we understand that friends change.
I believe --…
Added by Scott Popejoy on July 26, 2010 at 10:00am —
Eight years ago, after quite a bit of scientific study and no small amount of soul-searching, I left the Christian Faith and began life anew as an atheist. My mother is, and probably always will be, crushed that I left, and is terrified of the prospect that I am (in her mind) going to burn in torment forever. Continue
Occasionally she expresses this hurt and fear to me. It runs so…
Added by Scott Popejoy on July 18, 2010 at 11:30pm —
When you sell a used car that is a known piece of junk to someone that doesn't know anything about cars, should you feel guilty? This would be a crime of taking advantage of another person's ignorance. But, what if this car were the car that Dale Earnhardt owned when he was in High School and you didn't know this was the case. Collectors of this 1952 Studebaker that was owned by a celebrity would pay 10 times what you received for the car. Should you have been more honest in your portrayal of… Continue
Added by Ron Miller on March 13, 2010 at 11:08am —
We have all been in church singing religious songs of some sort. Occasionally you may have thought about the words and realized how inane they are, or worse yet, how seriously wrong they are. For example, Amazing Grace. Sing the words a few bars and pretty soon you learn that you are a loser, you are lost, you are blind and your are totally guilty, and that is just the start. Why do churches sing such crazy things? It is directly related to the guilt cycle that facilitates religious infection… Continue
Added by Darrel Ray on March 2, 2009 at 8:56pm —
Going a slightly different direction; it is my observation that development of guilt in the child or young adult opens a portal for religious "guilt relief." There is a lot of evidence for this but one common theme is the many songs children learn in their religious training that involve guilt. "That saved a wretch like me." It appears to me that once the guilt "module" is installed in a child, the child can more easily be programmed with a religion - a religion that promises to assuage the… Continue
Added by Darrel Ray on February 4, 2009 at 8:06pm —
As a psychologist who interacts with fellow atheists, I think one area we could all take a look at is how much our current beliefs and behavior continue to be affected by early religious and superstitious training. Assumptions about relationships, human connection, and especially sexuality are often areas that, as people floating in the sea of religious paradigms, we may simply follow along without questioning. Examples might include feelings of guilt that may come from early religious… Continue
Added by Darrel Ray on February 3, 2009 at 7:38am —
I work at a little department store not too far away from my house and forgot to scan something that a lady was buying. Lucky for me, she caught my mistake and was really nice about correcting me. After I apologized, she waved it away and said "Don't worry about it.....God wouldn't have liked it"
I felt a rather large pang as I scanned and bagged her new purse. Then it hit me. When I bought "The Portable Atheist" I remembered that I hid it in its bag and covered the bag with my… Continue
Added by Jack on August 29, 2008 at 3:25am —