I'm in discussions with Theists who are in constant denial of Science that goes anywhere near not supporting their Faith.
They claim to understand science and the findings of scientists, accept health warnings and findings in Cosmology and Geology, but only up to where the sciences don't interfere with their faith.
Once there is conflict with faith, they completely deny and deride scientific findings.
Now we know that Genesis and the… Continue
Added by Dyslexic's DOG on September 16, 2014 at 10:24pm —
Each one of you, Loren, Pat, Bertold, and Daniel, and others on this Atheist Nexus site are such decent men and women, full of experiences from life, and a healthy quality of skepticism. You see the cons of religious dogma and the terrible things people do in the name of their gods. We all know the good that religion has done, however, that does not mitigate the injury that is made possible through dogma. I feel distress when moderate religious remain silent in the face of atrocities done in… Continue
Added by Joan Denoo on September 15, 2014 at 2:26pm —
This is excerpt #16 from The Reason Revolution: Atheism, Secular Humanism, and the Collapse of Religion, a short, FREE e-book available at Smashwords, Goodreads, and Amazon.
Readers are invited to post online reviews at the download… Continue
Added by DAN DANA on September 10, 2014 at 10:05am —
Ran across an interesting article on Patheos titled Religion and Violence by Keith Parsons
He walks through some supposed benefits of religion like community, social coherence, a personal sense of meaning, answers, and salvation, and then outlines the consequences of strongly held belief in these things. He notes that Religion only becomes a potentially dangerous force when people take it seriously.…
Added by Bertold Brautigan on September 7, 2014 at 6:35pm —
This is excerpt #14 from The Reason Revolution: Atheism, Secular Humanism, and the Collapse of Religion, a short, FREE e-book available at Smashwords, Goodreads, and Amazon.
Readers are invited to post online reviews at the download… Continue
Added by DAN DANA on September 6, 2014 at 12:26pm —
I can remember the voice of Frank Sinatra from back when I was a kid. My father wasn't quite a fan, but he had more than a couple albums which got played regularly and which I can still recall in my head when I want to. Certainly, Ol' Blue Eyes was a vocal technician of the first water. His intonation, treatment of even the simplest phrase, breath control and overall execution place him deservedly in a rarefied atmosphere shared with a scant few other artists, and that by itself is… Continue
Added by Loren Miller on September 4, 2014 at 7:19am —
Now that my Grandmother Fish Kickstarter is over (and successful!), I've restarted my blog, Atheist Sunday School. Yesterday's post was about the books I've read that treat religion as a social rather than metaphysical phenomenon. What do Haidt, de Botton, Wade, Wilson, Greene, Wright and others say about religion, especially any social benefits it may… Continue
Added by Jonathan Tweet on September 1, 2014 at 11:41am —
We now face a new menace in the Mideast: a body of fanatics (armed with weapons we left) who will kill anybody who gets in the way of their turning the clock back to 1500. They're openly threatening the US.
Once again politicians dance around the real problem. It's not terrorism. It's not even Dubya's "evildoers."
No public figure has the guts to call the enemy by its real name: RELIGION. A vicious, ineradicable set of shared beliefs that is responsible for 90% of the… Continue
Added by Alan Perlman on August 28, 2014 at 2:30pm —
It seems over the last decade we have more things to be afraid of.
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
Added by Amanda Ashcraft on August 17, 2014 at 9:30pm —
God of the gaps means whenever you cannot explain some thing then "god did it." I know of no other thinking process, except superstition, to define it.
Science is all we have. All of life, indeed, all of the universe is so complex we can’t possibly know all the answers. We can observe and describe and think and still we don't have all the answers; we may never know them. It is to rationalize to say “god did it”! How do you… Continue
Added by Joan Denoo on August 15, 2014 at 7:55am —
I recently signed up to volunteer for 'Recovering from Religion.' http://recoveringfromreligion.org/
I had to furnish contact information for two individuals.
My perspective is that religion causes people to suffer in a variety of ways, and I'm trying to reduce that suffering.
Added by Andrew Bradford Hoke on August 10, 2014 at 12:36pm —
The right to own slaves runs deeply in our history, creates traditions that benefit some while harming others. The moral teaching of the bible supports slavery in both the old and new version. To pretend that christianity supported abolition of slavery is to deny history and delude oneself into thinking that the scriptures are a fit place upon which to build… Continue
Added by Joan Denoo on August 8, 2014 at 10:31am —
This is excerpt #3 from The Reason Revolution: Atheism, Secular Humanism, and the Collapse of Religion, a short, FREE e-book available at Smashwords, Goodreads, and Amazon.
Readers are invited to post online reviews at the download site. … Continue
Added by DAN DANA on August 3, 2014 at 4:00pm —
There is nothing more aggravating than being in the middle of a discussion about the parameters of what constitutes a God, and another atheist in the discussion says to you,”You are being intellectually dishonest by saying deities absolutely do not exist.… Continue
Added by Amanda Ashcraft on August 1, 2014 at 6:11am —
The usual way of creating a myth is very straightforward: You simply take an entity as it has come to be defined in ordinary experience and grandly alter some of its basic attributes to remove its limitations.
In Christianity, for example, the god myth was created by… Continue
Added by Joseph Hilton on July 20, 2014 at 10:15am —
As you are well aware, I express my thoughts and feelings as honestly as I can, and it gets me into more problems than need to occur. In my 78 years of living, I gained nothing by remaining silent in face of what confronts me. I paid a terrible price for remaining silent when I should have screamed at the top of my lungs, and sadly, my kids paid the price for my cowardice.
I don’t mean to imply that remaining silent is cowardice in all… Continue
Added by Joan Denoo on July 18, 2014 at 9:07am —
I was just pondering the above question when you hear people accusing non believers of having science as their religion. A patently ridiculous notion but I think it would be amusing to list our gods (heroes) and how the list is constantly growing or being eliminated as we learn more.
And is there a single book or even one pure science example?
So many heroes that we could be accused of worshipping or should that be honouring?
Aristotle,Socrates,Newton,Dawkins, Darwin,… Continue
Added by Christopher Cosgrove on June 3, 2014 at 9:12am —
There is nothing that is too obvious of an absurdity to be firmly planted in the human head as long as you begin to instill before the age of five by constantly repeating it with an air of great seriousness.
– Arthur Schopenhauer
Followers of the riveting “Zachary’s Brain” series of posts will know that the narrative is not a Gothic horror tale…but something that is just as disturbing: resisting the religious programming of a child.
His step-mother,… Continue
Added by Alan Perlman on May 16, 2014 at 1:00pm —
““All religions are the same. Religion is basically guilt, with different holidays.”
"Praying is like a rocking chair. It’ll give you something to do, but it won’t get you anywhere.”
Gypsy Rose Lee
Church signs are a never-ending source of wonder and speculation for us humanists: assuming that there is nowadays an endless source of them (the Internet assures an endless supply of… Continue
Added by Alan Perlman on May 9, 2014 at 8:43pm —
Imagine the religious principles which have, in fact, prevailed in the world. You will scarcely be persuaded that they are anything but sick men’s dreams.”
Psrt I: The Non-Event
Another Passover is upon us. I’ve said just about all I can say about this holiday when Jews celebrate their founding myth, the…
Added by Alan Perlman on April 18, 2014 at 7:30pm —