All Blog Posts Tagged 'religion' (466)

Two Kinds of Non-Theists

There seem to be two kinds of non-theists. The first kind (type 1) are those who were raised that way. Their parents were not religious and didn’t teach or encourage religious participation. The second (type 2) are those who were infected early in life and had to endure religious indoctrination and intimidation through their most formative years.



These two groups often have difficulty understanding one another. Type 1 non-theists often think religion is just to obviously ridiculous… Continue

Added by Darrel Ray on April 21, 2009 at 3:00pm — 4 Comments

"Discrimination? Naw, God is just punishing you!"

This is some seriously messed up nonsense.

I found this on Postsecret today. It reads:

"A while back my husband renounced his religion Then he lost his job Now we are about to lose our house

and possibly our marriage

I wonder when he will see the connection?"
I can think of at least two reasons why this is bullshit.



First off: He could very well have lost his job due to (non)religious persecution.… Continue

Added by Becky Garcia on April 19, 2009 at 9:42pm — 8 Comments

Clarity

It has been said that “clarity is the enemy of wonder.”I disagree. In fact, I think just the opposite. Looking through the view finder of a camera causes you to scrutinize

the world around you in very small pieces. Do that long

enough and you begin to get a sense of how these pieces

fit together. There is a profound elegance to the simple logic

behind it all when seen through eyes unclouded by superstition and irrational “faith”.

Elaborate religious dogma and deep…
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Added by Stephen Van Tuyl on April 18, 2009 at 12:28am — 1 Comment

putting the christ back in christmas

I know that this is an old, tired, beaten to death topic. But, I can't think of anything else to write about. I do not understand why some people care so much that I celebrate the birth of Christ on Christmas as opposed to just getting in the holiday spirit by celebrating the Santa Clause part of Christmas. Why can't they just celebrate whatever they want, and let me celebrate whatever I want?



I mean, I read an essay on this by Ben Stein. In which he talked about how, even though… Continue

Added by homo sapien on April 5, 2009 at 9:28pm — 9 Comments

Arguments Against the Existence of God

Lots of folks like to assert that you cannot prove a negative, but this is a completely and obviously self-defeating position. We can prove that there are no cows in my apartment right now and that I cannot fly upwards at will or that there are no square circles. We might also point out that some of the most basic principles of logic are stated as negatives like the law of non-contradiction - No proposition can be both true and false at the same time and in the same respect. So, this leads me… Continue

Added by SkeptiChris on March 21, 2009 at 11:50am — 2 Comments

science says: abstinence-only education is a public health hazard

On his trip to Africa, Pope Benedict XVI declared that traditional Church teachings are the only failsafe way to prevent the spread of STIs. So I decided to take a look at what science has to say about it and found that not only is traditional abstinence-only education an abject failure (ex: 82% of virginity pledgers deny their pledge later and have just one less partner than non-pledgers), it's also dangerous to the public at large. (… Continue

Added by Greg F. on March 19, 2009 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

This is a response to the question,"What brought you to atheism?"

This was a question that I was asked by another recovering Ex Jehovah's Witness:



[QUOTE]

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 — No Comments

the religious mafia

There is a bit of schism, I believe, in the non-religious community. There are those who believe that the worst part of religions is the organization of them, the so-called "organized" religion. And then, there are people like me who believe that the worst part about religions is that they harbor irrational thought.



In my opinion, when you say that organized religion is bad, but that unorganized religion is just fine, or worse, good, then you are missing the point of what is at the… Continue

Added by homo sapien on March 12, 2009 at 12:00pm — 8 Comments

Sexual Control in Religion

Why is sexual control so important in most major religions? This is the subject of my next two videos. I just put up part 7 today and will get part 8 up soon. Sexual control is important to religions NOT to help people to control sex but to put them in a double bind - caught between powerful biological drives and teachings that appear to oppose those same drives. Sexual guilt must be taught/learned. There are cultures where sexual guilt is not experienced or is a very minor part. Food control,… Continue

Added by Darrel Ray on March 10, 2009 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

A Vacation Treasure (Religious Tract)

I was on vacation in Mexico last week at a great all-inclusive resort near Cozumel. During one visit to the restroom, I found a religious tract sitting on top of the urinal (clean and resting against the wall... not soaked!). I grab them whenever I find 'em because they're usually entertaining. I made a blog post about the whole thing on my site if you're interested in the amusement. :-)…



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Added by Dan Gilbert on March 9, 2009 at 12:22pm — No Comments

Examining the Secular - Latest Highlights

Hey gang, here are some highlights from my column at Examiner.com over the past week!



* I insist that it's okay to be judgmental about things really are bad

* I worry over… Continue

Added by Paul Fidalgo on March 7, 2009 at 7:49pm — No Comments

Best Practices 4: Teach engaged coexistence

Editor/author, Parenting Beyond Belief and Raising Freethinkers



Astrology survived Copernicus.



That's my simple response whenever someone suggests to me that science will eventually put religion out of business.



By all rights, astrology should have been forced out of business in 1543.… Continue

Added by Dale McGowan on March 5, 2009 at 9:00am — No Comments

The virgin Mary wasn't a virgin....

Taken from my blog:



Later this week my religion class is going to be "debating" whether or not Jesus was born of a virgin. I of course am going to say he wasn't, and as practice thought I'd run through my reasons here.



What I think it comes down to is probability. Which is a more probable explanation for crop circles?



A) Aliens with super advanced technology that allows them to travel MILLIONS of light years… Continue

Added by Dustin Sanders on March 2, 2009 at 12:59pm — 9 Comments

Phone Call with religious mother

So last night(march 1st), I received a call from my dad and all we talked about was how school was going for me and just life on campus.



He then handed his phone to my mom, who sooner or later asked me if I had been going to church. Mind, you my parents don't know I'm an atheist per say, but I've given them hints that I don't like church (Not getting up to give money during 'offering time'). I'm usually on the phone for about 3-5 minutes with my parents, but this time was… Continue

Added by Ida on March 2, 2009 at 12:30am — 5 Comments

The bullshit idea of a "Secular society" in America

Taken from my blog:



I hear the phrase “secular society” thrown around a lot. Usually the people I hear using it are saying it with a tone of disgust in their voice, as if the secular society was keeping their religion from breathing easy, free from scrutiny or any kind of restraints.



So what exactly is a secular society? Well when I asked google to define it, all it did… Continue

Added by Dustin Sanders on February 24, 2009 at 2:44am — 3 Comments

Is Rupert Murdoch God?

This section is gonna focus on a quintessential aspect of British culture but one that strangely but completely shares the same principles and creates the exact same negative sociological effects as…well, i’ll get to that later, but this blog is all about that Great British Icon…The Sun…that’s the newspaper, not the really hot planet…just so you know…good.



The Sun is quite an enigma really. It has the highest circulation of any Daily English language newspaper in the world. It has… Continue

Added by coughlan666 on February 21, 2009 at 10:01pm — 2 Comments

Pat Condell on Freedom from Islam

Pat Condell discusses freedom, sharia law, and liberal… Continue

Added by cj the cynic on February 21, 2009 at 7:32pm — 1 Comment

Atheist scholars believe in a historical Jesus???

I've been debating on and off with Christians in the blog of Rev. Brian Zahnd. Most recently I've been arguing with the Reverend himself in his post titled Knowing and Believing. In the comments following his post I mentioned that I didn't believe that a historical Jesus ever existed. Rev. Zahnd was shocked by my statement and claimed that he had never heard a single scholar make that… Continue

Added by DeafAtheist on February 21, 2009 at 12:00am — 13 Comments

Welcome to the light

Welcome to the light. This was a comment on my previous blog post (thanks, Felch). Reading this, I thought I'd share my coming out story.



A year ago I was a religious nut. Not totally insane/loopy... simply Pagan. I knew evolution was real, I knew magick didn't work unless you used it to change yourself, I loved science, I loved questioning how things worked. I was down to earth, I believed in following a mundane path if it existed and only turned to magickal means or divine… Continue

Added by Kristine Robinson on February 19, 2009 at 9:36am — 10 Comments

Ray's Nonsense

"...But if you want everlasting life, that’s a completely different issue, and that’s where Christianity is unique. Almost all religions are what are called “works righteousness” religions. By that I mean they maintain that you have to do something to merit salvation (eternal life). However, Christianity says that we can’t do that because we are criminals in God’s eyes, who have seriously violated His Law. That means that anything we try and do to please God (fasting, praying, etc.) are not… Continue

Added by Kristine Robinson on February 18, 2009 at 7:26pm — 9 Comments

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