Say there’s a young child, 4 or 5, who believes in Santa Claus. Her parents cultivate the belief, provide the props and stories, and the kid’s friends support the myth. Then the parents drop the bomb – there’s no Santa! The magical reindeer, Rudolph, the elves, all of it, it’s all a made-up story! The kid might be crushed, but their honest revelation is a vital step toward the child’s separation from her parents and their authority. It’s a step that moves her toward the dismissal of childhood… Continue
Added by Lori Stephens on November 15, 2008 at 10:58am —
In 1896 a man by the name of John Denham Parsons wrote a book on the history of the cross. Since he had been a young man several questions regarding the cross had puzzled him and when he was older he determined to try and and answer them for himself.
The first of those questions was why John the Baptist, who was beheaded before Jesus was executed, and so far as we are told never had anything to do with a cross, is represented in religious pictures as holding a cross.
Added by Crystal Shard on November 12, 2008 at 8:30am —
from my site, thegoodatheist.net
I’ve written on the subject of an organized atheist movement for years now. The responce so far, overwhelmingly from many atheists, is that such a movement would violate the notion that atheism is not a religion, but rather a particular viewpoint about the non existence God. Over this same period of time, however, a number of individuals have emailed me… Continue
Added by The Good Atheist on November 11, 2008 at 4:23pm —
These are two pieces based on related thoughts written at different times quite some time ago... probably between 1.5 and 3 years ago. So it seems that the time is near... it feels good to finally be a proud
We need social reconstruction. I won’t even talk of reform, for it seems to imply that the current state of being is salvageable. While not all is bad in the current state, it will be easier to destroy what we have and build… Continue
Added by AYFABTU on November 5, 2008 at 2:37am —
Added by Curtis Edward Clark on November 2, 2008 at 1:49pm —
I've written just a few editorials about subjects relevant to atheists for publication on Associated content but they seem to get a huge response. Some of the discussions in their comments are more entertaining than the articles themselves!
I was a little afraid to post anything that made it clear I'm an atheist for fear of getting bashed, possibly physically again but I went ahead and started doing so about a year ago on another site. I've gotten plenty of nasty pm's and emails but… Continue
Added by Kylyssa Shay on October 28, 2008 at 2:30pm —
Is religion a parasitic meme or is it a cultural adaptation?
The divide on the question of the naturalistic origins of religion is between the adaptationists and the by-product theorists. The adaptationists are led by David Sloan Wilson and Jonathan Haidt, while Daniel Dennett is the major proponent of the religion-as-a-by-product hypothesis. In this post, I outline the issue briefly and mention some implications of these ideas.
The application of evolutionary theory to… Continue
Added by Ajita Kamal on October 26, 2008 at 9:30pm —
In the past, the only information people had access too was the story’s and ides of the people around them. Whit the advent of the printing press people now has access to information in the books they could get ahold of but there access to information was still limited and most would never leave there town or city. People had no information on where the world came from, where humanity came from why people got sick, what lightening was and why it strikes where it strikes. They had no… Continue
Added by Lone Wolf on October 25, 2008 at 11:05pm —
Religion is so influential that even atheists talk about marriage as though it was normal. I've added some more details to the main page of AtheistInsurgency.com
and in the process began to think about why government has such a strong hand in marriage.
Marriage is a religious institution, is not congruent with nature, allows the government to apply privileges and penalties to married couples that unmarried individuals would not… Continue
Added by Atheist Insurgency on October 25, 2008 at 2:35pm —
WHAT IS A SCIENTIST, A SINCERE AND GENUINE SCIENTIST?
This question about scientists arises whenever there are people hoping to claim that science and religion can be compatible. Most such commentators get the matter entirely wrong.
Obviously to start with, a minimum requirement is that for somebody to be considered as even a candidate to be a scientist he or she must have had adequate scientific training OR scientific experience to a suitably high level maintained for a… Continue
Added by Dr. Terence Meaden on October 15, 2008 at 5:30pm —
Added by V1ktor on September 30, 2008 at 12:02am —
I had an unusual interview two weeks ago.
I sleep through most media interviews now, since the questions tend to be the same, and in about the same order: Tell me a little about your book, Why do nonreligious parents need their own separate resource, How do you deal with moral development, How can you help kids deal with death without an afterlife, Isn't it important to believe in something greater than ourselves,
Before I know it, I'm being thanked for a… Continue
Added by Dale McGowan on September 25, 2008 at 12:17pm —
I've got to write it. It's been a full day since Saturday when I made a mistake. This isn't to imply that it's the only mistake I've made since then, this account is just the mistake at the forefront of my weekend.
I will let you guys know upfront that this isn't a complete record. The conversation lasted hours on and off. I'll just hit the highlights and give my thoughts.
It all began innocently enough Friday night. I also belong to another networking website called… Continue
Added by Roger Rotge on September 22, 2008 at 9:32pm —
One of the common worries I hear from religious commentators about nonreligious people is the absence of a solid, reliable, unchanging moral compass. Lacking that...why, folks could make up the rules as they go along.
I've written about this nonsense before ("The red herring of relativism," July 8, 2007),
so I won't go too deep into the silly idea that moral relativism follows from the absence of religious… Continue
Added by Dale McGowan on September 14, 2008 at 3:00pm —
"I was thrown out of college for cheating on the metaphysics exam; I looked into the soul of the boy next to me."
"Hearing nuns' confessions is like being stoned to death with popcorn."
"In the beginning there was nothing and God said 'Let there be light', and there was still nothing but everybody could see it."
"If absolute power corrupts… Continue
Added by Valles Marineris on September 6, 2008 at 11:04pm —
Humans have flawed systems of perception and attention. It is little wonder that many of the leaders in the skeptical / freethought movement are current or former magicians (e.g., James Randi, Penn Jillette & Teller, Richard Wiseman, D.J. Grothe, etc.), because magicians capitalize on the vulnerabilities of human perception and attention.
There are several examples of ways our senses can be fooled, but optical illusions are perhaps the easiest to display on the… Continue
Added by NH Baritone on September 4, 2008 at 7:12am —
My blog is called Dubiosity
, and you can find it at dubiosity.net
On it, you'll find my writings about various topics, like atheism, religion, science, politics, medicine, space, and whatever else I find interesting.
Added by Bevans on September 3, 2008 at 10:00pm —
For the first time since jumping off the fence I have been tempted... at www.spiritualhumanism.org apparently you can be ordained as a member of the Spiritual Humanist clergy with only one requisite, agreeing to the following statement Religion must be based on Reason
Spiritual Humanism defines itself as a religion based on the ability of human beings to solve the problems of society using logic and science. Furthermore, the site goes on to explain how Spiritual Humanism… Continue
Added by Rosa on September 3, 2008 at 7:00pm —
Today, in the liberally minded England, a Manchester Crown Court jury found a Muslim man guilty of child abuse. Not that unusual....except that the abuse was a religious rite!
I don't think that anyone needs comment that this is real justice, and a real precedent establishing some of the criminal acts that religions have been able to get away with.
Thumbs up to that jury, even though I am sure that at least half of them were just Muslim hating Christians...at least they… Continue
Added by Tex on August 28, 2008 at 5:26pm —
I was raised (loosely) as a Roman Catholic. I went to a Catholic comprehensive school in London on the weekdays and church on Sundays. Well, most Sundays. One time I snuck away with my brother and we bought comic books with the collection money. That was more fun than church! But over time I have become an atheist. As I grow older and spend more time thinking about life, I cannot bring myself to stay religious. The more I think about it, the less I am able to buy into… Continue
Added by Buford Twain on August 26, 2008 at 3:28am —