As an atheist I've long attempted to put myself in the mindset of a true believer. I can't seem to do it. In my adult life I've never ascribed to a belief system that relied solely on self-justifying ideology, detached from rational proof, based entirely on the folktales of primitive peoples. I can understand academically that people can believe so strongly in invisible forces that they're willing to kill and die for them. The lesson of history is clear on this point. But it used to be couldn't… Continue
According to a recent cover story of New Scientist, the way the human brain is wired makes us religious or very prone to imagine higher powers. And when we look at history, the birth of animistic faiths like Voodoo, Shinto and early European ancestor and spirit worship, there seems to be something to it. When we're trying to make sense of something we don't understand, we like to use magical explanations.
If the writer of the article tried to explore history and the evolution of… Continue
Added by Greg F. on February 10, 2009 at 7:01pm —
The Freedom From Religion Foundation's new billboards praising Darwin are up and one is about 15 minutes away from me. The local paper had an editorial opinion piece about it calling the FFRF a "gloating winner" and that putting the billboard in Dover was obnoxious and rude.
Ross Douthat of the Atlantic needs to rethink his line of attack when he goes after the atheist menace on his blog. Why? Because when facing people asking for empiricism and tangible evidence, focusing on probability and unconvincing recounts of things like personal experiences just doesn't work. His first instance of completely missing the point was in his invocation of the Pope in a post about the atheist bus campaign he labeled "anti-theist" in a case study of a poisoning the well… Continue
Added by Greg F. on February 2, 2009 at 12:20am —
I found this today as I was looking for some paperwork. It is a position paper from a History class I wrote sometime last year. Just some food for thought.
What good is History? (A question proposed by Dr. McGee)
This is a simple question, with a complex answer. History means something different to all. History can be something spiritual, rhetorical, and sometimes literal. It is difficult to know who we are until we know who we have been. We all need a sense of beginning.… Continue
christianity drives me nuts. I find it to be reprehensible in most aspects but here are a few issues that top my list at the moment. Please feel free to add to the list, and to include islam and any other religion. I found it overwhelming to even get as far as I did. It's rather depressing how evil it all is. See the list at HDC along with links.
Have a great day, my… Continue
In May of last year, the director of the Vatican Observatory, Father Gabriel Funes, attracted a few sideways glances after he said that not only could intelligent aliens exist on other worlds but they would be free from original sin since there’s nothing in the Bible about aliens eating the forbidden fruit. But while his article in a Vatican newspapers has been published as an novel oddity, does it represent a future trend of religious institutions rushing to make a definitive statement on… Continue
This is a post from my popular science blog, Weird Things which I thought would be of interest to Atheist Nexus's community since I'm trying to summarize the atheist/agnostic stance on life and provide a rebuttal to the theist charge that atheists and agnostics are angry and bitter because we have a very limited worldview. Here's the post in its entirety...
I periodically get asked why I write about creationism and creationists and try to use a scientific battering ram on people who… Continue
A pivotal change in history was made in the USA today. A man of mixed race and skin color has been elected as President.
In his inaugural speech the new President acknowledged not only the racial mix of the nation, but the religious mix as well. This included reference to the presence of citizens with no religious beliefs.
In this inauguration the racial mix of the US Nation was acknowledged and peoples of various racial lines and mixtures were given pride of place and… Continue
If only one side can win, and God is the one who chooses the winner, why play at all?
Sports. A big part of our society. Especially in school. Weather it is Grade School, or Junior High , High School, College or Professional Sports.
Now, before the sporting event, a lot of the teams or individual players pray or have a group prayer. There have been some court cases on this matter dealing with schools. Well that’s not what… Continue
Now by the title I know what many of you are thinking. The difference in beliefs of the religious and evolutionists. Well not tonight. I have had my rant tonight so I'm going to convey what I believe and has evidence to substantiate this claim.
I personally believe that religion is a human evolutionary trait. If one believes in natural selection and survival of the fittest then we can move on from there. Well lets first consider the human mind. The human mind is so complex even in… Continue
The atrocity going on in the Gaza Strip is a prime example of the poison of religion. The death toll is now over 600 including civilians. This is all because of a disagreement of religion. They want this 'sacred' plot of land. We're talking about the massacre of children in a UN school and blatant disregard for 'collateral damage'. People are losing their homes, families and lives over this trivial medieval idea of god. I know its asking a lot but it would be nice for these blind, brainless… Continue
I am finally getting around to telling of how my atheism came to be. I guess it really did begin as a child. I must admit though that I have grown up in church surroundings and have not been an atheist all my life (or maybe I subconciously have been). I was christened as an infant in to the Catholic church, attended pre-school at a church, and have attended many churches growing up. I think I was more in love with the buildings and the architecture than god, or the idea of god. I think I just… Continue