The development of complex languages, around 200,000 years ago, that can describe and pass on abstract thinking (like religious thought) has been likely the biggest force behind our cultural evolution, which has taken off exponentially since the first sentences were formed.
This use of language to describe complex and abstract notions sparked our cultural or cognitive evolution which recording in writing and now vocal/video/software has pushed along this exponential growth curve,… Continue
Added by Dyslexic's DOG on December 5, 2013 at 7:41pm —
In respose to a post about a pretty mediocre study of "types" of atheists (indeed all A/N belong to one of the six categories, antitheists," who regard religion as dangerous fantasy and warn of its many harms and evils), I posted the following categories of religous (non-)belief. Readers are welcome to contribute/commment.
(1) atheist/antitheist/"ignostic" (doesn't care, doesn't worry about it)
(1a) work in progress - trying to free oneself from… Continue
Added by Alan Perlman on July 13, 2013 at 7:30pm —
It's been a battle, having this as an identity. People think its a contradiction of terms. Atheist and Pagan, like the two can't coincide, like they are .... mutually exclusive or something. Well, I'm here to say they are not. Cause first off, no one said that being a pagan required you be a polytheistic believer or a wiccan dual theistic believer. There is no template, there is no dogma, there is no book except what you claim as your own. For me, being a pagan is… Continue
Added by Ronni on February 25, 2013 at 7:58am —
Some philosophers, such as Richard Swinburne have argued that there is evidence from fine tuning that the specific laws of physics that allow intelligent life forms to exist are so improbable that it is plausible that these laws were fine tuned by god in order that intelligent life forms could exist (Leslie, 1990). Swinburne argued that a good god would have particular reason to will that beings such as humans could come to exist, e.g. so that we could develop… Continue
Added by Scott McGreal on August 2, 2012 at 10:30pm —
Religious philosopher Richard Swinburne contends that the fact that the universe is actually explicable to human reason ‘points to the existence of a deity’.
As a thought experiment, imagine a universe that was not explicable to its inhabitants, where the reasons why things happened were completely opaque and not open to human understanding. People there might say that ‘God works in…
Added by Scott McGreal on August 2, 2012 at 10:00pm —
One of my kids asked me if I'm nonbeliever and of course, I asked, "A nonbeliever of what?" I wasn't trying to be flippant, but there are so many things not to believe in that it is difficult deciding where to start. Then I said, "I suppose you mean am I a nonbeliever in god?" That prompted a long discussion, but I think he understood when we finished talking.
He was trying to find a way of categorizing me to a few of his friends that read my books. I hadn't given it much thought,… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on July 25, 2012 at 9:08pm —
This topic is one I'm becoming more and more interested in. And it seems to be of interest to others too.
Miller McCune had an article in November (Distrust Feeds Anti-Atheist Prejudice) summarizing the findings of Will Gervais, Azim Shariff and Ara Norenzayan from a piece they published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology called "Do you believe in… Continue
Added by Joel Newton on January 10, 2012 at 11:08pm —
Please pardon the shameless self-promotion, but the video of my 1999 debate with Phil Fernandes on naturalism vs. theism was uploaded to YouTube some time… Continue
Added by jeff.lowder on December 5, 2011 at 1:18am —
Atheists are often portrayed as die hard believers in evolution, and atheism is quite often portrayed as being dependent upon believing in the validity of evolution. But you know what? Some people, such as myself, did not need to rely on Darwin to steer our courses off the path of religion and onto the path of reason.
The bible was not created by a god nor inspired by the word of any god. It was written by a number of people who tried…
Added by Brian Bridson on July 17, 2011 at 2:00pm —
Living in the small town area that I reside in and being a part of this still taboo minority can be rough sometimes but have no bearing on my social setting or comfort of the setting. I have noticed it depends on the people you are around and the atheist vs. theist ratio, you won't hear a lone christian argue with a room full of atheist for very long and (depending on the atheist) vice versa. But this isn't about argumentative bickering over who has the best idea, or just perhaps it never… Continue
Added by Jeffery Noble Zeckser on June 29, 2011 at 3:26am —
I was chatting earlier with a fellow atheist Tony and we got talking about the origins of religion. We covered quite a swathe of topics, and I thought I'd like to preserve this exchange. It starts with him reply to someone else comment about atheism, communism and Marx.Travis
Karl Marx called religion "the opiate…
Added by Richard Healy on August 12, 2010 at 5:00pm —
I believe the best way for me to "add content" is to present a portion from my book: "EVERY MAN AND WOMAN AN ISLAND, The Individual Human Being As PRIME In The Universe." (published by Trafford and listed on Amazon.) Then, periodically I could add additional portions pertinent to atheism (aka non-theism or anti-theism.) This first entry comes from chapter eight starting with a quote from novelist/philospher Ayn Rand, "Theism's myth declares that he ate of the fruit of the tree of knowledge--he… Continue
Added by robert a clapp on June 4, 2010 at 3:02pm —
I’m amazed and delighted at the many replies my column “Sick and tired of God-Stuff “ received. While I don’t want to gloss over the wonderful and much appreciated compliments from other non-believers, I found the replies from theists to be downright eye-opening in some cases. Continue
One prolific writer, Mr. BPE,…
Added by Carol Everhart Roper on May 13, 2010 at 2:00pm —
http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-44168-Philadelphia-Freethought-Examiner~y2010m5d11-Sick-and-tired-of-godstuff--an-open-letter-to-theistsFirst of all, I am an atheist.
Most likely one of the
most adamant atheists you’ll ever meet. Let’s talk about why, and what it is that’s got me completely fed up with a good… Continue
Added by Carol Everhart Roper on May 11, 2010 at 12:30pm —
Assert without evidence a rule about the physical universe. This rule is universal and unbreakable. Examples include, but are not limited to "everything in the universe requires a cause" or "everything that is complex requires a designer."
Assert without evidence a being who is exempt from the universal, unbreakable law you posited in step one. Examples… Continue
Added by Brian on April 6, 2010 at 4:30am —
Time and again theists present atheism as a ‘belief’ – reflecting the necessary ‘faith’ of their own standpoint. Aside from Sam Harris’s excellent point (‘Atheism is not a philosophy; it is not even a view of the world; it is simply an admission of the obvious. In fact, ‘atheist’ is a term that should not even exist. No one ever needs to identify himself as a ‘non astrologer’ or a ‘non-alchemist’.’), this raises a number of very important points.
1. Knowledge and ignorance. Atheists… Continue
Added by Sigmund on March 8, 2010 at 3:17pm —
I've been reading the post and discussion from Alber Crombie's discussion, "Are Theists Unnatural?
" with great interest. I started writing an entry to their discussion and found myself writing the proverbial War and Peace
in response. Rather than deluge their discussion with my… Continue
Added by Loren Miller on January 17, 2010 at 2:32pm —
Problem of evil debate - William Lane Craig vs Walter Sinnott-Armstrong
While preparing for the Problem of Evil course I'm now running, I found this debate between Craig and Sinnot-Armstrong above. And it seemed like two people arguing, one in English and the other in French.
Sinnot-Armstrong like any atheist argues from the primacy of the physical world. So suffering is extensive… Continue
Added by Alex McCullie on November 18, 2009 at 4:30am —
Well, there seems to be a new one every week, a Christian who claims atheism is a kind of faith. So let's parse this nonsense and explain again the chasm of distinction between belief and non-belief. (You'd think it would be so obvious they aren't the same thing, but you'd be surprised.)
Irish Times Op-Ed writer Breda O'Brien claims
Atheists often appeal to science to underwrite their disbelief, but the decision not to believe in God lies ultimately in the arena of gut… Continue
Added by Angie Jackson on July 25, 2009 at 11:14pm —
98% of theists (don't ask where I got those statistics. I don't know.) I've talked to for some reason think this is an end-all good argument, when it really is a poor one.
They usually start out by asking if you believe in good and evil. My answer is yes, with a but. Yes but...people aren't all good or evil. Good and evil are very vague and broad terms, especially the word good. The idea of Good and Evil isn't the same for all people, but generally most people living in the same place… Continue
Added by Hekate Moon on June 29, 2009 at 8:16pm —