Violence after violence impacted my development. Those episodes developed defenses in me and impacted the ways I think and feel and act. Why? Who benefited by the violence? Who paid the price for each experience? Do other families have such memories? What makes a family healthy?
I am a citizen of the United States of America, a questioner, doubter, thinker, dreamer, visionary. I know the feeling of fear and helplessness.… Continue
Added by Joan Denoo on June 15, 2014 at 3:38pm —
I must apologize up front for the length of this article. Although it is long, it contains a list of book I've encouraged my sons to read and so far they have done as I asked. I don't know where any of them stand spiritually, but I know that none of them attend church or… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on May 1, 2014 at 5:30pm —
Added by Edward Teach on April 10, 2014 at 8:36am —
I have been often troubled by the many mortal human attitudes and behaviors many different deities have taken on in various holy texts. Petty emotions like jealously, bigotry, hate, anger, and lust, to name a few. All of these… Continue
Added by Amanda Ashcraft on February 13, 2014 at 9:59pm —
If you haven’t read the recent Daily Mail piece by A.N. Wilson, I would recommend you do so to follow along with what I am about to go on about. Some of you might already be familiar with his emotional appeal drivel for Christ and might be able to save yourself the agony of reading more of his… Continue
Added by Amanda Ashcraft on February 4, 2014 at 4:00pm —
Many of the basic principles that guide human behavior rest on the idea of free will, like the concept of individual responsibility and choices.
Free will is an important concept that affects a variety of serious thought. Legally it is assumed criminals have a choice in committing a crime, but science shows… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on August 29, 2013 at 6:40pm —
I don't agree to religion. It proves to be a great hindrance for anyone who would like to make strides in progressing forward.
If you think that you need to belief in a deity and a constructed set of beliefs passed down from history to pave you a path for self-control, then you're one of those people very frail of mind...something that you straight-away deny from the very start.
Religion can and will be criticized for any problems and wrongs that it contains. To consider it as… Continue
Added by Zohaib Javed on April 30, 2013 at 10:30am —
I need your help and advice.
Awhile ago I heard about Seth Andrews' $30,000 Atheist Charity Drive. Before that I had heard about the Foundation Beyond Belief and other pre-existing secular charities.
While thinking about this, an idea entered my mind. Why not reach out to… Continue
Added by Godless Poutine on May 8, 2012 at 6:06am —
I could not sleep last night for thinking of Steve Jobs and how many ways he impacted my life. I bought the second Mac in 1984 and never looked back. As a corporate psychologist I have always been in awe of his clean thinking, his way to finding the essence of an idea, his simplicity. I watched how so many criticized his every move and innovation, even as those innovations were blowing away the competition. I love his quote, "Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid… Continue
Added by Darrel Ray on October 6, 2011 at 8:30am —
A fellow "heathen" forwarded this article to me from a Christian web site. It seems there are concerns among the religious that the internet is allowing non-theist people to connect, spreading critical thinking and skepticism that could be eroding away at the growth of Christianity among the younger members of our society (as if that was a bad thing ;-)). … Continue
Added by Mike Haynes on August 24, 2011 at 11:40am —
The Thinking Atheist is a You Tube channel, personality and podcast offering the best in deconstruction of religion. You should go.
Thinking Atheist 1
Fanfarlo * Harold T Wilkins, Or How to Wait a Very Long Time
Eric Swan * Lightly Amusing
Thinking Atheist 2
Satanic Puppeteer Orchestra * I Can't Go for That
Added by Rev Hellbound Alleee on May 29, 2011 at 1:51pm —
I don’t usually bring up my being diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome in conversation. It’s distinct from autism by the lack of language development problems as well as the patient being able to function better in society, thus why it is also sometimes called high functioning… Continue
Added by Jared Sloan Cowan on May 27, 2011 at 11:40pm —
There is a view that is widely held in the atheist community that atheists are critical thinkers, freethinkers, scientifically minded, sensible people who are both liberated from taboo and practical, down-to-earth pragmatists.
This is complete and utter horseshit. It can be true. In my experience though, many atheists are just Continue
people with one less stupid idea than theists. I admit that when I came…
Added by Gary Connolly on August 12, 2010 at 8:00am —
"Without GOD there would not be any real logic, reason or science, In fact there wouldn't be a Donald Barbera (me) in this worlds age!! I'm not trying to change anybody's mind, each person sails his own ship and if he/she wants to sail it to… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on May 19, 2010 at 11:51am —
Again, apologies for just posting the link, but I like to add silly pictures and things like that to my blog post, and I also like the traffic to my site. So here is Part 2: http://larianlequella.com/2009/03/three-simple-words-pt-2.shtml
Don't think there will be any more parts unless I have a brainstorm.
Added by Larian LeQuella on March 13, 2009 at 11:38pm —
Give me the fruitful error any time, full of seeds, bursting with its own corrections. You can keep your sterile truth for yourself.
Economist VILFREDO PARETO
, referring to the errors of Kepler
In 1847, around the time Pareto was conceived, an obstetrician by the name of Ignaz Semmelweis noticed that pregnant women in his hospital were much more likely to die if their babies were delivered by doctors than by… Continue
Added by Dale McGowan on December 23, 2008 at 9:28am —
By Dale McGowan
Excerpted from Parenting Beyond Belief
One of the questions that came up in the Austin Q&A was the Santa thing -- and it's so clearly in the air, from Friendly Atheist to Rational Moms, that I can't even wait 'til Wednesday… Continue
Added by Dale McGowan on December 16, 2008 at 11:00am —
There are certain words that should be avoided by atheists, rationalists and free thinkers in their writings and conversations. They can, however, be frequently found in the writings of theists, the irrational and those who prefer not to think. (Yes, the headline was meant to be ironic and sarcastic.)
This isn’t meant to be an exhaustive list. I’m simply suggesting the most common words I encounter in religious and philosophical discussions. They reflect a certainty about reality… Continue
Added by Jack Carlson on October 18, 2008 at 6:26pm —
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 —
by Dale McGowan, author/editor, Parenting Beyond Belief
[Back to Part 1
We’d had the conversation before, but this time a new dawning crossed Laney’s face.
“Sweetie, what is it?” I asked.
She began the deep, aching cry that accompanies her saddest realizations, and… Continue
Added by Dale McGowan on August 20, 2008 at 10:30am —