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At 8:00am on September 19, 2014, Channon Booth said…

Thanks Terry! I will explore the many groups this weekend. One thing I am trying to find and have not found thus far, is a group for atheist parents. My daughter can't seem to figure out why so many of the kids at her new school are always talking about who's going to hell! :) Maybe I will find a group like that here. Thanks for the info!

Best,

Channon

At 1:29am on September 19, 2014, JanBodh said…
Thanks for welcome
At 10:20am on September 12, 2014, Bertold Brautigan said…

Thanks for the friend request, Dr. Meaden.

At 6:21pm on September 10, 2014, thaRev said…

Cheers Doc I'm looking forward to it ;-)

At 12:56am on September 10, 2014, SANJAY SHESHARAO INGLEY said…

thanx a millions to make me a part of this....discussion

At 7:00pm on September 9, 2014, Angelique Blackmon said…
Thank you for the outstanding welcome
At 3:06am on August 27, 2014, Gia said…

Thanks Terence !!

At 4:54pm on August 25, 2014, Ian Bowes said…

Thanks for the invite Terence, much appreciated! I was a bit unsure as to the sort of group I'd be interested in joining, and your ORIGINS group seems to fit the bill as a good place to start.

At 7:14pm on August 21, 2014, unrealdummy said…

Thanks for the welcome! I'm glad to be here.

At 6:44pm on August 21, 2014, Debbie Short said…
Thank you!
At 8:28pm on August 20, 2014, Tara Toleman said…

Thanks!  I'm excited about being on the site!!  I'm looking for a community of people that share the idea that you can be good and ethical without any kind of god.  I just can't stand the holier-than-thou church people that constantly say everything is in god's plan.  My mom has been sick and suffering for the past 20 years....how exactly is *that* a good plan???  I love to hear them try to rationalize it.  

Ok, off my soapbox, haha.  Thanks for the welcome.  I look forward to many good discussions!

Tara 

At 7:39pm on August 19, 2014, brad webb said…

Thank you

Brad

At 4:09pm on August 17, 2014, Mike N said…
Thank you for welcoming me! I will try and visit the links you referenced ASAP!
At 4:00pm on August 13, 2014, Dex Flett said…

Hi, Terence,

Thank you for the welcome. I shall take your advice and check out all the groups as soon as possible. Peace and love to you and yours.

At 1:15pm on August 13, 2014, Phillip Woon said…

Thank you Dr. Meaden

At 11:26am on August 13, 2014, Frank said…

Thanks all for the greetings. While I don't have much time for blogging, I'll try to participate as much as possible. I'm a very big believer in the idea of promoting a more intelligent society, one based on rational thought and skepticism. 

At 9:24pm on August 6, 2014, Russell Moore said…
Thank you Dr. Weaden! I'm glad to be here, I have yet had the chance to look around here to much, I do plan on it though. I appreciate your warm welcome and suggestions.
At 8:07pm on August 5, 2014, C.J. said…

Thank you for the warm welcome.  I will definitely join the group you suggested. 

At 7:01pm on August 5, 2014, glenn hood said…

TERRY,

       THANKS FOR YOUR WELCOMING GREETING .  I  LOOK FORWARD TO JOINING THE  ORIGINS  DISCUSSIONS  ;  THOUGH I SEE IN THE TOPICS WE ARE DRAWN INTO MORE DISCUSSIONS OF THE FANTASIES OF THE SUPERSTITION CULTS .  ITS A BIT LIKE  ROUND EARTH  PROPONENTS  DISCUSSING THE TYPES OF DRAGONS AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD AND WHETHER YOU  FALL DOWN OR GET INVERTED AS YOU GO OFF THE EDGE .

        I HAVE JUST SEEN A DR ON CNN SAYING HE WAS AT A CLINIC WITH 1 OTHER DR .  HE APPARENTLY  SURVIVED  EBOLA .  HE ATTRIBUTES HIS RECOVERY TO ASPIRIN AND PRAYER .  HE CALLED IT A MIRACLE .  I SUGGEST HE HAS A GENETICLY SUPERIOR  IMMUNE SYSTEM FOR EBOLA .   THE CDC SHOULD PRESERVE HIS BLOOD AND SEED AS A HEDGE AGAINST  A PANDEMIC . OR THE GATES' FOUNDATION MIGHT CONSIDER FINANCING A PROGRAM  WHERE  HE WOULD FATHER SEVERAL HUNDRED CHILDREN ON ALL CONTINENTS  AS ONE EFFORT AGANST EXTINCTION .  

At 10:05am on July 28, 2014, Martin A. Moe, Jr said…

Terry,

Thanks for the warm welcome. I’m sure I’ll find AN interesting and educational, and I hope I can contribute something as well.

I recall when I was about 15, that was in 1952, walking home at night along a lonely stretch of railroad track and looking up at the dark, star filled sky and wondering about the who, why and what of God. Even at that young age I did not believe everything that I was taught, especially things that did not make sense to me. WWII was still fresh in current memory, and Christianity and Judaism were topics of conversation and concern, and the role and activity of a supernatural creator God was the drumbeat of church and Sunday school What made the most sense to me on that night was that the God and religion that I knew at that time seemed most likely to be the invention of humanity rather than a supernatural creation of God. Nothing that the pastor said or that was taught in Sunday school contradicted my thoughts, I had no supernatural visitation by holy spirits or angels and what I learned in science classes over the years cemented my early opinion that religion was of human origin. Religion and humanity has always been a topic of great interest and concern to me.

Now in my later years, I am putting much of my thoughts into writing. I have one book that will soon be published as a free ebook. I’m not fully competent with internet forum conventions , haven’t done a lot of that, so I’m not sure of what is allowed and what is not, I guess it varies. But I would like to offer the book to get opinions and feedback and this may be a good place to do so. I’m not sure if I can put the following into a post, and if so where should it be put.

Martin

 

 

Despite rejection and even persecution It is very important for nontheists to think, study, and write with reason and purpose about the folly and absurdity of historical and present day religion. It is also important to do this by planting a seed, and not by trying to cut down a forest with a chain saw.

Exposing religion as irrational figments of ancient and current human imaginations that attempt to fulfill a desire to extend life into supernatural realms is, basically, a quixotic quest. Despite the sheer illogical and unfounded beliefs that compose religion, and the blatant extortion of money, talent, worship, coercion, and worse, that supports religious organizations, people still flock to the star, the cross, and the crescent. When confronted with the irrationality of supernatural beliefs, some choose not to think it through, and for cultural reasons, maintain a mental curtain of acceptance of belief knowing that rejection of religious belief would result, at best, in expulsion from the community that supports their life and family. Others vehemently reject the reality that observation, analysis, and reason provide; and give credence and voice to irrational, erroneous, and impossible explanations that confirm their emotion based supernatural beliefs.

It is usually, almost always, counterproductive to rail against a strongly held emotional belief with negativity and derision despite the rationality of the argument. Although it is necessary and essential to argue with reason and science against illogical belief, it would be good to have a positive alternative that may lessen the the loss of an impossible, eternal, supernatural existence. I have made an attempt at doing this. I wrote a small book, about 40,000 words, titled “Preserving the Essence of Human Life”, soon to be published as a free ebook. If you have an interest, send me a request and I would be happy to email a PDF of the book.

keysmmoe@gmail.com

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