I was TOTALLY talking about Alice Roberts! Who else? That woman puts the sexy in science! She's my second favorite presenter of natural history right behind Sir Attenborough.
Thanks so much for the links. I fully embraced Atheism less than a year ago and feel like I'm so behind what everyone else knows. I'm getting pissed about old arguments that have been debunked. I know now it's probably because they keep drumming up the same old stuff. Kinda feels like y'all left on the bus already and I'm running behind like Grandpa Simpson saying "Wait for me!" I feel like I'm evolving pretty quickly, but it's all so overwhelming coming from a christian background. So glad Hemant Mehta had an add for Nexus on his blog. I know we're all out there on the internet, but having our own community makes it feel more solid, ya' know?
Hey Bryan, Sorry for the late reply (things have been mad my end recently!) I am so so sorry to hear that some of your family cut you off, that is terrible. It must have been so hard for you. I really don't understand how family could put their beliefs before people they love, but I guess it just goes to show how indoctrinated people are by religion- it just blinds them to the reality of how their actions hurt others.
Thankfully my family are already atheists/agnostics (im not totally sure what they believe but they aren't religious...) It is more my friends who basically ALL are religious in one faith or another. I'm just going to be honest about what I think and leave it at that. My other half is very supportive of my atheism (being an atheist himself) and so I know that he will always be there, even if i lose loads of 'friends'. I have often kept what I think under wraps as there are more of them than me! but i think I should be honest as it makes me angry that I feel I can't say what i think!
The thing that concerns me the most is how powerful religious indoctrination is- I was a staunch believer for years and it was all the result of being sent to sunday school with friends of the family who used to look after me on sundays (my parents had to work sundays!) and about 6-7 years of Catholic school. It's so odd...It has taken me till now to shake off these beliefs. For ages I would just research a new religion in the hope it contain the 'truth' about god and as soon as i discovered major inconsistencies in that belief system I would go on to look into another one- eventually returning to the catholic church. It was only when I considered the possibility that there was no god that life finally made sense. Heck, I am embarrassed now to think that it took so long for me to consider the possibility of Atheism, especially since every religion was full of contradiction and non-sense! All I can say is that I am thrilled to be finally free of it all! :)
Hey Bryan, How are you? Things have been going great, i have just finished my degree and am now job hunting- a bit lame but at times but it's all good!
On particularly religious friend of mine has been getting on my nerves a bit and basically cut off al contact, saying i was threatening her faith and so naturally I was the one to go not the faith, then wanted to be friends again and now is just trying to talk to me. I refuse to have anything to do with it as I really disapprove of people treating others like that.
I am just amazed at the double standard! she could say anything she wanted to me but if i replied I was bad because I was 'destroying other people's faith!'' I mean, what??? I was merely defending myself as she couldn't resist but ask me what i was reading, was i going to church? etc etc... meh! I just hope she hasn't announced my Atheism to my other friends as that would not be fair, id like to tell them in my own time (if i decide to at all!)
But that aside it's all going good up here! How about you? P :)
I only have one little Atheist in my life, my one-year-old niece. My mom will try to taint her with Mormonism for sure. I'm happy when I see kids not too far indoctrinated in anything, I wish I'd had the same. :)
Somehow or other my answers are not getting to you. The existence of a biblical god was only assumed for the sake of argument to demonstrate that it was absurd which means the whole bible is absurd. Think of it this way. Suppose for the sake of argument you assume it is raining. Then you realize you are standing outside under no shelter and are not in the least wet. This means your assumption that it is raining is absurd (i.e., false.) You just proved it is not raining as the result of having assumed is was. This logical approach is commonly used in philosophical and mathematical arguments. Please STUDY reductio ad absurdum.