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Atheist Writers

A place for all of us godless writers to discuss writing, language, and literature. Feel free to post your poetry, short stories, or anything else you'd like to share with the community.

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Poets

Started by Shine. Last reply by James Cox May 21. 58 Replies

Anyone dabble in poetry? Although I began writing a bit of verse last spring, I have rarely worked up the nerve to show the results to anyone. I guess I am wondering if anyone would be interested in…Continue

My new novel, POLLY AND THE ONE AND ONLY WORLD

Started by Don. Last reply by Susan K. Perry Mar 21. 6 Replies

I am very pleased to announce that my new novel, a young adult fantasy set in a future America in the oppressive grip of Christian fundamentalists (who are the story's villains), will be brought out…Continue

my first, somewhat "spontaneous" output (but with added thought)

Started by Pope Beanie. Last reply by Pope Beanie Mar 14. 5 Replies

Big Pictures of Small OnesThere's that bad boy persona/attraction; he's just being himself, embedded in a ginormous crystal with flaws and visible but blurry histories.Mindfulness and mindfullness…Continue

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Do Writers Write? Not As Much As Most People Think.

Started by Don. Last reply by a spears Aug 13, 2012. 9 Replies

Most people who don't write themselves or who don't know any full-time writers imagine that when writers spend five or six (or eight or ten) hours in their attics or garages or studies every day they…Continue

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Comment by Andy Hoke on May 13, 2014 at 8:57pm

Thanks Don :)

Comment by Don on May 13, 2014 at 6:57am

An atheist subscribes to no religion.  To "proscribe" is to forbid.  But, yes, this is important to bear in mind, not so much for us, but for  those who will insist that atheism is its own belief system with its own dogma and "priests" and cohesive world view. 

Comment by Andy Hoke on May 12, 2014 at 10:42pm

An atheist is one who proscribes to no religion. There is no doctrine, clergy, ritual, talk of end days, no market for indulgences, no original sin, no automatic hierarchy and no absurdities to believe. Subservience is still voluntary.

Comment by Lydia Hickman on March 24, 2013 at 8:58am

I have a friend who just published a book of poetry who is Agnostic that I think this community might be interested in. Her book is on Amazon. Search Lorna Wilson.

Comment by Don on August 15, 2012 at 7:10pm

This message appeared out of the Facebook blue yesterday on my Author page: "I'm a 42-year-old English teacher who's read everything from Joyce to Beckett to Stein, but no book ever has had an impact on me to match 'Hard Feelings.' Thank you, thank you, thank you."

HARD FEELINGS appeared in 1977 and was out of print by 1980. It's always gratifying when a reader seeks you out to say he's enjoyed something you've written, but when he wants you to know your words and imagination have struck a lasting chord in his life, that's pretty huge. There is nothing easy about writing fiction every day all day long without ever knowing whether it's worth much of anything. The rewards (when there are rewards) are few and far between. So this sort of validation, slim as it may be, is more than heartening.

Comment by Ken Hughes on February 20, 2012 at 10:05am

G'Day Hugh, glad to have you aboard.  Speak of "bible belt" and finding it hard to find fellow atheists therein, I live near Decatur, TX and the shine of the belt's brass buckle ca be seen from here even if it isn't actually on-site.  I regularly submit letters to the editor of the Wise County Messenger from a progressive and atheist side of life even though I've spent the last more than half of my 45-years of marriage to Dee, with a born-again evangelical type. 

If you want to visit www.wcmessenger.com and then "Letters to the Editor" you will find my latest submission under Ken Hughes where I again affirm my disbeliever status.  You will find a lot of my work there and it's all from the progressive political and non-believer side of life, for which i am roundly excoriated, fun, fun, fun!  I like, no LOVE to pervert the prevailing paradigm of holy-roller BS.

Comment by HughMurris on February 20, 2012 at 9:38am

jonel  saw your comment.   i too saw the writers group and atheists too!! woohoo.   its hard for me to find feed back on my blasphemous satire stuck here in the bible belt .  but this looks like the place to be.  hello everybody.   iam hugh

Comment by Don on January 31, 2012 at 8:03pm

I'd say it's remotely plausible, the 80-mile journey.  If a 9-months' pregnant woman can run a marathon then, yeah, it could've happened.  So where does that get you?  To mount a case against Mary's arduous journey is to beat a dead horse.  It just didn't happen--but not for this reason.  The whole myth is hugely implausible for a host of other reasons.  Not the least of which is that there is no contemporaneous record of Jesus's even having existed.  What's more, the story is patently derivative of many other myths that were in play at the time this one was written.  Whether Mary could have ridden 80 miles on a donkey and then had a baby is, for me, a hair-splitting distraction.  She could have, that's clear--who's to say it's not possible?  The main point is that the whole birth of Christ story is just that, a story.  There is no way to verify ANY of it.    

Comment by Johno on January 31, 2012 at 6:08pm

the point being that is she did have to make that journey (assuming naturalism here, of course), would she ever have made walking 80 miles? or riding 80 miles on a donkey? What is the probability that she would have given birth 20 mile sin on the roadside? What are the health implications of the pounding of the donkey on the cervix? etc I am building a cumulative case of all manner of arguments and am just interested that we plausibly thing a woman could go that far without giving birth.

Comment by Don on January 31, 2012 at 6:01pm

Well, the trip wouldn't induce a miscarriage.  Nor would the little guy be "premature."  If she's at nine months, then she's ready to give birth any time the biology kicks in.  I can imagine that giving birth under most circumstances back in the year zero might be problematic for all kinds of reasons.  At home on a mat of straw, on the road, in a manger, what's the difference?

 

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