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What would you say to a questioning young teenager?

Started Apr 25, 2011 0 Replies

So one of my fiance's cousins, who is 16 years old or so, wrote the following on his facebook wall yesterday and you can see my responses. I would like to know the proper way to counsel someone about…Continue

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"We are made of star stuff!! We are a way for the universe to know itself!" -- Carl Sagan

The Grapes of Wrath

Before I knowed it, I was sayin' out loud, 'The hell with it! There ain't no sin and there ain't no virtue. There's just stuff people do. It's all part of the same thing.' . . . . I says, 'What's this call, this sperit?' An' I says, 'It's love. I love people so much I'm fit to bust, sometimes.' . . . . I figgered, 'Why do we got to hang it on God or Jesus? Maybe,' I figgered, 'maybe it's all men an' all women we love; maybe that's the Holy Sperit-the human sperit-the whole shebang. Maybe all men got one big soul ever'body's a part of.' Now I sat there thinkin' it, an' all of a suddent-I knew it. I knew it so deep down that it was true, and I still know it.

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Victoria and Brian Flatt are now friends
Jul 10, 2011
Rob McLean commented on Brian Flatt's blog post 'FFRF's Out of the Closet campaign'
"For a long long long time, those infected with the god virus have been keen to infect the rest of us with it. The first "super bug". Only by increasing the volume from those that aren't silly enough to subscribe to religidiocy will…"
Apr 28, 2011
Heather Spoonheim commented on Brian Flatt's blog post 'FFRF's Out of the Closet campaign'
"I love the 'billboard', the message, and seeing people proud to declare their beliefs.  I am also fully open about my atheism and encourage others to find their voice as well.  I also, however, fully respect the feelings of those…"
Apr 28, 2011
Brian Flatt posted a blog post

FFRF's Out of the Closet campaign

 I'm out of the closet and you should be too.See More
Apr 28, 2011
John commented on Brian Flatt's blog post 'Religion is going to be the death of us!'
"Similar experience here. I've never bought into any of that religion hogwash but recently I've been learning about all of the problems that people who act on their faith are causing and I've become more outspoken with my beliefs. You…"
Apr 27, 2011
Derek commented on Brian Flatt's blog post 'Religion is going to be the death of us!'
"I have always thought Facebook friends are in a sense imaginary. That is to say I have a few real life friends and plenty of "cyber friends".  So losing a Facebook pal for me would be such an irrelevancy. Anyway yes you…"
Apr 27, 2011
Arcus commented on Brian Flatt's blog post 'Religion is going to be the death of us!'
"A ban on religion? Hell yeah! :)"
Apr 27, 2011
Rob McLean commented on Brian Flatt's video
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I'M GOING TO HELL

"there's a second reason the threat fails and that is the "other threat", the one that's supposed to be a reason for wallowing in worship to the sky fairy, the threat of an eternal afterlife. What sort of attractive proposition is…"
Apr 27, 2011
Brian Flatt commented on Brian Flatt's blog post 'Religion is going to be the death of us!'
"Very true Walter and in regards to morality they act the same way. Saying if God doesn't exist we can't be moral is like the teenager who thinks he throw a party and act a fool when his parents go on vacation."
Apr 26, 2011
Birdman commented on Brian Flatt's blog post 'Religion is going to be the death of us!'
"Hey there, new to the site. Very well said Brian, its nice to chill on a site with like minded peeps.  And I can completely relate to the losing friends/pissing people off on Facebook.  But hey, if people get mad for hearing the truth and…"
Apr 26, 2011
Brian Flatt commented on Brian Flatt's blog post 'Religion is going to be the death of us!'
"atheistrising, my post was about the earth and our future as humanity, not about equal rights for Atheists. Do you not see that these people do not want to work with us? I applaud you for trying to take the high road but these people will destroy…"
Apr 26, 2011
atheistrising commented on Brian Flatt's blog post 'Religion is going to be the death of us!'
"Yeah religion maynot have all good things but I personally people of different types should get along. The whole concept of us versus them does not augur well with me. All people should work together and live together. Well religious people have the…"
Apr 26, 2011
LyndsayJF commented on Brian Flatt's blog post 'Religion is going to be the death of us!'
"Great post. :) I think it's a good thing you get upset about this stuff. More people should... and people like you, who are willing to step up and even lose friends if necessary, motivate and encourage me (and others). I don't think…"
Apr 26, 2011
Walter Maki commented on Brian Flatt's blog post 'Religion is going to be the death of us!'
"I especially like your twist on Pascal's Wager. I am just getting started and refuse to willfully let them trash this big blue marble. These xians are an irresponsible lot, kind of like spoiled rich kids who break all there toys because daddy…"
Apr 26, 2011
kris feenstra left a comment for Brian Flatt
"Hi Brian, Your video submission 'Wake Up' has not been approve. As much as I love Arcade Fire (and promoting Canadian artists), we generally do not approve music videos unless they are explicitly linked to atheism/ religion. If you have…"
Apr 26, 2011
Brian Flatt commented on Brian Flatt's blog post 'Religion is going to be the death of us!'
"Thanks guys! I get so upset about this stuff sometimes. I try to be positive but sometimes I think it's just all too late because the insane ones are running the asylum. I also just posted this on my school's blog at volblogs.com Comments…"
Apr 26, 2011
TeejMcS commented on Brian Flatt's blog post 'Religion is going to be the death of us!'
"Well said, Brian!  I see a trend (I know this is anything new, to alot of us), that as religious enthusiasm goes up, critical thinking and logic go WAY down!  It's more a cop-out than anything else. It's a way for people to say,…"
Apr 26, 2011
Aaron LaBrash commented on Brian Flatt's blog post 'Religion is going to be the death of us!'
"Good post! I've lost quite a few facebook friends and real friends with my "apparently" anti-religious statuses about things just like this. I was one of those "everyone get along" people not too long ago, but knowing what I…"
Apr 26, 2011
Brian Flatt posted a blog post

Religion is going to be the death of us!

As you know, we Atheists get asked a lot why we care so much about religion if we don't believe in it. Well, the topic of discussion in my Biodiversity class today may shed some light on it. We were discussing the fact that we may be reaching the carrying capacity of the earth, if we haven't already.My thoughts: f we do nothing, nature will cull the herd for us, in the form of disease, famine, etc, not to mention the effects of climate change. So what does this have to do with religion? It is…See More
Apr 26, 2011
Walter Maki commented on Brian Flatt's video
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I'M GOING TO HELL

"I am a grown up too. I live in Arizona so heat doesn't really bother me. Plus I would rather hang with the thinking people I like verses ass kissing a virtual "sky daddy""
Apr 26, 2011

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Atheist, Secular/Nonreligious/Agnostic
About Me:
38 year old non-traditional student at the University of Tennessee studying Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. As I say on FB, Twitter and everywhere: Just a dude who loves his fiance, his children, computers, the internet, reading,music,and the Big Bang Theory. I listen to Radiohead, Neil Young, and the Silversun Pickups, artists and prophets. Live, Love, Learn, and be yourself
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36-40
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Because I love discussing religion and trying to figure out why people believe the things that they do.
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Christian
Why you left your religion.
Education and reading.
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At 10:22pm on April 26, 2011, kris feenstra said…
Hi Brian,

Your video submission 'Wake Up' has not been approve. As much as I love Arcade Fire (and promoting Canadian artists), we generally do not approve music videos unless they are explicitly linked to atheism/ religion. If you have any questions regarding this, feel free to ask.

Regards

Kris
At 12:52am on April 25, 2011, Monica McGee (Monicks) said…

Welcome to Think Atheist, Brian! We are happy to have you here.



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