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Alternative to Church

Started this discussion. Last reply by dataguy Apr 26, 2014. 28 Replies

My wife is a Christian (I'm working on it) and my kids know that she is and that I am not.  I can no longer go to church with them.  I was thinking of giving my children an option to come with me and…Continue

Tags: christianity, religion, church

"God is Not Great" or "God is Not Real"

Started this discussion. Last reply by Davis Goodman Apr 24, 2014. 13 Replies

I had previously posted a question requesting suggestions for short books or videos that would concisely put a convincing case forward to my wife regarding Christian belief.  I greatly appreciated…Continue

Tags: family, conversion, atheism, christian

Dogmatic Atheist or Respectful Husband?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Apr 18, 2014. 12 Replies

It has been brought to my attention that I may be "dogmatic."  The more I try to talk to my wife about my position on god (no evidence for) and hers (Christian) the more I feel my distain for the…Continue

Tags: christian, advise, dogmatic, atheism

Hitchens Greatest Quotes - Happy Birthday

Started this discussion. Last reply by _Robert_ Apr 14, 2014. 3 Replies

Okay Let's Hear 'EmIn honor of Christopher Hitchens Birthday lets hear your favorite Hitch-Slaps.  It will be great to have him make us smile again.  “What can be asserted without proof can be…Continue

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Gary replied to Stephen Gunn's discussion 'Jesus on the cross.'
"sounds about right"
May 31, 2014
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May 3, 2014
Gary commented on Andy Hoke's blog post 'Luke 14:26'
"christians are the most unusual and incredible mix of self-loathing and narcissistic beings.  Can't believe I used to buy into that garbage."
May 3, 2014
Gary replied to ɐuɐz ǝllǝıuɐp's discussion 'This Will Blow Your Mind: There Are Billions Of Universes Like Ours Out There'
"nice.  i completely missed that when i read it."
May 3, 2014
Gary replied to David Diamond's discussion 'Help! Prayer in School'
"yeah, I can see them ignoring rules as irritating. "
May 1, 2014
Gary replied to David Diamond's discussion 'Help! Prayer in School'
"David, I mean this in the most respectful way possible.  Don't you think maybe you trying to stop them because you don't believe is very similar to them making you pray  because they do believe.  As long as they are not…"
May 1, 2014
Gary replied to Gallup's Mirror's discussion 'Donald Sterling banned from NBA: would you vote to force him to sell the Clippers?'
"I would absolutely vote to force him to sell.  While I find his comments terrible, that's not why.  As a business you have to force him to sell.  You cannot conduct a business if you employees think your racist, especially when…"
Apr 30, 2014
dataguy replied to Gary's discussion 'Alternative to Church'
"When my kids were young I was a committed Christian, but I still could barely sit through a sermon.  I found myself going to McDonald's or Burger King during the sermon to read the local newspaper, and on the occasion when my kids were…"
Apr 26, 2014
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Apr 25, 2014
Unseen replied to Gary's discussion 'Alternative to Church'
"Teenage boys (and probably most of the girls, too) would appreciate some additional masturbation time. Gotta have an outlet for those hormones."
Apr 25, 2014
James Cox replied to Gary's discussion 'Alternative to Church'
"My alternative to 'church', gardening... "
Apr 25, 2014
Davis Goodman replied to Gary's discussion 'Alternative to Church'
"You're doing it right by asking advice Gary. I'd rather ask rational strangers for their opinion about important life decisions than the nosy gossipy know it all aunt who quotes anecdotal scare stories to steer you towards safe and sheep…"
Apr 25, 2014
Unseen replied to Gary's discussion 'Alternative to Church'
"I think the kids should experience Sundays as the absence of what their mother wants to force on them, not just another curriculum, because that's what atheism is: the absence of God-related beliefs and activities."
Apr 25, 2014
Gary replied to Gary's discussion 'Alternative to Church'
"Good suggestions.  I really respect Sam Harris when he discusses removing religion to make room for "better conversation."  I think all these suggestions would be considered "better conversation."  thx"
Apr 25, 2014
Unseen replied to Gary's discussion 'Alternative to Church'
"Or how about simply asking them what they want to do. If you drag them to the zoo but they just want to chill, you're just another adult forcing his will on them. Treat it like it's their day off and they can do what they want to do as…"
Apr 25, 2014
Gary replied to Gary's discussion 'Alternative to Church'
"Thanks for the suggestions I'm sure they'd be interested in some of that."
Apr 25, 2014

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Recently agnostic (atheist for all intents and purposes) after 37 years as an Evangelical Lutheran. I love reading Hitchens, Harris, Russell, Dennett, C.S. Lewis, William Lane Craig, Krauss, Hawking, Sowell, Ayann Hirsi Ali, etc. Cant get enough religion, science, philosophy, economics. I am fascinated by all.
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Definitely looking to be somewhere with like-minded people. I do not even know a single non-believer. In the heart of Indiana everyone around me is a Christian. I'd love to have a place where I can vent about ridiculous news articles and facebook posts I read giving god credit all the good and none of the bad.
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I began to research my religion in an attempt to strengthened it. It was the lack of evidence for a my religion that caused me to leave it was the mountains of evidence against.
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