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Anyone ever got through to a theist and helped them reconsider?

Started this discussion. Last reply by James Cox Jul 5, 2012. 11 Replies

I have not but am feeling good at the moment cos been talking to an American girl who was already questioning  her faith and recommended some books which she said really helped. She'd posted a…Continue

Should I teach my daughter to be respectful of religious beliefs?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gary Longsine Jan 29, 2013. 54 Replies

I am in the UK where RE is broadly Christian and my daughter's school is taught by a vicar and a Christian and stories about floods and rivers of blood and killing the first born sons caused her to…Continue

SOS British Atheists!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Graham Dec 17, 2011. 1 Reply

I am sure you will be aware that today the Prime Minister said that politics need God.'Mr Cameron said: “I have never really understood the argument some people make about the church not getting…Continue

My father believes I should pretend to be a Christian?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Helen Pluckrose Nov 13, 2011. 7 Replies

I am in the UK and was raised by atheist parents. Despite this I became a Christian due to RE lessons at school and was then terrified that my parents would go to Hell. I spent my childhood being…Continue

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Why UFOs never stop and say hi

"Hay in the long run, humaans are history."
Jun 27, 2013
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Why UFOs never stop and say hi

"You might want to consider some of Robert Plano's mashed potatoes, that he's using to construct a mountain on his plate - I'm sure he wouldn't mind --"
Jun 27, 2013
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Why UFOs never stop and say hi

"Ok, we got our tan, but we need some real food. Damn I hate these DSMRE's (deep space meals ready to eat). "
Jun 26, 2013
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Why UFOs never stop and say hi

"Re, Mi, Do, Do, So Re, Mi, Do, Do, So Re, Mi, Do, Do, So..."
Jun 26, 2013
Helen Pluckrose replied to Mercedes's discussion 'Why do atheists ask for so much proof to believe in God?'
"That's interesting. Thanks.  I was reading Karen Armstrong's History of God in which she says Abraham's god was El Shaddai but does not mention him as Amurru. I had a quick look on your profile page but did not see a link to your…"
May 28, 2013
Helen Pluckrose replied to Mercedes's discussion 'Why do atheists ask for so much proof to believe in God?'
"I understand that one in particular seems completely real to you - Probably the Christian one? Gods don't seem real to us and many of us have spent a lot of time trying to find out if there is any evidence for them. There really isn't any…"
May 26, 2013
Helen Pluckrose replied to Unseen's discussion 'Why isn't a 14 year old girl old enough to consent to sex?'
"Yes, that made me think too. I think so many of us feel that 14 is too young to be having sex because of how hard parenthood would be on such a young person. Therefore we see the decision to abort as sensible and the decision not to have sex as…"
May 25, 2013
Gary Longsine replied to Helen Pluckrose's discussion 'Should I teach my daughter to be respectful of religious beliefs?'
"The accusation that criticism of religion is akin to racism is a deceptive rhetorical trick, and should be challenged. No ideas should be placed beyond the realm of critical analysis. This short essay may help you. (I am co-author.) Indignation is…"
Jan 29, 2013
James Cox commented on Helen Pluckrose's blog post 'Is it aggressive to look for and challenge theistic claims when they are about me?'
"Is it necessary that everyone believe as you, or we do? There was an experience I had in HS, where I formed a panel to explore theist belief. I found one person that was willing to take the witness stand and be cross examined. He was a believer but…"
Dec 17, 2012
Reg The Fronkey Farmer commented on Helen Pluckrose's blog post 'Is it aggressive to look for and challenge theistic claims when they are about me?'
"A complete stranger will knock on my front door and tell me that his truth is the one and only truth. It is the “real TRUTH”. This implies that everything I understand or that from the pillars of my reality is wrong. So rather than me…"
Dec 16, 2012
Dale Headley commented on Helen Pluckrose's blog post 'Is it aggressive to look for and challenge theistic claims when they are about me?'
"I never initiate a confrontational debate with Christians; their beliefs are of no concern to me.  However, if they attempt to force their nonsense on me, all bets are off.   Example: a science teacher of my long standing acquaintance does…"
Dec 12, 2012
Strega commented on Helen Pluckrose's blog post 'Is it aggressive to look for and challenge theistic claims when they are about me?'
"That sounds terrible, I'm sorry your daughter has been made to feel anxious. I vaguely remember a jigsaw puzzle with the animals as solid wood pieces, the only one I remember well was the giraffe.  Noah's boat looked just like Captain…"
Dec 12, 2012
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Strega commented on Helen Pluckrose's blog post 'Is it aggressive to look for and challenge theistic claims when they are about me?'
"I'm a Brit, Helen, from London, which is predominantly non-religious.  Nobody ever talked about my soul in school.  There are specific religious denomination schools, Catholics fund quite a number of them.  But in over 50 years I…"
Dec 11, 2012

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Perpetual student, mother, wife, antitheist, dog lover.
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36-40
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Married
Why are you here?
I was harmed very badly by religion in schools.I was raised atheist but believed my teachers and was terrified. My 7 year old daughter has now been taught that God turned rivers into blood and killed the first born children and has been very worried. I want religion out of British schools. I do not want my daughter affected by Christian beliefs in a God who kills children in a good way and sends people to Hell to be tortured for all eternity. I want all of society to realise these are not healthy beliefs and have no place in the education of a young child.
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Don't Christians have a far more relative sense of morality than humanists/atheists?

Posted on September 24, 2012 at 8:32am 1 Comment

Christianity, context and moral relativism.

For this argument I am not claiming that moral relativism is a good or bad thing (its all relative XD) but Christian apologists frequently claim that is an atheist/humanist concept and inferior to an absolute morality that comes from the word of God?

However, Christians also frequently claim that atheists take the actions of the Christian god out of context when we criticize his advocacy of slavery, rape, child sex abuse and genocide…

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An evolutionary psychologist's opinion on why children can be so infuriating.

Posted on June 24, 2012 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

Having had a particularly bad morning with my 8 year old daughter who, despite being the most intelligent, beautiful and lovable child in the history of humanity, does have a tendency to have some fairly unbearable moments, I emailed my favourite evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa. I asked him why children should have evolved the fairly universal parental-insanity inducing behaviours of incessant talking about absolutely nothing, arguing with everything (for my daughter this morning…

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Religion and mental illness piece I wrote for Atheismandme.

Posted on February 8, 2012 at 3:23pm 6 Comments





Is there a link between religion and mental illness?

By Helen Pluckrose

I would argue that there is and intend to demonstrate this by showing the way children are raised in the Christian faith, giving statistical evidence of the correlations between  Christianity and social problems and detailing the mental illnesses which exist only in…

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Do we have a new contender for the title of 'Most ill-informed Question About Evolution?

Posted on September 10, 2011 at 7:00am 27 Comments

Sorry,people I may do this a lot. If you have left Y/A R&S never to return because you couldn't take it anymore, you may wish to skim past my blogs!

 

I think this one has a real chance. Do feel free to rate it on spelling and grammar, incorrect terminology, willfull ignorance, genuine ignorance and gratuitous abuse of atheists. 

Did you know not all science is true?

Equations made after human understanding predict two silly…
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At 7:32am on February 10, 2012, Mo Trauen said…

Hi Helen,

I just wanted to stop by to tell you that I love your surname.  I don't think anyone from your family ever came to America because I haven't heard it before.

At 1:50pm on January 8, 2012, Monica McGee (Monicks) said…

Thank you for adding me to your friends, Helen -- totally makes me happy. Nice to meet you!

At 6:45pm on December 10, 2011, Bo Fowler said…

Thanks Helen :)

At 10:45am on November 26, 2011, Fakher Haddaoui said…

thanks Helen

At 8:47pm on November 25, 2011, KaraC gave Helen Pluckrose a gift
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I am so many things that even I get confused, Helen!
At 8:27pm on November 25, 2011, KaraC said…

Antibiotic resistant bacteria have evolved in the last 60 years. Your tormenter is not interested in proof, he wants a time machine.

At 9:48am on September 27, 2011, clay harshbarger said…

Thanks for accepting my friends request. I hope your dealings with the school system over religious education go well.

 

Yes I like John Lennon and the Beatles too. My dog’s names are Penny Lane and Lucy Diamond. But I just call them Penny and Lucy.

At 6:55pm on September 14, 2011, Rick said…

I’m now addicted to Yahoo answers!

At 5:58pm on September 7, 2011, Monica McGee (Monicks) said…

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At 3:39pm on September 4, 2011, Garrett Taffer said…

Welcome to TA, Helen!

 
 
 

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