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May 24, 2013
archaeopteryx commented on Joseph Martin's blog post 'Atheism requires a leap of faith?!?!'
"My own thought, Daniel ( yeah, I know, "Who asked you?" Right?) is that that one minute particle of doubt, which you so well expressed, is simply not enough to waste a minute of my short life considering. Like the song says, "I got a…"
May 16, 2013
Daniel Rockwell commented on Joseph Martin's blog post 'Atheism requires a leap of faith?!?!'
""Daniel, I didn't know you were with me from about 1958 until several years ago, knowing better than I what was happening. How did you do it? Or are you finding it easier to change dogmas than to give up the need for a dogma?" I…"
May 16, 2013
archaeopteryx commented on Joseph Martin's blog post 'Atheism requires a leap of faith?!?!'
"@Gary - RE: "In his book Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert Heinlein posited the idea of the 'Fair Witness', a person trained to only report that which they witness, while making no assumptions. When asked  'What color is…"
May 16, 2013
archaeopteryx commented on Joseph Martin's blog post 'Atheism requires a leap of faith?!?!'
"RE: "He said After the words "I feel", the word "that" precedes a thought, not a feeling." VERY perceptive, Thomas, I like that!"
May 16, 2013
Gary Clouse commented on Joseph Martin's blog post 'Atheism requires a leap of faith?!?!'
"Daniel,   Why would any one think there is a fence? A major precept of religious dogmas is the misconception of absolute opposites. The opposite of black is white. Why is black the opposite of white? Why not green or some shade of gray?…"
May 16, 2013
Tom Sarbeck commented on Joseph Martin's blog post 'Atheism requires a leap of faith?!?!'
"Daniel, your "I know that he is possible, I feel that he is impossible" reminds me of the words of a man I knew who was nearing a Ph D. in psychology. He said After the words "I feel", the word "that"…"
May 16, 2013
Tom Sarbeck commented on Joseph Martin's blog post 'Atheism requires a leap of faith?!?!'
"Daniel, I didn't know you were with me from about 1958 until several years ago, knowing better than I what was happening. How did you do it? Or are you finding it easier to change dogmas than to give up the need for a dogma? "
May 16, 2013
Daniel Rockwell commented on Joseph Martin's blog post 'Atheism requires a leap of faith?!?!'
"A person has to be honest with himself.  As I've said a couple of times in this very comment thread, in my mind I can toy with the idea of agnosticism.  I can entertain the notion of neutrality, and admit to myself that there is no…"
May 15, 2013
Daniel Rockwell commented on Joseph Martin's blog post 'Atheism requires a leap of faith?!?!'
""You're saying that to a guy who sat on the fence from for about fifty years? Are you counting on the word "directly" to save your case?" I would argue that you were likely only sitting on the fence about whether or not…"
May 15, 2013
Tom Sarbeck commented on Joseph Martin's blog post 'Atheism requires a leap of faith?!?!'
"Joseph, a conclusion that I'm trolling requires a good deal more evidence than I've given you. "
May 14, 2013
Tom Sarbeck commented on Joseph Martin's blog post 'Atheism requires a leap of faith?!?!'
"Daniel: "There is no way to sit directly on the fence.  Simply knowing that the fence exists precludes that." You're saying that to a guy who sat on the fence from for about fifty years? Are you counting on the word…"
May 14, 2013
Daniel Rockwell commented on Joseph Martin's blog post 'Atheism requires a leap of faith?!?!'
"No matter the topic, if you have been presented with options, and you have selected one of them, you have made an active choice. Being aware of the concept of God, yet not accepting it is, in actuality, rejecting it.  It is not and can not be a…"
May 14, 2013
Joseph Martin commented on Joseph Martin's blog post 'Atheism requires a leap of faith?!?!'
""Actively rejecting" falls under the category of "justification of disbelief." Disbelief still does not require a conscious appeal to the mind. It is exactly the opposite because if a claim does sit right, I reject it because it…"
May 14, 2013
Daniel Rockwell commented on Joseph Martin's blog post 'Atheism requires a leap of faith?!?!'
"And this is why I mentioned the difference between "soft" and "hard" atheism.  I guess you'd call "hard" atheism, "anti-theism". Of course "lacking a belief in God" would be an entirely…"
May 14, 2013
Joseph Martin commented on Joseph Martin's blog post 'Atheism requires a leap of faith?!?!'
"The word isn't so much important. My point is that simply not believing in god requires no leap of faith. "
May 14, 2013

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Your Religious Status
Atheist
About Me:
I'm 28. I suppose I would consider myself your typical nonbeliever. I actually think, with my brain, using logic & practical reasoning. I would consider myself highly skeptical of anything unbelievable. I don't buy into faith healing, homeopathy, astrology, etc. I love listening to Tyson, Dawkins, Nye, Hitchens, & Krauss on youtube.

Sadly, I currently consider myself a "closet atheist". At least when it comes to my family (because they are southern baptist). I only "come out" to my close friends and new people that I meet.

Other topics: At my day job, I am a computer programmer. I very much enjoy mathematics. I love music and playing the guitar.
Age
25-30
Relationship Status
Single
Why are you here?
To meet other free-thinkers.
The religion you left
Christian
Why you left your religion.
For many reasons, all pretty standard. I started thinking for myself. I looked at scientific evidence. I didn't like the christian doctrine. I was tired of the hypocrisy.
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Atheism requires a leap of faith?!?!

Posted on April 25, 2013 at 7:36pm 59 Comments

Some people believe that it requires some leap of faith to disbelieve god's existence. This is absolutely idiotic. Atheism is a lack of a belief in god. If you are religious, ask yourself: "Why do I believe in god?" Whether or not you claim to have evidence for your faith, the correct answer is because someone taught you about god. You did not know what god was until someone told you. Either you were taught, or you invented your own version of god, deluded yourself, and…

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Atheist vs. Anti-theist

Posted on April 23, 2013 at 11:05pm 6 Comments

I'm new around here. This is my first blog post in effort to spark some interesting discussions. Depending on the feedback, I may write more! Let me know what you think.

I am having a bit of a struggle understanding what my approach should be when I am having debates with theists. On the one hand, I feel that proving whether or not there is a god is an impossible task. This would make me an atheist. On the other, I would like to use reason, understanding, and tangible evidence to…

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