""You are just mad at God", has nothing to do with anything we as atheists may say or do or imply.
Recent brain studies have revealed the many religious fundamentalists literally cannot even entertain the thought that there might not…"
"I agree with John Kelly.
C'mon, she's GOING IN as a Cafeteria Catholic! She admits what she likes is the moral underpinnings of the liberal edge of Catholicism.
Also, her last name (assuming she is using own name) means she…"
"That's like asking why do Christians call the days of the week after Norse and Roman gods.
It is just part of our culture.
When something goes wrong and I blurt out "Fuck!" I am definitely not saying sex feels like losing a…"
"Yes. I have just come back from a UU service. In a recent survey 25% of that church's congregation listed themselves as atheist. The pastor is an atheist. Last year the previous pastor began his Christmas Eve sermon by criticizing…"
"I've just read - or truthfully, began the first chapters and them skimmed through the rest - a couple books "explaining" Islam to Westerners; actually intended to prosthelytize.
Unthinking emotional stupidity. Both…"
"My true experience with people, is that religion never really turns anyone into a better person. Or really that much into a worse person, either. You're good or you're bad, you're sociable or you stay to yourself,…"
"My true experience with people, is that religion never really turns anyone into a better person. Or really that much into a worse person, either. You're good or you're bad, you're sociable or you stay to yourself, people find…"
"I've had a Nook for about six months, and I have read more books with it - fiction and nonfiction - than I have in the previous 10 years.
One great thing about an e-reader is that you can read books on it in public you might not…"
"Julian Barnes on Pascal's Wager, from "Nothing To Be Frightened Of":
"...[T]he primary wager, on God's existence, does depend on a second and simultaneous wager, on God’s nature. What if God is not as…"
I've come to a pretty much identical cosmology myself. What you are describing is how Mahayana Buddhism sees the universe. It posits that time and matter are eternal, in infinite time - kuon gango (Jap.) - "time without…"
"To consider the 50 states of the United States of America now as really anything more than administrative regions is, indeed, ridiculous.
Any substantive difference between being a citizen of one state over any other is negligible. With the…"
"Recently reading Paul's writing and letters astounded me!
Realizing that the entire Christian religion as it has survived is based on the words and simplistic thought processes - literally: people have been put to death by Christian laws…"
"I asked a fervent, literalist Catholic the same question - his reply was that god gave the Adam's family a "dispensation" so their incestuousness would not be incestuous.
BTW, he was later fired from the computer company we…"
Thanks Richard. And thanks Monica; It was actually your tweets that brought me to TA. Right now my mind is aswirl as I begin reading Richard Carrier's "Sense and Goodness Without God", but I look forward to getting active.