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Best editions/ translations of religious texts?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Matt Peters Dec 10, 2010. 2 Replies

I've made a decision to learn more about the world's major religions, and figure there's no better place to start than the source material; so, I want to buy copies of their holy books.As far as I…Continue

What are secular values?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jon Heim Dec 10, 2010. 61 Replies

I keep hearing the phrase "secular values," and much like "family values" I'm not sure what it means. What are, in your opinion the values that atheists/ skeptics/ secularists should uphold?In…Continue

Non-theist Quakers?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sandy Hildebrandt Jan 27, 2011. 16 Replies

As a one-time dabbler in Quakerism (also known as the Religious Society of Friends), I was pleased and surprised to find this blog:…Continue

Tags: quakers, nontheism, religion


Started this discussion. Last reply by Jim Wickson Jan 3, 2011. 13 Replies

Hello Friends!I don't believe in the Tarot as a tool for divination. Anyone who tells you the Tarot is magic, is either selling you something, or deluded. Having said that, I love the Tarot. I think…Continue

Tags: divination, archetypes, tarot

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About Me:
I am an atheist who loves religions.
I was an English Lit Major but I'd rather read Batman than Hamlet (not that I disliked Hamlet).
I am a Librarian who is always disorganized.

I love mountains, but I hate hiking.
I love snow, but I hate cold weather.
I love to drink, but I hate drunks.
I love to talk, but I hate being the center of attention.
I love games, but I hate competition.

I like some science in my fantasy, and some fantasy in my science.

Some favorite quotations:

To paraphrase Shakespeare: There are more things in the universe than are dreamt of in your philosophy.

Smell is the most powerful trigger to the memory there is. A certain flower, or a whiff of smoke can bring up experiences long forgotten. Books smell musty and rich. The knowledge gained from a computer ... has no-no texture, no context. It's there and then it's gone. If it's to last, then the getting of knowledge should be tangible, it should be smelly.
-- Rupert Giles

When you understand why you dismiss all other possible gods, you'll understand why I dismiss yours.

Religion is like your genitals: Don't share it without invitation, or shove it down kids' throats.

Believe nothing,
No matter where you read it,
Or who has said it,
Not even if I have said it,
Unless it agrees with your own reason
And your own common sense.

Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent.
Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent.
Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil?
Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?

I never let my schooling get in the way of my education.
--Mark Twain

My brain is constantly having sex with my mouth and making hot idea babies.
Why are you here?
I left Christianity somewhere around 2002, and from there believed in an impersonal, unknowable "creator god." I experimented with various religions and philosophies including the likes of Deism, Buddhism, paganism, and other such belief systems. I came to the conclusion of Atheism somewhere around 2007. Additionally, I'm troubled by the infusion of Religion and politics, and want to actively oppose it. As such, I want to meet, and interact with other like-minded individuals. I'm looking to get involved and volunteer with secular organizations, and be an active member of the Atheist community.
The religion you left
Why you left your religion.
There wasn't just one reason, or experience that drove me away from religion. It was a mixture of study, maturity, and honest contemplation that lead me away.
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Hitchens or Dawkins?

Posted on December 29, 2010 at 1:43pm 19 Comments

I got a B&N gift card for Xmas and one of the books I want to get is either "God is Not Great" or "The God Delusion". Which would you pick?

Th' Night 'Fore Last: My "Christmas" Poem.

Posted on December 20, 2010 at 1:21pm 0 Comments

I wrote this some time last year, and just now remembered it. I'd like to see what everyone thinks!


Th' night b'fore last there were narry a sound.…


How Realistic Do You Think This Graph Is?

Posted on December 14, 2010 at 3:46pm 2 Comments

Is everyone on this site more scientific than me?

Posted on December 10, 2010 at 2:01pm 17 Comments

Growing up, I didn't like science. It's not that I didn't believe in it, it's just that it was hard to learn. Some concepts I had trouble grasping, others I would have trouble remembering, and then there was the math...

I was much more interested in the humanities because they came easier to me. I'm a good writer, and majored in English in college. As I got a little older, I developed a passing interest in science, particularly as it pertained to new technology, astronomy, and…


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At 2:49pm on December 22, 2010, Caitlin said…
Thank you. I stole it from 4chan ;D

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