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ID on Trial - PBS Broadcast 2007

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jānis Ķimsis May 29, 2010. 1 Reply

I searched Think Atheist and didn't come across this topic and apologize if this has already been discussed. I ran across this article, with attached documentary today (see URL below). The video is…Continue

Tags: exclusion, schools, religion, ID

In Idaho - Judge dismisses lawsuit to use religious text in school

Started this discussion. Last reply by James May 18, 2010. 2 Replies

Who would have thought this would have happened in Idaho of all places? It just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Has anything similar happened in other states to charter schools?BOISE — U.S.…Continue

Tags: Clause, Establishment

Atheist Dogma?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bill May 7, 2010. 7 Replies

Recently I have heard that atheists have their own dogma. I have always responded to this comment with "the only thing that I am aware of that all atheist can agree on is in the disbelieve that…Continue

Tags: dogma, atheist

Epicurus God quote - theist response?

Started this discussion. Last reply by stanley w owens Sep 24, 2011. 29 Replies

How would a theist respond to Epicurus' God quote? "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…Continue

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I'm 50 years old and married for 30 years. My wife considers herself a christian but does not attend church regularly. She knows my thoughts but we don't discuss too much. I have two kids, a son that is 28 and a daughter that is 26. My son hasn't mentioned it but I'm sure that he is an atheist as well. My daughter is married to a christian, and am not to sure about her current status (getting concerned). I have a beautiful 1 year old granddaughter and when the time is right I will be talking to her about my beliefs. Hopefully she will use her natural talents of reason/logic to come to the same conclusions that I have.

I have a BS in Math/Computer Science and an MS in Management. Unfortunately, I also have Multiple Sclerosis which is eating away at my cognitive abilities. Visiting sites like this keeps me as sharp as possible.
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Touch base with others that have similar viewpoints. Expand knowledge of atheism and religion.
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Why you left your religion.
My parents brought me up as a generic protestant (army brat). I really enjoyed Sunday school but always thought of the bible stories as just stories. Nothing ever made sense to me. I always asked questions and didn't like the answers. I would then ask more questions and was labeled a trouble-maker so I began keeping my mouth shut. Luckily, my parents left my religious affiliation up to me at age 12, which I love them dearly for. No more religion for me.
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Irony in christmas eve service & elephant poop

Posted on December 26, 2010 at 4:03pm 1 Comment

I attended a christmas eve service with my wife, daughter, son-in-law, and grand-daughter at their methodist church. This service was "child friendly" and children and audience all participated (made animal noises, etc). I found one part particularly interesting. At the beginning, the pastor was discussing the nativity scene and explained that no really knows what animals were there. She then plucked an elephant from the scene and explained that she particularly liked the elephant. "As…


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At 5:17pm on December 28, 2011, John Luikart said…
No kidding. Saddly, we are scarce around here.
At 11:47am on December 31, 2010, Thew said…
Yes, I have gotten the "punishment" line before - from the same guy who I spoke of in my blog. He said it was probably a punishment for my pride. He deduced that bit of logic when I told him about all the things I used to be good at that MS had taken from me... My reply to him was, dare I say, the most blasphemous thing I've ever said...
At 5:42pm on April 5, 2010, Gaytor said…
That is dynamic! My Parents and Sisters are believers, but that's about it. None of them no anything about the Bible, so I'm safe. We got into a debate last summer by the fire outback with beers in hand. An hour and a half later they were out of questions to challenge me on so it was over. One of my sisters called me a Scientologist. Ummm... let me help you a bit with what scientology is. It's all good fun for us now and then. It hurts my Mom to see it though. I've only seen her in church during weddings and funerals, but she clams up quickly on the subject. Long story. Again, welcome to TA! No shotguns needed!
At 2:04pm on April 5, 2010, Gaytor said…
Welcome to TA Michael. It sounds like you have an interesting family dynamic there. If I can help you with anything here, please don't hesitate to ask!

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