February 2010 Blog Posts (125)

Why calling atheism a religion is a passive aggressive insult.

On a message board today I ran across a girl who asked how atheists respond to the assertion that atheism is a religion. There were a few responses before mine, offering the definition of religion as proof that atheism can't be classified as a religion and offering those golden little one liners that Dawkins and others have made famous - atheism is a religion in the same way not collecting stamps is a hobby - and so forth. I am less interested in trying to convince people that atheism isn't a… Continue

Added by Pinko Commie on February 1, 2010 at 6:40pm — 7 Comments

Are you ready for a miracle?

It's been 19 days now since the tragic earthquake that hit the poor and ravaged country of Haiti. We've all been horrified by images of the wounded and watched as families buried their dead relatives. By now, the hope of finding anyone alive is pretty much next to none. Throughout the last two weeks even up to the 15th day, we've heard stories of miraculous survival as occasionally workers would pull someone alive from the rubble, defying the odds once… Continue

Added by Kevin (Idolizing Reason) on February 1, 2010 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Jumping in the Piranha Tank

A few times recently I've taken myself over to some conservative blogs. Partly I was challenging my own confirmation bias by not just reading blogs I agree with but I also had pressing question for myself. I can most easily sum it up by saying:

"What the hell are these people thinking?"

And it seems that I am left none the wiser. I held my temper in check, and laughed in nobody's face. I kept in mind the behaviour of christian trolls on the blogs I read and purposefully… Continue

Added by Gordon Duffy on February 1, 2010 at 9:21am — 2 Comments

When down and out, hungry, in shock, and at a mental low point offer them a “bone.”

I’m amazed how religions offer help but use it to “convey” their message. The “Evangelicals” are off to Haiti to bring help and so on. Personally, I think that’s great. In fact, I want them to stay there and don’t come back.

Now most of the people of Haiti are Catholic. I know that just upsets the likes of Pat Robertson. Why? I would think that they don’t get his show there. And since they might not get his show he can’t tap them for some… Continue

Added by Rick on February 1, 2010 at 5:22am — No Comments

Determinism: A surrogate religion

I'm cross-posting this piece in the Rational Integrity group forum as well.

In atheist forum discussions about free will, determinists overwhelmingly outnumber compatibilists (those who say free will is compatible with determinism).

As I'll explain below, what always strikes me as curious is how dogma, denial and simplistic faith seem to be shared by both religious… Continue

Added by Atheist Exile on February 1, 2010 at 3:30am — 8 Comments

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