February 2014 Blog Posts (31)

PBS Frontline expose "Secrets of the Vatican" rather shocking at times.

The recently broadcast documentary by Frontline on the inner workings of the Vatican in Rome was quite illuminating and, at times, shocking. Accusations of the Vatican Bank laundering large amounts of underworld money, homosexual activity among, not only the priests, but the highest ranked Vatican officials,  mishandling of the pedophilia scandal , and the continuing power struggle between Pope and Cardinals are all brought to light. I was especially shocked by the video evidence that…

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Added by Ed on February 28, 2014 at 6:04pm — 5 Comments

DEPROGRAMMED

DEPROGRAMMED:…

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Added by Grady Jean on February 28, 2014 at 11:05am — 1 Comment

Religious People

I'm new to all this and have finally opened my eyes and more so, my mind.  I was lost in the world of religion and now that I am free of it, I feel great!  I do have one question.  How do you handle the religious folk that come to your door wanting to talk to you about religion, church, etc?

Added by Jeremy Williams on February 27, 2014 at 12:33pm — 17 Comments

2016 Presidential Election: Who do you think will run?

The New York Times published the results of a poll today in which 64% of all American adults said they would like to see Hillary Clinton run for President in 2016. Among independent voters, 52% would like to see Clinton run. These percentages are nearly double those for the most-preferred Republicans; Ron Paul, Jeb Bush, and Chris Christie. Clinton…

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Added by Gallup's Mirror on February 26, 2014 at 7:30pm — 18 Comments

Comets

Comet Hyakutake - photo by Brad Snowder Comets are essentially big dirty snowballs, the kind you throw at someone you really don't like. They are mostly made of muddy stinky ice, and bits of dust and little rocks.



Comets are about the size of cities and towns, sort of like frozen lakes in space. We've had a few that were the size of big cities like L.A. and one that was even bigger. But the majority are…

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Added by Brad Snowder on February 22, 2014 at 8:05pm — 2 Comments

How to prove God is real

So, I’ve noticed a lot of Christians use words when they debate.

It doesn’t matter whether it’s a live debate, or an Internet discussion. Christians always use words. They will make logical arguments about why the world must have a Creator. They’ll talk about history, and claim the Bible is reliable and true. They’ll give personal experiences. They’ll talk about how morality must come from a divine law-giver, or claim life is meaningless without God.

They’ll draw on…

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Added by Physeter on February 22, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Arizona...

I don't even know where to begin.  I find it so difficult to believe that, in they year 2014, we are facing a state that is about to pass legislation that will place the religious 'freedom' of some ahead of the civil rights of others.  I'm embarrassed to say that I live in a country that can stoop to such levels.

Religion has been a poison to the human race for so long.  It's time for people to stop believing in fairy tales and grow up.  Treat ALL people with dignity and respect!…

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Added by Justin F on February 22, 2014 at 8:21am — 9 Comments

Miracles, God, Free will

Have you ever heard Christians say that God refuses to make his existence obvious, because he doesn’t want to force you to believe? That he doesn’t want to override your free will?

Suppose you have two caramel apples that appear identical. You ask me which one I want, and since I can’t see any difference between the two, I arbitrarily choose the apple on the right because it’s slightly larger. I bite into it and—surprise!—it’s actually a caramel onion.

I can’t eat…

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Added by Physeter on February 21, 2014 at 5:37pm — 7 Comments

So-called science blog gushes over “Atheist Delusions”

Ever have one of those moments where you think you’ve found something interesting and new, but it turns out to be the same old nonsense everyone else is peddling?

I found a blog on Patheos called “Science on Religion”, and I thought it sounded pretty good. It looked like either an atheist or a liberal Christian blog, based on the artwork and name. I thought it could give an interesting perspective.

It turns out it’s an excuse for Christians to crow about how real science is…

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Added by Physeter on February 21, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Does God Exist? 6 Reasons to Believe

I want u guys keep in mind that is not an attempt to convert or force anyone to believe what I believe. This is also not for the sake of trying "prove" anything but just to give Atheists a sense of why I believe in a God.

http://www.everystudent.com/features/isthere.html

Added by Justin on February 21, 2014 at 3:30pm — 15 Comments

Those characters stirring and steering the GOP

I try not to mock people, but there's a special, warm spot in my heart reserved just for Tea Party activists, and conservative Texans in particular. Yup, they sure prove how fucked up government can get, when TPers throw in their votes and slogans. (Now imagine rolls of toilet paper hanging from ceilings of a dysfunctional congress. Waahoo, TP wins!)

Short and sweet entries, please, sort of like a log that people can look back on and enjoy, after Hillary reaps the spoils of a the…

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Added by Pope Beanie on February 20, 2014 at 10:00pm — 5 Comments

Why I may one day encourage my father to keep believeing.

It's a strange crossroads that I've found myself. It all started last week when I received a text message seemingly out of the blue from my stepmother. She had been looking at something online and I guess decided that she should suggest I check out William Lane Craig's Reasonable Faith. I told her that I was well aware of the man and his arguments and I received in reply the "I'm worried about your eternal soul" conversation only that she used the word "future" instead of "eternal soul", but…

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Added by Sagacious Hawk on February 19, 2014 at 1:06am — 3 Comments

TV’s snake-handling pastor dies from snake bite

MIDDLESBORO, Ky. — A snake-handling pastor who appeared on the National Geographic television reality show “Snake Salvation” has died after being bitten by a snake during a weekend church service in Kentucky.

Jamie Coots was handling a rattlesnake at his Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name Church in Middlesboro when he was bitten on the hand Saturday night, another preacher, Cody Winn, told WBIR-TV.

After the bite, Coots dropped the snakes, but then picked them back up and…

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Added by Dan on February 18, 2014 at 8:25am — 7 Comments

Anti Theistic Art

Sure, Lots of great art has been inspired by Biblical scenes.... Well this isn't it...

But's it's just as great, irreverent, and maybe even more powerful....…

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Added by RobertPiano on February 17, 2014 at 9:27pm — 2 Comments

I'm back

Took some time off of think atheist but I still love this forum. Good to see many of you again. Some of the regulars seem to be gone/on hiatus like me. Did I miss something?

Added by Melvinotis on February 17, 2014 at 2:06am — 4 Comments

Bode Titius Rule

Johann Bode and Johann Titius were best buds and they made a rule about planets.



Hubble Bubble Trouble


Okay first of all let's call it what it is. It's not really a rule. And it's not a law. It's not even a theory. It's more of a thingy. It's the Bode Titius Thingy.



It all started in the late 1700's when…
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Added by Brad Snowder on February 16, 2014 at 11:42am — 2 Comments

The Big Sham

I stopped going to church over 40 years ago. I have friends from that time who are still Fundamentalist Christians. My parents and some of their  parents are still Fundamentalist Christians. When I talk to them they usually avoid talking about religion to me. I think that it's for…

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Added by Tim on February 14, 2014 at 4:23pm — 7 Comments

Dawkins Scale of Theistic Probability

My interest in Richard Dawkins has long been kind of on-again, off-again.  Don't get me wrong, I think he's brilliant, and most of his ideas about religion and its value (or lack thereof) are quite sensible.  However, he sometimes strikes me as a bit naive about religion, at least as it is practiced by many people in everyday life. In other words, in interviews I've seen, he adopts an attitude of being completely unable to understand how any sensible person can believe in a god, any more…

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Added by A. T. Heist on February 12, 2014 at 12:35pm — 12 Comments

Defeating Islam and the end of religion

There is no scientific and rational basis for believing in the existence of a god of any description. All religions involve irrational beliefs and practices. Islam is not only a religion, but also a political movement. Unlike other religions, its irrational beliefs and practices are a threat to all liberal democratic societies. We need to bring an end to religion. We also need to defeat Islam with a two pronged approach.

The first part of the approach is the head-on attack. The Koran…

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Added by Stephen Mooney on February 11, 2014 at 11:49pm — 4 Comments

Worldviews

"Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?" -Douglas Adams

I guess that's really the point, isn't it?  Differing worldviews.  Christians often ask, "How can an atheist look at the sky or a newborn baby, and not believe in God?" Atheists ask the opposite question about Christians.  I remember a woman who considered herself a Christian saying to me, "Where do atheists think all the blessings come from?"…

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Added by A. T. Heist on February 11, 2014 at 11:03am — 2 Comments

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