March 2011 Blog Posts (169)

Deconversion... Story of a Fallen Angel

For me deconversion was the most powerful moment of my life.

I was a Christian in the Presbyterian church for 16 years. I was baptised as an infant and when, in May of 2004 I took the vows of my confirmation and became a member of the church, it was the proudest moment of my life [or so I thought]. I thought that the voice of Jesus Christ spoke to me in my head, especially when I took communion. When my best friend revealed to me that she was no longer Christian I left a little prayer…

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Added by Skycomet the Fallen Angel on March 26, 2011 at 12:41pm — 1 Comment

The Problems With Prayer

I was quite surprised at the level of response to the Hopi Indian response video which included messages from the family of the elder who created the statement.  What I find amazing is the level of anger towards me questioning the validity of prayer and asking people to donate instead.  Besides being called evil, narrow minded, one dimensional and a douche bag, this to me shows the level people are at when it comes to their so called… Continue

Added by Paul Sheppard on March 26, 2011 at 10:24am — 3 Comments

It makes me want to scream!

These are some really sweet people and some of them, I have known for a long time. It just makes me want to shake them and scream, "WAKE UP! It's has all been a lie!" I'm hesitant though because these are the type of people that their faith runs so deep, any deviance will send them crying and praying. I really wish that they would put this passion toward something productive for our society, instead of just wishful thinking.. which is what I'm doing too, when I say…

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Added by Scarlette Blues on March 25, 2011 at 4:35pm — 10 Comments

The "Movement" Gets More Bad Press - How to Respond

The following quote appears in an article from the UK Telegraph that is once again labeling the new atheist movements as all polemicist god-bashers.

"That’s the trouble with the new atheism of the Dawkinite, occasionally ranting, intolerant variety – it is seeking to create a movement based on a non-belief, based on the absence of something (belief in God) rather than on the presence of something (belief in something else). It is entirely negative, allowing itself to be defined by its…

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Added by Robert Karp on March 25, 2011 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Lend a hand (vote) to a fellow Atheist...

My school (I am a teacher) is in the running for a $25000 multimedia makeover. This means new monitors and projectors for our lab and classrooms. Right now we have a 6 year old projector and all 6+ year old "old school" monitors. I would appreciate your help by voting for my school. Just follow the link http://is.gd/vvs25k. (Here is the raw unedited link:…

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Added by Chris Moran on March 25, 2011 at 9:00am — 17 Comments

Did you choose to be an atheist?

I've heard believers say things like "You've chosen to reject god," or "You've chosen to be an atheist." I've never felt like I chose to be an atheist. These days, I like it a lot -- it's liberating -- but in the early days it was tough going. If it had been a matter of making choices, I'm not sure it's one that I would have made. I might have chosen to be a Christian like most of the people I knew, and be accepted into that community. Atheism felt more like something that happened to me,…

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Added by Lee Davis on March 25, 2011 at 8:18am — 19 Comments

Would anyone be interested in contributing to a magazine?

One of my dreams in life was to have my own magazine. For years I toiled with what to make a magazine about. After a few false starts, I've finally come up with a concept for a magazine.



I want a magazine by and for atheists, free thinkers, humanists, and sprinkle it with some tech and nerdy stuff. After stumbling upon this website, I've realized that we atheists need as many outlets to broadcast the issues and causes we stand behind as we can get. I would like this magazine to…

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Added by Sean Fraser on March 24, 2011 at 10:57pm — 7 Comments

Will the Real Noah, Please Stand Up

We all know that there there were many gods prior to Jesus that did everything else that he did. Appllonious of Tyana, Mithras, Horus... you know the deal. There are around 20 savior gods that share many of his traits. Born of a virgin, God in the flesh or powers of the gods…

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Added by Gaytor on March 24, 2011 at 10:04pm — 6 Comments

My Dad's Funeral

I had no reason to believe that my dad's funeral wouldn't be religious. It was at the church where my parents were married and so my mom chose the very same Calvary Temple to have his service. I was asked to read from the bible, if either I or my half sister would read it. Since she made all sorts of excuses not to read it, I ended up doing it. Am I going against my belief or rather non-belief? Yes. Am I being there for my family, especially my newly-widowed mom? Yes. Would I do it again at…

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Added by Venus Lovejam on March 24, 2011 at 9:23pm — 3 Comments

World's Oldest "Standing" Church is in Saudi Arabia

World's Oldest "Standing" Church is in Saudi Arabia - 4th Century Assyrian Church with PICS

 

Jubail Church is the oldest still remaining church in the world, located in Jubail, Saudi Arabia. It dates to the 4th century. It was discovered in 1986. The government hides it from locals and…

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Added by Hope on March 24, 2011 at 6:43pm — 2 Comments

The Book of Solicitation

So, I'm watching The 19th Wife on LMN--a movie with murder and Mormons--when the doorbell rings and a couple of young Jehovah's Witness bible thumpers want to read me some scripture and give me a booklet. This isn't the first time this group has visited my house, but it was the first time I was home alone and the one to answer the door. As soon as I knew what was about to happen I regretted my decision to answer the door immediately. They were very young--I'm 22 and they were noticeably…

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Added by Amanda Artman on March 24, 2011 at 5:21pm — 1 Comment

Atheism's Odd Relationship with Morality - Robert's Response

This was the title from article from the Huffington Post from Rabbi Adam Jacobs and it made me furious. The Rabbi just doesn't get it. Despite his interpretations or misinterpretations about what Harris and Hitchens say about morality, being an atheist does not in any way mean we should be or act amoral.  In fact, the atheists I've met with, spoken to and chatted with on this site indicate that atheists have higher moral standards than many people who live "by the book".  The point is Rabbi,…

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Added by Robert Karp on March 24, 2011 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

The Evolution of God

A narrative essay by - Heather Spoonheim

 

God’s stomping grounds are pretty vast these days, at least according to some theists. You see, God isn’t limited by time, dimensions or measure but actually transcends space-time and even the very concepts of space and time. He is not only everywhere at all times, he is in fact the very essence of…

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Added by Heather Spoonheim on March 24, 2011 at 3:58am — 9 Comments

Were the Egyptian Pyramids Ever Underwater?



Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx underwater because of Noah's flood

The Sphinx and the Pyramids of Giza were all built by 2500 BCE, before the Bible says Noah’s flood occurred.

 

According to the Bible in the year 2348 BCE the earth was plunged into a global flood which killed everyone everywhere because everyone was doing everything naughty (except Noah and his immediate family).

How do we know the Bible says 2348 BCE for the flood? Because in the 17th century an Irish fellow named James Ussher…

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Added by Morgan Matthew on March 24, 2011 at 1:15am — 15 Comments

A culture of laziness

I foudn this article on Yahoo!'s front page earlier:

 

http://health.yahoo.net/articles/pain/6-alternative-treatments-chronic-pain

 

It's obviously listed under the "Health" section of the site, though I feel that it should be nowhere near that section at all. Being both an Atheist and a general skeptic, as time passes it becomes increasingly annoying to see articles like…

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Added by Kai on March 23, 2011 at 11:51pm — 2 Comments

Freeze the children for jesus

A clearly non-complaint Russian boy is baptised in an unusually cruel manner:

 

Apparently this cleanses sin. The BBC ran article on it. And many thanks to Doctor E for the lead,…

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Added by Bryan B on March 23, 2011 at 8:57pm — 3 Comments

Why Glenn is angry with Lawrence

 

 

If you haven't caught up with newscaster, Lawrence O'Donnell, you should.

His program, The Last Word, airs nightly on MSNBC.

Last week, he had Sam Harris on as a guest and for the past three consecutive nights he has gone after the ridiculous religious rantings of Glenn Beck (who, by the way, has responded in kind).  Lawrence called him out saying that he KNOWs that it is not the End of The World, which Beck eludes to day after day after day. Lawrence doesn't…

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Added by Violet Chartreuse on March 23, 2011 at 4:56pm — 14 Comments

Good Samaritan or simple act of kindness?

I was on my way to Douglas (AZ) today when on the other side of the highway I saw a truck that had a trailer in tow with it's flashers (hazard lights) on. Even though I was on a rather tight personal schedule I turned around at the first available spot on the road. What I found was Hispanic man with his family on his way to Phoenix (AZ). His truck had a flat tire and the spare he had would not fit. He asked if there was a tire shop near by and I told yes just up the road about a mile. I asked… Continue

Added by Walter Maki on March 23, 2011 at 3:03pm — 7 Comments

Bank of America, I am disappoint.

I went with my mother to her bank so she could get a safety deposit box, one I was given acccess to as well, so my presence was required. She began to speak to the bank employee about how happy she was to get one so she could keep her jewelry safe. She then pulled out her gold Virgin Mary necklace to show him, because it's very important to her. He exclaimed over how pretty it was, and she said something along the lines of "Everyone in my family is very religious. Well, except for her," and… Continue

Added by Beefaice on March 23, 2011 at 1:26pm — 11 Comments

The Genesis of God

A narrative essay by - Heather Spoonheim

 

Years ago I found myself alone and shivering, hands trembling as I struck match after match trying to ignite some damp tinder. I desperately wanted that fire to light and all the intention of my mind was focused and I started pleading, “Come on, fire, come on!” As the tinder began to smolder I sighed, “Thank you!” and I dropped to my knees and began blowing gently until flames began to…

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Added by Heather Spoonheim on March 23, 2011 at 1:05am — 3 Comments

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