March 2012 Blog Posts (100)

Spiritual vs. Religious

What do people mean when they say that they're "spiritual, not religious"? (I hope this hasn't been addressed already)

Is there a relevant distinction, or have they simplified an old idea? 

Added by Tony Moran on March 26, 2012 at 9:13pm — 1 Comment

On Religious Faith

Of course, science is not the enemy of religious faith. Sanity is. (ichbindaswortistich)

Over the ages, all religious pretensions, regardless of the respective faith of which they may have originated, have been disproved beyond any reasonable doubt. The earth is not flat but a sphere. The earth revolves about the sun, not vice versa. The earth is not the centre of the universe but a tiny planet in only one of myriads…

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Added by ichbindaswortistich on March 26, 2012 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Are Atheist Elitist?

My interactions with some Atheist has lead me to believe that many put more emphasis on showing how "smart" they are instead of being "smart."  I can see why Christians and other "Theist" who haven't figured out that superstition ain't the way, get turned off by "uppity" folk who seem to talk down to them because their reference is usually a 2000 year old book filled with contradictions.  The Atheist I know, especially many of the white ones, are trapped into a techno intellectual mode that…

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Added by Shabaka Tecumseh on March 26, 2012 at 6:51am — 74 Comments

God is into War

Make Passover Smores: Matzah, Chocolate Bar, Marshmallows. Parting the Sea

Exodus 12:43 to 19:3



12:43 Yahveh said to Moses "When you have the feast of hard biscuits, don't let strangers or foreigners eat any. If you buy a male slave, first separate him from the tip of his winky, then he can have a biscuit." Yahveh went on and on about the…
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Added by Brad Snowder on March 25, 2012 at 10:14pm — No Comments

Muslim Woman Beaten to Death in Hate Crime (California)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrnMYg62boM

This is a very sick and cruel thing that happened. I can't understand why people would hate someone this much.

I'm soooo NOT trying to take away from what happened to this poor girls mother, but one thing that caught my attention was what she said around…

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Added by Ronald on March 25, 2012 at 3:47pm — 8 Comments

It's Simply Not Enough...

Why Is It Not Enough.

Just To Be A Good.

And Decent Person.

Why Must We Also Be Subscribed To A God.

I Treat People With Respect.

And Kindness.

I Don't Go Out Of My Way To Cause Other People To Feel Bad.

Why Is Being Good.

For The Sake Of Being Good.

Not Good Enough For Some People?

Why Must We Accept Jesus.

And Accept God.

Why Do We Need Them In Order For Our Goodness To Have Any Sort Of Value.

Added by Horacio Martinez on March 25, 2012 at 12:44am — 1 Comment

What does this Einstein quote mean to you?

"A human being is a part of the whole, called by us 'Universe,' a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts, and feelings as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the…

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Added by dragotron on March 24, 2012 at 7:40pm — 1 Comment

Where is my pen?

This is my response to an article I once found in my mailbox when I got home from a long day at work. I posted it in the wrong section and forgot to “blog” it until now. I am still awaiting a reply from them. Yeah, I know it will never arrive but I never let a chance go by to help a Christian become a better one!!! You can read it here first and then my response. They claim to be Catholic. Yes, I could just bin it but I always feel compelled to question them, especially when it sounds so…

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Added by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on March 24, 2012 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Why Religion Can Be Criticized Not Only By The Religious

It is sometimes argued that only the religious could really comprehend religion and that, therefore, the irreligious ought to abstain from criticizing religion or religious beliefs. In other words, a peculiar worldview can only be fully understood from within and should thus be criticized only from within.

This argument can easily be refuted by a reductio ad absurdum. If it were true that peculiar worldviews could only be comprehended by those…

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Added by ichbindaswortistich on March 24, 2012 at 11:48am — No Comments

out from the closet of belief

the once-believer in “god”

had been wallowing in the feeling of being all alone

in a world in which every contact that they had

was based on a work of fiction full of characters

on the basis of whom

millions throughout history

have sacrificed their lives

in order to get a reward

be it the myth of “heaven”

or 72 virgins---

this once-believer dragged along these dogmas

that had been beat into their head since…

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Added by delapruch on March 24, 2012 at 5:58am — No Comments

Josephine

(If you would like to visit my blog or would like to read this posting in its original formatting:  Josephine)

“Surely the day will come when color means nothing more…
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Added by Godless Poutine on March 23, 2012 at 8:13pm — No Comments

Why the Author of ‘Why there almost certainly is a God’ Is Definitely Mistaken

On Network Norwich and Norfolk there is an article by a certain Mr James Knight in which the author claims to show that ‘there almost certainly is a God’.[1] As becomes evident soon, however, Mr Knight is definitely mistaken. I shall have to make only a few remarks so as to show you why.

First, point (7) of Mr Knight’s article demonstrates his misconception of mathematics. Mathematics is not something found in nature. Instead, it is a tool invented by…

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Added by ichbindaswortistich on March 23, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments

They Seem To Be Confused By The Questioning...

I Have Been Doing A Bit Of Thinking.

And I Wonder Why Believers Get So Upset.

When An Atheist Says.

"There Is No God" or "I Don't Believe In Your/A God"

And It Occurs To Me.

They Are Not Getting Upset.

Because We Are Questioning Their God.

They Are Getting Upset.

Because We Are Questioning Them.

Their Intellect.

Their Logic.

The Way They Look At The World.

And The Universe.

So It's All About…

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Added by Horacio Martinez on March 23, 2012 at 1:05am — 9 Comments

This pretty much sums it up...

Happy Atheist Blog

Added by Happy Atheist on March 22, 2012 at 2:45pm — No Comments

I Feel So Broke Up I Want To Go Home

Yul Brynner as Pharaoh, The Ten Commandments (1956) Ten Plagues

Exodus 5:1 to 11:1



5:1 Moses and Aaron finally got their big audition with the Pharaoh of Egypt. They told him that Yahveh wanted the Israelites to go way out on the desert and have a strange bloody ritual. They added "If we don't go do this God says he will kill us with diseases and swords so we pretty much have to go, end of…
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Added by Brad Snowder on March 22, 2012 at 11:53am — No Comments

The God Hypothesis

Great piece in the Huffington Post today..Posted: 03/20/2012 5:10 pm



Victor Stenger, Physicist, PhD, bestselling author

The following article appeared in the March 17, 2012 "God issue" of New Scientist.

The party line among scientists -- believers and nonbelievers alike -- is that science and religion are what Stephen Jay Gould called "non-overlapping magisteria." In 1998 the US National Academy of Sciences…

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Added by Rob Klaers on March 20, 2012 at 9:54pm — No Comments

Confusion

Confusion, it starts with some prick mouthing off. You know he is wrong and so you step up to set him right.

You quickly lay out your argument with finesse and poise, a salvo to baffle and tantalize the mind. When the next thing you know he is arguing the meaning of your words and telling you that you must be crazy for believing all that.

Taken aback but not one to back down you settle in for the fight with an uneducated fool. Laying it down like a well versed poem, you point…

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Added by Christopher Staats on March 20, 2012 at 12:00am — 2 Comments

Discussing Atheism in the Classroom

Last week I had my 7th graders listening to a podcast on This American Life about kidnapping for ransom and the guest who worked for a K+R firm said that one of the ways to survive a kidnapping in Mexico is to ask your kidnapper for a bible because it creates a relationship between you and the abductor (because of the Catholic nature of Mexico) . After the podcast one of the students raised her hand and said, "Well that doesn't make sense at all. Why would the kidnapper want to give you a…

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Added by Lindsay M on March 19, 2012 at 3:46pm — 4 Comments

Churches resorting to Prayer when court cases and petitions fail.

New York Times

They have tried letter-writing, petitions and a lawsuit, all to no avail. So now the Christian congregations that are weeks away from…

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Added by Rob Klaers on March 19, 2012 at 2:48pm — 4 Comments

American Paradise of Christianity

Lets say we removed all non Christians from and area of the US. What do you suppose would happen? I think Christians have some crazy notion that everything would be just peachy. Life would be paradise! There would be no violence, no differences and peace for all. Right? Does history show otherwise? Without something for them to disagree on would they slowly divide and destroy themselves over time? What do you think would happen?

Added by Natalie on March 19, 2012 at 3:20am — 13 Comments

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