Featured Blog Posts – April 2009 Archive (36)

How Many Gods Are In The Bible?

There's at least a dozen questions I could preface, infer, or imply with this. One of the prevalent ones being xians' belief that the Bible proves the existence of Yahweh. Also worth mentioning is xians' belief that only Yahweh is real, and that all other gods are fake. There are more, but I'm going to focus on these two for now; please feel free to add to the mix if you feel so inclined.



Does the Bible ever actually say the others are fake gods? This might just be… Continue

Added by Johnny on April 29, 2009 at 4:00pm — 23 Comments

Who is in Heaven now?

Morgan posed a vid titled "that is why I am an atheist and not an agnostic." In the vid a lady stands up and says that she wants to feel better knowing that her friends and family are in a better place. I've shaken my head at this statement for years. I don't know where the passage is that says that you just rise up and go to heaven right when you die. What is the point of Jesus raising the dead in the Apocalypse then?



1 Thessalonians 4:16 “For the Lord himself shall descend from… Continue

Added by Gaytor on April 29, 2009 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

What is an Atheist supposed to look like?

A boy came to my door today and said he was from such in such church and he was selling candy for his youth group, so they could go to Disneyland. I asked him how much the candy was and he said 5 bucks. I sd " I'll take one box and you pick it out for me." He said "My favorite are chocolate turtles." I said, "Chocolate turtles it is then."



I gave him the a five dollar bill and before he walked away he said, " Thank you, is there anyone you would like me to pray for?" I said, " No… Continue

Added by ANGEL TAFOYA on April 29, 2009 at 4:46am — 7 Comments

Gov. Paterson: Religious Leaders Lack 'Moral Standing' for Gay Marriage Argument

"You see, the fact is that for years these same individuals - many of them, not all of them, but many of them - who pronounced religious doctrine did not exercise it when young gay and lesbian students were being chastised for expressing their point of view. Where were these leaders of faith when college students of gay and lesbian orientation were beaten and often brutalized for expressing their feelings for each other? … All I’m saying is: Why didn’t… Continue

Added by Morgan Matthew on April 29, 2009 at 3:32am — 3 Comments

A friends death tainted by religious idiot

I had a friend commit suicide due to his not so well life... He has tried a few times before, he did this half a year ago or so, and i commented him on myspace that he is now in a better place than this tainted pitch black tar of a world that we live in. So i get a messege from someone he knew, no doubt was she religious, but also a complete idiot and not enough to even read my testimony against her views, i thought it was an interesting conversation as i just went back to find it in my myspace… Continue

Added by Krysis on April 29, 2009 at 1:51am — 11 Comments

Nothing Created Everything?

Ray Comfort has stated on his blog that atheists are like “broken records” repeating the same questions time and again even when answered satisfactorily (if only in the mind of the believer). His main complaint is the “But what created God?” argument in response to the Christian claim that the appearance of design demands a designer.



I understand Comfort’s frustration. It’s exactly the same for the non-believer. We consistently hear the same claims from “True Believers” time and time… Continue

Added by Chris on April 27, 2009 at 6:15pm — 7 Comments

No U

When someone leaves Christianity, why are other Christians so quick to blame them or the church?



I recently had a discussion with a Christian via YouTube PMs, and while she was very nice, she had one little flaw. She had to blame me/my family/the church for my leaving Christianity. She insinuated that our entire doctrine was faulty, that I had been forced into Christianity, and that I had never felt Jesus or God in my life. She said that she believed that I was a "false convert… Continue

Added by AnonyMouse on April 26, 2009 at 4:48pm — 2 Comments

A Question of Language

(I realise that for a first blog post this may be wordy, but I wrote this down last night and thought it would be a waste if I didn't share it).



As someone who often enjoys writing, as well as the stufy of language and words, I was inspired by a section of a TED Talk (TED talks are thirty minute lectures by some of the best minds on the planet, so if you haven't seen any yet, I will put a link in the comments) by Richard Dawkins, in which he discuses the connotations and… Continue

Added by Adam Houten on April 26, 2009 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

Journey Into the Unknown

"It’s the questions, not the answers, that make science the ultimate adventure."

by Brian Greene of Wired Magazine



Were some super-advanced alien civilization to swoop down to Earth with the definitive explanation of everything in the cosmos, there’d be excitement at first—it would be thrilling to have answers to the questions we’ve tussled with through the ages. But in short order, scientists worldwide would be utterly depressed. With no remaining mysteries, the scientific… Continue

Added by CJoe on April 24, 2009 at 2:28pm — 5 Comments

Positively Misguided: The Myths & Mistakes of the Positive Thinking Movement

Written by Steve Salerno of Skeptic.com



My college football coach was the kind of guy Stanley Kubrik must have had in mind when he conceived the over-the-top drill sergeant for his classic Vietnam film, Full Metal Jacket. During one game midway in my sophomore year, my offensive-line cohorts and I were having trouble opening holes for our ball carriers. Coach pulled us aside at half-time and lined us up against a wall. He then walked the line and — from a distance of maybe two inches… Continue

Added by CJoe on April 21, 2009 at 11:50pm — 2 Comments

Who's the fool?

Recently I received an email that contained a standard atheistic rant against the bible and another typical response from a "True Believer". I'm not positive, but I believe it's from Ray Comfort's blog. It seemed like as good a piece to start blogging on as any, so I decided to give my response to it. It's short enough, so I'll include the text of the email here.



Atheists Rant

"I have violated some of the strictures in the Bible. I work on Sunday, I wear cotton… Continue

Added by Chris on April 21, 2009 at 11:35am — 11 Comments

I have an Idea...

It's cool that you have a blog on a different site and all, I might even enjoy reading it.



What I don't like is seeing a blind link to a random site with a message saying "here's my blog" in a blog post.



How about posting what it's about, or an article from it?? I am not going to click on a link just because you say it's your blog.



It also clogs up our front page with what looks like spam links.



Content people! Make me want to… Continue

Added by Dan on April 19, 2009 at 3:54am — 3 Comments

Open Letter

Dear Atheists,



I am writing to you to clarify what you would consider a Christian to be. I spend some time surfing atheist sites to try get a better understanding of your perspective. I have come across some really nice people and some Jerks. I guess you could say the same about the so called Christian community.



You see… on many posts I see comments about Joel Osteen, Rick warren, the Pope etc… and criticism of their views and the hypocrisy of their actions. I agree. I do… Continue

Added by Michale K. on April 16, 2009 at 12:45pm — 31 Comments

'I don't mind you saying you're an atheist'

I was having a conversation with a good friend about how a facebook friend insinuated my current unmoving flu was down to the fact I no longer have god on my side. I had forgotten the friend I was chatting to had himself dabbled in various community churches of the christian variety and he suddenly said,



'I don't mind you saying you’re an 'atheist''



To which I replied,



'I don't mind you saying you’re a 'christian''



Why to people think that we should… Continue

Added by Paul Fryer on April 16, 2009 at 6:00am — 6 Comments

Atheism And The Supernatural - A Question For The Community

So the other day I got into a debate with one of my coworkers that was fairly interesting and left me kind of wondering myself. I make no attempt to hide my nonbelief, most people in my office know that I'm fiercely atheist. Even those that make every attempt to convert whoever they can tend to leave me alone bacause I'm also known as a fiercely effective debator. There have been a few situations where someone attempting to convert me wound up getting converted themselves. Most theists don't… Continue

Added by SabreNation on April 15, 2009 at 4:27pm — 11 Comments

Outted on Easter...ohhh the irony.

So first off I'd like to apologize for not being around much. Apparently a few of you have missed me and I am sorry. I have just been redonculously busy lately.



And to make matters worse...today was shit.



I had a lovely Easter. All my family came over to my parents' and we had a great lil brunch get-together. Afterward, my mom was driving me back to my apartment in the city. She asked me what I thought of the new church they were going to (where we went that morning) and I… Continue

Added by Sniz on April 12, 2009 at 9:00pm — 23 Comments

Sunday Morning Service - 12APR

Sunday Morning Service

12 APR 2009



Links of Interest



The Jesus Quote You’ll Never Hear in Church - Christians condemn the violent language in the Koran; but most don't realize the New Testament contains some violent language too. Jesus essentially says: obey or I will kill you. - On a related… Continue

Added by Johnny on April 12, 2009 at 5:00am — 2 Comments

Hope vs. Christianity

In case I haven't made my background painfully clear, let me reiterate: I used to be a Bible-thumping Christian. My grandfathers were both Southern Baptist preachers; my parents met at a Christian college and were both virgins when they married and planned to be missionaries abroad; my mom was in the choir; we went to church EVERY Sunday... when I was 21, I moved to Nashville to "get closer to God" and was there for three years studying the Bible and different theologies. Up until the last two… Continue

Added by CJoe on April 11, 2009 at 10:00pm — 8 Comments

The End of Christian America

The percentage of self-identified Christians has fallen 10 points in the past two decades. How that statistic explains who we are now—and what, as a nation, we are about to become.



It was a small detail, a point of comparison buried in the fifth paragraph on the 17th page of a 24-page summary of the 2009 American Religious Identification Survey. But as R. Albert Mohler Jr.—president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, one of the largest on earth—read over the… Continue

Added by Sophie on April 11, 2009 at 4:51am — 6 Comments

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