May 2010 Blog Posts (124)

The Power of Now-full of nonesense or something to it?

I just signed up to a Philosophy course which promised to not indoctrinate me and actually try to brainwash me to believe that there is a god and he wants to save me. The discussion last week was about the art of 'being' and understanding who "I" am. The speaker ended the session with: 'Be still and know that "I" am God.' -I went up to him and asked, before I judge and block off your teachings altogether, is there some literature I can read that can help me to understand what you are trying to… Continue

Added by Sophia Kousiakis on May 31, 2010 at 2:46pm — 4 Comments

Morality and Purpose in Life

Being my first blog post on TA, I felt I should start with my basic principles for how I live my life. While I am not a militant atheist (I tend to consider myself agnostic leaning toward atheist) I don't hide my views when the topic of conversation leads to the spiritual. I have seen how people of religion wonder how someone who doesn't follow a religion can be good and moral, and how we can see a purpose in our life without a higher power guiding us. Here are my two simple rules for living a… Continue

Added by Darrell Hobbs on May 31, 2010 at 2:31pm — 4 Comments

Blue laws in a red state; Sundays in Georgia

It's Sunday...you've just gone for a bike ride, enjoyed the outdoors, now you're ready to relax with a cold one with your friends...you drive to the closest gas station to pick up your brew and BAM!!! The beer section is closed because it is Sunday. I'm sure Georgia isn't the only state where this happens. I remember visiting Minneapolis once and asking if you could buy beer there on Sunday...the guy behind the counter almost busted a gut laughing at me "Of course, this is Minnesota!" It's… Continue

Added by Shawn P. on May 31, 2010 at 11:19am — 16 Comments

Some of my best friends are christians

Lately, I've noticed something. I occasionally come across people on twitter making homophobic comments. Of course, these people all tend to be on the nuttier side of christianity. No surprise there. And, of course, I often call them out on it using a sprinkling of profanity, blasphemy, and personal insults. What can I say? It is my way.



Now, most of these people block me, but a few of them actually try to defend their nasty… Continue

Added by Todd on May 31, 2010 at 1:22am — 8 Comments

"It's OK, it's part of my religion" from Atheist Climber blog

I published this piece at my blog and thought you all might appreciate it.



As you may know, my universe has no room for the possibility of a god. And in general I don't care what other people think and believe as long as their suppositions and practices don't affect me in any way. You can believe in fairies and unicorns and believe you have to bay at the moon 2 times a night to stop from… Continue

Added by Martin Pribble on May 30, 2010 at 7:34pm — 8 Comments

Angels Among Us

As a child, I believed that angels lived in the clouds above us. Remembered reverie calls to me now across the vast expanse of space and time as I am drawn to those hours spent lying on my back in green summer grass, riding in a car as an idle child passenger, or stretching my sight along the vast expanse of ocean to a distant place where the water meets those castles in the sky. Wherever my daydreams caught me, I would invariably find my mind seduced by the clouds. Even now, I still…
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Added by Shine on May 30, 2010 at 7:00pm — 12 Comments

Sunday Morning Service - 30MAY

Sunday Morning Service

30 MAY 2010



Links of Interest



Is there such a thing as an ex-atheist?



Review: Why Evolution Works (and… Continue

Added by Johnny on May 30, 2010 at 5:00am — 7 Comments

Life matters... All life. Period.

So I was listening to a song today, and part of it includes the audio of a preacher. The preacher states that "We find it easy to crush a worm we see crawling on the earth, so it is easy for God to cast his enemies down to hell".



To me, this seems to address the moral stance of unending torture. (IE: How could a loving God torture people forever?) To the preacher in question, we are like worms to God, and he doesn't think twice about torturing us lowly Atheists. This says something… Continue

Added by James on May 29, 2010 at 10:22pm — 17 Comments

Since the chat is always dead I might as well use this

I assume just talking about life is ok.


I finally finished a ridiculously stressful semester of school and now I have no idea to do with all my free time. It helps that I'm about to start two jobs, though. And they both involve working from him which is my favorite kind. One is doing work for the Office of Naval research in DC which is not nearly as interesting as it might sound. The other is building some websites for an order of nuns my mom does IT for. I'm not thrilled…
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Added by Joe O'Brien on May 29, 2010 at 7:46pm — 3 Comments

An Atheist Ad in Atlanta, Georgia? This Man Will Make It Happen.

The following is simply an interview with the Jake Collyer. He is attempting to get a billboard put up in the state of Georgia, that supports Atheism, in order to make the Atheist populace heard. Hopefully this is all the explanation you'll need, as the rest of this post is mainly going to be the interview.


Interviewer: Tell us a little bit about yourself, Jake?


Jake Collyer: I generally keep a somewhat closed…
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Added by John57 on May 29, 2010 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

My Dating Life, My Atheist Life, and Need Help w/ C++

I went to the Kalamazoo Kings baseball game tonight with the lady I have been seeing for sometime now and witnessed a player crank 3 home runs this evening which included the bottom of the ninth, two out, home run to win the game. The date went well, and I can't wait to see more of each other this Memorial Day Weekend. I have enjoyed our dates together and found that we have alot in common and I am happy! But now you probably do not care too much and I don't like to talk too much about my… Continue

Added by Jake W. Andrews on May 29, 2010 at 12:53am — 7 Comments

"Doctors consider 'less severe' female circumcision" from the ABC Australia's website

This is something happening in Australia. It is another example of appeasing a religious minority for the…

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Added by Martin Pribble on May 28, 2010 at 3:26am — 3 Comments

"Alone in the Universe" from Atheist Climber blog

from Atheist Climber Blog



We live in an imperfect universe, one where the objects that inhabit it are constantly under the strain of outside forces. And while, as was pointed out in the comments from my previous blog, there are moments where systems may work together cooperatively, these… Continue

Added by Martin Pribble on May 27, 2010 at 7:17pm — No Comments

More Afican Americans are coming out as Atheists

I saw this and thought I had to share it.



My father would always saw to me that he refuses to pray to a white Jesus. and he also said that if he got to heaven the first question he would ask God is "Why did you make me Black?" and if he was reincarnated that he would come back as a white guy and enjoy the spoils of being on top. i always thought that was funny. So read on and discuss. I'd like to hear your thoughts on race and religion



-Blu…



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Added by Bluradio on May 27, 2010 at 6:28pm — 13 Comments

Freedom of Religion = defending Christianity?

We have freedom of religion here in America, no one knows that better than us. However, my brain, which is constantly going through thoughts came up with something I felt I needed to ask here. There's a group out there that I was active with when I was a fundie called Voice of the Martyrs. I remember loving reading the stories and hearing of the testimonies of the people who were persecuted and killed for Christ and even wishing I was secure enough in my faith to do something like that. As a… Continue

Added by Beefaice on May 27, 2010 at 4:42am — 3 Comments

Muslim Calls for Censorship Under the Guise of 'Religious Intolerance'

I'm a member of the website DeviantArt.com. For those of you who don't know what it is, it's basically a site where people can post anything ranging from photographs, to drawings, to written works, even flash programs.


The site recently added the ability to create a group, where artists with similar interests can more easily share their work.
One of the more entrepreneurial atheists on the site decided to start a group titled…
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Added by Jake on May 27, 2010 at 1:30am — 7 Comments

Hello world...

Hello, I just officially joined Think Atheist and I'm now a member. I think its fiiting to mark my arrival here with an incident in my reccent transition to athiest thought. Here's a little background to the story. On my 14th birthday I was given a neclace with Jesus on it. Now, since i'm 21 and an Atheist/(Neo-Humanist) i took the medalion of jesus off and only wore the gold neclace. A few days ago, my deeply religouis christian mother saw this and got so upset she said that if i don't wear… Continue

Added by Bluradio on May 27, 2010 at 12:12am — 7 Comments

Darwin Tattoo

I was in line to buy a Starbucks tea and treat at lunch today when I noticed a young man with nice tattoo sleeves. Upon closer examination, I clearly saw Darwin's picture--a very nicely done black and white portrait--on one upper arm. I said, "Nice Darwin!," to which he replied, "you are one of only two people to ever call it out correctly straight away."



I wouldn't actually mind such a tattoo. While I don't revere him as a founder of atheism, as some detractors suggest, I think he was… Continue

Added by S S Tragus on May 26, 2010 at 7:19pm — 3 Comments

Separation between state and church.

So i think that the separation between state and church is a joke. The government supports those who believe in god more then they do for those who can't get a job very easy. If you start a church you don't have to pay property taxes where your churches are located and if you need to buy anything for your church you don't need to pay income taxes on those items. Now i know there are some organizations that do have that but those organizations are for everyone if needed. Now there may be more… Continue

Added by Travis on May 25, 2010 at 8:34pm — 2 Comments

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