May 2012 Blog Posts (71)

Sobriety without God

I wrote an article reworking the 12 step to exclude God over a year ago. It was a great exercise, but ultimately abandoned. Here I am, more than a year later with my observation made since then. I have rejected my own 12-step model for something a little more tangible, significant, and simple. One great thing about being a scientifically driven atheist is the willingness to be wrong and openness to correcting this inequity. Perhaps I will have more to say on this in a year or two; but for…

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Added by JD Stockman on May 30, 2012 at 8:36pm — 4 Comments

Reasonable Christianity

Hi, everyone.

My goal here is not to argue that Christianity is true, but that I'm reasonable to be a Christian. I don't care if you agree with me about Christianity, but I do want to persuade you that I'm not stupid, crazy, insane, or in any other epistemically lamentable state, for being a Christian. What follows is a sketch that I can expand as people ask reasonable questions.

Keeping this as short as reasonably possible, I'm a Christian because I think that God exists and…

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Added by William Occam on May 30, 2012 at 11:31am — 60 Comments

You Do the Math

With the rise of Evangelical Christianity in the United States a corresponding increase in finger pointing and blame claiming that the country is in moral decline accompanied it. The usual culprits for the fingered for the alleged deterioration are liberals, non-Christians and unbelievers, but a look at the numbers show the source may be a closer to…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on May 30, 2012 at 7:07am — No Comments

Abortion Reality (Warning: Gory description)

Fresh blood has a coppery scent that sticks in your memory like thick red syrup. My father was a doctor and I often went with him to the emergency room where he treated everything from sick babies to high school drunks, but that night was nothing I had ever seen before. I walked into an emergency room soaked with blood. The metallic smell was overwhelming, but did not compare with the blood that seemed to cover everything.



My dad disappeared behind operating room doors, as I stood… Continue

Added by Donald R Barbera on May 30, 2012 at 12:11am — 1 Comment

just a question

so at a recent party,  I was listening in on a conversation that my Christian friend and some of his christian friends were talking about how people can believe that there is not god? I as a in-the-closet-atheist. didn't say anything but his friend said "Where does moral thought come from?" and i was pondering that idea that our thought can bring moral actions and moral judgement. If there is a god than he would give Humanity moral thought? i dont know this question is hard for me to come up…

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Added by John Jon on May 28, 2012 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

Scientist: Evolution debate will soon be history

NEW YORK (AP) — Richard Leakey predicts skepticism over evolution will soon be history.

Not that the avowed atheist has any doubts himself.

Sometime in the next 15 to 30 years, the Kenyan-born paleoanthropologist expects scientific discoveries will have accelerated to the…

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Added by Rob Klaers on May 28, 2012 at 12:18am — 14 Comments

Wicked and Doomed

Banksy, Armoured Peace Dove. This wall marks the spot where over 40 people were killed during the first Intafada (holes along the top are from bullets). The Second Law

Deuteronomy 1:1 to 31:14

1:1 Moses made a long speech romanticizing the bloody epic of the tribes. First he brought them up to date on some of his biggest accomplishments and then he highlighted the bright forecast for the anticipated genocide of the men,…

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Added by Brad Snowder on May 27, 2012 at 11:57am — No Comments

What determines that you have won the debate?

I pose this question, since I have watched many of William Lane Craig's great academy award winning performances. I have heard many atheist say that he has won most of the debates against atheist, but I have always come to the conclusion that he has not provided anything with substance. He uses the same old arguments that are known not to be very strong. Therefore from my point of view he lost. I think a person wins a debate if their claims are true, if they provide evidence, and if the…

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Added by Eric Diaz on May 27, 2012 at 10:47am — 11 Comments

do you think there are aliens out there

yes I know this sounds rediculous but do you (Atheist) thing there are aliens out there in our universe, I was just wandering, i know this isn't the most intellectual or anit-religious but i am curious, thanks. 

Added by John Jon on May 26, 2012 at 4:03pm — 24 Comments

Time well spent by racegirl87.tumble.com

Look. It's simple. I haven't got knowledge of all the clever arguments and statistics and philosophical stand points - probably not even enough to make a half baked argument from ignorance but I know this. This world is phenomenal. It's beautiful and clever and intricate. There are animals and cultures and people and plants that I'll probably never learn about that are also amazing and I'm in awe of that. There is so much in this stunning sphere that we are inconceivably lucky enough to be able… Continue

Added by Nicki Temple on May 25, 2012 at 6:54pm — 3 Comments

My Idiot Friend- An Update (Plus Tarot Card Nonsense!)

If you've read my blog in the past you've probably seen my furious rants about my idiot of a best friend. You know, the one who has called me morally inferior and hell-bound?

Well after exactly a decade of being loyal to him in spite of his special brand of bullshit, we are no longer friends.

He sent an email to my husband (not me) telling me that we were no longer friends. No reasonable explanation, just some ridiculous babel over wanting what's best for me because he felt he…

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Added by Carol Foley on May 25, 2012 at 2:30am — 17 Comments

The bible is about to become a game show!

I was browsing the news and found this:

http://www.pegasusnews.com/news/2012/may/24/christians-dallas-american-bible-challenge-gsn-sho/

I kind of see this as a good thing because more people will actually read the bible and probably become atheists.

Also, I want to try out just to cause a ruckus and be Captain Chaos!

What do yall think of this?

Added by Leslie Ann on May 24, 2012 at 9:04pm — 3 Comments

Iowa GOP has fallen off the deep end, become bat-shit crazy

I have found numerous reports on various sites that the Iowa GOP has a new proposed platform. (full platform on Scribd; Raw Story article and summary;…

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Added by Rocky Oliver (LotusGeek) on May 24, 2012 at 3:42pm — No Comments

Hell. Hell. It's always Hell!

My separation from Christendom is relatively recent. At least, the more public end of it. I've entertained the idea of letting myself accept I no longer believed in any of the gods described by humans in any religion at any time in history for quite some time. I can't discount there could be some god or another somewhere out there. But I really doubt it.

The reaction to my rejection of religion has been about what I expected. It all came straight back to Hell. I am no stranger to…

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Added by Rachel on May 24, 2012 at 2:48am — No Comments

Simplicity

Many questions are asked by people all over our green and blue and fantastically beautiful globe. Why is the sky blue? Where do babies come from? Is there indeed a God? These questions are often asked by puzzled children, dazzled by their own curiosity and innocence.  These inquiries enlighten us to the beauty of a child’s simplistic but fertile mind, open to impressions and yet very eager to learn. Even today, as an adult, I find myself back at that tender…
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Added by Connor Hughes on May 23, 2012 at 9:00pm — No Comments

The Fanciful God

Welcome to my blog. I have never written a blog, or anything recreationally for that matter. Its new to me, this world of words. Words.They are fascinating aren't they. Powerful. Words are everything. They are knowledge. They are communication, friendship. Love, Hatred. Weapons. Medicine. You can achieve anything with words. So i guess I will start by explaining, with words, what I intend to achieve, with…

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Added by Connor Hughes on May 23, 2012 at 9:00pm — No Comments

More Horror Surfaces from the Vatican

Emanuela Orlandi Was 'Kidnapped For Vatican Sex Parties,' Claims Father Gabriele Amorth

link to article

An undated file photo showing Italian teenager Emanuela Orlandi, the daughter of a Vatican employee, believed to have been kidnapped after a music lesson in Rome on June…

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Added by Robert Karp on May 23, 2012 at 12:08pm — 8 Comments

Straight White Male: The lowest difficulty setting there is.

This article, Straight White Male: The lowest difficulty there is has been passed around in the Twitterverse for the past week or so.  I think it does a very good job explaining the concept of 'privilege.'  If life was a video game, being a straight white male would be the lowest difficulty setting, the easiest way to play the game with all else being equal.…

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Added by Kyle Bates on May 23, 2012 at 12:56am — 12 Comments

Skepticism is not a way of life, it is just a way of science.

As these are often going to occur, if I feel inclined to talk about something- I likely wrote an article about it already. Heh.

So... today my jab at skepticism was finally released for publication. Jab is light actually. I was fairly balanced and unbiased when I wrote it. Now I will take of my mittens and pop the claws:

Skepticism is lazy and excuse riddled. If you are not a scientist or even at the very least driven to conducting a scientific inquiry, skepticism is a cop out…

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Added by JD Stockman on May 22, 2012 at 5:06pm — 1 Comment

The GOD Complex

Ok so the most Unforgivable SIN is to BLASPHEMY and anyone who DOUBTS the existance of the Holy Spirit is certain to be DAMMED to HELL so when your mind starts to wonder in fact that there is NO EXISTANCE of this holy spirit you just committed the greatest crime in Fundamentalist Christianity and that people is to THINK!

This is why im always talking about this stuff bcuz every Christian person either believes they will go to hell if they even THINK there IS'NT a GOD and that makes…

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Added by Terence Vermont on May 21, 2012 at 1:56pm — 5 Comments

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