I purchased "The god delusion" maybe 2 years ago and read it and fell in love with it. Its funny, and I enjoy Dawkins writing style.
But My favourite part of the book is where he quotes Gaskings reconstructed "proof of goods non existence" by W. Grey:
1.The creation of the world is the most marvelous achievement imaginable.
2.The merit of an achievement is the product of (a) its intrinsic quality, and (b) the ability of its creator.
3.The greater the disability,… Continue
Added by fixedentropy on June 13, 2009 at 11:00pm —
I should do this more often I think. Anyway, now and then I'll go to a church to observe the goings on. It's like a zoo, but with humans, and you get to analyse psychology at work, peer pressure, conditioning, religious tactics and so on. It's much more interesting to me as a non believer than it ever was when I thought it was true. Well, a while ago I went to a Mormon one and I wrote a report on it. It's pretty long, but it might hold the attention.
I attended the Church of Jesus… Continue
Added by Serotonin Wraith on June 13, 2009 at 8:20pm —
Another "eruption" between me and my brother today. (... *rolls eyes*) He's 17 and going through "that phase" where you're "radical" about your most treasured beliefs (or unbeliefs). I went through that once... so I know he'll come out of it soon. Still... his intolerance does hurt sometimes. The entire "rest" of my family is Christians... except for a couple of Jews far out in my extended family. I don't think there are any brights in my family.... although I might be wrong... because I still… Continue
Added by Skycomet the Fallen Angel on June 13, 2009 at 2:28pm —
This is one of the funniest blogs I think I've ever seen, courtesy of Mark Pogue:
Check out the posts in response to it, as well...They are hysterical!! Thanks, Mark!
Added by Chelsea on June 13, 2009 at 3:30am —
I wanted to post a little post about this particular site.
What a great idea.
As an atheist, for as long as i can remember I have felt left out in most situations, at family functions, with my friends, people i work with, guys that I have dated.
So many of us are weary about telling people about our lack of faith in a man who "has a beard and sits on a cloud and judges us" i mean doesn't that sound JUST like Santa? so if Santa isn't… Continue
Added by fixedentropy on June 12, 2009 at 1:07pm —
When a subway car is taken hostage, it’s left to the dispatcher to save the passengers from the gunmen. Packed with action and sprinkled with emotion, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, based on a book of the same name by John Godey, is a satisfying action-packed escape.
Walter Garber (Denzel Washington) is directing motormen through the tunnels of the New York Subway when armed men take control of a train. Ryder (John Travolta), the leader of the team of gunmen, reaches out to Garber… Continue
Added by LaRae Meadows on June 12, 2009 at 12:00am —
Muslims see dogs as ritually unclean. Upon embarking a bus the child of the fuck (impartial viewpoint) started to freak out. The Bus driver asked the man to get off the bus. After he refused he was kicked off by the bus driver.
Look, it's 2009. If the dog is ritually unclean, you are modernally retarded. Fair warning, if you confront me because you haven't raised your child to get used to dogs, and I'm somewhere legal and you ask me to be removed... I'll stop myself… Continue
Added by Gaytor on June 11, 2009 at 10:24pm —
by Eric Margolis
This article was written in 2001.
NEW YORK – On the fourth day of the 1967 Arab Israeli War, the intelligence ship "USS Liberty" was steaming slowly in international waters, 14 miles off the Sinai Peninsula. Israeli armored forces were racing deep into Sinai in hot pursuit of the retreating Egyptian army.
"Liberty," a World War II freighter, had been converted into an… Continue
Added by Rev. Tom Hicks, D.D. on June 11, 2009 at 2:01pm —
Big surprise here (not). A 10-year study funded by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine to the tune of $2.5 billion has found that glucosamine and chondroitin, black cohosh, saw palmetto, and shark cartilage fair no better than placebo
in treating their targeted ailments, much as echinacea
had previously been found to be no help in… Continue
Added by Dave Nichols on June 11, 2009 at 8:57am —
Have you ever had someone say something to you and you came up with the perfect response to that person...a day later? It has happened to me seemingly thousands of times, whether in argument or being insulted or trying to flirt with a pretty girl, I always seem to find the scathing remark or witty retort that will achieve instant victory and secure my place as a silver tongued devil well after the fact.
I had such a moment when confronted by a theistic-leaning friend regarding my… Continue
Added by Reggie on June 10, 2009 at 9:44pm —
I don't particularly jump up and down at the idea of abortion. However, I do embrace a woman's right to choose. With this in mind, I don't think abortion should be used as a method of birth control. I can understand a broken condom, drunken night, mishap on the pill, rape, any number of reasons to cause one to elect abortion. It is your decision, your life, your choice. But...I feel that without cause, you should not be able to have multiple
abortions. Simply because you didn't bother to… Continue
Added by Theresa on June 10, 2009 at 7:13pm —
Reversing a lower court, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously declared unconstitutional the eight-foot-tall religious display, which was erected at the local courthouse in 2004 after a campaign by a local minister and his supporters. Continue
This decision should send a clear…
Added by Dave Nichols on June 10, 2009 at 4:37pm —
I still use Myspace but it's only purpose is to participate in a group on there called Myspace Deists. Don't let the name fool ya, it's got a good collection of people that were Deists at one time but have slowly become Atheists.
I still participate in discussions there and there are a few new members that don't exactly enjoy the presence of so many non-believers.
So, the point here is that earlier tonight I responded to a statement made by one of the deists there that… Continue
Added by Jim Valentine on June 10, 2009 at 12:17am —
It is a wonder that atheists are sometimes accused of being unromantic because our worldview does not afford us belief in soulmates. Well, it seems to me that the opposite is true--that belief in soulmates definitively strips relationships of their true value and that a sober view of (godless) reality offers a much more satisfying alternative. Let me explain.
As a Christian, I firmly believed that God "had someone out there for me." You know... my rib
. And it was waiting for… Continue
Added by Richard Spencer on June 9, 2009 at 10:33pm —
Okay... so today, I just finished my second final exam! (1 class left to go... yeah baby!!! Whoo hoo!)
Anyhow... so I'm procrastinating in the library to avoid writing my final paper for lit class and started browsing the "Religion" section of the encyclopedia shelves. I was astounded at what I found. There was a book on the bottom shelf entitled "The New Encyclopedia of Unbelief." Well, I had always thought atheism was kind of simple... I mean... either you believe in God or you don't.… Continue
Added by Skycomet the Fallen Angel on June 9, 2009 at 2:05pm —
I feel this is incredibly like arguing with a Theist.
He doesn't have reasons. His excuses are feeble and often times he outright contradicts himself.
My atheist boyfriend is a homophob.
You won't find him at any hate rally or petitioning the denial of civil rights, but you will hear snide comments or laughter at inappropriate jokes.
He isn't from America, and the cultural difference is a huge shock to me. Where I come from, it's only the religiouspolice that are concerned… Continue
Added by Misty: Baytheist Living! on June 8, 2009 at 6:36am —
I seriously just had a guy I was seeing tell me that he could never see himself marrying me because I don't believe in god.
I'm a little angry and a little proud at the same time. I'm proud that I've taken a stand and will not back down.
Although, I still want to tell him he's a selfish prick and I'm a better human being than he is despite my belief system.
I think a difference in religious belief is a valid reason to stop seeing someone but he strung me along and then dropped… Continue
Added by Erica on June 7, 2009 at 6:50pm —
On Friday, Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee, and Oliver North visited Rock Church in Hampton Roads, Virginia to give a three-hour long lecture on “Rediscovering God in America.” The speakers warned the audience about the “continuing availability of abortion, the spread of gay rights, and attempts to remove religion from American public life and school history books.” The Virginia-Pilot reported that Gingrich argued that, while Christianity is the foundation of American citizenship, Americans are… Continue
Added by Morgan Matthew on June 7, 2009 at 4:30pm —
This is mostly a repost from Greg Fish's blog "Weird Things"
titled "Why You Should Honor Thy Scientists"
. I often consider science as my "religion", but really what I mean is that I trust science to be the best thing available to tell me about reality. However, some theists will try to posit that science is just another faith based religion, playing a little… Continue
Added by Reggie on June 7, 2009 at 1:20pm —
Its an interesting point that the Buddhist 'spiritual philosophy' developed without ever imagining a supernatural god-creator into it when all the other religions seemed to find it applicable to base the source of their scriptures on a deity. Seems Sid Gautama was very realistic and wise to avoid the god-creator concept in order to keep things a little simpler (Occam's razor comes to mind..). Wisdom of the scriptures- if it has not been corrupted and tampered with as Christian scripture in… Continue
Added by Rick Watts on June 7, 2009 at 9:51am —