June 2013 Blog Posts (46)

Agape Love

Growing up, I was taught about the kind of love God the Father has for his children; it was called "agape love." I understood it as the kind of love that allows a parent to forgive their children for wrongdoing, and the sort of love that allows God to forgive humankind for sin. It was something to take comfort in. The message that we had "fallen short" was pounded into my head, and God's love had to be extremely powerful to…

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Added by CJoe on June 30, 2013 at 6:52pm — 46 Comments

Could a "Heat Death" be Necessary for Life? The Second Law Redefined

We have met the "heat death" of the universe in progress, and it is... us?



EXCERPT "Organic cells form, reproduce, and die within complex organisms that are born, reproduce, and die, within species and civilizations that eventually result in new species and civilizations or simply carry on until they become extinct. All because stars are born, die, and are replaced, some former and current stars facilitating habitable planets and life."…

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Added by Mike Donohoe on June 30, 2013 at 5:17pm — No Comments

Atheist babies

So I was vehemently opposed by another individual when I told her that all babies were atheists. I also said that no innocent child believes in the supernatural beings until they are proselytized to believe so. Doesn't geographic determinism prove this? If you're born in the United States, you'll probably end up Christian, and if you're born in Iran, you'll end up Islamic. Doesn't this prove my point? I'd appreciate any devil's advocates.

Added by Samuel Spraker on June 30, 2013 at 12:42am — 14 Comments

More Great Star Patterns I Have Known

Snarky birds, not angry. Lyra, Aquila, Cygnus, and…

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Added by Brad Snowder on June 29, 2013 at 2:37pm — 2 Comments

The Problem of Children, and Inter-faith Love

"Most religions insist that you do not marry someone of a different faith. This is a good way of ensuring the propagation of the religion, but it is something which must have led to millions of broken hearts throughout history." - Alom Shaha, The Young Atheist's Handbook.

It's tragic, really, that what you happen to/choose to believe should dictate who you're allowed to love. From my own godless perspective, I…

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Added by Carnun Marcus-Page on June 28, 2013 at 3:39pm — No Comments

Almost nothing today is built to last

Did you ever stop to think that if mankind were to vanish from the face of the earth in a few thousand years, eventually the pyramids built by the Egyptians and Mayans would probably still be standing, but almost none of the more famous buildings built in the last 100 years would still be around?

Hieroglyphs would survive but digital data would be gone. 

Eventually, only the most ancient civilizations of Egypt, the Asian Indians, the Mayans, etc., would provide evidence that…

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Added by Unseen on June 27, 2013 at 10:51am — 15 Comments

Should traffic cops pay be based on tickets?

From CNN: 

It's a theory many drivers have held since their first speeding ticket, that citations are somehow connected to a special perk for the officer writing it.

Now, a memo among Atlanta police officers has reignited such suspicions.

"The mayor has designated traffic court and ticket revenue for future pay increases," Atlanta Police Union President Ken Allen…

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Added by Unseen on June 26, 2013 at 9:06am — 49 Comments

On Carl Sagan

I found this incredibly beautiful; a realistic love story, and a true appreciation of fleeting life:

By Ann Druyan, wife of Carl Sagan

When my husband died, because he was so famous and known for not being a believer, many people would come up to me - it still sometimes happens - and ask me if Carl changed at the end and converted to a belief in an afterlife. They also frequently ask me if I think I will see him again.



Carl faced his death with unflagging…

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Added by CJoe on June 25, 2013 at 9:07pm — 25 Comments

Formulating an argument, the opening.

I think the opening statement with an apologist is by far the most important. You can cut of a large portion of the irrelevance they're capable of bringing by being careful how you word your argument.

I almost always choose to go with something simple, "My claim is that you have no proof or compelling argument for the existence of a personal god."

This cuts out a few things, it removes their ability to ask you for burden of proof on god not existing, it sounds extremely silly…

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Added by Joshua Weinberg on June 25, 2013 at 2:16pm — No Comments

Keep @Hypochristi in College!

Contributor to Emilyhasbooks & North Carolinian Christi Sevits, needs your support today. She's fallen short in the finances needed to continue her college education, and our help can keep her enrolled.



When Christi created this indigogo fundraiser with her father, she needed $3500, but only needs $650 after further paperwork was done at the school. So, I'm writing this, asking for a cause that I believe in.



Christi is a double major in English and Russian, and is…

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Added by Emilyhasbooks on June 24, 2013 at 10:56pm — No Comments

I don't know what to file this under

Today I was at a home as part of my job.  It had a bunch of interesting things in it, among them a cow's skull mounted on the wall, a huge Jacuzzi that was so large it made other parts of the bathroom barely accessible, and the item that is the subject of my confusion and consternation.  

It was one of those images that change according to the position of the viewer.  It was posted on the refrigerator and when I first saw it I saw a picture of a starving child.  Wondering why someone…

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Added by Diane on June 24, 2013 at 9:18pm — 22 Comments

City of Lakeland Endorses Public Meeting Prayer

Source:http://www.theledger.com/article/20130623/NEWS/130629797/1134?p=2&tc=pg

LAKELAND | City Commissioners are showing support for prayer during public meetings approving Lakeland officials' request to write an amicus brief to accompany a United States Supreme Court case.…

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Added by Dan on June 23, 2013 at 1:22pm — No Comments

My brother's unintentionally insulting Thai curry

Went out with my sister, my brother, and his wife last night. While the rest of us made rather conservative choices (spicy beef salad for me and a couple mainstream curry choices for the two women) my brother order (get this) pork massaman curry?

"Well, what's wrong with that?" you may ask.

You need to understand what "massaman" ("mussamun," "mussaman") means in Thai. It means "Moslem." Now, Muslims observe pretty much the same Kosher laws as the Jews, meaning, for one thing,…

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Added by Unseen on June 23, 2013 at 9:28am — No Comments

atheist comedy...

im sure many of you know jim jefferies, if not check this clip out.(and many others just search for em). its only 9 mins so be sure to watch it.  he puts religion in its place in a very funny way i had never quite heard before.  let me know what you think or if you have any similar suggestions.  ENJOY!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OywFHF67UfU

Added by Keith Konecny on June 23, 2013 at 3:15am — No Comments

Great Star Patterns I Have Known

Dippers come in many sizes. Big Dipper

The most famous of all the dots ever connected. So well-known that people pretend to see it even when they don't. There are seven stars, eight if you count correctly. One of them is tiny, little, and wee, and is attempting to hide behind the…

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Added by Brad Snowder on June 22, 2013 at 11:06am — No Comments

Disappointed

      Religious imagery and the word of god have been in my face all of my life. Religious themes and symbols are everywhere. You see them in movies, television, social networks, schools, government buildings, bumper stickers, and fish-emblems on cars. Folks dress in religious clothing such as yarmulkes, turbans, robes, veils and burkas. All year long, there are religious holidays with religious music and even religious toys and candy for the kids. I am forced to…

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Added by Rick Yost on June 22, 2013 at 3:37am — 18 Comments

Rain gauge Earth

http://brainhulklogicsmash.blogspot.com/2013/06/rain-gauge-earth.html

We live in a rain gauge... Figuratively of course. But are you still curious what I'm on about? Well, allow me to elaborate. Sometimes I hear believers claim that life on Earth is so miraculous that only a divine being could explain it. There are actually scientific explanations that explain life rather well. But I am mainly…

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Added by James on June 21, 2013 at 8:36pm — 3 Comments

Notorious Ex-Gay Conversion 'Therapy' Ministry Apologizes, Will Close Its Doors

Exodus International Ministry, the conservative institution which promoted the idea that orientation could be changed through a close relationship with God, 'therapy,' and sheer determination, announced Wednesday that it would be closing its doors. The institution, which has been open for more than forty years, declared its intentions to close on its website less than a day after releasing an apology to the LGBT community. 

Here are some fascinating statements from the now…

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Added by Kairan Nierde on June 20, 2013 at 11:19pm — 6 Comments

The Ten Commandments in a "Christian Nation"

So often I hear from Christians in the US that they believe the US to be a "Christian Nation", founded on the principles of Christianity and the Ten Commandments. They believe this to such an extent that many wish to enshrine this belief within a monument of the Ten Commandments in various government buildings.

Yet it seems to me they miss one glaring point:

The Ten Commandments aren't Christian!

The story of the Ten Commandments is found in the Old…

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Added by TheMostAthy on June 19, 2013 at 9:11pm — 15 Comments

The Republicans accelerate their downward spiral

Robert Reich said it right in this Huffington Post article:

It's as if they didn't learn a thing from the 2012 elections. Republicans are on the same suicide mission as before -- trying to block immigration reform (if they can't scuttle it in the Senate,…

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Added by Unseen on June 19, 2013 at 1:26pm — 37 Comments

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