Featured Blog Posts – July 2009 Archive (25)

We evolved from aquatic apes?





http://www.ted.com Elaine Morgan is a tenacious proponent of the aquatic ape hypothesis: the idea that humans evolved from primate ancestors who dwelt in watery habitats. Hear her spirited defense of the idea -- and her theory on why mainstream science doesn't take it seriously. TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes.… Continue

Added by Monika on July 31, 2009 at 9:08pm — 3 Comments

BOY TAKES CAR TO SKIP CHURCH

BOY TAKES CAR TO SKIP CHURCH



A seven year-old boy led officers on a car chase in an effort to avoid going to church.



Witnesses reported a child driving recklessly Sunday morning. Two officers caught up with the boy and tried unsuccessfully to stop the Dodge Trepid. The car reach 40mph before stopping in a driveway, with child fleeing inside the home.



When confronted, the boy said he didn't want to go to church reports the Associated Press.…



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Added by Rick on July 29, 2009 at 5:30pm — 10 Comments

Sunday Morning Service - 26JUL

Sunday Morning Service

26 JUL 2009



Links of Interest



Understanding atheism may break down prejudices



Teen births and STDs spiked under Bush…



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Added by Johnny on July 26, 2009 at 4:00am — 1 Comment

Thunderfoot vs. Ray Comfort

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Added by Monika on July 25, 2009 at 12:20am — 5 Comments

Meet the Baptists! Part 1: Are You A Good Person?

Earlier this year I went to a wedding outside of Kansas City, Missouri. It was a Hell and Brimstone Baptist Church and their literature was nothing short of amazing! So I helped myself to everything they had to offer and now I want to share it with my fellow atheists. So join me in this series of posts as we get to know the Baptists together. I only ask that former (or current) Baptists do not post spoilers. We don't want to know how it ends. Personally, I think the devil will win and there… Continue

Added by Reggie on July 23, 2009 at 1:30pm — 7 Comments

The Religious Scientist: A Frustration

I blogged this a few months back, and I realised that it might be right at home here. It's really about my frustration at religious scientists, who by necessity, compartmentalise:





This has been my topic of frustration this week. Maybe I'm being a little bit unreasonable but I would like to clarify and justify my position on this.



I find it really frustrating when a scientist has a religious belief. This is maybe not quite accurate. What I should probably say is that… Continue

Added by Brian Colquhoun on July 22, 2009 at 8:00pm — 7 Comments

"Why Do You Hate God/Believers So Much?"

Hello everyone, it's been quite a while. Stupid real life infringing on my blogging and video gaming time. Grrr.



Anyway, things have finally begun to slow down again at work and home and I'm hoping to be able to get back to blogging more regularly here on T|A as it's been an excellent release for me since I found the site. The topic of my first blog in my return is a question (or rather two variations of a question) that I get asked quite a bit both online and off. If you haven't… Continue

Added by SabreNation on July 22, 2009 at 7:53pm — 7 Comments

Literal Interpretation Fallacy: A Rant

(previously posted on FB, resulting from this article about the Catholic Church excommunicating people involved with helping a 9-year old rape victim obtain an abortion, and a debate I had recently with an in-law. I thought you all might enjoy.… Continue

Added by Dave Nichols on July 22, 2009 at 7:30pm — 5 Comments

My encounter with a cult



A few years back I had this friend, a very intelligent guy, very critical, who I knew at the time for a few months.



One day he turns to me and says "look, I think it's time I told about this organization I'm part of- it's called THE CENTER OF LIGHT and it's changed my life."



That for me was the beginning of the strangest period of my life to date.



This CENTER OF LIGHT, he said, was a spiritual guidance center… Continue

Added by Wassabi on July 21, 2009 at 12:30pm — 4 Comments

Responsibility, the lost virtue.

OK, so my bosses are horrible parents, and a while back they were talking about the fact that they will be going of of birth control for a few months and see what happens before he gets snipped (two kids too late). But then my one boss was saying that they were going to just see what happens. "If god means for us to have another child, that's okay. If not, that's fine too." Um these idiots were having money troubles already. Yet they want to chance another kid on the mantle of 'gods will'?… Continue

Added by James on July 20, 2009 at 10:53pm — 8 Comments

Sunday Morning Service - 19JUL

Sunday Morning Service

19 JUL 2009



Links of Interest



Swearing can reduce the feeling of pain.



Ron Britton dismantles the OneNewsNow article… Continue

Added by Johnny on July 19, 2009 at 4:00am — 1 Comment

[UPDATED] Thousands of Tax Payer Dollars to Add Engraving to Capitol Visitor Center

How irresponsible and wasteful! No matter which side of the political teater-totter you sit on, most of us aren't happy with the current financial situation; both in the economy and in the government. I'm no financial whiz, but I know that right now the government should not be spending thousands (or more likely tens of thousands) of dollars of tax payer money to add a few engravings to the United States Capitol Visitor Center (CVC) (… Continue

Added by Johnny on July 15, 2009 at 11:41am — 9 Comments

Sunday Morning Service - 12JUL

Sunday Morning Service

12 JUL 2009



Links of Interest



Coming Out Atheist vs. Coming Out Gay



Is there a place for atheists in… Continue

Added by Johnny on July 12, 2009 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

Ireland Makes Blasphemy Illegal

Ireland Makes Blasphemy Illegal

July 9, 2009 by Pastor Mike

Irish atheists are horrified by new legislation making blasphemy illegal, and punishable by a 25,000-Euro fine. Christians of all stripes should be, too.



As part of a revision to defamation legislation, the Dail (Irish Parliament) passed legislation…
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Added by Johnny on July 11, 2009 at 10:05am — 8 Comments

I love this site with a passion but...

It saddens me that the chat is usually dead when I get on, and people I befriend and initiate conversations with usually never come back within a week or two :(

Added by Tasha on July 10, 2009 at 9:57pm — 38 Comments

Why Are Atheists Assholes?

Firstly, I’d like to say that this is a stereotype created by religious individuals/groups. Secondly, I will admit stereotypes do exist for a reason. Arrogance is the key term here. Many atheists are blamed for being arrogant, but are they really? And if they are, is their behavior understandable and even justifiable?



Arrogance is found on both sides of the spectrum; the religious and the non. If a person claims to know the truth about something, they are automatically in jeopardy of… Continue

Added by Melissa on July 9, 2009 at 11:30pm — 14 Comments

I need a drink...

... and maybe some anti-hypertensives.



Ok, well I don't actually drink.. so scratch that.



I got home from the night shift, and was reading my local paper. The letters to the Editor are always interesting. This morning, however, there was a huge (1/2 page) letter all about how Atheists think they are Gods, and are afraid to be accountable for their actions in front of the "divine presence". It went on to say how selfish we are and how stupid we are as well!



I… Continue

Added by Jen on July 9, 2009 at 11:17am — 20 Comments

Jonathan Park: The How-do-I-refute-ID-without-offending Adventure Begins

I'm teaching high school summer school right now. The kids aren't there because they have to be, they are there because they want to be. This program I'm in is nice because I can pretty much talk about whatever I want. I got an interesting question about evolution, so we discussed it for a while. It wasn't long before I spotted the religious student. He gave himself away when he tried to debunk all of science because of our lack of total understanding of the beginnings of the universe. It seems… Continue

Added by Matthew on July 8, 2009 at 3:57pm — 16 Comments

The Real Zeitgeist

As many (hopefully all) of you know, the film Zeitgeist made countless false claims. Here is how it should be done. Each claim needs to be backed up with evidence.



Selected passages from Human Evolution.









The Egyptian Book of the Dead











The Egyptian Book…
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Added by Human Evolution on July 7, 2009 at 9:05pm — 5 Comments

Something Nelson would post... :P

...And I mean that in a good way. Very informative.



Evolution



* Biological evolution does not address the origin of life; for that, see abiogenesis. The two are commonly and mistakenly conflated. Evolution describes (and through the theory of evolution, endeavors to explain) the changes in gene frequencies that occur in populations of living organisms over time, and thus, presupposes that life already exists. Evolution likewise says nothing about cosmology, the Big… Continue

Added by Dan on July 7, 2009 at 3:00am — 7 Comments

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