July 2011 Blog Posts (205)

In need of a little help

I'm still new to TA, but really really appreciate the warm welcome I've had.

 

But I have a little trouble.

My fiancé is extremely Christian, pentacostal at that. And while we can have civilised conversations about most other aspects of religion and how it will effect our future, but there's just one thing that we cannot settle on; children. It's a long way off yet, but he is adamant that they WILL go to church from a young age until they are old enough to make their own…

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Added by Hannah Cutts on July 4, 2011 at 2:58pm — 37 Comments

Homeless and needing a state. Please advise.

Dear TA,

You have been with me through the Taiwanese underwater earthquake that killed my internet for over a month on the island of Koh Samui.

You have been with me when I literally had to scale a godamned mountain in Vietnam to get cell phone coverage to upload contributions to this site.

You have been with me through protests in Phuket, Songkran in Pattaya and schooling in Scotland.

So before we get started on this new journey, how about you just tell me what works out… Continue

Added by Misty: Baytheist Living! on July 4, 2011 at 1:55pm — 24 Comments

Imaginary Friends, Imaginary Problems

I jumped into the swamp again recently. Some atheist blogs linked to atheist related stories at the Christian Post. Since Facebook notifies me everytime someone replies to my comments I'm in the ironic position of now being rated as a top commentor over there. I should have learned from my mistake commenting on…

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Added by Gordon Duffy on July 4, 2011 at 9:00am — 5 Comments

Writing more

I don't write the way I speak. I never have, and I've always wondered why. Either I'll have this eloquent passage in my head that sounds pretentious when I write it but fine when I speak it, or I'll have what seems like a clear position in my head that sounds like waffle when I say it, but that the time taken to write it let's me make clear.

 

Which is to say - I've decided I should blog more. I have all these opinions about topical religious storys that just evaporate from my…

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Added by Gordon Duffy on July 4, 2011 at 7:07am — 3 Comments

The Ledge - review (spoilers clearly marked)

I just saw this film tonight.  Originally, I was typing a response to this blog, but my reply snowballed enough that I'd like to get a more direct response. I'm also not a "blogger" or even LIKE to write very much, so don't expect this to be very profound.  Just hoping to start a good discussion about a good movie.  Also, I have clearly marked where I start talking about specific plot-points and grayed-out the…

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Added by erik112358 on July 4, 2011 at 5:27am — No Comments

Male sexism

I am confused, which is not unusual, having survived the sexual revolution of the late 60's and early 70's (when women proclaimed to be every bit as sexual as men), I now am informed that to even ask a woman if she is interested in a possible sexual liaison is harassment.  I think back on all the times I broached this subject with women of my acquaintance and been rejected by most, but accepted by some and wonder, what am I missing?  To me, sex is the nicest thing two humans can do for each…

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Added by Doug Reardon on July 3, 2011 at 10:47pm — 29 Comments

Being raised christian with a rational mind

Ever since I was born my parents have always told me there was a god but no santa clause or tooth fairy. I didn't understand how they expected me to understand why god was invisible and never speaking up for himself. It was hard for me, but I believed with all my might and became what you'd call a hardcore christian. I feared for my soul and everyone else's and never wanted to be raptured because there was so much work to do with all these atheists and catholics.... Really funny now that I…

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Added by Vikki Garland on July 3, 2011 at 10:38pm — 3 Comments

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hi all i like new friends, please find me on my social sites thanks!

Added by Jacki Weber on July 3, 2011 at 9:09pm — No Comments

Athletes and God

   Athletes and God

       by David Eisen

 

 

      Athletes are always thanking God for their performance on and off the court or the field. For example baseball player, Travis Ishikawa, a born-again Christian, would point to the heavens everytime he got a hit, which was not very often, but when he would make an out he did not repeat this motion. I have always found it interesting that they thank God for every hit but do not curse him when they fail. Why for example did…

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Added by David Eisen on July 3, 2011 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Totally Awesome A

I just did my nails. This is my first attempt with this but I plan on trying it again. I LOVE IT.



Here they are









 

Anyone else ever do something…

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Added by Kristen Kramer on July 3, 2011 at 2:09pm — 1 Comment

Woe is me; I'm a persecuted American Christian.

I had to go to church this morning because I'd agreed to assist with the music while the choir was off for the week. I grew up in this Episcopal church and it used to be a nice atmosphere to spend a Sunday morning in, even for an atheist. But the current priest is an idiot that nobody likes. There's a long story there, but for now, suffice it to say that his sermons are always terrible. He was absent today, but he wrote a sermon and had someone else stand and read it. It didn't have a…

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Added by wisp on July 3, 2011 at 2:00pm — 21 Comments

An update about the debate with my religous friend and other things

Hello all,

Sorry I haven’t updated in a while. I’m a big creature of habit so if I don’t regularly go to a site then I almost never visit it.

 

Anyway, I have a lot of updates on the debate/discussion with my religious friend front:

1. For future reference for anyone debating a believer: realize that both are you are coming in with assumptions. Probably very different assumptions which are some of the reasons why you guys have come to very different answers. My…

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Added by Consters on July 3, 2011 at 11:44am — No Comments

I have changed the world for better. For realz.

**This post will contain boasting and lots of opportunity for personal attacks, which you may lather on without my giving a damn. ;)

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I am quite proud of myself for this weeks accomplishments. After about 1 month of little sleep and much work related stressors, what I was working on came to a massive conclusion on Thursday. (Unfortunately, specifics cannot be discussed due to the sensitive nature of the details.)

I work as a Senior Credit Analyst (the Senior bit…

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Added by Arcus on July 2, 2011 at 8:17pm — 7 Comments

My New Tattoo

Over the past few months, I've had that urge to get another tattoo. After some searching, I decided that I wanted something featuring Darwin's evolutionary tree. I gave my artist a picture of Darwin's 'tree' and told him to get creative. I'm so ecstatic about how it turned out and it's my new favorite piece! I absolutely love it! :) Ink by Moto @ Amber Island Tattoo in Easley, SC

 

And now..for your viewing pleasure...

(It's on my wrist, btw)…

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Added by Scarlette Blues on July 2, 2011 at 1:30pm — 22 Comments

Why is prophecy taken seriously?

Ezekiel

29:10 Behold, therefore I am against thee, and against thy rivers, and I will make the land of Egypt utterly waste and desolate, from the tower of Syene even unto the border of Ethiopia.

29:11 No foot of man shall pass through it, nor foot of beast shall pass through it, neither shall it be inhabited forty years.



I never can figure how Christians put so much stock in prophecy.  You hear it all the time. …

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Added by Gazoo on July 2, 2011 at 1:27pm — 12 Comments

What is in the archetypal world of the Anglo-Saxons?

“It is not something that happens because people miss-interpret the text; it is because they believe in them. That is the problem.”

~ Christopher Hitchens ~





Somehow stories contain the very soul of a people; when, for instance, American pastor Carol M. Noren meditated on the crossing of the Read Sea, saying that “God commands Moses to stretch out his hand over the sea,” and Moses obeys without hesitation, she infers the conclusion that, “Our Lord desires…

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Added by Claudia Mercedes Mazzucco on July 1, 2011 at 4:16pm — No Comments

Animal Intelligence: What defines it, and how do we recognize it?

   An article on bees and complex problem solving caught my attention today:  http://www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2010/10/bees-solve-complex-problems-faster-than-supercomputers.html It's one of several I've come across recently about animal intelligence and problem solving. The bees were able to solve an issue supercomputers have trouble with, and also recognize human…

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Added by Kirsten on July 1, 2011 at 2:24pm — 7 Comments

The purpose driven life (a review) - Chapter 5 - Seeing life from God's view

Hello readers, welcome to another installment of my review of TPDL

 

In this chapter, Warren says that people have a metaphor for their life. He says he has asked people to describe their lives and he has gotten some responses like "life is a roller coaster", "life is a dance" etc.

 

He says that the image that you have in your mind when you visualise your life is your life metaphor, and you have to replace this with god's view of your life. 

 

I…

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Added by Southern Skeptic on July 1, 2011 at 1:26pm — 3 Comments

They're intentionally firetrucking with me!

Today I received a message from my direct superior that I will be handling my first school organization. Of course I was ecstatic with this news, I wanted to be a moderator since I started teaching. But to my surprise, they assigned me to a religious organization not the organization i applied for. a little bird told me that the Organization and Extra-curricular Team Leader heard about me having a "weak" faith and because she wanted to "help" me she gave me the religious org. I tried to reason… Continue

Added by Jessica Arcega on July 1, 2011 at 12:32pm — 4 Comments

Beer Is Better Than Religion

Why is beer better than religion........................…

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Added by Nina van der Roos on July 1, 2011 at 10:41am — 2 Comments

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