September 2010 Blog Posts (103)

Opinions about the Bible are like noses: everyone has one

I am often surprised by the heat in discussions about the Bible, even amongst atheists. Questions about myth and history in the Old Testament and Jesus as a historical or mythical character result in people slinging references from their favorite experts, back and forth. I finally formulated an explanation for why everyone is a little wrong and little right in these discussions. No, I will not feed you some…

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Added by Diana Agorio on September 25, 2010 at 10:30pm — 10 Comments

When I open my eyes and breath in air I really don't want or think there is some kind of play that should have stayed in the sand box. Pathetic...can't get through life without praying

When I open my eyes and breath in air I really don't want or think there is some kind of play that should have stayed in the sand box. Pathetic...can't get through life without praying
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Added by Ivan H Long on September 25, 2010 at 10:04pm — 1 Comment

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole

When two adolescent owls are relocated, they are faced with a choice: go along with it, or do the right thing. Drawing from the great stories of yore, the animated Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole is an aesthetic wonderment that captured my attention and used the occasional depth of plot to hold me tight.



The cynical Kludd (Ryan Kwanten), his cheerful brother Soren (Jim Sturgess), and their freakishly adorable little sister Egaltine (Adreinne DeFaria) live nestled safely… Continue

Added by LaRae Meadows on September 25, 2010 at 1:07pm — No Comments

What Is More Important, Truth Or Meaning?

I'm sure you all heard the news that Stephen Hawking recently stated that new theories of the start of the universe leave no space in which to postulate a God. Now I haven't read his latest work & I'm not about to go in to scientific theory, what I'm interested in is the reaction of Christians & other religious people to this statement. Non surprisingly I heard an awful lot of very defensive statements on the radio, mostly rehashing old & long disproved arguments about… Continue

Added by Martha Everett on September 24, 2010 at 12:30pm — No Comments

What other church offers that? My last indocrination before sanity...

Shopping Around

To me, it seems my mother has been shopping around for religion all her life. At 40, she went into the Mormon faith, and quickly forced it upon me and my husband as well. We didn't believe in much of anything; just trying to appease her, we agreed to invite a couple of missionaries over for coffee or something and listen to their prepared…
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Added by Mrs. Jones on September 24, 2010 at 7:17am — 3 Comments

Baptist Minister: To Hell With You!

"Speaking at the Value Voters Summit today, Baptist minister turned politician turned talk

show host, Mike Huckabee, denounced the notion of providing health insurance to people

with pre-existing conditions



So much for the days of compassionate conservatism.” --Rick Ungar, FORBES



“Yes he told the audience covering Kids with pre-existing conditions is like calling your

insurance co. the day after a fire and asking to buy fire insurance. Is he a…

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Added by willailla on September 23, 2010 at 7:08pm — 4 Comments

Christian Excuses for God: can't this guy speak for himself?

Anybody else want to just kill someone for saying the "can't-even-understand" bs?

I have a Christian friend who loves to say that --once it's come down to having no more excuses to throw out there, "We can't even begin to understand.....blah blah blah..." ..usually about my dead children...the nerve....I've only ever carried one full term and my friend's ridiculous religious remarks sparked my first debates EVER with a Christian who knows I am an Atheist. She's a complete bitch, who is a… Continue

Added by Mrs. Jones on September 23, 2010 at 2:00pm — 13 Comments

Atheism vs. Agnosticism

I know, I know. The title is a bit misleading.


But lately, I've been seeing a growing trend of digging an imaginary trench between so-called atheists and so-called agnostics. What many people don't realize is that more often than not, they are one and the same.


We need to define both terms first. Theism and atheism are about belief vs. non-belief. Non-belief in a deity does not imply a belief in the non-existence of said…
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Added by Yet Another Atheist on September 23, 2010 at 1:30pm — 4 Comments

An Excerpt From The 2011 Edition Of Buck O’Roon’s “Poor Manner’s Almanac”:

Being that it is among the most natural of things to reflect upon the lessons of the past year whenever contemplating the ripe possibilities of the year to come, I offer the following:





Various & Sundry Definitions Acquired While Sitting Quietly & Observantly Amongst Good Company Engaged In Lively Conversation…





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Added by Buck O'Roon on September 23, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments

The Revelation of John the Devine

Forty two years ago, on this very night, the night of the harvest moon, a small boy raised Catholic in Rochester, NY, was taken by his grandma to a small rural Alabama, primitive Baptist Church for ... REVIVAL!
Never before having witnessed such a spectacle he was held in rapt terror as the bellicose man in front of him raged about the coming tribulations foretold in the bible. And all of those terrible things of which he spoke were to be presaged by signs and miracles; one of which was…
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Added by Doug Reardon on September 22, 2010 at 11:00pm — 3 Comments

Jesus! F*^K YEAH!

Every time I see the "Jesus fish" alpha symbol on a car or in a business logo, it makes me sad. I remember when this 'fish' always had WWJD in it. It's a question atheists have been trying to get Christians to ask themselves forever. What WOULD Jesus Do? It was at least thought provoking.
Now, we have the empty alpha/fish. Symbolically, more accurate (empty) but no longer thought-provoking. It has gone in a very short time from "hey, think about what you think Jesus stood for an try to…
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Added by Velogiraptor on September 22, 2010 at 10:46pm — 6 Comments

Even God's Children Need Atheists

So I caught this article recently





http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703467004575463833265055248.html



it depicts religion programs specialist Phillip Chute who has two tours of duty in Iraq/Afghanistan and follows a Navy chaplain, Moran, throughout Iraq and Afghanistan. The irony of it is, Chute is an atheist. Hooray for our team! To sum up the article, a creationist… Continue

Added by Jake W. Andrews on September 22, 2010 at 8:43pm — 1 Comment

It's not funny anymore.

I used to be able to laugh when I channel-surfed to TBN. I used to giggle and make up other words when I saw those WWJD bracelets. I used to initiate conversation and ask intelligent, light-hearted questions when I met believers. There was a time when there was no one with a more "live and let live" philosophy than myself. Then, someone told my daughter (who is 12) that she had to be careful about going to hell because I am an atheist. Then, states across the nation excised…

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Added by Maggie Summers on September 22, 2010 at 8:16pm — 8 Comments

Believe it or not, this is the last thing I expected...

I am at my last school before college. It's just the beginning of the year. It's a small school, only 8 kids including me. My atheism came up in conversation once, I thought they wouldn't remember it. They talk about their churches and what they do there. All. The Time. I was starting to get used to it, until one kid said "At my church we watched this video that says when an atheist comes up to you and gives you proof that God doesn't exist, it's actually like, proof that he does exist." Yes, I… Continue

Added by Juju on September 22, 2010 at 7:14pm — 14 Comments

The Day the Catholic Church Dies

The day the Church dies there will be no sounds of joy among the godless:

No horns blown or parades thrown,

Rejoicing in the streets or marching to the beat,

No angels from Heaven to smite us down,

No Devil to laugh at our descent.

The end of the world will still belong to the sun,

When the Church takes its final breath

On a day no different than today

In a world with problems unfit for gods.

Where a frock is suitable only for Halloween;

A relic of a…

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Added by Ryan E. Hoffman on September 22, 2010 at 4:43pm — 5 Comments

The Call Center of the Universe

The following is a transcript of a recent telephone conversation between a service representative of the Universal Order’s Department of the Meaning of It All (UODMIA) and the 4,278,930,265th dissatisfied customer of the day:



[3:48am EDT, 9/22/10, Call Origination: Paskaloochee, FN, USA]…



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Added by Buck O'Roon on September 22, 2010 at 12:27pm — 5 Comments

Where I am, Who i am around.

24/7 I am entirely immersed in Christians. All types of them too, but I wont get into subgenres and what not. They are prejudicial, condescending, arrogant individuals who, in all actuality, are entire flawed and weak people. They say and do things on a daily basis that makes me want to snap. But I remind myself about how prone to violence in the face of ignorance their history has been and how much they love to jump in your face and spit scriptures, as if they are a valid source of arguement,… Continue

Added by Matthew Murray on September 22, 2010 at 4:44am — 1 Comment

Jesus Doesn't Love You

Jesus loves me! This I know, For the Bible tells me so. Wait... no it doesn't. My wife was mimicking the song as a joke and it struck me, the Bible doesn't say that Jesus loves you. Cite the passage or it never happened. People have inferred Jesus' love. But is that really good enough?…
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Added by Gaytor on September 22, 2010 at 1:00am — 32 Comments

"Empty Space Above Us" NSFW

There will be no answer
So…
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Added by Edmond on September 22, 2010 at 12:56am — 5 Comments

Symphony of Science

I was listening to the Symphony of Science songs recently and I have a particular line stuck in my head.


"The beauty of a living thing is not the atoms that go into it, but the way those atoms are put together."


Sometimes, a phrase runs you over like a truck. Maybe this one didn't do it for anyone else, but for me, thinking about exactly what was meant was fairly intense.


The way those atoms are put together initially…
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Added by Velogiraptor on September 21, 2010 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

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