September 2010 Blog Posts (104)

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

SATAN'S TOY OR A GODLY WOMAN?



It is always hard to come up with a candidate that is ‘right’ for America, but the Republicans have done so this time round with Pro Truth, Anti-Masturbation Candidate, Christine O’Donnell. Finally a knowledgeable, intelligent candidate who has the guts to deal with the serious issues facing our troubled nation.

Coming out of the primary corner with snappy foot-work and a…

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Added by willailla on September 21, 2010 at 5:26pm — 6 Comments

Chruch Story

When I was a little younger and stopped going to church with my christian family, my mother spoke to the person who was in charge of the "praise group"...pretty much they play music and sing about God during the morning service. She wanted me to join them since she was sure that all I needed to be a better christian was to be involved in the church. Now, I openly told my mother that I was not a christian anymore...nor had I ever really considered myself one, but she told me that it would be… Continue

Added by Jon Heim on September 21, 2010 at 4:05pm — 5 Comments

Fast "Facts", a Christian Debating iPhone App - Part 3

Welcome to the third installment in what is sure to be a lengthy response to the claims and arguments made in the popular Christian iPhone app for debaters and apologists, called Fast Facts.


In the first two parts, as well as this one, I will be tackling the section of the app under the "Challenges and Tactics" category. There are so many counter-arguments to supposedly popular claims and challenges, and so much to say about most of them, that…
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Added by Yet Another Atheist on September 21, 2010 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Regrets

What are you going to regret some day?


Odds are its missing an opportunity.


Missing out on telling someone how you feel. Not taking that chance. Just because you thought it might end badly. You just let it pass you by because you were too afraid to not give it a real try.


Thats what you are going to regret some day.


I have done some things I wish I hadn't. Things that I think I would take…
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Added by fixedentropy on September 20, 2010 at 9:43pm — 29 Comments

Earmuffs! NSFW

I don't know if this has already been posted on TA, but I thought it share worthy. I'm also not sure about the profanity policy on TA, so I understand if it isn't approved for posting.…

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Added by Andrea Steele on September 20, 2010 at 6:30pm — 6 Comments

Unanswed Prayers

I wasn't going to blog until I heard, just now, Glenn Beck making fun of Hitchen's throat cancer by mimicing his raspy voice and chuckling. Today is Pray for Hitchen's Day. I think it's a subtle way many Christians can gloat over his throat cancer while pretending they care.



Unanswerable Prayers



What’s an atheist to think when thousands of believers

(including prominent rabbis and priests) are praying

for his survival and salvation—while others believe…

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Added by willailla on September 20, 2010 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

New family

Now just recently i have found my biological dad and i love it. I have never known him so i dont know how big of a religious person he is or the family he has(his wife and my half brother and sisters) Now they are on my facebook and it does say that im atheist on there. Now when i do eventually meet them and they are religious how do i handle the situation? I honestly have never been in a situation like that and was wondering if anyone has been and if so could u help me out. Much appreciated.

Added by Travis on September 19, 2010 at 9:14pm — No Comments

The Meaning of Life

"I am not sure who wrote this, as the only place I was able to find this on the Internet was in a Reddit post by Shmeelkster, so until I am told differently, I am going to credit him/her as the author. Either way, it is a fantastic piece of work and if you ever run accross the need to answer a theists/creationist argument about there being no meaning… Continue

Added by Sydni Moser on September 19, 2010 at 8:14pm — 18 Comments

Two meanings of sorry

I glanced at the newspapers today to see the fawning coverage the UK press is giving to Ratzinger's "state visit", and noticed a headline saying something like "Pope apologises to abuse victims"...



It got me thinking.



In my line of work people tell me their problems. They talk about the terrible things that have happened to them. And I tell them how sorry I am. This almost always confuses them. After all, the things they are telling me are never my fault.



Unlike the… Continue

Added by Gordon Duffy on September 19, 2010 at 2:00pm — No Comments

There is something fishy about John



Mythicists (people who claim Jesus is a mythical character) are regularly derided for relying on parallelism for explaining the Jesus story. They compare the Jesus story to myths of other similar pagan gods and find parallels between the tales. Most scholars, who are not mythicists, focus on the Jewish origins of the faith. Yet, the…

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Added by Diana Agorio on September 19, 2010 at 1:46pm — No Comments

I fear nothingness

I fear nothingness





"After sleeping through a hundred million centuries, we have finally opened our eyes on a sumptuous planet, sparkling with

color, bountiful with life. Within decades, we must close our eyes

again." -
Richard Dawkins
Since I've entered the atheist blogosphere, I've come across a number of posts… Continue

Added by Raithie on September 19, 2010 at 1:10pm — 13 Comments

Blogrolling.com is ending service

Hi, this is Mojoey from Deep Thoughts with an important message about the Atheist Blogroll.



For those of you on the Atheist Blogroll. Please be advised that blogrolling.com is ending service after their product caused a malware alert on various antivirus sites. I recommend pulling… Continue

Added by Mojoey on September 19, 2010 at 12:38pm — No Comments

Today I got a t-shirt printed.On the front it says "Religions:they can't all be true..." and on the back it says "but they can all be false".I can't remember the name of the person who put up that sa…

Today I got a t-shirt printed.On the front it says "Religions:they can't all be true..." and on the back it says "but they can all be false".I can't remember the name of the person who put up that saying but thanks to whoever it was anyway.

When I was walking to the printing shop I was getting a bit nervous because I was going with my dad and I never hinted about me being an atheist.I was worried he would treat me different when he knew what was going onto the t-shirt.There…

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Added by Natasha Kenny on September 18, 2010 at 5:44pm — 11 Comments

The Right Cannot Address Immigration

The political right has been making a lot of noise about illegal immigration. Consistently they blame the immigrants for the problem. This tactic does not address the source of the problem, nor is it consistent with right-wing thinking. This is a lighting rod issue. You'll be hard pressed to find someone openly not oppose illegal immigration from the right. But can the Republicans address illegal immigration? Not unless they want to cannibalize themselves. The Right loves to cite the Laffer… Continue

Added by Gaytor on September 18, 2010 at 12:18pm — 2 Comments

Idol Chatter

Of all the days of my 13th summer in Paskaloochee, none stands out so clearly as the day Bent Turner completely lost his mind. He had always been a little off; thus the name, Bent. What his true first name was I never bothered to ask. Bent he was to the town, the nomenclature applied with varying degrees of affection depending upon factors such as age, social status, or denominational affiliation. I say denominational rather than religious, for all in my hometown claimed kinship in the same… Continue

Added by Buck O'Roon on September 18, 2010 at 3:13am — No Comments

Atheists - The New Panda Bears

(note: This is a re-print of a blog from my own site. It is a response to a conversation that I had on Facebook with a very well-meaning Christian. You can definitely respond here but if you'd like her to see any comments then please see the link to the original blog at the bottom. The original has working links to the original sources - I didn't have time to re-format them for this blog).



You may not have known this but Panda Bears were the Bigfoots (that just sounds weird. I wanted… Continue

Added by Pesci on September 17, 2010 at 2:12pm — 5 Comments

Confessions of an Atheist Homeschooler

Hello. My name is Atheist Mama, and I'm an atheist. I also homeschool my only child. When people hear the word "homeschool" the image that is frequently conjured is one of a mousy mother in a denim dress. Her 8 children, all perfectly scrubbed and tucked, sit around a big table and hold hands while prayer is said. People envision handwriting consisting of copying scripture and long lunches of tater-tot casserole.


Homeschooling is outside the norm. Having an only child is…
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Added by Atheist Mama on September 17, 2010 at 10:59am — 8 Comments

NC teen: Nose ring more than fashion, it's faith

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_rel_piercing_church



RALEIGH, N.C. – A soft-spoken 14-year-old's nose piercing has landed her a suspension from school and forced her into the middle of a fight over her First Amendment right to exercise her religion.

Ariana Iacono says she just wants to be a normal teenager at Clayton High School, about 15 miles southeast of Raleigh. She has been suspended since last week because her…

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Added by Michael Jon Axl on September 17, 2010 at 10:16am — 8 Comments

debunking judaism and christianity with style

Hey guys,




i haven't written in the site for a really long time so now's a great time to start- and i've got some great links.


1. A truely eye opening book titled "Jesus and Christ, a lawyer's Commentary".


This 800 page book literally disassembales the new testament, going verse by verse, and critically…
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Added by Wassabi on September 16, 2010 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments

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