A miracle is "a transgression of a law of nature by a particular volition of the Deity, or by the interposition of some invisible agent" (Hume, 123n). Theologians of the Abrahamic religions consider only God-willed contravention of the laws of nature to be true miracles. However, they admit others can do and have done things which contravene the laws of nature; such acts are attributed to diabolical… Continue
Added by Jon Heim on October 24, 2010 at 2:33pm —
A soul or spirit is a non-physical entity capable of perception and self-awareness. Souls are often believed to be immortal.
If ever there were an entity invented for human wish-fulfillment, the soul is that entity. As Thomas Hobbes pointed out, the concept of a non-substantial substance is a contradiction. It is not possible to imagine a non-physical entity having life and…
Added by Jon Heim on October 24, 2010 at 2:30pm —
Last friday I visited the Stalactite Cave Nature Reserve
near Jerusalem, one of the most diverse and unique caves of it's kind in the world.
I remembered going there as a child, and the new visit managed to stir up nostalgia and excitement.
but it seems that in the ever increasing religious… Continue
Added by Wassabi on October 24, 2010 at 8:30am —
LA VERRIERE, France, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- Eleven people jumped out of a second-floor window Saturday after apparently thinking they had seen the devil, French authorities said.
Police told Sky News the incident took place in the early hours in La Verriere, west of Paris.
Some of the injured were children, including a 4-month-old baby, who was in a serious condition in a Paris hospital.
"Thirteen people were in an apartment on the second floor when, at around 3 a.m., one of… Continue
Added by Dan on October 24, 2010 at 12:02am —
Since the fear of death is the most primal fear that humans have, I have always thought that the major impetus for believing in Christianity and Islam, is that it helps to mollify this fear. If you have ever been in, or seen someone in, a full phobia induced panic attack, you know that reason and logic are worthless in alleviating that panic. May not, this explain the intractability of belief in the afterlife? Being an atheist I know that death is oblivion, and since I will not know anything… Continue
Added by Doug Reardon on October 23, 2010 at 3:06pm —
I took my children to the park last weekend. The weather was perfect for it. Well we were not alone. There was a church gathering there of some sort. I was playing with with my sons, minding my own beezwax. When this middle-aged woman holding a bible in her hands, invited us to her church and told us how much jesus loved me and my children. I told her the same thing I tell any theist who feels the need to tell me about there religion. I'm not interested. I also told her I was spending quality… Continue
Added by Hillary Spencer on October 23, 2010 at 1:00pm —
I know this blog entry will be wandering a bit off topic from the subject of atheism, but I think it plays indirectly into the larger need to express a comprehensive political and social narrative to compete with the Tea Party Glen Beck religious wacko ideology that threatens to conquer American politics. Moreover, I can't get to sleep without getting this off my chest. So here goes.
Medical decisions are questions of cost/benefit analysis. There is a condition. There is a treatment.… Continue
Added by Dawn McCain on October 23, 2010 at 2:11am —
I very distinctly remember discussing human nature with my grandmother when I was fourteen. After hearing Ray Stevens sing "Everything is Beautiful", my grandmother commented that while the song was inspirational, it was clearly misguided: the world is not "gonna find a way". I then expressed to her my belief that people were naturally good with the best intentions at heart and that maybe the world "finding a… Continue
Added by Kim on October 22, 2010 at 4:24am —
Halloween approaches. My youngest, who is in kindergarten, is gearing up for her class party, which is still considered a "Halloween party" and she will be able to wear a costume and load up on sugar. My oldest, I have learned, has a few offspring of party-poopers in her class. Her teacher reported to my mother-in-law (who picked my little ladies up from school the other day) that she was still deciding on how to hold the party and that she will send out a letter soon.
The party will… Continue
Added by M on October 21, 2010 at 1:30pm —
One of my FB friends has a husband who is a writer who pens articles for ultra-conservative christian magazines. (they also picket abortion clinics for their regular weekend activity). She then posts the links to the articles on FB. I didn't know whether to gag or laugh at this one. It just sounds SO MUCH like god is a sadistic dom with a tied-up sub in those pornos... right?…
Added by Perthy on October 21, 2010 at 1:00pm —
"October 19, 2010:… Continue
Added by Ruby Dynamite on October 21, 2010 at 11:00am —
JERUSALEM The Dead Sea Scrolls, among the world's most important, mysterious and tightly restricted archaeological treasures, are about to get Googled.
The technology giant and Israel announced Tuesday that they are teaming up to give researchers and the public the first comprehensive and searchable database of the scrolls — a 2,000-year-old collection of Continue
Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek documents that shed light on Judaism during
biblical times and the origins of…
Added by Dan on October 20, 2010 at 12:31am —
dont ask dont tell was deemed unconstitutional. the fed judge refused to let the pentgon reinstate it's ban on open gays............................................this is awesome........................................most of my family is upset.......................Im bisexual and it's a step in the right direction.......most of my family are straight christians and think the devil seduced me into like women....but i like women because i always have since i can basically see. i think it's bs… Continue
Added by Hillary Spencer on October 20, 2010 at 12:17am —
It really irkes me when I'm debating a theist and instead of debating their side they say .... I'll keep you in my prayers....which basically means "screw you im right you're wrong but i have nothing to respond to so i'll say some religious crap to get you off my back!!!"
Added by Hillary Spencer on October 19, 2010 at 8:35pm —
This morning, we buried a true son of Paskaloochee. His name was (is?) Earnest Hetman, but everyone knew him as Het. Everyone loved him as well, which explains why a particular incident of primary importance to the latter half of his life was curiously unmentioned by his official eulogizers. As expected, each in their turn – Het’s friends, two sons, and sole surviving sister – merely regaled us with the little, endearing moments that supposedly defined him.
There was, I suspect, some… Continue
Added by Buck O'Roon on October 19, 2010 at 8:30pm —
Who Told You That You Are A Sinner?
Your church? But wait, don't fret! There's a magic cure, and your church
just happens to have it! (Of course some might suggest that your church
has merely cut you in order to sell you a band-aid...)
Did Adam And Eve Sin?
They disobeyed God by eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil (right and wrong). So, yes...Right?
Just one problem. How could Adam and Eve have been expected… Continue
Added by Jon Heim on October 19, 2010 at 2:23pm —
I haven’t posted in a while. To be honest with you, I’ve really found nothing that has made me want to “post.” But in the last couple of days, the election of a Senator in Kentucky, where Rand Paul is running has caused me to want to post.…
Added by Rick on October 19, 2010 at 4:00am —
Homer Simpson is Catholic, Vatican paper declares
(Reuters) – “The… Continue
Added by Monica McGee (Monicks) on October 19, 2010 at 12:22am —
No matter what you say to justify it, this is NOT monotheism. We have more than one god right there, no?
Added by Monica McGee (Monicks) on October 18, 2010 at 5:30pm —
Whew!!!! I guess I struck a nerve here. I never in my wildest imagination imagined such a reaction from a group of humans. Thank you! I was beginning to think everyone was dead. Unfortunately, the reaction has so far been emotional--not much thinking going on yet. But, as G. Stanley Hall said 100 years ago: "The human intellect is a speck floating on a sea of emotion." One of you wants to know what my goal is. Well, it's to turn you all into Christians! Christians love me! But seriously, folks,… Continue
Added by Robert Hagedorn on October 18, 2010 at 4:56pm —