My main approach to explaining atheism is not to deny God but, rather, to deny any knowledge about the supernatural -- and I think we can all agree that God is as supernatural as it gets.
A common response to the above assertion goes something like, "What IS the supernatural, anyway?", or "That depends on what you mean by supernatural".
So let's clearly delineate the difference between the natural and supernatural realms.
The natural realm is the entire universe… Continue
Added by Atheist Exile on November 23, 2010 at 12:30am —
Just got with a fight with my mother. It's the kind of fight that seems suitable to talk about on here.
She became very upset with me for saying I hate religion. She said I shouldn't discriminate against religious people. I told her I don't hate the people, I hate religion. Though I also hate stupid people and a lot of them are religious. She said I was being discriminate and I shouldn't hate anything. I replied that hate is a legitimate emotion and I have every right to… Continue
Added by Zombie Atheist on November 23, 2010 at 12:01am —
This TSA bullshit is just the latest in a long line of attacks on our civil liberties, but it's really pissing me off. I wonder what it will take to finally push a thorough backlash against all of our stupid policies (formal and informal)? Seatbelt laws, helmet laws, mandatory insurance, gay military service bans, gay marriage bans, gay adoption bans, anti-prostitution laws, anti-gambling laws, the war on crime, the war on drugs, the war on terror, unfounded and illegal undeclared wars, corrupt… Continue
Added by Garrison on November 21, 2010 at 9:37pm —
I played this song with Nick a couple times when I was his rhythm guitarist, but now it's been recorded, and although the mastering's a bit rough, it is freakin' awesome (no, I did not play on this recording... my brother Aaron did do the drums, however, so make sure to listen to them)!
I was down in Atlanta on a Sunday eve tryin to Continue
pick up some…
Added by Nathan Hevenstone on November 21, 2010 at 8:19pm —
I have a confession - I love the holiday season. I love Christmas' blatant commercialism and Santa Claus and all of that. One of my by-the-book atheist friends, however, was quick to make fun of me for wanting to get Christmas lights for my house. Is it really such a conflict being an atheist but enjoying the holiday festivities?
Added by Petra Polovina on November 20, 2010 at 11:32pm —
The comments appear to soften the Roman Catholic Church's hardline stance on contraception
Pope Benedict XVI has said the use of condoms is acceptable "in certain cases", according to a new book.
He said condoms could reduce the risk of infection with HIV, such… Continue
Added by Dan on November 20, 2010 at 2:28pm —
(Ok, written in a car on the way back from NY, so forgive any incoherency!)…
Added by AndyMeanie on November 19, 2010 at 4:46pm —
For a long time I wondered why theists believed that being atheist equal lee being amoral. Why the disbelief in a God automatically meant to them a lack of morality. I mean it always was clear to me that being nice to each other was logical and atheism was based on logic so therefore atheism and morality walked hand in hand.
Also a lot of the people who spouted off about atheistic "immorality" did things I found morally repugnant like hating people for being… Continue
Added by Beth Turner on November 19, 2010 at 4:40pm —
A lot of believers, at least those with whom I've interacted, seem to feel that if I would just give their faith a try, I'd be sure to "come around" to their way of believing (namely, Christianity) and be happier, at peace, etc. I want to try to dispel some of that as honestly and compassionately as I know how; and I'm hopefull that those of you who run into the same situation may find something of use in it as well.
First--I'll make this as clear as I know how--I have… Continue
Added by Laura Foster on November 19, 2010 at 11:55am —
The motto IN GOD WE TRUST was placed on US coins largely because of the increased religious sentiment existing during the Civil War. Sec of the Treasury Salmon P. Chase received many appeals from devout persons, urging that the US recognize the Deity on US coins. From Treasury Dept records, it appears the first such appeal came in a letter by Rev. M. R. Watkinson dated November 13,… Continue
Added by Gregg Eyman on November 18, 2010 at 11:30pm —
Rhetorical comparatives made from the mouth piece of an ass.
Turning chaos to conformity
formalities then become crass.
From this world of urgency, true importance lies in ruins.…
Added by Zombie Atheist on November 18, 2010 at 5:11pm —
of waiting for a savior to come and save me I'll change on my own it just takes dedication repetition
sight past all complications or the outcome is bleak with me hiding forever under my see through sheets hoping for a magical release of the thoughts that only I can grab to focus ending up at the location needed to get past I like the same old thing because I know it well and I hate the same old thing it puts me in a spell where I do just good enough to breathe air aware… Continue
Added by Edmond on November 17, 2010 at 10:40am —
When I was a child I was a bit fanciful. I remember my mother on several occasions explaining the difference between 'real' and 'pretend/imagination'. And speculating about things was fine, playing was fine, but in reality I would not be able to fly off the roof with my umbrella like Mary Poppins and if I got hurt she would kill me.
I love to read. It comes with the whole librarian thing and I have been reading since I was 4. I do read a lot of non-fiction; history, medicine,… Continue
Added by Cathleen Sessions on November 17, 2010 at 1:37am —
I was asked by my boss, if how I celebrate christmas day, I simply told her that I don't and that also includes my saying no to the company sponsored christmas party that we will have this December 15, 2010. I feel pissed everytime this month of the year comes. Everyone expects in one way or another, how to celebrate this unimportant "season" As early, as last week I was invited to attend a baptism of a child, damn it, a child should have the right to say no to religion… Continue
Added by Freeman Thinker on November 16, 2010 at 1:49pm —
Even before I was atheist I was not Christian, husband is Christian but in a very lapsed Anglican sort of way. Before we got married we discussed how we wanted to raise our Children and we decided we wanted to raise them with choice...so therefore secular. It was important to us that our children make up their own minds regarding religion...they will probably therefore end up in a cult but hey our hearts are in the right place.
Anyway, Husband's family is pretty much like them. Half… Continue
Added by Beth Turner on November 16, 2010 at 9:26am —
I wanted to believe. From a young age I knew I was fooling myself but I didn't care. I wanted to believe because I was lonely, insecure, and (when i was older) depressed and more than anything i wanted to belong.
Anglican Christianity was nice. It was comfortable and quiet. They went easy on the damnation and had a lot of cake. It was nice.
I went to Sunday school every Sunday and when i was older I went to the youth group nearly every week. I wanted to belong so much. I… Continue
Added by Beth Turner on November 15, 2010 at 4:10pm —
What is "Nothing?" This question sounds like an oxymoron, because "Is" can only be said about something that exist. Nothing can not exist unless it is "Something" which, in my understanding of the word, it isn't. but when I hear the words "Something from Nothing" I get the sense that I am wrong and “Nothing” simply means the absence of a particular something, or equal to the word Zero.
So again, “What is Nothing?”
Understanding the word might give me better… Continue
Added by Mark Strange on November 15, 2010 at 10:30am —
I decided my musings are more Blog worthy than Forum worthy.
As far as I am concerned, my car runs on ritual magic. I basically know how it works and I used to be able to do things to to engine but now they are computerized and more complicated. I put gas in my car, I turn the key and it runs. A matter of faith.
I take it to the Car place when the lights come on and tell me to 'change oil' or 'check tire pressure'. I know what these mean and could posslibly do… Continue
Added by Cathleen Sessions on November 15, 2010 at 1:48am —
Hello again everyone.
The holidaze are approaching. I am an Atheist and my husband is Agnostic.
We have two small children who are 3 yrs old and 16 months. This yr me and my husband talked about and decided no religious gifts for the kids for Xmas. Between the boys last Xmas and… Continue
Added by Hillary Spencer on November 13, 2010 at 7:49pm —
So, I got ordained for the hell of it. Anyone want an atheist Reverend to marry them or conduct their funeral? Here is my letter of ordination:Approval of Ordination
Thank you Reverend Kyle Richard Wilhelm
I, Douglas E. Hickman, Ordaining officer of the Universal Ministries, do Ordain, Anoint, Appoint, and
Select you for placement into our Registry of Ministry as a minister, and member
in good… Continue
Added by Mr Good Without God on November 13, 2010 at 12:00pm —