This will be my first blog on thinkatheist... and I'm not really sure what I want to write about, only that I want to write. I'm sitting in the office of one of my best friend's father and am thinking about the past year of my life (as it is the last day OF this year).
The year began in Pueblo, Colorado. I had moved away from Nashville the previous year (the end of May 2007) and was at the early stages of my transition from Christianity to Agnosticism/Atheism. Like Sam Harris, I… Continue
Of course you don't become an atheist if you really believe in God. But if you logically have come to the conclusion that there is no god, should you still lie to yourself? I don't see what good it will do. On the contrary, a false belief in gods has several disadvantages. As an atheist:
1. You don't have to believe the preachers on funerals when they tell you that your loved ones where sinful. (I found it extremely bothersome on my… Continue
Incredible, i finally find a networking site full of people who don't believe in magic!!!
Now to make this a real blog.
Christmas with the family this year was awkward. Jesus this, and God that, i dunno how much more i can keep my mouth shut. I hate hearing my parents talking about how they are depending on some imaginary thing to provide for them; I find it hard to bow my head at prayer anymore. i do it out of respect for my family but i hate to be made a hypocrite. When… Continue
The following article is from Free Inquiry magazine, Volume 21, Number 4.
Creation “scientists” have more need than most of us to parade their degrees and qualifications, but it pays to look closely at the institutions that awarded them and the subjects in which they were taken. Those vaunted Ph.D.s tend to be in subjects such as marine engineering or gas kinetics rather than in relevant disciplines like zoology or geology. And often they are earned not… Continue
God judges us not by our character and deeds in life but solely by whether or not we worshiped him strongly enough.
Now think about what that says about your god.
He's more concerned with you being a fanboi than with how you lived your life.
I started losing my faith after a classmate asked the teacher what happened to non-Catholics after they died. The answer was simple "they go to hell." The fact that they might have been good people who devoted their lives to… Continue
* Morality is not a “believers only” state of conscience. Morality existed before the Bible was put together and translated, etc.
* Do NOT pray for us or indicate the notion to perform your ritualistic mumbo jumbo. There are millions of others that are ill and starving that might appreciate your spells of madness. These are the people that your so called “God” ignores or… Continue
I remember telling a Christian about my disbelief in a god or ANY higher power. We used different philosophical scenarios to strengthen our own points of views during our debate/discussion. “Atheism vs. Christianity” debates are quite common in internet discussion forums, blogs and message boards. They are usually heated discussions and sometimes the name-calling begins. Once in a while a Christian will ask an atheist “What if you’re… Continue
On June 15, 2007, Ron Paul introduced HR 2755: Federal Reserve Abolition Act. There were no co-sponsors, no further action was taken, and the legislation was referred to the House Committee on Financial Services and effectively pigeonholed and ignored.
It's a bold and needed measure to "abolish the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Federal reserve banks, to repeal the Federal Reserve Act, and for other purposes."
Researchers at the University of Rochester have shown that the human brain—once thought to be a seriously flawed decision maker—is actually hard-wired to allow us to make the best decisions possible with the information we are given. The findings are published in today's issue of the journal Neuron.
Neuroscientists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky received a 2002 Nobel Prize for their 1979 research that argued humans rarely make rational decisions. Since then, this has become… Continue
Okay for those who already know I am a christian from birth. My parents are really super strict and I joined the site to further my knowledge of atheism. Also another reason I joined was because of that atheist sign that got stolen which I am sure you have heard on the news. the "enslavement of minds" part kinda made me start to look at atheism. Like i said in chat I have learned more about atheism in one day then my whole life.
anyways I can go more into details about this… Continue
As I'm sure many of you are experiencing, my family is celebrating a rather strict version of Christmas. Blasphemous or not, (there was a Stumble site that dealt with Christ Mass, etc, can't remember the name,) the truth is this cold season BEGS us to become close. So, be family even if we aren't. Being so very close to my family, even as an Atheist I shall call this Christmas. It's just a word? Yup. Exactly, but it explains my winter. I may not celebrate Christmas religiously, but the cold of… Continue
Thumping head, dry mouth, bleary eyes, patchy memory - the hangover fug is familiar to many. But why does alcohol make us feel so dreadful? Even though human beings have suffered from hangovers for thousands of years, we're still largely in the dark as to exactly why they happen, and how to cure them. Researchers this week revealed that many hangover cures simply don't work. The only sure-fire cure, they say, is not to get drunk in the first… Continue
There is something about the "I don't believe in God" definition of atheist that bothers me. Now maybe I am being too pedantic but doesn't that definition in some way implies there IS a God and I am just not believeing in it and that I am being stubborn?
I usually tell people I am an atheist because I believe there is NO God. I say as a skeptic and rational thinker, although I cannot say categorically that there actually is 100% NO God (as you can never prove the non-existance of… Continue
Someone recently asked me about this. Here you'll find the question and my answer.
The question: if you are on the Net that often with these extreme theists, why don't you take a bit of a break from it for a while. I realize the dangers of de-secularizing the state, etc., but if no one's going out of their way to directly change or affect you, maybe it's not necessary to engage them over the e-waves.
1. The atheist groups exist for atheists to hang out in and talk about… Continue
The traditions we associate with Christmas have evolved over the centuries. Here are answers to five questions about these traditions, from the date we choose to celebrate to the origin of Santa.
1. Why do we celebrate on December 25th?
The Bible makes no mention of Jesus being born on December 25th and, as more than one historian has pointed out, why would shepherds be tending to their flock in the middle of winter? So why is that… Continue
When a man and woman have joined together in a loving and holy marriage union, they may sometimes find that their love for one another and for God spills over outside of their relationship. Or they may find that other people are drawn to the joy, bliss, and passion that they radiate. In such situations, the desire or opportunity may arise to involve a third individual in their relationship – to form a threesome. Is this a temptation into sin, or a… Continue