I've noticed that a useful question to raise in a debate regards what evidence one's opponent would consider sufficient to cause him or her to change his or her current position. This question is good for a number of reasons.
1. It will expose anyone who says "no amount of evidence could change my mind" as someone who was never open to the possibility that he or she is wrong. In this case, debate is a waste of time.
2. It can offer direction in a debate.
3. It… Continue
Added by Richard Spencer on December 31, 2009 at 7:33pm —
My old friends have become believers. Church every sunday, god is great, god is good, make me vomit, christians.
They were never like me but never like this.
I just want to slap them and scream "what the fuck is wrong with you ?!". But I won't. I love them more than I need them to be like me...
So, here I sit. Powerless to break their bond with myth without breaking their bond with me.
Added by todwith1d on December 29, 2009 at 4:40pm —
Added by Johnny on December 27, 2009 at 5:00am —
Added by Monica Salcedo (Monicks) on December 26, 2009 at 9:00pm —
“God is Santa Clause for grown ups.” You’ve probably heard this before, it’s a fairly common quip used by atheists to illustrate their view on both the existence and purpose of a personal deity. It’s also a surefire way to get under the skin of most any theist. Is it fair though? Are we oversimplifying the punishment and reward aspects of the typical religious dogma we encounter? Are we just trying to make their beliefs out to be childish? After giving the subject a bit of thought recently, I… Continue
Added by Don't label my essence! (Jared) on December 25, 2009 at 5:16pm —
Check out the link at the bottom of this post to listen to the interview from Fresh Air today on NPR:
Humanism--the belief that ethics and morality can be vested in rationality, rather than a supernatural deity--might sound like a departure from faith communities and culture, but according to Greg Epstein, it doesn't have to be.
In his new book, Good Without God: What A Billion Nonreligious People Do Believe, Greg Epstein responds to challenges against humanism that spring… Continue
Added by Chelsea on December 23, 2009 at 11:00pm —
No, seriously! I was dead, just for a few minutes, but dead nonetheless. Long story short, on Sept. 25th an allergic reaction to a supposedly innocuous pill, caused my throat to close, shutting off my breathing and within minutes I was dead, literally.
But this rant is not about my ordeal from that night, which I can’t deny, was scary and surreal, and ultimately ended up with me waking up in the hospital, incredibly tired, with a sore throat and an extremely bruised chest, after 7… Continue
Added by Monica Salcedo (Monicks) on December 22, 2009 at 5:35pm —
I made a wallpaper for the occasion.
Added by AJComix on December 22, 2009 at 1:46am —
Added by Johnny on December 20, 2009 at 5:00am —
Great blog post at http://atheism.about.com/b/2009/12/18/taking-christmas-out-of-christianity.htm
But even better is this blog comment made by poster "Simon" in response to "JesusFreak" :
You may feel like a pioneer, on the outskirts of Christendom evangelising the heathens, but we’ve had so many missionaries here that I doubt you have anything new to… Continue
Added by Andrea on December 18, 2009 at 1:10pm —
Just a quick blog to inform everyone that Think atheist just broke the 4000th
I joined back around Nov, 2008 and was member #347, In January I remember us celebrating member #500 And in less than 12 months we have had over 3500 members join.
Thanks to Morgan Matthew for starting this, and to everyone who has made this great site what it is today.
Here's to… Continue
Added by Dan on December 16, 2009 at 9:30pm —
We've all heard about the Founders (US) and their Deism. It's such a mystical word to us today. I don't know any Deists. A two sentence description of what Deists believe...
1. The Creator was a watchmaker God.
2. That means he built the world then went about his business of building worlds and had no further influence here.
I was thinking today that Deists are nothing but Atheists who lack information. So in my ever scientific manner, I look up Atheism in Wiki. Under… Continue
Added by Gaytor on December 16, 2009 at 12:30am —
Added by Johnny on December 13, 2009 at 5:00am —
Stolen from @Monick's tweet.
Some things to keep in mind:
1. Remember that they are people, just like you are. Contrary to what you may have been led to believe, they are not some lower life form we share this planet with.
2. More than likely, they are smarter than you are. This can be difficult to come to grips with, but it does appear to be true and… Continue
Added by Dan on December 9, 2009 at 9:55pm —
This is in response to a blog posted earlier today by Ursula, which can be found here
. Ursula is not allowing comments on her own blog entry, because as we all know, it's always the sign of utmost confidence in your argument when you forbid public challenge of it. Since this is the case, I am replying to her here and to all other women who may agree with her.
First, let me be completely honest by… Continue
Added by Galen on December 8, 2009 at 6:27pm —
The blog just below this one claims that TA is run by sexists, but comments are disabled. Post your comments here!
Added by Apple on December 8, 2009 at 12:00pm —
I am a firm believer that every body is entitled to have their own beliefs. And with that being said, everybody should respect everybodies beliefs, EVEN if they don't agree.
Another thing I should mention, I think that regardless of what you believe in, I feel that everyone of us should have dignity and respect to eachother, to have peace on earth. Ofcourse being Religious, this "can" be hard. Eg. The Holy Bible doesn't agree with homosexuality. And this belief can make many Christians not… Continue
Added by Brittany on December 7, 2009 at 9:27pm —
Sunday Morning Service
06 DEC 2009
Links of Interest
An alternative idea: "Secular Season's Greetings"
Dear God, please confirm what I already… Continue
Added by Johnny on December 6, 2009 at 5:00am —
"Space is big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is."
Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
As you may have read previously on my blog
, I'm a big fan of perspective. I like to have an idea of where I am and who I am, what it means to be alive and what it means to be… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on December 6, 2009 at 12:58am —
I really cannot understand it. Every day here in Texangelical Hell, I am surrounded by a constant and persistent undercurrent of homophobia. Often the gay-bashing is quite blatant as derogatory slurs and obscene references are casually tossed into conversation; these comments are usually fueled by a touted “disgust” for homosexual practices. This is irritating, but largely dismissive as I find that it only brands the speaker as childish and incapable of rational adult… Continue
Added by Shine on December 5, 2009 at 4:30pm —