December 2010 Blog Posts (131)

Hi There, Atheists!

Hi

 

I felt like giving a brief introduction so as not to be rude, and to give a simple idea about the person I represent in real life.

So how's it going? I'm this guy who lives in Egypt, you know, the country with the pyramids. Anyway, I've been here a while and I must say this site is the best thing google has led me to in a long time.

I study Medicine in college, with a special interest in Neurology. I'm also really interested in Philosophy, Psychology,…

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Added by Mohamed Amin on December 31, 2010 at 7:00pm — 10 Comments

Carl Sagan Inspiring Video

I have to tell you, I was moved to tears when I first watched this video last night, something only Mufasa's death in The Lion King has ever managed to do before. The thought that we are intricately and inextricably a part of the universe we live in is a beautiful one, one that is a million times more uplifting, enriching and awe inspiring than anything any religion or god could ever invoke.

As this is my last post of…
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Added by Jabu M on December 31, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Funerals, a 'temporary goodbye'

Yesterday was my grandmother's funeral, she was a catholic so the whole thing was organized in a catholic church. And although I should've been serious and sad and stuff (since my grandma had just died), I was first annoyed and then somewhat amused by what the priest said. Several times, he mentioned that the funeral was just a temporary goodbye, since 'we were all going to meet Bernice again in heaven'. Also, according to the priest, my grandma was at that very moment catching up with…

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Added by Raïssa Dhondt on December 31, 2010 at 7:07am — 13 Comments

Condescendence

A little bit of holiday reflection, if you will allow.

Due to a bizarre sequence of events, I live in Utah. I originally came from the "Bible belt", but even so, Utah was a whole new world to me. The vast majority of the state's population is Mormon. I was dimly aware of this before moving here over a decade ago, but the true meaning did not sink in until I'd been on the job for a few months. My first full-time job was at a then-major software company (Novell, not that it matters.) I…

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Added by Chuck C on December 30, 2010 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Witnessing to Atheists - Another blogger, another conversion theory.



Witnessing to

Atheists

I have described my self as having once been an "AynRandianObjectivistLibertarianCarlSaganTypeAtheist". …

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Added by Mr Good Without God on December 30, 2010 at 7:11pm — 1 Comment

The Peasant's Village (A Short Story)

This is a story I wrote a few years ago. I was just learning about atheism at the time, but thinking about leaving the religion I grew up in (Jehovah's Witnesses). Some of the themes are (somewhat intentionally) ambiguous and open to interpretation. I'd love to hear what people make of it.  :)

 

 

Long ago, the whole Earth was ruled by just one Emperor who was kind and just and wise. In the middle of an inhospitable land there…

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Added by Paul Reed on December 30, 2010 at 5:17pm — No Comments

Going. Going. Gone

I was raised in the "Deep South", where the existence of God isn't up for debate. It is beaten into your brain from the very beginning. If you have any questions, you should just keep them to your self. Despite all that, it's petty fair to say that my existence, up until the past couple of years, has been a see-saw of varying degrees of belief. Some years I would recognize that no evidence of a god existed and that prayer was 50/50 at best. Other years, I would…
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Added by Thew on December 30, 2010 at 3:30pm — 16 Comments

Maths and God

I just wanted to comment on a piece of email glurge I got today. I was going to send this as a direct reply to the person that sent it to me, but it might have come over as a bit mean. Here's the item in question:



The Beauty of Mathematics and…
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Added by Paul Reed on December 30, 2010 at 10:24am — 15 Comments

Online "closet" atheists annoy me. Does that happen to you?

Yes they do. I don't hate them, but there is something in them that makes me feel sort of uneasy.



I have counted myself among those without religion for quite some time. I'm pretty open about it and I'm always eager to talk about it when the occasion is right (which isn't all the time, of course). So, as much as I'm open about it "in real life", I'm open about it online. I don't hide my name, nor my face and whoever wants to… Continue

Added by Diego on December 29, 2010 at 9:00pm — 22 Comments

Time to say Goodbye to American Puritan Superstition

(And all my gratitude to Think Atheist - HAPPY 2011, Guys!)







It has been a really bad experience of drug-like intoxication with American religious fantasies which transmitted to other areas of knowledge transformed my life in an erratic and painful trip through the darkness of other people's hallucinations. But I have this one marvelous good which preserves me: I am not ashamed to learn history and I am very grateful to the ones who created web-sites like…

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Added by Claudia Mercedes Mazzucco on December 29, 2010 at 3:22pm — 1 Comment

Hitchens or Dawkins?

I got a B&N gift card for Xmas and one of the books I want to get is either "God is Not Great" or "The God Delusion". Which would you pick?

Added by Matt Peters on December 29, 2010 at 1:43pm — 23 Comments

A little fun for a Wednesday morning

http://niemann.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/12/16/let-it-dough/

 

Photo essay reveals alternative creation story.....

 

hat tip Ezra Klein at Washington Post…

Added by Cecilia on December 29, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments

"Talks"

Dark

Unknown

Lights shown

Breaking the darkness up

I say… Continue

Added by Edmond on December 29, 2010 at 12:49am — 2 Comments

Does God Exist? Ricky Gervais Takes Your Questions

http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2010/12/22/does-god-exist-ricky-gervais-takes-your-questions/?mod=e2tw

 

Editor’s Note: Earlier this week, in an essay that drew a deluge of comments, British comic, actor and filmmaker Ricky Gervais…

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Added by Dan on December 28, 2010 at 11:41pm — No Comments

Whose fault is it?

In the world of faith healing, there is a need for an escape clause, something

which explains why it doesn't work. This, of course, is that it is always the fault

of the victim. If your cancer isn't cured, it isn't the healer's fault, it's just that you

didn't believe hard enough. If your arthritis is still there, well, you shouldn't have

jay-walked, should you!



This isn't a new idea of course. In biblical Palestine, the people of Israel had

a covenant with…

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Added by atheist_swede on December 28, 2010 at 9:36pm — No Comments

"Repent"

Maybe if it existed I would come back

Begging for some type of payback

I would ask questions and want to know everything

I’d want the promises to be more than… Continue

Added by Edmond on December 28, 2010 at 4:08pm — 2 Comments

The Failure of Modern Christian Apologists

I often try to corner theists on theology. I face them with what their Bible says literally and/or at it's base. For example, your spiritual leader promises to come back as a mass murderer. He's the child of a rich man whom promises you a mansion if you'll just give up all of your money today for a promise. Where is it that TV Evangelists get it from again? More often than not, I'll get a disingenuous side step and they'll say that you need to listen to theologians or read a specific book.…

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Added by Gaytor on December 28, 2010 at 11:50am — 2 Comments

"Propaganda One"

Someone somewhere we can’t see

Has something unseen stored for you and me

All we have to do is stay in line

And like magic we’ll get to see it in no… Continue

Added by Edmond on December 28, 2010 at 11:29am — 2 Comments

Oh the sneaky sons of bastards

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Added by Jabu M on December 28, 2010 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

A Family Christmas Debate: Age of accountability?

So it is Christmas day and I have just arrived at my Grandparents home to celebrate as is the tradition and has been since I remember. One thing has changed since those days of old and that is my deconversion from fundamentalist christian into atheism. This is something that only my brother and his wife are aware of and even then we avoid the subject. 

 

But I digress.. 

 

I had just arrived at my grandparents home and open the door to walk into the middle of a…

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Added by Mr Good Without God on December 27, 2010 at 8:40pm — 5 Comments

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