My parents did not take me to church. (THANK YOU MOM!) I was not "indoctrinated" into any particular faith. But when I was young, before I knew about the advances of science, the first story I heard about the origin of Earth and man was the creation version. But my affiliation with religion was nonetheless, limited.
It all started when I was a metal-head, White Zombie t-shirt wearing, long haired high school teenager. I was going to a school in southeast Georgia, where…Continue
They make take everything we own
But they won’t get to take our lives
So tired of missing happy outcomes
All because we lack the…
So the holidays are over, the kids are tired of feeding me green play dough pork chops and are off doing a little something of their own, so I thought now was a good time to bore those of you with why I am who I am. Why I am here. What changed my mind to choose logic and reasoning over religion.
Well lets see here these are the things that happened that had nothing to do with it.
-Both parents alcoholics, both abusive and angry individuals.
-causing me to live…Continue
I attended a christmas eve service with my wife, daughter, son-in-law, and grand-daughter at their methodist church. This service was "child friendly" and children and audience all participated (made animal noises, etc). I found one part particularly interesting. At the beginning, the pastor was discussing the nativity scene and explained that no really knows what animals were there. She then plucked an elephant from the scene and explained that she particularly liked the elephant. "As…Continue
"When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?" --John Maynard Keynes
Few adjectives produce more of an emotional charge than "fundamentalist." It conjures up images of unhinged radical mobs in neuvo-Klan attire (indiscriminately) firing their AK-47's in the air,
or of barefoot ignoramuses clutching their Bibles and getting excited
to head off to the town lynchin'. Regrettably, there are far too many
folks -- both inside and outside the…
I often find myself explaining to believers why I'm incredibly glad that their God is not real. They seem surprised that I would not want their 'loving' God to be part of my life. I find that the story of Job is one of the best examples of the Biblical god's moral failing. The follow is my response the theists that believe they follow a benevolent…Continue
Some days ago I posted a case of a pastor friend of mine who had his son very sick.
Well, Today December 24 my friend the pastor had to see his son be disconnected from the machine that kept him alive. After many week of anguish and of seeing that…Continue
Remember the Simpson's episode in which Homer finds out there is no God and when Flanders is shown proof of it, he dismisses it and prefers keep with his beliefs?
Well, I think I found Flanders' daughter:
* ~ Originally posted on Examiner.com ~
Ever notice how upset people get around "The Holidays"...? So are many others and studies point to Christmas being the cause of many unnecessary stresses and unhealthy practices. Imaginary reasons for continuing the practice are leading some to reconsider this celebration of the new year as…Continue
Added by Melissa Montoya on December 23, 2010 at 10:35pm — No Comments
(ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN SU NOMBRE EN VANO)
In the United States there is a widespread idea that there is an ongoing "war on Christmas" waged by atheists and in general, people who prefer a secular government in which every person has the same rights. As usual, this idea is proposed by the whiny religious right (mainly conservative Christians).
Sometimes they will…
So I haven't done the formal introduction, and I will keep it short, since I know many of you have holidays to attend too.
I am one of the new kids on the block, I just kind of started out rudely and jumped into the conversation, with out introducing myself. I really could not help myself to be honest with you.
So here I am, I am an ATHEIST. that feels good to say. My story is long, I will not bore you with the details.
I wanted to pop in and say hello, formally…Continue
This being Christmas time, it is typically open season for those who don't participate or believe in Christmas to question the legitimacy of Jesus. I have seen arguments of people who obviously have read at least some of the Bible who use passages to prove that God doesn't exist and that Jesus doesn't love them.
There are many passages in the Bible that are not self evident, but require study. Those of us who have studied anything know that there are 2 ways to "pass the test" in…Continue
I need a break from everything
A break from everything I know
A sweet place of flowers and recovery
After all the negativity around us…
Added by Edmond on December 23, 2010 at 10:00am — No Comments
I was sitting in my office today. I was alone as almost everyone else has taken off for the holiday. I had Pandora on Christmas music. I listen to a lot of Baroque, Renaissance, medieval, celtic and new age music anyhow and that was the flavor of my Christmas music. I also had Trans-Sibrian Railway and Manheim Steamroller. I really enjoyed it.
I like Church. I don't mean the religion. Or The Church.
I like the Christmas Service Happy Music…Continue
I love Christmas time. The general kindness from people around me makes me feel all warm and fussy.
I'm the only atheist in my family, but it really hasn't bothered me, since they've never seemed fundamental or intrusive in any way. I announced my atheism about a year ago, and all I got was a "why", which I answered as well as I could, and then an "ok", and that was pretty much it. I've always lived a pretty secular life, so my lifestyle didn't change much, but my way of looking at…Continue