I just watched Agora a film by Alejandro Amenábar. This is a beautiful film with a message that I think many on this site will relate too. I knew nothing of Hypatia for some reason she has been almost erased from contemporary history. Agora is about philosophy, astronomy, religion but mostly its about us as a species. It asks how the hows and the whys and is as I have said a beautiful tale - a tragic tale but also a tale of the triumph of reason. This film should be a must see for everyone… Continue
Added by Erik Elison on December 3, 2010 at 11:37pm —
I thought this might be a good place for my last blog entry from http://www.commonground.net. So, here are some of my thoughts on faith and reason.
Another Common Ground blogger, Ian Kluge, directed our attention to the new atheists position that there is an inherent and irreconcilable conflict between faith and reason.
Christopher Hitchens sums up their position this way: “All attempts to reconcile faith… Continue
Added by Maya Bohnhoff on December 3, 2010 at 2:00pm —
I never watch Glee, actually, I never watch TV. There are so many other things I'm interested in that I never have time to sit back and watch TV like other people do; but even if I did, I'm pretty sure Glee would not be amongst my favorite shows.
Having said that, I admit to having enjoyed a few videos of pretty good songs from this show on YouTube.
Since my friends know how passionate I am about certain things, this particular episode of Glee was brought to my… Continue
Added by Monica Salcedo (Monicks) on December 3, 2010 at 11:00am —
Inside of you I can see peace and love
Something about you lifts me above all that I have known
If only I could stare into your eyes everyday of my life
If you would be good to me I swear that I will bring more than you need
I've been looking for someone like you to be, real
Someone like you doesn't just live and then die
You will even when you are empty of life
Effecting everyone who takes the time… Continue
Added by Edmond on December 3, 2010 at 7:12am —
So sad and scared
Because what if this is all that I will see
Hate filled people
Confusion and ignorance
What if this is all I get
It's so sad
So sad I want to give up now
We won't get better
We're too busy beating each other down
If this is
What the rest of my life is gonna be
I'm scared to live
There is so much pain my… Continue
Added by Edmond on December 3, 2010 at 6:57am —
After looking back on my own deconversion from Christianity, I've realized that if someone approached me during the days that I still believed in the Christian faith and told me that there was no god, I would have balked at them and politely told them to go to hell. Now that I'm a devout Atheist, I often asked myself how did I go from being a Southern Baptist Christian to a rational, scientifically-minded Atheist.
It wasn't a billboard that converted me. It definitely… Continue
Added by Philip Laureano on December 3, 2010 at 1:54am —
So the post I made in the "Coming Out Godless" group got a lot of awesome feedback.... that's super cool. :) I feel like I've found a great place to talk to people about this stuff.
Since it's the beginning of the quarter and I'm not totally bogged down with schoolwork yet, I've started doing some pretty heavy research. It's kind of difficult to know where to begin, so I'm starting with some of the names/books/videos/etc that people mentioned in the comments on my first… Continue
Added by S.S. on December 2, 2010 at 1:55pm —
My family is a hardcore filipino catholic, which means mass on sundays, birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, first fridays, fiestas,celebration of any kind, we even go to church at dawn (around 4:00am) starting december 16- 24 called misa de gallo. we practice all sort of catholic rituals such as the pabasa
wherein for 3 straight days you read in a chanting manner an entire book about the sufferings of jesus, we usually do this on holy week, my family also have a flores de mayo (… Continue
Added by msjessev on December 2, 2010 at 11:57am —
Added by Loop Johnny on December 2, 2010 at 8:30am —
Penn Jillette posted this link on his twitter. Thought this was kind of cool to see one hero, of reason, honor another. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/dec/01/christopher-hitchens-richard-dawkins
Added by Jtrottier on December 2, 2010 at 7:42am —
Of all these nations God our Lord gave charge to one man, called St. Peter, that he should be Lord and Superior of all the men in the world, that all should obey him, and that he should be the head of the whole human race, wherever men should live, and under whatever law, sect, or belief they should be; and he gave him the world for his kingdom and jurisdiction.
And he commanded him to place his seat in Rome, as the spot most fitting… Continue
Added by Jason Paisley on December 1, 2010 at 8:33pm —
Patient: Faith is not a disease.
House: No. On the other hand it is communicable and kills a lot of people.
This was from last week's episode of House, s07:e08. He is quite the skeptic.
Added by Benjamin on December 1, 2010 at 8:30pm —
This weekend I attended a Harvey Milk Vigil because I was in San Fransisco being a tourist. It sounded like an interesting event and it was. There were multiple speakers talking about different issues facing the Gay Community. Really, all of the issues face all of us in the fight for equality. But I did take issue with one of the speakers on one point. Gay or straight, I think that it would apply for many of us that are… Continue
Added by Gaytor on December 1, 2010 at 1:45pm —
When I was about 15 My Mum & I joined the Quakers, I think she needed the support of a structure, but the great thing about Quakers is they don't dictate what your beliefs must be. Mostly they are in fact Christian, but they focus on a moral code centred around being the best person you can be & making the world a better place. They reject the introspective nature of most religions & encourage members to live their faith by going out in to the world. There exists what is known as… Continue
Added by Martha Everett on December 1, 2010 at 12:43pm —
Recently I've watched a couple of really interesting conversion stories (here
One is from a Pentecostal the & other just a very committed Christian! I thought it would be interesting to post my own deconversion story as I come from a very different background from these two & in some ways hippy… Continue
Added by Martha Everett on December 1, 2010 at 12:42pm —
Afraid to ask why the struggle stays
Especially after the nights when tears went on parade
I used to beg my illusion for mercy
Its silence made me feel unworthy… Continue
Added by Edmond on December 1, 2010 at 11:27am —