December 2012 Blog Posts (51)

All-Knowing, All-Powerful, Ever Loving God

One thing I truly struggle with, as an atheist, as a person, as a friend to believers, is that huge gap between what REALLY IS and what believers have to do in order to continue making sense of reality through the eyes of their belief.  They must redefine words and phrases again and…

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Added by Karen Loethen on December 31, 2012 at 9:40am — 8 Comments

an ode to the anti-apocalyptophobiacs of the world

after all the idiots who followed Camping

found themselves up shit’s crick

after May of 2011 &

after all the morons hoping & “praying”

that they would get a “get out of life free” card

with the ending of the Mayan calendar

just a little more than a week ago,

discussion has already begun to loom,

spewing forth like the foulest vomit

(outdoing even lil’ Linda Blair’s projectile in

“The Exorcist”)

from the…

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Added by delapruch on December 30, 2012 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Free Will is a Result, not a Cause

I like this question because people have such a difficult time agreeing to agree on definitions. The most basic question of all, "What is Free Will" never gets hashed out so that people can discuss it on common terms. So I'm more interested now in just how to define it.

It's extremely difficult for people to imagine their own non-existence (whether before birth or after death), and perhaps the only way that an existing mind can contemplate itself is to…

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Added by Pope Beanie on December 30, 2012 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

No Cake for Me Thanks

Port-o-Fess, for the priest on the go. The Son of Man

Ezekiel 1:1 to 17:24



1:1 One day when I was with the captive Jews of Babylon, the heavens opened and I saw visions of God himself. I saw a huge stormy thingy with flashing lights and some weird multi-winged, multi-headed monsters. They were like part ox, part lion, part man, and part eagle. It was so scary. I…

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Added by Brad Snowder on December 30, 2012 at 11:04am — 3 Comments

Thanks, everyone.

I would like to thank everyone on this site regardless of everything for keeping me sane. I live against my own will in a tiny remote rural village due to my age (19 years - I am still reliant on my parents) and often in times of depression or whatever I experience, it's nice to have a constant: this website. Whether going through the cliched arguments with YouTubers, or merely debating with my peers, this site has always remained a steady force of reason, a community of people more…

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Added by Henry Flood on December 29, 2012 at 10:44pm — 5 Comments

Post-modernism and its clueless detractors/supporters

I've found that the concept of post-modernism tend to illicit strong emotions, either in full favor or in heated disagreement. I feel somewhat on a see-saw between the two disciplines as I've mostly studied economics and finance, which are considered the hardest of the soft sciences, and occasionally as the softest of the hard sciences. These fields rely heavily on both psychology and sociology, and calculus and…

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Added by Arcus on December 29, 2012 at 5:25pm — No Comments

learn Mandarin

as all the “elected” puppets congregate

with hands tied behind their backs

& marionette strings held in the hands of

corporate america (aka the global corporate),

they edge the tips of their toes along the

“fiscal cliff,” in order to force the

unfortunate citizens of the empire

boiling in the belly,

to tremble again---

talk of “cutting social security”

terrifies the seniors, who are disposed of

as quick as…

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Added by delapruch on December 28, 2012 at 11:29pm — No Comments

no need for Niebuhr

self,

exist with the reality that things

can be

changed.

 

self,

gain courage, develop strength &

wisdom will come in the process of

knowing that one can never truly

know enough---

one must always be learning.

 

self,

know that “surrender” eliminates

focus, know that this world is

how we make it,

here,

now,

alone & together,

without any metaphysical…

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Added by delapruch on December 28, 2012 at 11:28pm — No Comments

“the last of the funerals”

today “the last of the funerals”

takes place &

the killings in CT get placed on the

shelf,

alongside the deaths at Columbine,

Virginia Tech...

 

those were the “big ones” right?

 

well, now, Aurora was a “big one,” right?

but it didn’t happen in a school, hmmm…but

12 died & 59 were injured---

still, everybody can attribute that to the

fact that the kid had orange hair, liked the

Joker…

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Added by delapruch on December 27, 2012 at 8:26am — No Comments

Semantics and Spiritual Atheists

I'd love to know ThinkAtheist's opinion on this topic...

The video linked below... entitled "My Spirituality as an Atheist" has gotten a lot of attention from atheists lately. And although I respect that he points out he doesn't believe in the supernatural and that he states he uses the word "spirituality" for a lack of a better word. I find the message to be misrepresentative or disingenuous. Let me explain why:

When arguing almost any point one of the biggest obstacles with…

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Added by dragotron on December 26, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Consoling / coping without God

Over the course of the past year, I've had a striking and rather disturbing experience of religion that raised some questions, which I would like to pose to you all.  In June, my wife and I learned that we had miscarried our first pregnancy.  We were devastated, as we had already begun to view this emerging life as our child and as a new member of our family.  Half a year later, we are both still working through the aftermath of the miscarriage -- especially my wife, who still cries about it…

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Added by Justin on December 26, 2012 at 12:01pm — No Comments

Nativity Naivete

(cross posted from http://letreasonreign.wordpress.com/2012/12/25/nativity-naivete/#more-549)

Well Saturnalia is over–and I didn’t even get to see Saturn.

So I guess I will have to focus on Christmas instead.

The overwhelming majority of well educated Christians realize that there’s no evidence, not even from the bible, that this day is in any way the birthdate of Jesus.  I’ve heard…

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Added by SteveInCO on December 25, 2012 at 7:03pm — 1 Comment

A Parting Shot

Well christmas eve dinner at Mom's was pretty uneventful for the most part. There was one vigorous conversation about banning assault weapons. My brother-in-law is a retired army colonel and I'm a liberal gun owner who accepts restrictions on military style weapons availability. 

As we departed and embraced for the obligatory hugs my sister whispered in my ear "May god bless you." I considered it a cheap shot as she knows my position on theism is unwavering. My mind nearly wasn't…

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Added by Ed on December 25, 2012 at 12:53pm — 16 Comments

Born to be bad? The New Science of Morality

The January issue of Smithsonian magazine has an excellent article on the continuing discovery of information that supports our new awareness that "the elements that underpin morality- altruism, sympathy for others" are in place in humans at a very early age. The article explains that natural selection has had as much or more influence on our social behavior than other things such as perception. The survival and reproduction of our species being dependent on social competence as we moved…

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Added by Ed on December 25, 2012 at 11:10am — No Comments

old testament fun

old testament fun

KILL THE SICK and CRIPPLED

Numbers c.5 v.2-4

KILL HOMOSEXUALS

Leviticus c.20 v.13

KILL ALL DISSIDENTS:

Exodus c.32 v.27

Numbers c.11 v.1-2

Numbers c.16 all

Numbers c.21 v.5-6

Numbers v.26 v.10

KILL anyone who engages in “DIVERSITY” or “INTEGRATION”

Numbers v25 v.4-8

Deuteronomy c.14 v.2

DEHUMANIZE and then EXTERMINATE ALL NON-MEMBERS:

Numbers c.21 v.03 Canaanites

Numbers c.21 v.24…

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Added by _Robert_ on December 25, 2012 at 7:24am — No Comments

the excuse

for those

who need

an excuse

to come together

with their families,

to round up all their

friends,

to give gifts, to exchange

pleasantries, to

party for a few days,

to enjoy themselves

despite all else,

we

have

the

“holidays.”

 

why some need a third party,

a made up reason,

a dictated delusion,

in order to feel that they can

rightfully take the…

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Added by delapruch on December 24, 2012 at 9:04am — No Comments

Christianity Refutes Itself

A narrative essay by – Heather Spoonheim

Christianity is an intellectually repugnant worldview. To subscribe to it is to abandon all reason – and that is why it is so difficult to extract from the psyche of those infected by its doctrines. Once one has thoroughly abandoned reason, they are no longer sentient beings in any meaningful sense of the phrase; they become nothing…

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Added by Heather Spoonheim on December 23, 2012 at 11:00pm — 84 Comments

A Hell of a choice: Christians try to whitewash one of their most awful beliefs

There has been some discussion about the topic of Hell over at Psychology Today[1] recently. You might even  say it's a hot topic! (Sorry.) Psychologist Nathan Heflick wrote about the psychological aspects of the subject and invited readers to share why they personally believe in Hell. Humanistic blogger Greg Henriques, took a…

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Added by Scott A McGreal on December 23, 2012 at 7:09am — No Comments

Haters Gonna Hate

Hey come back. Are you going to get a pencil to write this down? Prophecy of Captivity

Jeremiah 20:1 to 47:1



20:1 People hate me. They conspire against me. The governor of the church heard all of the slanderous crap I was saying about him and he had me arrested, beaten, and put in stocks by the gate. Bastard. When I was released I told him that the Babylonians would come and take him and…

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Added by Brad Snowder on December 23, 2012 at 2:57am — No Comments

Zero Rape

How Many Women On Average Get Raped In Muslim Countries?

The Reason I Ask Is Because I Have Heard That The Women Are Forced To Cover Up From Head To Sole Because They Don't Want Them Provoking The Men Sexually Or Giving Men A Reason To Rape Them.

So If Covering Them Up Is An Effective Anti-Rape Mean, Then Shouldn't The Number Of Rapes Be Zero?

Added by Horacio Martinez on December 22, 2012 at 10:24pm — 12 Comments

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