The Theological Triple Jump
A while ago I was having an interesting discussion with a friend who is also a very devoted Xtian and who sometimes decides that I, as a rather dedicated atheist, need to be shown the error of my ways and be saved by learning to love his Lord like he does.
Our "debates" are usually fairly short and not too confrontational as we are each quite convinced we are right in our respective views of religion…Continue
This story has been all over the online tabloids in seems. There is a bakery in Northern Ireland who have point black refused to bake a cake for an LGBT rights organisation advocating for marriage equality. The indended cake would have had a picture of Bert and Earnie from Sesemy Street with the slogan…Continue
The signature submission deadline is over for legislative initiatives to be included in the fall ballot and the results:
1. Statewide sell of alcoholic beverages: well over the required 63,000 signatures were obtained.
2. Increase of mandatory minimum wage: same as 1. Arkansas is only one of four states that has a minimum wage below federal level and this legislation would increase it to a paltry $8.50/hr. Last raise was 8 years ago.
3. Medical marijuana initiative only…Continue
Added by Ed on July 8, 2014 at 7:40am — No Comments
For all those who have replied to: UNICORNS IN THE BIBLE and THE FAITHFUL AND THE BIBLE, being two, I have an interesting proposal. The replies kept coming with the most interesting comments, knowledgeable, surprising and strange. I learned a lot from many of them.
I have written a book that has been a long time in publishing but it is finally…Continue
Added by Stephen Gunn on July 1, 2014 at 7:09pm — No Comments
I've already introduced myself here in the Welcome to TA forum, but thought it might be a good idea to write a little blog entry to give a more detailed account of who I am, what I (don't) believe and how I embraced atheism.
So, I'm in Ireland. I was born and raised here and it really is a beautiful country.
I was born in 1985 into a Roman Catholic family. I…
Well, well. The cleansing spread of toppling Catholic aristocracy has claimed it's latest victim: Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski! He should be more than just defrocked.…Continue
I realise that I have already discussed this in the forum are of the site, but I wanted to post something in a blog form giving my full thoughts on the issue
So the topic I want to address in this blog is the Christian concept of “We are all born sinners” (otherwise known as Original Sin). As a non-Christian I personally do not believe…Continue
I heard that life is sacred, but I don’t know what that word means.
A woman outside a clinic told me that a tiny mass of cells was a person, but I didn’t think it looked like one. I heard her say that the bundle of cells was just what a person looked like when it was very small. She said it had the same genetic makeup and all of the same DNA as a fully grown person and therefore had the same right to life. I watched her scratch…Continue
I thought the latest Cosmos Series with Neal DeGrasse Tyson was entertaining and successful. It was professionally done and I believe Tyson presented the material in a well thought out manner. Getting the viewer to understand the vastness of time and space in our universe helped reinforce the fact that our little orb called Earth is truly a fairly insignificant rock in the overall scope of things. His references to historical figures and their impact on our understanding of the cosmos and…Continue
It recently dawned on me that although the English language has around 1,000,000 words, only about 150 - 170 of those words are categorized as prepositions. To wit:Continue
One of the smartest men in the world is Chris Langan apparently, and he developed this theory and wrote a book that is now on my reading list. Anyone on ThinkAtheist ever look into this work?
(By the way, please do not join this thread to argue about who the smartest person in the world is. If you want to discuss that, please just start another discussion.)
Anyway, here's an interview with Chris:…Continue
The subtitle of this book is "How to discredit religious thought and rebuild your identity." You can find it easily on amazon. The wording of the book is very complex, but not in such a way that it was difficult for me to follow. After reading it for awhile, you realize that it has to be that way... the wording needs to be very precise, because if it's not it can be argued with.
The book doesn't leave any wiggle room. From beginning to end, there is pretty much nothing any…Continue
Hey guys I'm curious as to what you guys think regarding atheist themed tattoos or tattoos in general. Here is an idea I'm working on tattoo.jpg. Any input would be helpful. And before you say you shouldn't care what other people think about your tattoo.. I don't, but its nice to see other peoples viewpoints on things…Continue
After all this time, all these years, all these degrees of separation - a mere knock guides me to shedded enemies. It was midmorning when a pair of shadows alerted me to some unexpected presences. I think I knew before I knew, my gut clenching beyond the usual spasm of social anxiety.
The blockers of the light lingered and adjusted themselves and finally put knuckle to…Continue
You may find there's not much here because I'm really not very good at figuring out computer instructions. I guess and I try, and as often as not, end up accidentally losing what I have written. If any of the people who read this live in the St. Louis area and want to help me learn how to work this, I will start blogging in earnest. I will start with the details of how I came to be an atheist.
I was born into a Christian family, in that my mother was a serious Christian, a Sunday…Continue
Added by Barbara J Frederick on May 29, 2014 at 12:52pm — No Comments
I'm posting this for attention. I feel like I need to be honest upfront. Anyone who writes a blog wants people to read it. With that said, this post is going to be relatively short. My main goal is to meet like-minded people anyway, and this might seem counter-intuitive, but atheism is really only a miniscule fraction of our lives, right?
Atheism does allow us to scrape away a lot of the bullshit from our lives, though. But I think I'm going to talk about a few things that are…Continue
I didn't join this site to take other people's words out of my mouth.
I attempted to emphasize the importance of love amid the current trend of legalized gay marriage. I'm not anonymous, so anyone can go to Facebook to verify my support of my gay friends' new marriage intentions.
Marriage is a much older religious institution than a governmental one, and marriage is younger than love. Tell me ThinkAtheist, does law matter more than love?
The dream of religion is worshipping God and going to heaven.
The reality of religion is to over power people and single out everything else.
This includes not thinking for yourself, constantly fearing the unknown, and controlling what people do, and giving then only 2 choices which is obey or die.
It defeats the purpose of freewill, and confuses people on right and wrong.