I'm new around here. This is my first blog post in effort to spark some interesting discussions. Depending on the feedback, I may write more! Let me know what you think.
I am having a bit of a struggle understanding what my approach should be when I am having debates with theists. On the one hand, I feel that proving whether or not there is a god is an impossible task. This would make me an atheist. On the other, I would like to use reason, understanding, and tangible evidence to…Continue
"I once met a Texan who bragged that he had only ever read one book from cover to cover: the Bible" - Alom Shaha, The Young Atheist's Handbook.
I've read the Bible; and if I'm honest, the prospect of having it come along with me, by default, to a celebrity/music-filled island is, to say the least, a little disappointing.
Don't get the reference? I'll explain... Desert Island…Continue
Added by Carnun Marcus-Page on April 23, 2013 at 3:30pm — No Comments
As promised, I am posting the discussion questions and my answers to them. There are two units, the first is regarding the concept of religion. The second is regarding the concept of god. So, here ya go... enjoy! :-P
(I apologize for the formatting on discussion 9, msword doesn't transfer over here very nicely!)
Discussion 9- What is religion?
1. Explain the difference between agnosticism and atheism.
The Philippine Atheists and Agnostics Society(PATAS) and the International Humanist and Ethical Youth Organization (IHEYO) invite you to join a three-day conference on Humanism scheduled on June 21-23, 2013 in Cebu City, Philippines. The conference will tackle human rights issues affecting our…Continue
I have one religious friend.
That's a bad way to start a blog post, because as Kevin Hart once brilliantly said (albeit about black people):
"Nothing is more racist than having one black friend. Zero black friends is somehow less racist than having one black friend."
He and I get along just fine, thank you very much. He knows I'm an atheist and doesn't bother me about it, and I know he's religious and I don't bother him…Continue
Why do people pretend that religion isn't responsible for creationism?
This scientist is able to turn your hand invisible with a simple trick.…Continue
There is a hero. Everyone loves him because he is charitable and people’s lives tend to flourish under his watchful eye. But there is a nemesis, a huge and hideous reptile, the largest ever seen, who rises slowly from beneath the Earth bringing death and darkness and fear in his wake. The hero goes down to meet the terrible creature and to do battle with him.…
Added by Brad Snowder on April 20, 2013 at 10:38pm — No Comments
I was a Sophomore in high school when I met Richard. He was quiet, introverted, and incredibly intriguing. A year my senior, we only had a few classes together. About five months after our introduction, he confessed to me he was homosexual. We weren't fast friends exactly, but we did feel a bond that kept us challenging each other and opening our hearts.
Richard and I…Continue
So I am shopping on the phone to find a local certified mechanic to install a new engine in my wife's truck. It was recommended to call a specific mechanic shop about fifty miles away. After talking to the shop owner's wife for about ten minutes because he was tied up with customers she finally said something to the effect that "we don't like to take new customers as we stay busy with our existing clientele." I commented I thought this was an odd business philosophy. She then proceeded to…Continue
Those who would give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. ~Benjamin Franklin
Isn't it funny how americans, especially of the christian sect, like to view all muslims as "islamic radicals"? in light of the recent events in Boston, of which i am whole-heartedly sympathetic toward (yet we ATHEISTS HAVE NO HEART NOR MORALS i am told), i am drawn back to this argument of which i have heard others in the major media outlets sometimes talk about. When a christian, especially an american christian, thinks of a muslim, they USUALLY think of them as an islamic radical who…Continue
Added by Keith Konecny on April 19, 2013 at 10:52pm — No Comments
Apparently folks in the Christian Quiverfull movement are being targeted with another message that conveniently increases the size of the flock: there is a global orphan crisis--163 million children in the Third World in need. The actual statistic is 17 million orphaned children, many of whom live with other family members. What does it mean for the people of Third World nations when hoards of well-intentioned American Christian families seek to rescue these non-existent orphans? A slew of…Continue
Added by Kairan Nierde on April 19, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments
To me, life is all about the genuine care for other people, and being grateful to those who wish to see you succeed. It's about manifesting happiness in yourself and others. Manifesting happiness in yourself through the manifestation of happiness in others. No religion needs to tell me that I shouldn't commit adultery, or that I should 'do no murder'. I'm very capable of establishing right from wrong, this is innate in most humans. Some are predisposed to bad genes or mental…Continue
Another entry from my blog: http://brainhulklogicsmash.blogspot.com/2013/04/only-wishful-thinking.html
Well, it's the second week in a row without a dismantling of Billy Graham's fragile claims. In my Sunday paper he tackled the hot button issue that everyone wants a answer to. Yes, he went big and answered the…Continue
Added by James on April 18, 2013 at 9:33pm — No Comments
There are some meaningless things people just go along with. Let me point out something that should be rather obvious, but for some reason isn't.
Ending world hunger is a bad idea.
It seems even atheists have a hard time grasping this. Bimbos in beauty pageants are trained to parrot it back whenever they're asked what they wish for. Ask any child, or naive adult, and you'll get the same wish of ending world hunger, world peace or some other inane nonsense like…Continue
So, I recently read 'The Quantum Universe: Everything that can happen does happen' by Professors Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw.
Truthfully, I took three things from this amazing explanation of Quantum Physics:
"Despite not believing in God, and not believing in an afterlife where I might be rewarded or punished for my behaviour, I try to be a good person. That's the most any of us can do." - Alom Shaha, The Young Atheist's Handbook.
It's a favourite argument of the Theists: 'How can you be good without God?'
Even supposedly 'enlightened' Theologians (mean?) like William Lane…Continue
Added by Carnun Marcus-Page on April 16, 2013 at 3:32pm — No Comments
Let me say straight away, this is not the blog post I wanted to make as my first. However, I find myself in an unusual position.
Today, I went to the pub. While there I got talking to a lovely couple with two children about their gorgeous puppy bitch (that fell asleep in my arms). The conversation moved on to my family and to my father's (and my) atheism, my mother career as a nurse and my vast array of siblings. I also mentioned that one of my father's…Continue
A great letter I came across. A young Muslim Pakistani boy finds out his girlfriend wasn't a virgin, and e-mails a psychologist threatening suicide. The psychologist's answer is awesome.
Perhaps reading this account of the terrifying, inhumane, and repressive situation in your country shocks you, and you may feel that I am being unfair to Pakistan or to Islam, but my intention is neither to discredit Pakistan nor to insult Islam. I simply must start with…