Russell's teapot, sometimes called the Celestial Teapot, was an analogy first coined by the philosopher Bertrand Russell (1872–1970), intended to refute the idea that the burden of proof lies upon the sceptic to disprove unfalsifiable claims of religions. In an article entitled "Is There a God?" commissioned (but never published) by Illustrated magazine in 1952, Russell wrote:
If I were to suggest that between the Earth and Mars there is a china teapot revolving about the sun… Continue
Added by Aeon on March 10, 2009 at 2:41am —
Some of my closest friends are religious...particularly Muslim.
I used to date a Muslim guy who is now my ex, but we are still best friends. It's not awkward at all, we really are good friends. He is a very 'devout' Muslim though. Actually, that's what he says, but I really don't think so since he has had sex before marriage, drinks alcohol socially, amongst other things.
But anyway, I don't think me apostatizing will affect him much, maybe he'll get a little annoyed and… Continue
Added by loop the loop on March 10, 2009 at 2:05am —
Once I read this article posted by Dan Florien over at Unreasonable Faith
, I couldn't resist re-posting here. An excerpt from "The Truth About the Holy Bible
" by Robert Ingersoll
Added by Johnny on March 9, 2009 at 6:30pm —
I posted this on a christian forum a while ago. It is a personal detail of my life but for me it was an important point for me in finally shedding the silly beliefs of religion. I posted this to hopefully make some of them who read it really stop and question things. Maybe i will elaborate on this experience more later but for now here is my post.
In quotations is the comment that sparked my reply.
"All atheists thumb their nose at God and rebel against Him, until they are… Continue
Added by MightyMateo on March 9, 2009 at 5:17pm —
An article posted today on USA Today cites the American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS) that will be released today. The statistic we're most interested in, 8% of Americans surveyed claimed no religion in 1990; 18 years later the response is up at 15%.
Now only Catholics and Baptists are higher percentage-wise; and Baptists just barely at 15.8%. Even the 'generic Christian' group only ranked 14.2%.
It appears that the ARIS has taken the largest sampling… Continue
Added by Johnny on March 9, 2009 at 12:30pm —
Its all over the news
this morning (in case you hadn't heard); Obama will be overturning Bush's ban on government funded stem cell research.
On the news this morning (from what I saw) the news anchors kept mentioning the moral decision. Then they get a few people being interviewed, some yammering about Obama's morals, some about the country's morals, and I even saw one… Continue
Added by Johnny on March 9, 2009 at 11:30am —
More Americans say they have no religion
By RACHEL ZOLL, AP Religion Writer Rachel Zoll, Ap Religion Writer – Mon Mar 9, 12:14 am ET
A wide-ranging study on American religious life found that the Roman Catholic population has been shifting out o of the Northeast to the Southwest, the percentage of Christians in the nation has declined and more people say they have no religion at all.
Fifteen percent of respondents said they had no religion, an increase from… Continue
Added by Rick on March 9, 2009 at 6:00am —
Do feelings have any relevance when it comes to belief? Many theists argue that they believe what they believe because they "feel" better doing so.
A Christian says "I believe in Jesus because this belief helps me through life and comforts me and gives me strength."
Even though this is technically not a scientific argument for belief in Jesus, does this argument have any pragmatic grounds or philosophical grounds? It is true that belief in something which does not exist… Continue
Added by AtypicalAtheist on March 8, 2009 at 12:16am —
So, I wrote a blog... ya know, The Fallacy of Faith. I posted it to my myspace. Most of my buddies on that site are family and friends... and they're probably 90% Christian. I thought it was a daring move. I mean, I forget who my friends are. It completely went over my head that my little brother's fiance is on there. Ugh.
They're both "on fire" for God right now; all caught up in this Reformist Church or some-such-shit. Ever heard of Calvinsim? It's a branch of that. Of ALL… Continue
Added by CJoe on March 7, 2009 at 10:59pm —
Hey gang, here are some highlights from my column at Examiner.com
over the past week!
* I insist that it's okay to be judgmental
about things really are bad
* I worry over… Continue
Added by Paul Fidalgo on March 7, 2009 at 8:48pm —
For those of you who don't already know, I used to be one of those obnoxiously perky born-agains. Occasionally I like to reflect upon how ridiculous I used to be and the ridiculous things I used to believe, then share them with you.
Also, for those of you who didn't know, I work at a hospital part-time doing tray service (the bringer of jello...). Usually my job involves taking trays up to patients room and dropping them off. Last night as I was going about my duties, I struck up a… Continue
Added by Sniz on March 7, 2009 at 2:47pm —
What do you all think about this for new members?
If you have a better idea please submit it here! Thanks!
Added by Morgan on March 7, 2009 at 1:00am —
Looks like the Mormon church is on the warpath again
, this time its off to Illinois. The Civil Union Bill (HB 2234) was scheduled to go before a comity this morning (Thursday 05MAR09 in Springfield). The Mormon church sent out this email in opposition:
From: Kristy Combs <firstname.lastname@example.org> Continue
Date: March 3, 2009 12:27:59…
Added by Johnny on March 5, 2009 at 1:30pm —
It’s hard, from within the storm of every day life, to see things with real perspective, to know what’s important and what’s simply pressing on our consciousness right now, demanding attention.
We have people emailing us for information and requesting action, we have phone calls and visitors and a long to-do list and a million chores and errands to run and all of the slings and arrows of our daily reality … and yet, what is… Continue
Added by Morgan Matthew on March 5, 2009 at 11:30am —
Twice a year since I have stopped being christian, I face a dilemma. Being the daughter of two christian/ex-catholic parents, the you can probably guess what two days those are: Easter and Christmas. Since I am still at the age where I spend my holidays with my family, and my parents feel it is necessary to go to church on these days, I usually get dragged along. Every holiday I am torn: do I go or not? And with Easter just around the bend, this question is once again on my mind. Oh yeah, keep… Continue
Added by Sniz on March 4, 2009 at 10:51pm —
A lot of us get stuck in inaction –procrastinating, doing a lot of unimportant tasks to avoid the important stuff, worrying about failing or about being perfect, having a hard time starting, getting distracted, and so on.
It’s time to start forming the Action Habit instead.
And it’s really not that hard if you focus on it for a little while. Like any other habit, start in small doses, little tasks, just short bursts, and then… Continue
Added by Morgan Matthew on March 4, 2009 at 10:00pm —
When humans take neurons place
A god's mind arises of our own sake
And just like cortices battle within the brain
Humanity shows bloody indifference
to individual pain
so who's in charge and who's at the head?
who provides glucose, who bakes the bread?
he who severs his synapses will wither away
but he who connects will through them have say
and yet her scream still rings true
how can humans be so cruel?
and she pours out a glass of… Continue
Added by Ellimist on March 4, 2009 at 7:24pm —
**updated the letter**
You should know that we do love you and care about you; this is why I am sending you this email; please do read it all the way through.
I remember chatting to you in 2002 on yahoo messenger and remember one of the very few discussions we had and that was religion; at this time I thought I was christian and you claimed to be Atheist; what could have made you change from being an Atheist to believing in the teachings of… Continue
Added by Scott Ferguson on March 4, 2009 at 4:30am —
Thanks for all the replys whether they were nice or not :) first I would like to address the fact that 1 of you said you dont need my sympathy. Well you dont have my sympathy. Im not saying that as if I was angry or spiteful; it is only true. Me having love for you is not out of sympathy it is out of my heart. If having love for someone can only come out of sympathy... well that breaks my heart. Anyways to the next thing. someone said I should show that I can listen before I start talking...… Continue
Added by Travis on March 3, 2009 at 11:01pm —
Before I post this link, I just want to reiterate that Think Atheist is the site I hit first every morning, camp way too much throughout the day, and typically check last before going to bed. Morgan has created something truly unique here, and it cannot be matched. (Ok, done kissing ass now) I'm sure most of you, like me, have a few other atheist bookmarks you like to check though (or a list of RSS feeds).
I just stumbled upon this… Continue
Added by Johnny on March 3, 2009 at 4:10pm —