The Atheist's Prayer
Our brains, which art in our heads,
treasured be thy name. Thy reasoning
come. Thy best you can do be done
on earth as it is. Give us this day new
insight to help us resolve conflicts and
ease pain. And lead us not
into supernatural explanations;
deliver us from denial of logic.
For thine is the kingdom of reason,
and even though thy powers are limited,
and you're not always… Continue
Added by Johnny on March 13, 2009 at 4:55pm —
Religion is like a very large dog. Comforting when it's yours, terrifying when it's not, and absolutely must be kept away from the children.
Added by Philip Norton on March 13, 2009 at 4:05pm —
I actually have too many blog sites scattered annonymously throughout the World Wide Web, and there's one I visit on a semi-regular basis to write about more private matters. Ya know, the "Dear Diary" moments. I had a mild epiphany when writing in it last night, so I thought I'd share and expound a little... and then tie it to something else.
Well, I'll admit. I've had this on-and-off type deal going on with this guy who, frankly, doesn't deserve even a little of my attention. I… Continue
Added by CJoe on March 13, 2009 at 10:40am —
Conservative Christians are offended by lots of things: liberals, atheists, Harry Potter, Muslims, Jews, but they seem to be offended most by the human body, the penis in particular.
"Forget trying to maneuver your way through all the mixed reactions to Watchmen crowding the interweb today. There’s only one question you need to answer, apparently, in order to make up your mind whether or not to see the… Continue
Added by Pam on March 13, 2009 at 9:29am —
...but today I came across something that unleashed a rage in me like none other.
Part of my morning routine is to pop by one of the popular news sites to see what is going on.
This morning I found this:
Take a few seconds to let that sink in. I know at first it was just "oh those crazy muslims..." but then, an image of… Continue
Added by Sniz on March 13, 2009 at 12:25am —
It can seem like such an elusive concept.
It flits through your life like a drunken butterfly, that try as you might.... you just cannot capture.
Take a deep breath.... because you are about to receive the key to the kingdom of happiness. And once you have it, you'll realize you don't have to clench it tightly in your hand to keep it, or camper after the butterfly anymore.
Happiness will seek you out, land gently on your shoulder, and… Continue
Added by Sophie on March 12, 2009 at 5:24pm —
One of the first big splashes this blog made was when this post (2002!) made it into the atheist blogosphere. I got about a hundred notes from atheists saying “Thanks.” I’ve always agreed with what I wrote here, and I’ve always felt it was important. I also know that many culture-warring Christians will say this is a surrender document and I should join in the hatred of those who sometimes hate us. Check with Jesus on that one.
Here’s “Why Do They Hate Us?” from this… Continue
Added by Morgan Matthew on March 12, 2009 at 4:40am —
You know what? I like people, I really do. I strongly believe in humanity......But sometimes.......
People make my brain hurt.
Yesterday I was soundly asleep when I was jolted from the bed by violent pounding on my door. I jumped up and opened the door quickly, I was thinking that maybe some shit went down. You know those cop knocks? where the person uses their entire fist and arm to knock on the door and it shakes the whole house? It was one of those so I assumed it was… Continue
Added by MightyMateo on March 12, 2009 at 2:07am —
More and more we see religious groups trying to push their agenda into laws, politics, and the government. Too many in the general religious populous think God has been kicked out of government, and they want him back in there. But what happens when the roles are reversed, and government proposes to push its policy into religion?
The church cries 'foul' and sputters quotes about 'the separation of church and state' and then holds a rally to gather support to stop the… Continue
Added by Johnny on March 11, 2009 at 8:08pm —
Elyzabeth Anderson's book is a tumor within the literary world, laughing jubilantly with a stick extended and ready to beat the reader lovingly in the head.
Below is the Amazon.com product description.
THIS IS A HOLYSPIRIT MANUSCRIPT BOOK: WHEN YOU BUY THIS BOOK YOU WILL BE READING A HOLYSPIRIT DIRECTED BOOK FROM GOD; & *CHRIST JESUS. THIS BOOK IS GODS HOLYSPIRIT VOICE: THE CALL FOR ALL CHRISTIANS &… Continue
Added by Pam on March 11, 2009 at 4:17pm —
My oldest niece cracks me up. First off, my sister and brother-in-law have decided to let my nieces grow up religion free and let them make their own decision later on in life but they still celebrate Christmas and Easter (minus the religious aspects) Because of this, my niece has done some interesting things while growing up. A couple stories to help you understand.
When in first grade and at recess apparently a group of kids (including my niece) were having a in depth discussion… Continue
Added by Kristen on March 11, 2009 at 5:54am —
Why I Am Not A Christian
by Bertrand Russell
Introductory note: Russell delivered this lecture on March 6, 1927 to the National Secular Society, South London Branch, at Battersea Town Hall. Published in pamphlet form in that same year, the essay subsequently achieved new fame with Paul Edwards' edition of Russell's book, Why I Am Not a Christian and Other Essays ... (1957).
As your Chairman… Continue
Added by Dan on March 11, 2009 at 2:11am —
Earlier in my group today I got onto the discussion of "the matter of existance". I'm posting this blog to share my ideas with people who are not in my group but are intrested in the idea of probing this question, please feel free to endulge me with your ideas, i'm always intrested on seeing a different view of existance. Fell free to joing my group if this inspires you to question more.
Well, this problem is an unanswerable question of existance, but it is always fun to… Continue
Added by Aeon on March 10, 2009 at 11:42am —
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 —