I keep a lot of very religious friends around because I really enjoy debating topics. As a scientist, I feel it helps keep the mind sharp and lucid regarding understanding the world around us. However, I am always puzzled by other scientists who are religious, very active and strongly religious or even mildly. I feel this world view is untenable, and does not match with the ideas of science, scientific process or a functional and pragmatic way of viewing the world or interacting with the… Continue
Just read this story a few minutes ago and thought those of you that have been following this case might be interested. That quote above really sums up the whole argument as well as anything I've read about it. What else… Continue
I am not trying to put down a set of rules for dating a theist, or telling you this will work for you, what I am doing is putting down my opinions and beliefs after a long time of thinking about the question, “Can I as an atheist have a long-term relationship with a theist?” This is something that I have pondered for quite some time and currently am living it.
So I figure we’ll start with the beginning of a relationship and work from there. First you meet the person and you find out they… Continue
I realize that there are people out there that think I might be doomed to eternal torment after I die.
I can understand the loving, good-willed church goers that do their best to prevent this. Yes, sometimes I find it overbearing, insulting and annoying, but at least I understand they are doing it out of fear for what might happen to me. They are trying to prevent a huge tragedy in the only way they know how. 'Spreading the Word' is a fundamental part of life for many people. They do it… Continue
I chiefly write this note for Christian readers in hopes they will take 5 minutes to read it all, but I know 5 minutes is much to ask, especially for what might be considered offense or arrogance in the following paragraphs. Read if you'd like.
I took a screenshot of facebook's "Religious Views" pull-down menu the other day and noticed that there are way too many choices. Then I realized how unbelievable it is that there are still this many variations of Christianity. Then I… Continue
To people who have been tainted by the insidious hand of religion, the human body is a monstrously evil thing that can only be contained by conservative clothing and tamed by marriage. Entertainment containing scenes of gratuitous sex get an "NC-17" or “X” rating. However, just as the Bible is brimming with acts of genocide, rape, murder, and other various atrocities, so are half of the movies we all go to see. Minus snuff films, violent movies and video games get a measly rating of "R" or… Continue
"An Iraqi woman suspected of recruiting more than 80 female suicide bombers has confessed to organizing their rapes so she could later convince them that martyrdom was the only way to escape the shame."
I was, at first, hesitant to do a blog post here, as I already run a separate blog (1azylizzie.wordpress.com) which I have enough trouble maintaining as it is.. However, my 'home page' i guess looked a little sad with no blog posts added, so I decided I might as well add an entry....
I don't usually spend too much time on social networking sites, but I thought that I would give this one a go, because unlike Facebook, here I can remain as anonymous… Continue
The bus ads in the UK were spawned as a response to christian ads that said non-believers would suffer eternal damnation. Three religious groups want to have the last word, so they are starting their response-to-the-response.
How hypocritical! A few weeks ago those same religious groups were clamoring that the ‘There’s probably no God’ message was offensive, and they appealed to the ASA (Advertising Standards Authority) that the ad violated truth in advertizing codes,… Continue
I did attend Lutheran Church when I was little. My parents were not religious. My father definitely wasn't. He was a ufologist & put more stock in aliens & the return of the Annunaki & all that theory. My mother never came off as religious but she did start attendin' my ol' Lutheran Church after my father left & prior to meetin' her next husband, years after I stopped attendin' services. She eventually stopped goin' because her 2nd husband is an atheist. No one in my… Continue
When I was five years old I remember getting dressed for church and standing in the large walk in closet with my mom talking to her in normal jabber that kids usually annoy parents with when they are working on something. I was talking to my mom about the bible and what it all meant. I kept asking her about different things that the church did every sunday and what they meant. I remember asking her "What is a bag-tism?" yeah it took me forever to get it right back then. She explained the… Continue
Welcome to the second part of my ongoing series of blogs about the hows and whys of debating religion with people of faith. The first part was brief, just a story about a recent conversion of a co-worker which inspired me to write this series. This time around we're going to dig in quite a bit more and get into the facts and figures on exactly why you should look to confront religion whenever possible.
For me the #1 reason to confront religion is it's obvious and long history of… Continue
The California Fair Political Practices Commission has been investigating the Mormon Church for allegedly underreporting its spending on behalf of Proposition 8. Scott Trotter, a spokesman for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, has repeatedly stated that the allegations made against the church were false.
The allegations relating to how much involvement, how much money was spent, and were employees of the church paid for their support… Continue
Most of us who have deconverted have knowledge of some of the horrible laws the bible has. Many of us have probably encountered at least one believer who was completely oblivious to those additional obscure laws. Or if they are vaguely aware of them will dismiss them as being from the old testament. Someone has created a questionnaire on GoToQuiz.com that tests to see if your morals are biblically aligned.