Professor Richard Dawkins submitted the following to Edge.org annual challenge to thinkers, "What Will Change Everything?"
"Our ethics and our politics assume, largely without question or serious discussion, that the division between human and 'animal' is absolute. 'Pro-life', to take just one example, is a potent political badge, associated with a gamut of ethical issues such as opposition to abortion and euthanasia.
What it really means is pro-human-life. Abortion clinic… Continue
Added by Frank on January 10, 2009 at 3:23pm —
So today is my 21st birthday (you may pay your homage any time today, lol) and like any of you with Facebook can understand, my wall is now plastered with birthday wishes from friends. Some of these messages are from old church friends, including one from my old minister (it was a very small church, everyone knew everyone pretty much). While it was nice to hear from him, his birthday wish left me with a sad feeling. This was a man I had respected for his knowledge of the bible and his faith. I… Continue
Added by Sniz on January 10, 2009 at 1:21pm —
Atheism featured twice on Australian TV tonight.
First on the ABC nightly news where they discussed the UK Atheist Bus Campaign, and how the Australian one had been knocked back [by the advertising company, they could end up with heaps of flack because of this].
Secondly on SBS RocKwiz program, contestants reason he didn't guess "The Lords Prayer" by Sister Janet Mead - "atheist".
I've put the links to the on-line vids on my blog (shameless blog promotion)
Added by Oz Atheist on January 10, 2009 at 7:39am —
I suppose this could be revised, as my attitudes have changed slightly. But here is how i thought 2 years ago at least.
My meaning of life
First let me start off saying I don’t believe in a god or an afterlife. Therefore I don’t believe that humans were “created” or “designed” to have a purpose. I believe that humans are here by chance, by a beautiful coincidence, evolution. So, for all intents and purposes, human life, and all life for that matter, is meaningless. That is… Continue
Added by Brenan on January 10, 2009 at 2:25am —
Okay what if you find someone special and they are religious?
Seriously, what has your guys experiences been? I would love to know. I do not have someone right now but I kinda was thinking about this and kinda want some more input on the topic.
by the way
I thought I would show off morgans big fat face :P… Continue
Added by Sophie on January 10, 2009 at 1:30am —
Currently children (people under age 18) make up almost 60% of the population of the Gaza strip. With hundreds dead and thousands dying or injured, hospitals are filled up with people dying before they receive any treatment, there is no clean water or food, and Israel continues to escalate the conflict. Even with multiple agencies trying to bring in aid these organizations are always overstretched in what they have to do. So if you can feel free to help out.
NO ARGUING IN COMMENTS… Continue
Added by The Urban Spaceman on January 9, 2009 at 8:30pm —
I'm sick of Christians confusing Atheism with Satanism. Unlike religion, Atheism is based in science which is nothing more than unbiased observation of the universe around us. Everyone in the world, religious or not, "practices" science all the time just by observing their surroundings and forming an opinion.
Religion, on the other hand, is the magical mythology created to explain any gaps that we find in our observation. An Atheist would describe such a gap as "unkown", and wait for… Continue
Added by Dave on January 9, 2009 at 3:43pm —
Why do women stay in the church when this kind of shit is preached from the pulpit?
I realize brain washing is part of religion, but sometimes people just need to open their fucking eyes.
Added by Mike on January 9, 2009 at 3:25pm —
Today, Millions of Christian devotees celebrated the feast of the transplantation of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo, Manila that’s why we don’t have classes in school. Whoohoo! Has anyone heard about it?
It’s a yearly procession of the image. The statue has been placed on a golden red carriage and pulled through the streets of Quiapo by devotees dressed in maroon. People are all trying to climb to the statue because they believe that… Continue
Added by Luna Agimat on January 9, 2009 at 12:30pm —
Just added a new post on my blog
, in response to the idiocy on the Herald Sun blog
. Check it out and have your say.
Added by Oz Atheist on January 9, 2009 at 8:31am —
This is more a shout out to all the people that are apart of this community! The people I have been following/reading on chat/blogs are simply amazing. Rational discussions about certain topics do not get out of hand and people do not cry/pout about stupid stuff AND usually come to a certain conclusion that makes SENSE. It is such a rewarding feeling knowing that there are other people out there that really think and use their heads! I am excited… Continue
Added by Stacie on January 9, 2009 at 4:30am —
As I slip into darkness
I do not forget the chords
Which silenced the silence
And took its voice forever
As my foot leaves the path
I remember all the lessons
Which drove from my mind
My doubt of never asking
My soul is condemned but
My intentions were pure
My heart is forsaken but
All it asked for was love
All I can see is eternity
From here, all I hear
Is the song of angels
Voices laced with… Continue
Added by CJoe on January 9, 2009 at 2:20am —
Read the title and post! In case your to lazy to move your eyes here it is again.
I have to go to church with my parents still... what excuses do/have you use(d)?
Help me get out on every sunday!
Added by Stacie on January 9, 2009 at 2:14am —
Can we talk, FUN TIMES. If you haven't had the pleasure of engaging in such vigorous debate, I
can't recommend it highly enough. In spite of the fact I haven't successfully deprogrammed anybody yet, the one big drawback is that I DON'T GET TO DO IT ENOUGH. I'm looking at you Helen, I love me a good argument.
Of course the obvious caveat is that before you engage in battle you must know your opponent well enough that he won't go all jihad on your ass. There's nothing scarier than… Continue
Added by Jay E on January 8, 2009 at 10:30pm —
More and more discovery that life in this universe could be anywhere.
Added by Mike on January 8, 2009 at 9:47pm —
Often times I find myself walking around the mall or in and out of stores and there are folks who feel like witnessing to me (witnessing is street mission work for those unfamiliar with the Christian term). Most times I'm in a hurry or they catch me when I am to tired to argue responsibly, so I kindly say, "I'm not interested," or "I'm an atheist," without stopping to give them time to argue. Then there are days where I feel like doing some of my own witnessing myself.
I would like… Continue
Added by Frank on January 8, 2009 at 6:55pm —
I need to preface this entry with letting you know I've only recently began really exploring what it means to be an atheist and what implications it has on my life and future. I've known for a long time that I didn't think God existed but never sat down and thought about it. I've now started that process.
I just finished watching Richard Dawkins "Root of All Evil". If you've never seen it I would strongly suggest it.
I am overwhelmed right now.
I am amazed and… Continue
Added by Erica on January 8, 2009 at 11:49am —
I find evolutionary psychology to be a fascinating, and practical way of looking at how and why people think and act the way they do. It explains why some people act in the seemingly not so logical ways they do sometimes. It explains how we've developed emotions, and how they aren't something beyond the physical world. A notion many find hard to part with. Anyways I'm mostly making this post because I felt like sharing this
Added by Atheist Ninja on January 7, 2009 at 10:54pm —
I heard about this on the radio, so I had to find it...
This is important, I had to repost it...
China's Charter 08
Translated from the Chinese by Perry Link
The document below, signed by more than two thousand Chinese citizens, was conceived and written in conscious admiration of the founding of Charter 77 in Czechoslovakia, where, in January 1977, more than two hundred Czech and Slovak intellectuals formed… Continue
Added by joknoppix on January 7, 2009 at 2:49pm —
David Waters of WashingtonPost.com's On Faith blog takes a mostly-fair look
at Michael Newdow's inauguration lawsuit
by seeing what effect the messengers have on the substance of the case.
. . . I suspect the lawsuit would have generated less condescension if it had been filed by the… Continue
Added by Paul Fidalgo on January 7, 2009 at 1:31pm —