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 —
OK, for you non-churchies, I will school you on some of the basics of what it's like going to a Catholic church. Hopefully the institution will go the way of the DoDo, facial hair on men, and disco and what I'm writing here will be THE definitive/wikipedia description of what church is like. Cause of course what I'm writing here is all true (yeah right).
For the Roman Catholic, church is 1 hour (should be, no more no less). You forgive if they go over a LITTLE because hey, you're a… Continue
Added by Jay E on January 7, 2009 at 12:50pm —
Michael Newdow's case against God-invocations
at the presidential inaugural is going to court. No, really. It's getting a real live hearing. Per the Washington Examiner
A D.C. District Court judge announced late Monday… Continue
Added by Paul Fidalgo on January 7, 2009 at 12:15pm —
check out this animated FLash movie showing the rise of the worlds religions in a time line.
Added by Mike on January 7, 2009 at 11:05am —
To add to the growing body of evidence that stem cell research can be a boon to medicine and to our aging population, an article published today in Technology Review
reports that "By injecting stem cells directly into the brain, scientists have successfully reversed neural birth defects in mice whose mothers were given heroin during pregnancy. Even though most of the transplanted cells did not survive, they induced the… Continue
Added by holysinecure on January 7, 2009 at 11:04am —
This is an atheist XMas greeting. Sorry it's in Spanish and kinda hard to translate. It can be found here:
Como saben, mis saludos de fin de año suelen tener un estilo burlón y a menudo recurro a travesuras retóricas que terminan menospreciando a nuestras importadas celebraciones por el solsticio de invierno boreal.
Para bien o para mal, en estas fechas aproximadamente… Continue
Added by Retruco on January 7, 2009 at 6:19am —
So, putting my toe into the whole atheism thing, I really have to give props to www.friendlyatheist.com I haven't read any of those fancy books like The God Delusion or End of Faith cuz I'z cain'ts readz and my adult on-set ADHD precludes me from any successful attempts at finishing a book. I was already a non-believer before putting a name to it, so, I saved myself $25.95 plus tax.
Hemant (aka friendlyatheist) once talked about altruism and how churches have a monopoly on… Continue
Added by Jay E on January 7, 2009 at 1:06am —
Where's my door prize? Is it the cruise to the Bahamas? Tickets to Disneyland? A goat's head, am I warm?
Added by Jay E on January 6, 2009 at 11:47pm —
Although I was raised without religion, I was also not raised to be against it. My parents let me find my own way based on my interactions with the world and the people I met in it. This said, my dad is very much an atheist. He and I love to watch Richard Dawkins videos together, read science books, and watch documentaries like Friends of God and Jesus Camp and just shake our always questioning heads.
Recently, something interesting has happened within my secular household. My sister… Continue
Added by Helen on January 6, 2009 at 11:30pm —
As I read all the people who join this forum, for me what really stands out are people who signed themselves as "never a part of a religion"
I find this painfully unfair and yes I am so unbelievably jealous. I didn't know such people existed. What kind of animals are you?
How do you go about being born into a family that doesn't shove mystical shit down your throat when you are 3 years old and helpless? Screw you up with logic like, if you don't go to church you're sinning… Continue
Added by Jay E on January 6, 2009 at 11:26pm —
Given the increasingly deadly responses between Israel and the Palestinians, I’d like to get more perspectives from atheists about what the causes are, and how to, if possible, undo some of the damage done in their relationship.
Is the core of their issue religion? Land? Resources? Politics?
I won’t even pretend to be a scholar on the regional history but I know enough to say that there have been numerous injustices brought about by both sides; and their violence… Continue
Added by DJ on January 6, 2009 at 9:38pm —