professor Daniel Dennett
compares “religious ideas to viruses, which thrive by replicating and passing themselves from one generation to the next.”
Dennett is the co-director of Tufts’ Center for Cognitive Studies. On Tuesday he lectured at Dartmouth Hall on his recent study: Religion as a “Natural Phenomenon.” He… Continue
Added by Johnny on January 22, 2009 at 3:00pm —
Link to article
""She Wasn't Driving Like a Christian," Says Driver Who Rammed Car
A driver who rammed another car at high speed outside San Antonio last week told police that Jesus had told him to do so because the other motorist was not "driving like a Christian."
In my experience, He is usually satisfied if you just give a lousy driver the finger, but in this… Continue
Added by Mike on January 22, 2009 at 2:09pm —
At the end of my post I asked the question, what is the solution...?
Today I came across one solution that makes a lot of sense. The authors of a paper in the next issue of Nature (Jan 22, 2009) have gone on the offensive.
"We have already seen misleading interpretations of our results in the popular press and the blogosphere, and so we thought we would nip such speculation in the bud."
To be published in Nature is to have survived rigorous, fact checking, data… Continue
Added by Arron on January 22, 2009 at 1:10pm —
I work at a Walmart, sucky job, but it's a way to get by as a college kid. A few weeks ago an older couple came through my line (I'm a cashier) and after paying, there was no one behind them, and they gentleman said "Son, have you heard lately that God loves you?" I was caught off guard, tired, and had heard this opening line before. I have heard this, surprise, so I said yeah, hoping he'd give me a smile and say something about God and leave. Instead, he asks "if you were to die today, would… Continue
Added by Dan on January 22, 2009 at 7:24am —
So i was thinking about Madalyn Murray O'Hair. I bet most of you are too young to remember her (as i scan the demographics, a significant portion of you are in your mid 20s and younger). And a number of you aren't American.
I hope I'm not repeating a post if any of you mentioned O'Hair already.
Madalyn Muarry O'Hair was the founder of American Atheists. Founded in 1963. When this country was knee deep in Christian dogma. Good grief, in my history class I learned people… Continue
Added by Jay E on January 21, 2009 at 11:33pm —
So, like usual on my downtime, I was Stumbling about the internet, and I came across this article. It talks about some Muslims in Britain that want to include certain religious laws in with British Law. In it, the author lists some of these Muslim laws. Some are pretty common sense, but others...
* the right shoe should be put on first, followed by the left;
* you should lie on your right when sleeping;
* you should sit down to eat.
Ok, so I know the focus of the… Continue
Added by Sniz on January 21, 2009 at 2:46pm —
A far cry better than the quote by former president George HW Bush back in 1987
. President Obama pointed out that “We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus - and non-believers.”
For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a… Continue
Added by Johnny on January 21, 2009 at 12:30pm —
Well it's a new year (yes I know it's a bit late) and I guess I've just been procrastinating, so here is the list:
1) The new president does a serious public relations overhaul with the rest of the world. Get the rest of the world to accept Americans again and not see them as natural resource wasting and war hungry people. I am moving to Europe in March and I want to go into a pub and not have to tell them I am a Canadian. There's nothing wrong with being a Canadian but I would not… Continue
Added by Frank on January 21, 2009 at 9:38am —
These photos where taken just last year. Hmmn. This re-enactment of the suffering of Jesus is done every holy week in my hometown in Pampanga. I know you guys know... This became an attraction for tourists both foreign and local because it is done only here. But I’ve been here only once. I got curious so I went there.
Every Lenten season, you will see naked people, full of blood all… Continue
Added by Luna Agimat on January 21, 2009 at 8:44am —
When and if you get into a civilized discussion with a theist, this question seldom fails to arise sooner or later: "What if you're wrong?"
This question always makes be smirk because of the condescending tone that usually accompanies the question; which to me implies “I know I’m right and you’re wrong.”So how do you handle this question?
My answer (more-or-less):… Continue
Added by Johnny on January 19, 2009 at 3:44pm —
In my previous post, I mentioned my issues regarding Jesus being "the way" and all the people who live(d) in countries where the Christian message is not heard. Here are some others:
1. If God created us in his image, and he is perfect, why are there so many genetic disorders?
2. We would generally consider a person who needed to be "praised" (beyond normal gratitude) as an egomaniac. If it's a personality flaw in a human being, why is it perfection in a supreme… Continue
Added by Karen Davis on January 19, 2009 at 1:24pm —
Morgan can you give us a rundown on your road to Atheism(were you always an atheist)?
I was always an atheist, I just did not know it. My parents tried to get me baptized as a baby and found out quickly that the church wanted all kinds of money to get a splash of water on my head. Growing up as a young tyke my parents were agnostic. Which means I never grew up with any religion at all. I did the all the holidays and never knew… Continue
Added by Morgan Matthew on January 19, 2009 at 4:00am —
i found this somewhere, its hilarious.
10. No one will kill you for not drinking Beer.
9. Beer doesn't tell you how to have sex.
8. Beer has never caused a major war.
7. They don't force Beer on minors who can't think for themselves.
6. When you have Beer, you don't knock on people's doors trying to make them drink it.
5. Nobody's ever been burned at the stake, hanged, or tortured… Continue
Added by Audio on January 18, 2009 at 4:30pm —
I just read some posts on "coming out" and wanted to share my own history.
I was raised Episcopalian, the best description of which I've heard was comparing to Catholicism - "All of the pageantry, none of the guilt" (St. Elsewhere TV show). My family and I were involved in the church in many non-trivial ways: Dad was on the vestry (the members who actually *ran* the church business), both parents were in choir, Mom was periodically involved in helping in the church office, my sister… Continue
Added by Karen Davis on January 17, 2009 at 10:38pm —
I picked up this tea from the store yesterday called Good Earth. It is amazing!!!
Anyways, I was making myself a cup about 10 minutes ago. I sat down and was doin' the little "bobble the bag up and down" and noticed there was a little quote on the paper at the end of the string. It said:
The freethinking of one age is the common sense of the next.
This just struck me to the core. I don't know why. It was this feeling that I, and all of us, are the freethinkers… Continue
Added by Sniz on January 17, 2009 at 4:13pm —
There are several of these "suggestions for the new president" sites out there, and its tough to keep track of them all. The main ones I've seen though are:
Weather-or-not chiming in on these sites will make a difference, or weather-or-not the ideas will even make it to… Continue
Added by Johnny on January 16, 2009 at 3:51pm —
I am 45yr and have 4 grown kids, my oldest lives in China with his girlfriend. Crystal lives about 1 mile from me with her husband and daughter. Linda lives about 5 miles away with her in-laws and stepson. Tim lives with me. Patrick is four, I adopted him,he is mine now so I have 5 kids in total. Pink is my favorite color and I live on chocolate. I love the little town I live in. I have mountains on three sides and it is beautiful!!!. I have a large extended family with 5 siblings,grown nices… Continue
Added by Pink mom on January 16, 2009 at 3:16pm —
The answer is, of course, "Unicorns don't exist." I would like to pose a similar question that requires just as much consideration as the one in the title of this post: "Why did God flood the earth, choosing only Noah's family and two of every animal to survive?" The question is irrelevant because there was no godly flood. There was no Noah, no heathens to be drowned because of their sin, no unicorns to be left behind as the Ark floated away to safety.…
Added by Kevin on January 16, 2009 at 2:21am —
Well, I did it. I really did it! I told my parents that I am atheist. As some of you have known that I was deathly afraid of coming out to my parents about atheism. When I joined the site I was was acting like a child and being generally dumb but this was because I was lying to myself. This site threw me over the edge. But the problem in my head is that I can not be a atheist until I tell my family because I do not like to lie to people.… Continue
Added by Kate on January 16, 2009 at 12:00am —
Well I just so happen to be in a particularly foul mood when I stumbled upon this web site so you guys will have to bear with me while I step up on my soapbox for a moment here. For my first blog I guess I'll go ahead and show you how accurate that little "what kind of atheist are you" test result on my page is. It will be short, sweet, and overflowing with anger. I've spent the last couple weeks reading about the insanity in Gaza as a bunch of irrational fanatics kill not just each other but… Continue
Added by SabreNation on January 15, 2009 at 7:50pm —