Due to accusations of trolling let me say this first. I am not trolling, I am honestly trying to figure something out here.
The problem I am facing right now is that I have had compelling experiences that point to spirits existing.
However I see that it is also possible that I have figured things out on my own and just projected on something imaginary. I am not sure which.
The experiences that I have had in the past are as follows.
1. When I was 16 I learned in a… Continue
I'm new to the community. Running on little sleep, lots of post-holiday annoyances, and a handful of sodas that should have been diet and caffeine free. Regardless, I stumbled here... took in some great reads and made a handful of replies. I've got a bit of a formal dash to my writing as I'm polishing off the last year of a liberal arts degree. <-- I'm boring, but my story is interesting.
Having come back to my hometown from about 90 miles away, I was glad to see my friends. Of… Continue
I've always been afraid to voice out my opinions on religion and how i find them revolting and the people are barbarians, because im living in indonesia where it is a religion country and everyone has to own a religion no matter what. if they dun, they are considered a communist, and out of this country or get arrested. im especially afraid to share my feelings about the muslims (because the majority here is muslims). my friends are mostly christian fanatics who keep bothering me to go to… Continue
The founding fathers made it a priority to make sure religion didn’t make its way into our politics and justice system. They knew that if an individual received their morals and lived their life according to a faith based system, they would allow that influence to spill over into the way they govern their population.
I never paid attention to the inauguration of any president to date, so finding out that this phrase has been added by every president since Roosevelt struck me as sort… Continue
All ideas are in flux as new evidence and new ways of thinking arise
I believe in evolution. I do this knowing the evidence for and even the "evidence" against. Contrary to popular opinion I have the ability to change my mind if I were presented with true evidence. This evidence will lead to a new belief which will not paint me into a corner: "Doubt ye this and be thou damned to Hell."… Continue
This is used by Way of the Master, and Hovind, and Probably others. It's very flawed.
" Do you know everything? " the Christian asks the Atheist,
" No, of course not." Responds the Atheist,
" Do you know half of everything? " asks the Christian,"
" Wow, no, probably much less than that..." admits the Atheist,
" In the half you don't know, could God exist??? " the Christian rests.
This formula is NOT a good proof of God's existence. It COULD be used to… Continue
Added by joknoppix on January 4, 2009 at 6:36pm —
Why the Atheist doesn't exist
"There can be no such things as an atheist. This is why: Let's imagine that you are a professing atheist. Here are two questions for you to answer: First, do you know the combined weight of all the sand on all the beaches of Hawaii? We can safely assume that you don't. This brings us to the second question: Do you know how many hairs are on the back of a fully-grown male Tibetan yak? Probably… Continue
Added by joknoppix on January 4, 2009 at 6:30pm —
We Atheists have no dogma that I am aware of, beyond the definition of atheist... Of course, "atheist" is a self label and can neither be officially forced onto another nor branded...no matter what the Communist Party, or Christians think.
Besides the numerous theologies found within the Bible, over which denominations form and fragment, there are at least two semi-external dogmas...
The Triune Dogma of God and the Triune Dogma of the Bible.
In every group of friends to which I have belonged, there has always been that one person who I shall dub the "pity-whore." This is the person who never stops complaining about how shitty their life/relationship/job/school work/WoW Character is and expects that everyone around them cares. A lot of times they also have this sort of "no one gets me and my complexity" attitude. Now I'll admit, a little sympathy from those around you feels good every once and a while, but the pity-whore is… Continue
I am a Skeptic. I give myself the label as proudly as one would if they were to call themselves a Saint or a Celebrity.
I will never stop doubting, either. Doubting has been given a rather bad rap over the course of history, but it is the stuff revolutions and emancipations are made of. Do I really need to elaborate on the ways in which doubt has been the savior of humans and humankind? Unfortunately, I think I do.
Percentage saying influence of religion is slipping at 14-year high
by Lydia Saad
PRINCETON, NJ -- Two-thirds of U.S. adults today perceive that the influence of religion in American life is waning, while just 27% believe it is rising. This represents a sharp decline in the image of religion compared with only three years ago, when 50% thought its influence was on an upswing, and marks one of the weakest readings on the… Continue
I wish to do an experiment where I live or anywhere who wishes to do the same.
25-50 questions that are either true or false. The only problem is, I can not think of any good questions. This is where you come in. What are some good questions that could be asked that is in the bible. If the question is true please provide where in the bible it says such or if it is not in the bible and is just tradition passed on through generation then state so. If it is false please say so as well.
I am currently listening to the audio book god is not great and finding it enlightening. I recommend it for anybody who is curious about the 3 majors and their impact on history and the horrors left in their wake
This will be my first blog on thinkatheist... and I'm not really sure what I want to write about, only that I want to write. I'm sitting in the office of one of my best friend's father and am thinking about the past year of my life (as it is the last day OF this year).
The year began in Pueblo, Colorado. I had moved away from Nashville the previous year (the end of May 2007) and was at the early stages of my transition from Christianity to Agnosticism/Atheism. Like Sam Harris, I… Continue
Of course you don't become an atheist if you really believe in God. But if you logically have come to the conclusion that there is no god, should you still lie to yourself? I don't see what good it will do. On the contrary, a false belief in gods has several disadvantages. As an atheist:
1. You don't have to believe the preachers on funerals when they tell you that your loved ones where sinful. (I found it extremely bothersome on my… Continue