I remember during classes our African language teacher brought up homosexuals.
The moment sticks in my head, even though we made nothing of it at the time. My mission group and I were spending eight months in a very poor, rural area of Africa. A local teacher was instructing us in the language of the country.
He was an okay teacher, but sometimes it seemed like he just picked words at random to teach us, instead of those that would be most useful. One day he had us learn the…Continue
If you’ve ever heard a Christian talking with an ex-Christian they don’t know who has recently lost the faith, you’ve heard the believer say something like this: “I’m sorry you had a bad experience with that church. They really weren’t showing you the love of Christ at all. I know Jesus, and he’s about love. He would never approve of (insert odious thing the church was doing).”
I’ve been surprised to realize recently that I no longer believe this. A big part of the problem I have with…Continue
Added by Physeter on January 11, 2014 at 11:11pm — No Comments
This is probably my favourite passage from the Principia Discordia. I hope it gives some new perspectives.
Here follows some psycho-metaphysics.
If you are not hot for philosophy, best just to skip it.
The Aneristic Principle is that of apparent order; the Eristic Principle is that of apparent disorder. Both order and disorder are man made concepts and are artificial divisions of pure chaos, which is a level deeper than is the level of…
Added by Fnord on January 10, 2014 at 3:21pm — No Comments
I have been absent from this site for a few years now. Life gets distracting sometimes. I don't post or engage in conversation very much, but enjoy reading posts from other members. I am one of those people who prefers being behind the camera as opposed to being in front of it. So thank you, everyone, for giving me a place to go when being surrounded by Christians in my daily life makes me feel like ripping my hair out. :)
I was raised as a Southern Baptist, growing up in…Continue
I give blood because I want to help other humans. Not many people know that some types of cancer require a patient to have a full blood transfusions. In years before my decision to give blood, I would join the 10k Cancer Research run (…Continue
Added by SparkyMac on January 8, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments
I was aware of religion growing up: I said grace at school; made a promise to G_d at Scouts; and attended a Sunday school because my cousin went.
In all honesty, all throughout my childhood and adolescence I never asked myself 'Is there a G_d?' The short answer to this is quite simple - I was…Continue
The other day i took a chance to sit down and look up at the sky i found myself a nice area alone and let my thoughts go. The people in the background of my mind where laughing and having fun being they where with the everyone else and i was again alone. It was the only day i took a moment to myself to open my mind and say "What if there isn't a god?" And i noticed what i used to love i noticed the sky and thought of the night and then thought of how small we are. I guess maybe there isn't…Continue
I have come to the conclusion that I may spend way to much time on Think Atheist.
I came to this conclusion when I realised, for the second day in a row, the first ting I have done when I got time to use my computer was this. I looked down through the 'LATEST ACTIVITY' until I seen something I had done myself the night before, commenting on stuff as I go. After I was confident that I hadn't missed much while I was gone, I then proceeder to…Continue
Added by David Smith on January 5, 2014 at 4:26pm — No Comments
I think it's time to call religious beliefs what they are; theories. Just as Christians continually harp on the fact that evolution is "just a theory", without any real understanding of the term, I think we should start referring to their beliefs as simply a theory. Yes, I know that religious beliefs are not even close to a scientific theory; they are more like a simple hypothesis at this time, but let's just use the term in the way that the theists insist on using it.
Please not that…Continue
So while I was trolling the Evolution is a Lie Facebook page I came across a link on Ken Ham's discussion about his up coming debate against Bill Nye. Needless to say I was choking on my tea within the first few lines of his post.
According to him, atheists are going mad about the discussion and many are 'calling on Bill Nye to cancel'. He then quoted a few of these people who were urging Bill to…Continue
In This Episode: (Warning! Potentially Offensive Content! As usual.)
Added by Facts Before Faith on January 2, 2014 at 1:11pm — No Comments
I wrote in part one a bit about my religious background. In part two I explained how, shortly after a missionary trip, I ended up praying a prayer of committal to the truth, even if it meant leaving Jesus.
After I prayed that prayer on Nov. 6, 2010, I…Continue
Today, I went into town, to get some bits and bobs and some cat food. I was waiting in the queue to get processed at the till, there were two muslim men in front of me. I minded my own business, but what got upset, churned up, was when the chap stated to his mate, that he does not wish to stand near a woman-man thing, and pushed his way against the metal railing at far side of the cashier to get to the end where the items get deposited into plastic bags. This upset me, and I did not respond…Continue
Just spent an hour or so reviewing the legislative proposals/bills for the past year submitted by our esteemed elected politicians here in Arkansas. The state senator from my area is a real PITA. She managed to spearhead changing the abortion law to 4 months max after which it is a crime unless incest or rape is involved. Not happy with that she then submitted a bill to limit and severely control the application of morning after type chemical substances. Fortunately it…Continue
Added by Ed on December 31, 2013 at 8:59am — No Comments
A friend of mine asked me a while ago what I thought about homosexuality in light of evolution. I thought about it for a while and googled it a bit, but I'm not sure I've found a satisfactory answer.
I currently believe that humans (and every other animal on the planet) are basically bags of animated DNA whose ultimate goal is to survive long enough to procreate in order to continue the particular DNA that each is created from. This is largely unconscious, but we all fight for…Continue
Perhaps this will allow me to post the entire writing I attempted to post, earlier, and was told that it was limited to 140 characters.
Fundamentalist religions, especially the Catholic church, are steering us toward total disaster in regard to the environment, global warming, animal extinctions at alarming and unprecedented rates. How, you might ask. Obviously, the more people, the more resources u sed, the more land and forests destroyed for…Continue
My journey from the faith I grew up in to my current state of doubt had a clear beginning point: Nov. 5, 2010. I wrote part one of my story here, of how my questions about faith were easy to push to the side until I got to college.
During and after college, I took a couple trips that changed my view on life in profound ways. I could fill a book, or a blog series, on my experiences…Continue
SEP 13 2013, 9:01 AM ET
Earlier this year, while no one was looking, Gage Pulliam took a photo of a plaque that listed the Ten Commandments, as it hung on the wall of his Oklahoma high school's biology classroom.
Pulliam emailed the photo,…Continue
Added by Rob Klaers on December 26, 2013 at 11:24pm — No Comments
Morality is a human construct, by and for humans. If not, we'd have to get it from a natural source . . . or a supernatural one. I'm an atheist, so a supernatural source isn't a serious alternative to me. That leaves one alternative: Nature. But I can't detect the slightest whiff of morality in nature. Mother nature is red in tooth and claw. She is indifferent to violence,…Continue