According to a series of recent studies reported in the National Post, it turns out that we atheists are among the least trusted people around, with religious people ranking us along with rapists as the least trusted groups. This doesn't seem very shocking for anyone who has ever expressed their views to someone of faith and why many of us,…Continue
DISCLAIMER: It may not be what you’re expecting—it may even upset you—but it’s the truth, and that is truly what matters to me.
“I once was lost, but now am found... was blind, but now I see.”
The meaning of those words has changed dramatically for me in the last several years.
I was born and raised in the Christian faith. When I was a little girl, we attended a Presbyterian church.…Continue
The decision by the Australian government to ditch the Christian calendar in school history books has been met by anger.
Instead of BC (Before Christ) and AD (Anno Domini), the curriculum will use BCE (Before Common Era) and CE (Common Era) instead.
The change in abbreviations does not equate to a change in dates, but the Archbishop of Sydney the Most Rev Peter Jensen has described BCE and CE as “meaningless”.
He said the move yesterday was an “intellectually…
A brief history of religion
CONSOLATION TWENTY-EIGHT: POKER
Always a favorite hobby, poker has become something more to me now that I'm in my late seventies. It's the one competitive activity I can still do with men and women a third my age. Can't do it in sports -- in golf, the only sport I can still play without tearing myself apart, I have to use the senior tees. Can't do it professionally -- I'm retired from all that. Only in poker can I still sit down with 20-, 30-,…Continue
This small denomination of the great web of Christianity is not known of by many people. This is due mostly to the inherent qualities of the religion itself. The men must keep their hair short and keep their faces shaven. The women can not cut their hair, nor wear makeup or jewelry of any kind. They must only wear ankle-length skirts/dresses and cover their arms at least to the elbow at all times. Though they do not have to wear bonnets (one of the only differences between them and…
I'm active on a few sites and there seems to be a few truths. One is that many atheists were at one time religionists. The ones that were once religionists seem to think that they have a monopoly on escaping religion. Their path out is the only way to escape religion. It's not unlike AA members. You must follow these 12 steps and keeping coming back because it works. Much like AA isn't THE way (or statistically, a way) there are many paths out of religion.
I make arguments against…Continue
The dream started with me running through a very long hallway from which I could not see the end but I could easily recognize it as I had seen it before. It was the hallway from the apartment where I used to live in Barcelona with my parents. But, instead of being just a couple of meters long, this one was infinite.
I kept running despite the fact I didn't know where I was running to or from. I ran and ran for what it felt as eternity.
All of a sudden I stopped…Continue
This is LAGEOS. Since 1976, this perfect disco sphere has been orbiting Earth carrying 426 cube corner reflectors made of fused silica glass—except four, made of germanium. It also contains a coded message, designed by Dr. Carl Sagan.
The message was duplicated in two 4 x 7-inch stainless steel plates and contains several codes telling things about Earth. The first…Continue
Added by Cathy Cooper on May 8, 2011 at 2:44pm — No Comments
So I have been on Think Atheist for ever, and I if you don't already know this, I take care of my Grandmother 24/7. One of the things she had me do last week was help update her will. So it got me thinking! With how much I love this site (read my past blogs) and how much it has kept me from not going crazy with all the religious bullshit I see and deal with every day, I have decided to donate 20% of all my earnings to Think Atheist when I pass. In hope to further the reach of the sites…Continue
Over on Facebook, a Christian, named Shawn, attempted to challenge my atheism. He said: “The way I look at it you have a 50/50 chance of being right. So what happens if you are wrong? I will even ask you this: what happens if you are right?”
The following is my reply . . .
You’re paraphrasing Pascal’s wager, Shawn. According to Wikipedia . . .
Pascal’s Wager (or Pascal’s Gambit) is a suggestion posed by the French philosopher,…
An essay by – Heather Spoonheim
I used think there was an inherent justice in the way that I was able to simply look at the evidence for the existence of Yahweh and recognize it as nothing more than a collection of superstitious notions that, when combined, had coalesced into a misleading but compelling emotional appeal. That other people were captivated by…Continue
You know that feeling that almost all of us had of being different (if you grew up in the US or a religious area) for simply not believing? Well, many of us are leaving the next generation to feel the same. We need to be sure to speak up for those whom have the courage to speak openly. Far too often we cower in the corner only to have one of us left to speak alone against the crowd.
Today I posted a link on Facebook to the Tennessee Anti-Evolution Bill. I grew up in a religious…Continue