"Space is big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is."
Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
As you may have read previously on my blog
, I'm a big fan of perspective. I like to have an idea of where I am and who I am, what it means to be alive and what it means to be… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on December 6, 2009 at 12:58am —
While talking with my little brother (Sophomore in high school) this evening I asked to see his Biology book. I grew up home schooled with the notorious A.C.E. (Accelerated Christian Education) curriculum so I should have been ready for what I saw.
- "Biology for Christian Schools" (Third Edition) by Thomas E. Porch and Brad R. Batdorf - 2005 BJU Press
Of all the disturbing things in this school book I've decided only to quote the opening to Chapter 8, The History of… Continue
Added by Ruben/Bubbz on December 2, 2009 at 12:37am —
The Victorian State Government has basically ignored the request for funding for the "Rise of Atheism" Convention in Melbourne next March, while allocating $4.5m in funds for the "The Parliament of the World’s Religions".
This decision to basically ignore the funding request shows gross contempt for Atheism and Atheists alike in favour of religion and religious organisations.
See article posted at the convention's website… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on November 27, 2009 at 12:36am —
I made a tweet this morning, based on this news story I read in The Daily Press
about a group of students at Bethel Christian School who: "took part in a variety of projects, including writing letters and sending care packages to troops in Iraq, assembling food boxes and grooming kits for the Peninsula Rescue Mission, cleaning up Bluebird Gap Farm, completing household chores for… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on November 26, 2009 at 8:21pm —
About a year ago I was sitting on the bus taking me from partial-hospitalization for depression and anxiety back home for the night, when the girl in front of me said something.
"Isn't Atheism, like, worshiping the devil or something?"
Stifling a scoff, I replied "No. It's just the absence of a religion. You know, because theism is religion and adding an a- to it means it's 'without.'"
I sat there in silence for the rest of the way home, amazed at my encounter… Continue
Added by Barbara Bates on November 24, 2009 at 11:00pm —
I am re-posting this only because I think that everyone, regardless their beliefs or lack of them, should live by these rules.
TEN COMMANDMENTS FOR A GLOBAL HUMANISM
1- Proclaim the natural dignity and inherent worth of all human beings, in all places and in all circumstances.
2- Respect the life and property of others at all times.
3- Practice tolerance and open-mindedness towards the choices and life styles of others.
4- Share with… Continue
Added by Monica Salcedo (Monicks) on November 19, 2009 at 6:54pm —
“The Cosmos is all that is or ever was or ever will be.
Our feeblest contemplations of the Cosmos stir us — there is a tingling in the spine, a catch in the voice, a faint sensation of a distant memory, as if we were falling from a great height. We know we are approaching the greatest of mysteries.” - Carl Sagan
Without perspective we wallow blindly through life, without empathy, understanding and the ability to apply knowledge. Perspective is not… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on October 31, 2009 at 5:30pm —
Sorry about the long absence. A cold, followed by midterms, makes for an overly long dry-spell. Also, a quick note regarding the earlier posts: I've gone back and fixed all of the names of the people I talked to. I may be thinking of the wrong person, but at least I'm using the correct name now.
Now, on to the main point of this post.
As I've probably mentioned before, my mother is a youth minister at the local church. What this means, is that she is essentially the Sunday… Continue
Added by Jake on October 27, 2009 at 2:13am —
This path called Life is a strange one and one I plan on elaborating on but for now suffice to say that although my profile says I'm a Christian - and I am indeed a Christian - I'm a confused one, a questioning one.
This is far from a new thing for me, I was a believer for most of my life, then became an atheist, and then was born again and "properly a Christian", which involved all kinds of new things for me - just things I'd never given much thought before like baptism, church and… Continue
Added by Alison Rufus on October 6, 2009 at 6:39pm —
Ever since my de-conversion there is one statement from believers that irritates me time and time again. We have all heard it, it is the common fall back for just about every argument against christianity. Every time I have argued the plagiarism, absurdities, contradictions, lies, cruelty and intolerance of the Bible, this statement, or something similar, invariably gets thrown in my face: “You just have to have faith”.
Faith in what I ask. Define it. Describe it.
I have… Continue
Added by Shawn Truesdell on October 1, 2009 at 10:32am —
(A quick side note about all of the names in the post: I'm terrible at names, and I can't really remember anyone's just yet. So they're probably wrong, or attributed to the wrong people. I might go back and fix them once I find out the actual names.)
Sorry for the delay in posting this. At first I was just going to take a small break over the weekend, then I caught the bug that was going around while at the local church picnic. (Apparently, that blessing of the food didn't do too… Continue
Added by Jake on September 29, 2009 at 3:00am —
Firstly, I would like to thank everyone who has commented on my first post. The level of support is pretty amazing, and I've gotten plenty of great ideas already. Thanks a lot, everyone!
Now, on to the main point.
The first real debate I had with the Apologetics was a few days ago at their weekly meeting.
I got there a few minutes early, and sat near the front of the room, just listening to everyone. They really weren't talking about anything; someone needed an ethernet… Continue
Added by Jake on September 25, 2009 at 1:30am —
I attend a small, local college in Northwest Florida, right along the southern part of the Bible Belt.
The college isn't very big, and just recently upgraded from a simple community college to a full four-year college. Many of us call it 13th grade, and it makes for a very tight-nit feeling with many of the students and professors, which is nice.
For as long as I've attended (over three years now, including dual-enrollment during the latter part of high school), there has always… Continue
Added by Jake on September 24, 2009 at 1:36am —
I put my comments right after the lines to show some arguments against the logic of the stories to show just how stupid they really are. The bible makes sense if your 6 and willing to give up your free thought and just "Believe".
A child was asked to write a book report on the entire Bible. I wonder how often we take for granted that children understand what we are teaching.
Through the eyes of a child: The Children's Bible in a Nutshell (NOT written by a… Continue
Added by Matthew on September 21, 2009 at 2:33am —
I am an atheist. I don't pray. I don't get up early on Sunday to go to Church. I don't believe in gods, miracles or messiahs. That is not to say that I don't believe that they could exist. No they can, they might; I simply have no way of knowing about them. This philosophy is called agnosticism. So I am an atheist-agnostic.
There are people who say that they are just agnostic (and who often take offence to being bundled with atheists). I do not wish to misrepresent the position of… Continue
Added by skool on September 15, 2009 at 9:40am —
Added by Doug Reardon on September 11, 2009 at 4:39pm —
So classes have started up again for the fall semester. Currently I am enrolled in a class called World Religions which is essentially the study of different religions of our world. Our text book is the seventh edition of Living Religions by Mary Pat Fisher, in it being a very interesting definition of atheism.
"Atheism is the belief that there is no deity. Atheists may reject theistic belief because they seem to be incompatible with the existence of evil in the world, or because… Continue
Added by Matt on September 3, 2009 at 12:18pm —
“God lets thousands of people die in an earthquake, but he helps them win bike races?” Laura said in her best, her very best and cutting sarcastic voice that ended the conversation for then and forever, and made the Tour de France winner look like a fool. God did not exist. Which is really fine because that means this is all we have. That’s what I tell the Elders when they come around.
“I live each day as though that’s all there is. I have no idea where this day came from or if there… Continue
Added by Aline Carriere on August 11, 2009 at 10:37am —
According to James Randi Educational Foundation
blogger Jeff Wang
, a Euless, Texas Denny's offered a 10% discount and a 10% donation to the church of any customer who attended that church. When Wang asked how a non-believer might take advantage of the offer, the Denny's crew was stumped. (… Continue
Added by Dave Nichols on July 26, 2009 at 6:53pm —
When we talk about relinquishing the world of religion, we should all realize that we are proclaiming war on a set of ancient ideas or thoughts, rather than groups of people. Richard Dawkins gave these sets of inheritable thoughts a name, Memes, which he defines as "a unit of cultural transmission, or a unit of imitation." These ideas, or memes, jump from host to host at such a rapid rate that it is nearly impossible to prevent or control, or even predict. The result of becoming infected by… Continue
Added by Melissa on July 11, 2009 at 4:54pm —