“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 —
Okay... so today, I just finished my second final exam! (1 class left to go... yeah baby!!! Whoo hoo!)
Anyhow... so I'm procrastinating in the library to avoid writing my final paper for lit class and started browsing the "Religion" section of the encyclopedia shelves. I was astounded at what I found. There was a book on the bottom shelf entitled "The New Encyclopedia of Unbelief." Well, I had always thought atheism was kind of simple... I mean... either you believe in God or you don't.… Continue
Added by Skycomet the Fallen Angel on June 9, 2009 at 2:05pm —
It is good to see a well-balanced article in the News & Observer
about a local Raleigh parenting group which meets in a non-religious context.
On Sunday mornings, when many of their contemporaries are taking their seats in church pews, a group of young parents mingle in the living room of a suburban home while their children run around playing games. This congregation of Triangle… Continue
Added by Dave Nichols on May 19, 2009 at 10:59am —
(crossposted on my site davenichols.net)
Hitchens wastes no time making his point clear with the title on the cover: God is not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything. While he isn't quite thorough enough to completely validate his 'everything' assertion, he nonetheless assaults religious foundations throughout this book and makes a very convincing case that religion has undermined many of the very causes it claims to support.
Added by Dave Nichols on May 7, 2009 at 12:00pm —
Can you be an atheist and a buddhist at the same time? Sure. The words "atheist" and "buddhist" are only labels. Apply the labels however you see fit.
I'm sure I've upset a couple of people with my opening statement. Good. That means I have made you think. Let's dig a little further. Forgive me if this rambles as I am freeflowing this between mini-fires that flare up at work. Not real fires, but mini-IT problems.
What is an atheist? An atheist is "a person who denies or disbelieves… Continue
Added by Tony Miller on April 20, 2009 at 7:19pm —
Added by Sophie on April 2, 2009 at 2:45pm —
Currently in the United States "Non Religious" people make up about 20% of the population.
This includes Atheists, Agnostics, Secular non affiliated, No preference, etc. Jews consist of less than 2% of the population of the United States. Mormons less than 2%, Muslims less than 1%. These are the religious groups that the non-religious out number, yet why is it that we are lucky to get 1 or 2 congressmen to represent us? The truth is that essentially every congressman or woman in congress… Continue
Added by AtypicalAtheist on February 25, 2009 at 10:45pm —
I am not trying to put down a set of rules for dating a theist, or telling you this will work for you, what I am doing is putting down my opinions and beliefs after a long time of thinking about the question, “Can I as an atheist have a long-term relationship with a theist?” This is something that I have pondered for quite some time and currently am living it.
So I figure we’ll start with the beginning of a relationship and work from there. First you meet the person and you find out they… Continue
Added by Frank on February 8, 2009 at 10:14pm —
This is a re-post from my other blog
where I do most of my writing (mostly aimed directly at some of my Christian friends), but I wanted to share it here to get some other thoughts on its subject matter. Here it is.
I need to take a moment of silence in honor of StumbleUpon
for guiding me toward a website that encapsulates the problem with… Continue
Added by Kevin on January 27, 2009 at 9:30pm —
Often times I find myself walking around the mall or in and out of stores and there are folks who feel like witnessing to me (witnessing is street mission work for those unfamiliar with the Christian term). Most times I'm in a hurry or they catch me when I am to tired to argue responsibly, so I kindly say, "I'm not interested," or "I'm an atheist," without stopping to give them time to argue. Then there are days where I feel like doing some of my own witnessing myself.
I would like… Continue
Added by Frank on January 8, 2009 at 6:55pm —
The Bible’s Answer
The Bible, like many myths, begins with answering how the world came to be and why it’s so screwed up.
The Bible tells us that God created everything in six days. He created Adam out of dust, and Eve out of Adam’s rib. (Woman, being the property of man, doesn’t get the dignity of her own mud spawning.) They were placed in the Garden of Eden and told they could eat of any fruit except one. If they ate that… Continue
Added by Kirstin on November 25, 2008 at 2:00am —