There's one thing I can never understand, and it's the perceived dichotomy between the "all-loving God" and the "vengeful God". Apparently God is to be feared, because he is all-powerful and could exact all sorts of damages upon us and our souls if he so chose to. But on the other hand he loves us with a more pure and generous love than anything else can offer. It doesn't sound like a very nice relationship to enter into willingly.
This month, Outreach Media have gone with this… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on July 4, 2011 at 11:07pm —
My brother, an atheist like me, posed to me this humorous thought experiment, and I thought it was worth playing the game and posting it here:
God - the bearded white guy who looks a lot like me (he wears more robes than I do) - turns up on Earth, having decided to prove his omnipotence once and for all.
He turns up everywhere you go, in all your recent photos, and in all the morning… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on June 26, 2011 at 11:43pm —
This post originally appeared on http://matthewfunti.me
We are at war with Islam. It may not serve our immediate foreign policy objectives for our political leaders to openly acknowledge this fact, but it is unambiguously so.
– Sam Harris, The End of Faith… Continue
Added by Matthew Funtime on June 23, 2011 at 2:30pm —
To paraphrase Michael Specter in a TED talk
, "You are entitled to your own truths, but you aren't entitled to your own facts." This is a poignant message and one that deserves further exploration.
(Edit: the actual quote, as pointed out in comments on my blog was “...And listen, everyone’s entitled to their… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on June 21, 2011 at 2:30am —
My cat, spooky, has gone missing. He's been gone for 5 days now, and while I am quite worried he may have been hurt, or worse, killed or caught by the cat-catcher, I still hold hope that he's about, and that he will return soon. He's done this before, but never for so many days, and I suspect he may have another home out there somewhere. Damn cats and their curiosity! It never comes to any good! Whenever he goes missing, I can't help but think of the saying "Curiosity killed the… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on June 14, 2011 at 12:26am —
This originally appeared on http://matthewfunti.me
Repetitive arguments had with those faithful to the antiquated myths of ancient Palestinian lore betray a direct ignorance of the subject matter in addition to a complex misunderstanding of related and opposing philosophies. Committed antitheists amongst us will shrug that statement off with a casual confirmation and ask what else would I expect from a group of people so… Continue
Added by Matthew Funtime on June 12, 2011 at 8:57am —
This originally appeared on http://matthewfunti.me
As the expanding world of scientific inquiry grows with exponential understanding of the natural world, it's getting easier and easier to simply dismiss the nonsense comprising organized religion. Continue
In 2011, you need not be a biologist to understand that evolution is a fact. You need not be a historian to understand the laughably false propositions of the holy…
Added by Matthew Funtime on June 11, 2011 at 9:30am —
Originally posted on Atheist MC
This blog was never intended for weighty philosophical essays and in any case compared to some atheist bloggers
I’m a philosophical lightweight. However I’m going to have a go at the question du jour
that seems to be popping up all over the atheosphere at the moment. To wit, on what, in the absence of God, do atheists base their… Continue
Added by Steve Bowen on June 6, 2011 at 3:30pm —
There is an alarming trend in Australia at the moment. While the world struggles with climate change and population, we here are experiencing a knee-jerk reaction to supposed ills that are befalling us, and the governments seem far too quick to react with their band-aid solutions. I am seeing more cases in the media every day of what can only be pandering to minorities and special interest groups, where minor problems are becoming issues big enough to change policy over. Case in point, here in… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on June 6, 2011 at 3:21am —
This "From the Mailbox" is a little different than what I usually receive, as you'll soon see. I won't use any names, except my own, and the spelling and grammar comes directly from the messages received. There were three in total, staring with this rather innocent and short one:
"Hi Martin Did anyone ever tell you that Jesus loves YOU!"
At first I thought this was a joke from one of my atheist readers, as sometimes we all get a little… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on May 30, 2011 at 8:43pm —
One of the biggest issues with the NSCP is that we don't know the level of qualifications held by those who will be teaching SRE in schools. This is an example of religion being held in distinction from the rest of society, as a thing of morality and trustworthiness. All we need to do is look at the Catholic church and its ministers to know this is not the case.
According to the government discussion paper supplied on the government's website about the… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on May 29, 2011 at 7:45pm —
As you know, I believe education is the key to beginning to solve all of the woes we have in society today. Yes all of them. From world hunger to population, from wars to disease, from terrorism to the production of clean and renewable energy. Each of these can be solved if we educate the people who are directly effected by them, and those who go into areas to help. In fact I can't think of one situation that cannot be made better without education, at least in the long term. Education should… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on May 29, 2011 at 7:44pm —
Humans can believe some pretty strange things. I have met people who claim to be able to see my "aura", and that depending on the "colour and shape" of this aura, they can make a determination of my physical or mental health. I've met others (actually sometimes the same people) who claim that by laying their hands on me, they can cure me of whatever ails me, from sore muscles to an upset stomach. Even stranger, I have met people who claim to be able to see into my future by "interpreting the… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on May 29, 2011 at 7:43pm —
This is a phrase I have started seeing online more and more. People (in general and on both sides of the spectrum) are griping about the "new Atheists" and how they seem to be shoving their non-beliefs down other peoples throats.
I understand the problems that people may have with "In your face Atheism" as I like to call it, however, in this day and age I honestly thing the main goal of people who do this (myself included) is to inform others. It took me 10 years to "come… Continue
Added by Autumn_in_jeans on May 27, 2011 at 12:18pm —
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
Added by Gaytor on May 26, 2011 at 11:13am —
First off, very little of this will be in my own words, but in the words of Sam Harris. This is basically a transcript of the opening speech that Sam gave in a debate about religion. I know that if I tried I could not put it more beautifully, simply or more elegantly than he did. If I was tempted to call anything the poetry of rational arguments, this would be it. Continue
Please don’t view this as an attack on what you believe – it’s not meant to be mean spirited. Picture as you read this,…
Added by Aaron LaBrash on May 12, 2011 at 3:40pm —
A middle aged man, undergoing psychoanalysis, returns to his therapist’s couch after a long holiday weekend where he visited his estranged mother for the first time in 20 years.
“How did your Thanksgiving dinner go?” The Therapist asked his patient.
“Well, I think I had one of those Freudian slips that you guys sometimes talk about.”
“What do you mean?” The Therapist asked.
“At one point during dinner I turned to my mother. I… Continue
Added by Ezra T. Klatt on May 11, 2011 at 1:30pm —
May 21 is Judgement Day. It's been conclusively proven by Harold Camping using mathematics. That's right, mathematics
. In fact, anyone who disputes his word is obviously blinded to the truth of the bible.
But I have a few questions.
Firstly, when God descends to destroy the world, what will happen to the rest of the universe? I mean, we know that the universe is enormous,… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on May 5, 2011 at 9:34pm —
Every religion says it is the right one, and there is no way that they can all be correct. In fact, I'd go so far to say that they are all wrong. But... science is wrong too. (!?)
In science and other practices that view and measure the natural world people readily admit that they have only some of the answers to the mysteries of the universe. When new information presents itself, that information is added to the knowledge already gathered, an if it means altering the information we… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on May 5, 2011 at 9:32pm —
Since the most holy of weekends in the Christian calendar has now passed, the folks at Outreach Media
have decided to shift their focus form worshiping the death of Jesus, to look at the topic of birth and conception. This month's poster reads:
"You knit me together in my mother's womb. Psalm 139:13"… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on May 5, 2011 at 9:31pm —