Best wishes and a Happy New Year / Happy Monkey to all of my atheist friends :-).
My wish for this year is that all of our atheist communities around the world continue their steady consolidation and growth.
This is a huge achievement for a community which holds no beliefs in common and is simply getting together on the grounds that we lack a belief in gods.
We're not sheep and so our biggest challenge will be to learn to not only accept and… Continue
Added by Trance Gemini on January 1, 2010 at 10:28am —
Added by Monica McGee (Monicks) on December 26, 2009 at 9:00pm —
Added by Monica McGee (Monicks) on December 23, 2009 at 1:00pm —
No, seriously! I was dead, just for a few minutes, but dead nonetheless. Long story short, on Sept. 25th an allergic reaction to a supposedly innocuous pill, caused my throat to close, shutting off my breathing and within minutes I was dead, literally.
But this rant is not about my ordeal from that night, which I can’t deny, was scary and surreal, and ultimately ended up with me waking up in the hospital, incredibly tired, with a sore throat and an extremely bruised chest, after 7… Continue
Added by Monica McGee (Monicks) on December 22, 2009 at 5:35pm —
If you haven't watched the debate, it is available here
in a series of Youtube videos. Speaking for the motion was Richard Harries and Charles Moore, against it, A.C. Grayling and Richard Dawkins.
The two speaking for the motion were quite useless, while Grayling and Dawkins were eloquent, amusing and on point. At one stage I wondered to myself whether this could possibly… Continue
Added by Prazzie on December 16, 2009 at 6:28pm —
We've all heard about the Founders (US) and their Deism. It's such a mystical word to us today. I don't know any Deists. A two sentence description of what Deists believe...
1. The Creator was a watchmaker God.
2. That means he built the world then went about his business of building worlds and had no further influence here.
I was thinking today that Deists are nothing but Atheists who lack information. So in my ever scientific manner, I look up Atheism in Wiki. Under… Continue
Added by Gaytor on December 16, 2009 at 12:30am —
“I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.” - Frank Lloyd Wright
Every year at around this time I feel the need to reflect on the year passed, and be thankful. While this may be trite, I do see the end of years celebrations as an important time, a time for reflection. We all feel it to some degree.
Why is it that we feel the need to reflect and be thankful? It's a weird sensation, because I don't have a God to thank for my existence. I don't believe in a… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on December 14, 2009 at 8:33pm —
Added by Monica McGee (Monicks) on December 11, 2009 at 12:11pm —
"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 bubbzlove 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 McGee (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 —