So as soon as I joined TA, the first "Big Discussion" that I saw was the video of Steve Harvey and his comments on people dating Atheists. I've been dating a wonderful girl for a year and 8 months. She is one of those Christians who doesn't go to church or read the bible and doesn't necessarily claim the title of "Christian" but does claim that she has a relationship with God. Now, I respect everyone's right to believe what they want, of course, because I can't stand when believers are so… Continue
Added by Stephen Abernathy on July 5, 2011 at 3:48pm —
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 —
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 —
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 —
How I came to be an Atheist
By: Kristian Gore
I was never really a Theist so by default I guess you could say I was always an Atheist. My mom never talked about religion when I was young and neither did my step father. I was vaguely aware of the idea of god and some bible stories. Stories like Jonah and the whale, Noah’s Ark and the garden of Eden were known to me but I regarded them as I did the three little pigs and Jack in the bean stalk. It never occurred to me that people… Continue
Added by Kristian David Gore on June 1, 2011 at 7:14pm —
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 —
Watching "Hoarders", I noticed that the women's son had a particular demeanor. Unlike his (unsympathetic) mother, he was very polite, well spoken & and had an understanding of his mother's mental illness. You could also tell that he had accepted, what had become of her. For some odd reason, the thought popped into my head, "I wonder how many times you see an atheist on tv or on the streets and you don't even know it!" A few minutes later, I spotted something on the man's shirt. Could it… Continue
Added by Scarlette Blues on May 22, 2011 at 7:53pm —
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 —
Added by Monica McGee (Monicks) on April 23, 2011 at 2:19am —
From Martin S Pribble
Australia is in a very privileged position this year. We have an opportunity to tell our government who we really are, what we treasure about our lives in Australia and what we would like to see in our future in this country. In a country that seems to be increasingly pandering to the Australian… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on April 11, 2011 at 8:47pm —
from Martin Pribble
While I may have a strange optimism for the future of humanity, and I think that the answer lies not in the division of the religious and the secular but in the joint efforts of all involved, I still see it as a troublesome proposition. As you may have seen in the… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on March 30, 2011 at 8:11pm —
from Martin Pribble (March 19 2011) Continue
A strange optimism has overcome me today. With all the disasters and unrest around the world right now, you might call me crazy, but hear me out and you may agree with me.
We tend to be a very self-centred and self-interested lot, us humans, and we will always try to look after our own immediate family and community, forsaking the rest of the world in favour of our own…
Added by Martin Pribble on March 30, 2011 at 8:07pm —