All Blog Posts Tagged 'Faith' (25)

The Existence of God Debate: Miracles, Demands of Worship, and More.

This blog post is a response to a comment concerning science and faith made on one of my other posts. In quotation marks are the comments made by a fellow Think Atheist member. The rest are my responses.

Here we go, then...

"Doesn't it ever strike you as odd that so many people are drawn to [religion]?"

No. Religion has been around in one form or another for thousands of years. Along with other superstitious beliefs the religions have spread until…

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Added by Scott Kaelen on August 4, 2014 at 9:48am — No Comments

My Father and his Faith

I've been thinking lately about moving back home. I will be there soon after eight years and thousands of miles of being away. My father the other day on the phone said that we needed to have a “long talk” when I get back. He never referred to what it was that he needed to talk about, but it's got me thinking about what it could be. At this point, it could be a lot of things, so I've tried to keep myself from speculating. My father, for those of you who don't…

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Added by Sagacious Hawk on July 3, 2013 at 5:17pm — 5 Comments

Baptists plan exodus from Boy Scounts

Posted on CNN May 31, 2013
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Added by Mabel on June 2, 2013 at 10:50am — 29 Comments

The Faith/Evidence Paradox

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To what extent can a religious believer actually argue their faith, reasonably? Not very far, it seems to me.

There are two quantities to consider here, by which all human beliefs can relate back to: Faith and Evidence.

Let's look at the first. Faith, by its very definition, is 'belief without evidence'. It is a gut feeling, and it cannot be proven wrong. Why? Because, for…

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Added by Carnun Marcus-Page on March 15, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Secular Morality and the Strive for Faith in Others

ALL right, all right. And so: Here we are.



When I was last active on this site roughly a year or so ago, I had recently denounced my Catholic faith in the spirit of teenage angst/bitter confusion. I was scared, pissed off, and disillusioned; moreover, I had basically become a cynical douche who thought he was somehow more inept to attaining knowledge of “the inner-workings of the universe” only because I had been forced to deal with several untimely deaths in my family/friend circle… Continue

Added by Roman Candles on March 11, 2013 at 2:20pm — 12 Comments

My Dad Lives in a Bubble and it Pisses Me off.

I'm venting. Straight up. But I need somewhere to share my anger and ... disappointment. You see, my dad is a pretty smart guy. He's an electrical engineer. He likes to think things through and is fairly methodical, except when it comes to bullshit like religion, or the climate "debate" or his ultra-conservative political leanings, or thinking that some crazy conspiracy theories are actually true (The President is a MUSLIM COMMUNIST BORN IN KENYA AND COME TO DESTROY…

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Added by Sagacious Hawk on July 23, 2012 at 3:52am — 18 Comments

Faithless: Why You Don't Need To Disprove A God To Swear Off Religion.

There's no one quite as righteous as the one who believes himself to be part of the chosen people.

The Catholic Church's ongoing sex abuse scandal has lent itself to late-night jokes, investigative reports, disillusioned churchgoers, shameful clergy and lest we forget, an untold amount of shattered victims.

Though there were publicized prosecutions of priests as early as the 1960s, it wasn't until the Boston Globe's award-winning piece in 2002 highlighting the recent rash of…

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Added by Eddy Cara on January 14, 2012 at 9:24pm — No Comments

Crossing the Divide

I am an atheist, so when I use the word God, I am referring to others' belief systems.

 

I don't understand how critical or confrontational approaches are going to make anyone change their mind about God.  Believers try to point to “proof” of God. There can’t be physical proof of God because God is supernatural. Anyone who points to physical “proof” has, by definition, come up with a NATURAL phenomenon - which CAN’T be God. Conversely contributors on atheist sites quote the…

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Added by MikeLong on May 16, 2011 at 5:30am — No Comments

The Myth of the Risen Christ - The Problem of the Historical Jesus & The Origins of Christian Tradition

Last night I posted a video of an interview with Dr. Matt McCormick that argues against the reliability for the evidence of Jesus’ resurrection by comparing it to the Salem Witch Trials. The argument is amusing and reasonably makes sense, although in an interview he had on Think Atheist Radio, May, 8th, he admitted he didn’t think anyone would really bite on the bullet, so to speak. It turns out that there exist those who have.

 

One of the people commenting on the…

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Added by Ezra T. Klatt on May 12, 2011 at 1:16pm — 4 Comments

Irrational Faith In Govenment Is Just as Disturbing as Irrational Faith in Religion

So I sit here reflecting back upon the events of the last few days. OSAMA is DEAD! Hundreds if not thousands of Americans take to the streets in joy and celebration at the death of the monster that "murdered" their family members, friends, and fellow Americans...

 

After 10 years of…

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Added by Atwas911 on May 5, 2011 at 9:00pm — 17 Comments

Two plus two is still four, even if a million people believe its five

Our current government system has no place for religion. No place for myth, dogma, or rhetoric. I will concede that religion did have its place in a more primitive time but that time is long since past for America and the modern world. Not until we educate the rest of this planet will we put the fairytale to rest, not until information and facts replace myth and folklore will we be free from the hate and division that religion is so famous for. Nothing we do in life today is based on myth. We… Continue

Added by TDM on April 19, 2011 at 1:21pm — 3 Comments

Miracle on tenth street.

My sister-in-law (I love her, but she is dumb as a stump) had a cousin who was struck down in the prime of life with paraplegia.  His legs were paralyzed from the "knees" down.  All the specialists doctors he saw said the same thing: we can find no physical or neurological basis for your paralysis.  Now the patient assumed that this meant that his illness was so mysterious and rare that the doctors were at a total loss.  They did talk to him about hysterical and psychosomatic disorders,…

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Added by Doug Reardon on January 11, 2011 at 11:29pm — 1 Comment

Bundle of joy

Sadly, this is overwhelmingly true.

Added by Monica McGee (Monicks) on October 25, 2010 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Dawkins faith

Hi everyone,



A Christian friend of mine said,



"
So for all the genius of Dawkins (who I believe is a great scientist, but poor philosopher), his theory of how

science can explain away God hits two major snags along the way. Purpose

and genesis. The best explanation for these I have heard is "that we

don't have the answers yet, but we will". But what is that if…
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Added by Mecca on July 8, 2010 at 2:38pm — 8 Comments

God's Shit List

The concept of free will is the excuse given by apologists when faced with the cruelties of their God. They can justify their gods behavior based on the choices that we make. We could choose to follow the law, but we don't so we have chosen the painful route and all blame falls on the infidel's shoulders. There is at least one biblical concept that doesn't sit well with that position.


Throughout the Bible there is a concept of a "Book of Life". You'll find it in…
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Added by Gaytor on June 28, 2010 at 5:32pm — 9 Comments

Faith makes things possible

I just drove by the local baptist church, and their sign declares "Faith makes things possible". And, I thought, what a bizarre concept. Now, faith may give one the impetus to try something he doesn't think he can do, but it doesn't make them possible, and it sure as hell doesn't make something that is impossible, possible. As I tried to get my brain to grasp this concept, I realized that for me to believe such a concept would require a complete reconfiguration of my total view of reality. And… Continue

Added by Doug Reardon on March 14, 2010 at 2:35pm — 5 Comments

Don't Respect Claims of Faith

Faith is touted by Christians as a virtue. Last year when Daniel Hauser and his Mom refused treatment for his cancer after a court ordered him to take treatment, I posted the story on Facebook and noted the stupidity of this decision. One of my cousin’s wives said, “At least he has faith in something.”, as if that was somehow a good thing. Faith was killing him. Science is keeping him alive and doing well… Continue

Added by Gaytor on January 17, 2010 at 11:57am — 4 Comments

And just like that, I was dead.

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 — 9 Comments

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