A message from Mike Newdow ...
There have now been three Supreme Court cases dealing with the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) as it pertains to federal laws. A review of the opinions show that RFRA was strongly supported by 8 of 8 justices in Gonzales v. O Centro Espirita (2005), by 9 of 9 justices in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby (2014) and by 9 of 9 justices in Holt v Hobbs (2015). Thus, the time is…Continue
Added by Julie W on March 11, 2015 at 7:17pm — No Comments
Even at 60 years old, or perhaps I should say "in spite of 60 years of accumulated wisdom", I still have my moments of naïveté. I'm in the middle right now of working out one of those moments. This began weeks ago, as a result of Affleck vs Maher/Harris media vexations (thanks…Continue
After all this time, all these years, all these degrees of separation - a mere knock guides me to shedded enemies. It was midmorning when a pair of shadows alerted me to some unexpected presences. I think I knew before I knew, my gut clenching beyond the usual spasm of social anxiety.
The blockers of the light lingered and adjusted themselves and finally put knuckle to…Continue
I want u guys keep in mind that is not an attempt to convert or force anyone to believe what I believe. This is also not for the sake of trying "prove" anything but just to give Atheists a sense of why I believe in a God.
It's a strange crossroads that I've found myself. It all started last week when I received a text message seemingly out of the blue from my stepmother. She had been looking at something online and I guess decided that she should suggest I check out William Lane Craig's Reasonable Faith. I told her that I was well aware of the man and his arguments and I received in reply the "I'm worried about your eternal soul" conversation only that she used the word "future" instead of "eternal soul", but…Continue
The other day i took a chance to sit down and look up at the sky i found myself a nice area alone and let my thoughts go. The people in the background of my mind where laughing and having fun being they where with the everyone else and i was again alone. It was the only day i took a moment to myself to open my mind and say "What if there isn't a god?" And i noticed what i used to love i noticed the sky and thought of the night and then thought of how small we are. I guess maybe there isn't…Continue
I've long found XTC's "Dear God" to be a heartachingly beautiful song. (Even as a believer, I appreciated it--how much more so as an atheist?)
Dear God, hope you got the letter, and...
I pray you can make it better down here.
I don't mean a big reduction in the price of beer
But all the people that you made in your image,…
Religious imagery and the word of god have been in my face all of my life. Religious themes and symbols are everywhere. You see them in movies, television, social networks, schools, government buildings, bumper stickers, and fish-emblems on cars. Folks dress in religious clothing such as yarmulkes, turbans, robes, veils and burkas. All year long, there are religious holidays with religious music and even religious toys and candy for the kids. I am forced to…Continue
I don't know about you, but that sure sounds like a guy I'd want to worship!
No. My thoughts are more similar to this point of view:
Really, it's more like a dad who drowned all of his children except for one kid and was like, "Don't worry. I won't murder you or any of the kids I have from here on out! Well, at least not by drowning all of them in a massive flood... You know I mean it too because I made you a pretty painting."
Added by M.M.J. Gregory on June 13, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments
This is my last report regarding
my mission to evaluate the beings of this world.
Thirty of this planet’s orbital cycles ago
I arrived here by Refracted Linear-Light/Fold.
Since then I have lived, worked, and played alongside
these beings in the guise of one of their own.
Universal Protocols remain intact.
I have had no ill-effect nor have I…
Since man as discovered his consciousness and began to live in groups, he has thought and wondered about the beauty of nature, the vastness of space and immensity of time. Since then he has searched for a creator of this universe and all its constituents. This was mans first perception about God, ‘the creator’. As time passed by man discovered his ignorance about certain things that surrounded him thus he attributed most things beyond his comprehension or understanding to…Continue
I am sure that most of you, weather you be Atheists of Theists have heard a whole lot about God's Will. This is thrown out like verbal diarrhea every time that someone dies or a natural disaster occurs. I have often questioned why people are so quick to say that a kid that gets caught in the crossfire of a gang shooting received a "gift" and that it was God's Will that she get shot and killed in a park. How is that a gift? What proof is there that she is in a better place? Who are you to…Continue
Jonny Scaramanga, author of the Leaving Fundamentalism blog, shares his thoughts on his fundamentalist Christian upbringing and why encouraging questioning is an essential part of a good education... Enjoy.
(Also, when you comment, can you please comment on the original post itself if you wish for Jonny to see it. Thanks.)
Added by Carnun Marcus-Page on March 10, 2013 at 11:07am — No Comments
Gday from Australia , awesome to find such a site which I stumbled upon on twitter.
I am fortunate to come from a country where our Prime minister is a woman and an Atheist and a community of mateship in the land downunder.
Where although ever present Religion vs Atheism is neither here nor there, It's rare that the topic comes up to be honest.
I work with a Hindu, a couple of Christians about 3 Atheists a Witch a Self professed Psychic and some undisclosed lol, and…Continue
Added by Peta M on January 27, 2013 at 9:26pm — No Comments
While currently going through a period of low motivation, I'm wishing that some magical power would just pop into my head and push buttons or zap something. When I was a teen, once or twice I think I tried to make a deal with God, something like "Help me with this, and I'll reconsider You!". Never answered, of course.
Meanwhile, science has proven a few times the power of the placebo. Just believe, and things get better right? Is there a way to make this happen, but without…Continue
If there was real separation of church and state there would be:
Prior to science, superstition conquered. Aristotle believed that objects in motion slowed because they simply became "tired." God was reason for all, and all was reason for God.
Due to brilliant minds we have emerged from these opaque ages of knowledge. Newton enlightened us with mathematical logic in the 17th century. He also enlightened us with knowledge of optics,…Continue
An excerpt from Kurt Vonnegut's novel Timequake.
Genesis According to Kilgore Trout:
"In the beginning there was absolutely nothing, and i mean NOTHING," he said. "But nothing implies something, just as up implies down and sweet implies sour, as man implies woman and drunk implies sober and happy implies sad. I hate to tell you this, friends and neighbors, but we are teens-weensy implications in an enormous implication. If you don't…Continue
Added by Rob Klaers on July 31, 2012 at 2:57am — No Comments
Hello Think Atheist community! This is my first attempt at blogging, so I'm not sure if this really belongs as a blog or as a discussion topic. However, my blogging exploits will cover topics within my realm of experience. I am also attempting to write a novel, so I may post excerpts and ask for feedback at some point, I'm not really sure. I don't know what direction this blog will take, but hopefully you will enjoy my posts.
*DISCLAIMER THIS POST WILL BE MOSTLY OPINION AND…Continue