I've had a few people ask me lately "Why don't you pick on other religions apart from Christianity and Islam? After all, there are thousands you could choose from." Well the answer is pretty simple, but threefold. Continue
Firstly, I live in Australia, which is a predominantly Christian nation. Upwards of 60% of Australians identify themselves as Christians (according to the 2006 census). Most of the first westerners to arrive here were Christian, and that tradition has been carried on…
Added by Martin Pribble on September 13, 2011 at 11:45pm —
Yesterday I tweeted Humans don't need God to exist but God needs humans to exist, once we stop believing he will disappear this was retweeted a few times and even compared to Terry Pratchett (I'm flattered, I must read his books now!) so I thought I would elaborate.
I can't help but think that nearly everything humans used to attribute to Gods in regards to our own existence has been explained by science. For example in his bookOrigin of the… Continue
Added by Lindsay on September 4, 2011 at 4:24pm —
An excerpt from the life of Kairan:
My mom and I are watching The Weather Channel in our condo on the east cost of Florida. We want to see how nasty things will get for us with Hurricane Irene. It turns out she's forecast to pass by us two-hundred miles out to sea, throwing 50 to 70 mph winds our way.
Added by Kairan Nierde on August 25, 2011 at 1:16am —
If God provided proof that he exists, then it would be logical to believe in him. The absence of proof leaves only faith for belief. You do not need faith if you have proof and vice versa. By God’s own choice, he can only be known by faith. Continue
But why have faith in this particular God? If God won’t give us proof, what’s to stop us from believing in Allah or Zeus? To have faith is to deny logic. What alternative is there to logic? How do we think? Mindlessness is the absence…
Added by Atheist Exile on August 24, 2011 at 7:19pm —
I've been thinking lately about spirituality. No, I'm not suggesting I am about to join a cult, take up tantric meditation or go on a vision quest. What I have been wondering is, is there any basis or evidence for a spiritual or metaphysical part of human existence?
Firstly, I think we need to define what it is we mean by "spirituality". If it means we are all inhabited by everlasting souls, that our existence on earth is a stepping-stone to the afterlife, or that our personalities… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on August 9, 2011 at 5:31am —
I've been pretty interested in perception lately, and how our brains decipher the world around us. I've written on Pareidolia (Part 1, Part 2,… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on August 5, 2011 at 12:09am —
I originally posted this at my blog Martin S Pribble, and it was subsequently picked up as an "Article" at RDFRS, which made me quite happy. It has caused quite a discussion at both sites, so I thought it would be good to share with you lot also.
Religion is running scared from advances in science, particularly brain science such as neurology. Why? Because the brain is the final frontier in uncovering the reasons for belief in superstitions, religion and a higher… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on July 25, 2011 at 6:49pm —
If there is any text in the bible that presents us with a clear cut case against god, it’s the Book of Job. If it isn’t an outright cry for atheism then, at the very least, if you still insist on theism, you might find yourself saying, “Not this god.”… Continue
Added by Ezra T. Klatt on July 22, 2011 at 12:56pm —
I found this video while sorting through my G+ stream yesterday, and found it too alarming to not blog on the subject. This is surely enough to get your hackles up, and it should concern not only atheists, agnostics and skeptics, but every thinking human on the planet. This is surely going to be of concern in the future.
The video opens with this statement:
"In what has become one of the greatest deceptions of our day, radical environmentalism… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on July 18, 2011 at 8:40pm —
“A belief which leaves no place for doubt is not a belief; it is a superstition.” ~José Bergamín
Many people mistakenly believe that dictionary definitions tell us what words mean. But it’s the other way around. We, by our actual usage of words, tell dictionary lexicographers how to define words. English is a fluid language, constantly changing. Definitions come from us, not dictionaries.
This is an important point when it comes to distinguishing agnostics… Continue
Added by Atheist Exile on July 17, 2011 at 9:20pm —
Does anyone else watch CompletelyLovely videos? She always seems to be high on energy. lol
To be on topic with the video, I'd say that any christian that thinks atheists have no meaning in life and are worthless in every way are pretty pathetic and closed minded (though that would seem to apply to all theist logic that lacks scientific… Continue
Added by Peter on July 8, 2011 at 1:06pm —
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 —
I have recently been thinking of ways to explain evolution to everyday Christians, mainly members of my family. I’ve been watching videos and reading books & blogs in order to familiarize myself with evolution and its mechanism. The theory of evolution is definitely a question raiser and I’d like to be able to answer them accurately.
But a thought popped into my head a few days ago and I’ve been thinking on it ever since. . .
Evolution seems so anti-god to most… Continue
Added by Scarlette Blues on June 18, 2011 at 2:55am —
Earlier today, I discussed the topic of LGBT individuals turning to religion for all the wrong reasons. I expressed how such behavior is absurd and unjustified, and explained how it actually hurts the gay fights for equal rights!
As a gay and atheist person, I would like to ask you for opinion.
The full article:
A few things surprise me in life... unexpected combinations can amuse… Continue
Added by Lord Gaytheist on June 10, 2011 at 4:00pm —
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 —
Added by Marcus Persius on May 30, 2011 at 3:57pm —
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 —