All Blog Posts Tagged 'Religion' (188)

Guest Post: Escape from Mentalism - Jonny Scaramanga

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.)

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Added by Carnun Marcus-Page on March 10, 2013 at 11:07am — No Comments

'Hitler was an Atheist!'

You'll likely all have heard this argument at some point. It's a classic.

Outlined rather well by http://www.godlessgeeks.com/LINKS/GodProof.htm, it goes something like this:

"(1) Person X, a well-known atheist, was morally inferior to the rest of us.

(2) Therefore, God exists."

It's just poetic, isn't it?

So... Assuming Hitler was an…

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Added by Carnun Marcus-Page on February 22, 2013 at 8:30pm — 28 Comments

Open Letter to Christians #3: Freedom From Religion? Yes.

Crosspost from here:

Dear Christian,

Well, you've heard it said... and I imagine many of you have said it yourself, exasperated with some atheist complaint about prayer in school or a creche scene in front of a courthouse:  "It's freedom of religion not freedom from religion."

Well, actually it is both; you cannot…

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Added by SteveInCO on February 10, 2013 at 11:52pm — No Comments

The MPs who DIDN'T vote for Same-sex Marriage (UK)

This week, on Tuesday 5th of February, MPs in England voted in favour of a bill named the "Marriage (Same Sex…

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Added by Carnun Marcus-Page on February 8, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Comment Commentary: Do non-believers not have a "reasoned and valid moral baseline"?

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Before I start, I'd like to introduce this all new (yet not original) post format.

In light of a series of interesting comments on the last post (Why Tolerate Intolerance?), I've decided to dedicate the occasional (slightly more humorous and ranty) 'rambling' to methodically picking apart sentiments expressed in the comment section of this blog which don't sit with me too well. I think it's only fair that if…

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Added by Carnun Marcus-Page on February 1, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Why Tolerate Intolerance?

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“Tolerance of intolerance is cowardice.” - Ayaan Hirsi Ali

A while ago, around December, I went to have Christmas dinner at my Mother's parent's house. After the food, crackers, and hats were all finished with my Grandmother leaned over the table, rested a hand on my Mother's arm, and said - completely out of the blue - "I brought you up to respect other people's beliefs."

Now, as this somewhat hushed and accusatory utterance was so…

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Added by Carnun Marcus-Page on January 30, 2013 at 2:15pm — No Comments

Resetting the Georgian Calender

About 2 weeks ago I did post on my status a petition to the Royal Society to start a debate on resetting the calender to reflect our true heritage. 

The text of the petition has been altered slightly and I request you to again append your signatures. And I apologize to those who had signed it.

Nothing much may come from it, but I think it will start a discussion that all of us alive today and who are secular would be interested in. There is nothing about 1 BC and 1 AD that…

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Added by onyango makagutu on January 20, 2013 at 7:00am — 9 Comments

God vs. Religion

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…

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Added by Josh Leach on July 15, 2012 at 1:30am — 4 Comments

The God particle, and what little it has to do with God







Oh how I wish the recently demonstrated Higgs Boson, which bestows mass on particles, had…
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Added by bazie on July 4, 2012 at 3:49pm — 24 Comments

Religion and Language: Quasi-Religious Terminology

There are a host of commonly used words in the English language which I like to call quasi-religious. Words like soul, spiritual, fate, mother nature, energy, and the like. These are words which have two sets of connotations, one which is spiritual and one which is largely secular, whose different meanings often get used interchangeably. 



Take the soul. On the one hand there is a mystical connotation. It is something separate from the body, which may well survive…

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Added by bazie on July 1, 2012 at 10:12am — 4 Comments

Evolution vs. Intelligent Design: 6 Bones of Contention

--Ker Than, 2009

THE EYES OF VERTEBRATES



Why Intelligent Design?



On November 24, 2009--the 150th anniversary of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species--the theory that new species can arise from old ones through natural selection is still met with some resistance. (Related: …

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Added by Rob Klaers on May 5, 2012 at 9:24pm — No Comments

Freedom of, not from, religion.

How is freedom OF religion also not freedom FROM religion? It doesn't say "freedom of any available Christian denomination" So that would infer, freedom to choose Buddhism or Hindu, or (as Abraham Lincoln said) "when I do good, I feel good" THAT is my religion."

Added by Violet Chartreuse on May 1, 2012 at 4:45pm — No Comments

From Minister To Atheist: A Story Of Losing Faith

by BARBARA BRADLEY HAGERTY (NPR)

April 30, 2012

This is the first in a series of stories on losing faith.

Teresa MacBain has a secret, one she's terrified to reveal.

"I'm…

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Added by Rob Klaers on April 30, 2012 at 9:44pm — 3 Comments

Science Vs. Religion

Hi everyone.

I am a grade 12 student in Red Deer Canada and i am unfortunate enough to be in a catholic high school. That means that taking religion class is mandatory for me. I currently have an assignment in which i have to respond to several quotes about religion vs science. It is my hope to put together a really well organized and logical argument from an atheist point of view. I have my own ideas, but i think it would be really cool to get some other perspectives, ideas, and…

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Added by Joel Richards on April 18, 2012 at 2:14am — 30 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

Religion is the Essence of Nihilism

A common tactic that I have seen religionists use is the claim that Atheism is Nihilistic. The basic premise is that living this life with no purpose just to have it end is a waste and that simply hoping for more gives meaning and purpose. I reject that argument and propose that living life for a deity, especially if one does not exist could be made into a cartoon and substituted for the definition of Nihilism. 

I ran across a quote today that got me thinking about this. "Isn't it…

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Added by Gaytor on December 27, 2011 at 12:46am — No Comments

Accept My Choices

I just picked up this quote from an article in the Advocate online magazine, and I feel like I really need to say a couple of things. But first, here's the quote:

"Why parade your unnatural immoral behaviors before the rest of us? I/we do not have to…
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Added by John Galt on December 6, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Crosses - A Poem

Cross yourself and speak unto Jesus

And hope for the species that the people deceased

Are released from the pain and the suffering

Your faith is decreasing, the pages are creasing

In the only book you've been reading.

The idea is appealing, but somehow revealing

Of the fear that you're breeding.

And you're left needing...

You're only human.

A part of this species that does as it pleases.

If you do what they tell you then you will be…

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Added by Martin Pribble on November 27, 2011 at 7:13pm — No Comments

Devil in the Details: The Modern Day Witch Hunt of the 80's

For over a decade, starting in the early 1980′s, Satan himself invaded scores of sleepy little towns and communities across the United States.

He worked through secretive cults comprised of day-care workers, school officials and other seemingly ordinary citizens and via these trusted authority figures, he proceeded to ritualistically kidnap, abuse and violate dozens of children. His followers subjected them to molestation, animal sacrifices and repeated torture. For days, weeks on…

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Added by Eddy Cara on November 8, 2011 at 8:45pm — No Comments

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Sunday Disassembly

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In Defense of ‘Islamophobia’

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The Shinto Flower among the Weeds of Religion

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