A little while ago i had to explain religion and (the relationship with) atheism to my oldest daughter i came up with the following. For the purpose to be able to reach a 12 year old i tried to keep things simple (and as per usual i failed miserably here and there). I am a firm supporter of trying to teach my children how to think but not what to think. However, when asked about 'what i think' i do need to tell them hoping, or better assuming, they will take my view and use it to… Continue
Added by Vincent (fka Vizhnet) on August 17, 2014 at 6:47am —
This past Sunday was one of the best days I’ve had, I celebrated the fellowship of new friends, shared deep thoughts on food, life and the future of a wonderful atheist community I am privileged to be part of. Over an above that, I had a first date that same evening with an interesting woman I had met on a dating site. This was my first date since my last break up almost 10 months ago (depending who you ask).
I was as…
Added by EMil Wentzel on July 15, 2014 at 7:24am —
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
Added by M.M.J. Gregory on May 29, 2014 at 4:49pm —
Any of us brought up unwillingly in a religious environment has always had to square our contempt for the church with its 'good works.' Doesn't this redeem its bad works, and don't these good works offset the ridiculous but well intentioned mythology? Since this is a decidedly and demonstrably positive characteristic of religion, shouldn't atheists recognize this positive aspect of religion?
I utterly disagree, and I'll share my argument with the first respondent to this… Continue
Added by Andy Hoke on March 16, 2014 at 3:13pm —
This recent quote by former House Majority Leader Tom Delay shocked me. “I think we got off the track when we allowed our government to become a secular government,” DeLay told host Matthew Hagee, the executive pastor of the Texas Cornerstone Church. “[W]e stopped realizing that God created this nation, that he wrote the Constitution,… Continue
Added by Duane Smith on March 15, 2014 at 12:56pm —
My interest in Richard Dawkins has long been kind of on-again, off-again. Don't get me wrong, I think he's brilliant, and most of his ideas about religion and its value (or lack thereof) are quite sensible. However, he sometimes strikes me as a bit naive about religion, at least as it is practiced by many people in everyday life. In other words, in interviews I've seen, he adopts an attitude of being completely unable to understand how any sensible person can believe in a god, any more… Continue
Added by A. T. Heist on February 12, 2014 at 12:35pm —
John Zande wrote a fantastic post about why atheists care about religion. In it, he addressed the idea that a comfortable lie should take precedence over potentially uncomfortable truths. I've written… Continue
Added by M.M.J. Gregory on December 6, 2013 at 4:00pm —
Certainty is born of our best traits and sustained by the worst. Curiosity and wonder are the building blocks of all knowledge. When we learn about our world, our lives are enriched and the worth of our existence grows exponentially. We find meaning in the madness and it makes life worth living.
The mere… Continue
Added by M.M.J. Gregory on October 26, 2013 at 4:00pm —
If you’re anything like me you get excited about new possibilities and technologies, and your imagination gets very stimulated by thinking of future advances. This issue does just that for your braindbuds: we’ve created an homage to Brave New World with articles on operant conditioning, sleep-learning, reproductive technology and psychological manipulation. We’ve also got some great new scientific developments that are coming to fruition now or in the near future of 2014: Memristor… Continue
Added by CelestialTeapot on October 10, 2013 at 1:57pm —
Interesting article. And (spoiler alert!) I suspect a lot of parents can empathize with what she says toward the end about Santa Claus.
Added by A. T. Heist on September 18, 2013 at 10:23am —
If you've read my earlier blog posts, you know that I don't believe in god, but one of my current jobs is directing music at a small Methodist church. It's so interesting just how your perspective on a church service changes once you remove belief in god: things that previously seemed quite ordinary now seem absolutely ludicrous. I mean, there are the obvious things: the Lord's Prayer, prayer in general, the scripture readings (yesterday, no joke, we actually read aloud Psalm 14, which… Continue
Added by A. T. Heist on September 16, 2013 at 11:15am —
Just finished reading this excellent article: http://churchandstate.org.uk/2012/04/the-top-10-reasons-i-dont-believe-in-god/. It summarizes the points so well, I thought it was worth sharing. Enjoy!
Added by A. T. Heist on September 12, 2013 at 9:55am —
I am going to die. There have been times in my life when this fact scared me. Two unknown details of my demise still have the power to worry my weary mind: when and how. I don't want to die young, before my children have grown and blossomed. I wouldn't prefer a painful death. Other than that, the certainty of my finality no longer fills me with introspective angst.
Most humans are brought up with… Continue
Added by M.M.J. Gregory on July 18, 2013 at 4:30pm —
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."
The truly… Continue
Added by M.M.J. Gregory on June 13, 2013 at 4:30pm —
There is a lot that I don't agree with Sam Harris on. I have always loved his 'atheism is not a philosophy' quote though. He wrote it in Letter to a Christian Nation. I have met quite a few atheists and I certainly don't agree with them on everything. Hell, Irish and I don't even share the same exact…
Added by M.M.J. Gregory on June 10, 2013 at 4:30pm —
Join us again for another live Ardent Atheist at OUR NEW TIME 7:30pm PST!!
Watch and listen at:
The following folks will be in the studio:
Dj Grothe -… Continue
Added by Heather Henderson on May 29, 2013 at 5:26pm —
Press Release: Atheists to Unveil Florida Courthouse Monument
Posted on: May 29, 2013
Stone Bench Featuring Secular Quotes Will Sit Beside Religious Tribute
Cranford, NJ—Following a settlement with Bradford County, Florida, American Atheists will unveil a new monument in front of the Bradford County Courthouse: a 1,500-pound granite bench engraved with quotations from Thomas Jefferson,… Continue
Added by Rob Klaers on May 29, 2013 at 2:11pm —
This is my last report regarding Continue
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…
Added by Rick Yost on May 29, 2013 at 12:32pm —
As a child, it was as if I'd been shoved into a huge cathedral packed wall-to-wall with billions of people, and everybody was wearing a hat. Up on my tip-toes, straining to look out over the heads of the crowd, I saw a massive turbulent sea of hats of all shapes and colors. Although the hats themselves were quite vivid, everyone's face was blurred. Continue
Everyone in the crowd was proclaiming their hat to be the best hat to…
Added by Rick Yost on May 28, 2013 at 12:57am —
A more current piece on/from Ken Hamm, directly from AiG.. should be good for a laugh.
by Ken Ham and Mark Looy, AiG–U.S.
April 30, 2013
Christian education is under attack in America as never before. Yesterday on this website, we … Continue
Added by Rob Klaers on April 30, 2013 at 10:15pm —