How Non-Believers Can Make the Most of Religious Services
The above post from Patheos.com got me thinking: I know most atheists probably don't care to attend church, for obvious reasons. But how many non-believers DO attend church regularly, to support a spouse or friend, for social benefits, or just because they still haven't "come out of… Continue
Added by A. T. Heist on August 26, 2016 at 9:46am —
I found a blog post from Huff Post Religion where this dude thinks that certain religious tenets could benefit atheists if we'd just open our eyes to the obvious and not be so damn stubborn and confrontational all the time. At least that's how I took it. I think that guy is an idiot. I don't think atheists need to "borrow" anything from the religious. I… Continue
Added by Trippy Eggos on March 7, 2016 at 11:22am —
I haven't called myself a true Christian for a long while. In fact, it shouldn't have been surprising to me when watching an online documentary, that I was no longer of the Christian mindset. However, I was proved wrong today.
There are YouTube sprees that begin with cute kittens and end with tear-worthy proposal videos, and then there is the internet-wide search that I underwent. I got it in my head, and I'm unsure as to how it started, but I started browsing for any literature or… Continue
Added by Michelle Varni on June 14, 2015 at 8:57pm —
What is it?
I currently view it as 1) an option for theists to consider, and 2) as a way to help mobilize separation of church and state movements.
When I first identified myself as an atheist, it was due to the "last straw" of GWB's pandering to the religious right, which I'm quite certain is what also enabled our knee-jerk invasion of Iraq; the righteous Cheney, et al kabal. Now look at the power of religion, as in ISIS! And the forced closings in some states of… Continue
Added by Pope Beanie on May 22, 2015 at 8:35pm —
'Among progressive and moderate religious believers, ecumenicalism is a big deal. For many of these believers, being respectful of religious beliefs that are different from theirs is a central guiding principle. In this view, different religions are seen as a beautifully varied tapestry of faith: each strand with its own truths, each with its own unique perspective on God and its own unique way of worshipping him. Her. It. Them. Whatever. Respecting other people's religious beliefs is a… Continue
Added by Mai on March 19, 2015 at 2:30pm —
For a moment I felt a pang of guilt. After getting into countless arguments about atheism not promoting a radical and hateful agenda there it was in black and white:
An Atheist killed 3 young Muslims over a parking spot.
What are we to do? Obviously our moral leaders should get together and condemn… Continue
Added by Carol Foley on February 11, 2015 at 6:01pm —
I'm currently in a sociology class and have chosen to do a report on Atheism and was wondering if anyone who is one and knows a ton about it could help me out?
Thank you to anyone that replies
Added by Haley Gallardo on October 9, 2014 at 1:52pm —
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 —