Understanding freedom has only come through the sum total of my entire life of learning crossed by meditation in which I can focus on a single idea and explore it from all sides.
I first learned of freedom through patriotic songs, but I didn’t understand it; I had only taken the first step.
I first declared atheism during my twelfth year of life which freed me from the god concept, but I still didn’t know freedom; I…Continue
Just over a year ago, I managed to get a new church music job: it pays better (and I've gotten two raises in the past year); the people I work with are very cool; my kids and wife love it there, and truthfully, I love it there. There's just one thing I realized today: in my heart of hearts, I don't actually believe in God. I pray out loud with my choir every week, I participate in Sunday School and talk about the Bible with other Christians, I often pay a lot of lip service to God. It's part…Continue
I dealt with different people with different points of views and different ideologies. When it comes to the atheists..They are exceptionally smart! I thought about the reason for so long..Until i found my own answer. As an atheist myself.. I am not considered a smart guy at all Lol but being an atheist is not an easy thing. Most of us ended up being atheists after reading about different religions and comparing these religions with other religions. As well as comparing all these…Continue
As I've said in a previous blog post, I have yet to come out to my parents as atheist. That being said, that setting on Facebook has been set to "Atheist" from "Christian" for quite a while. Of course, the change is hidden from my family lists, but it's visible to everyone else. Now, this is not going to be a post about my feeling entitled for personal catering when it comes to what I see on my Wall or anything, but sometimes, things just get a bit frustrating.
I still have several…Continue
Forever cursed is how I see organised religion. I call them corrupt or forever cursed, because that is exactly how I see them. They (the institutions) try to make amends by seeming to have mended their ways; but then somehow go back to their roots. Then you see them for what the really are, they…Continue
I grew up within Catholicism since the age of 6years during the 70's, my parents were not practicing religious folk, they were freethinking in all respects. Like all good parents they wanted to send me to the…Continue
For anyone who hasn't read my blog posts, I am still a "closet atheist": I don't publicly identify as an atheist, and in fact, part of my income comes from church music. I am Director of Music at a small Methodist church in Nashville, TN. That's right...the buckle of the Bible belt! I honestly can't see myself admitting my atheism to anyone in the near future, as my family's harmony and financial security rely partly on my keeping my church job.
Being honest with myself, however, I…Continue
I didn't join this site to take other people's words out of my mouth.
I attempted to emphasize the importance of love amid the current trend of legalized gay marriage. I'm not anonymous, so anyone can go to Facebook to verify my support of my gay friends' new marriage intentions.
Marriage is a much older religious institution than a governmental one, and marriage is younger than love. Tell me ThinkAtheist, does law matter more than love?
American Atheists will be launching a TV channel in July that will be a 7 day a week/24 hour format:
This is a long overdue event that hopefully will help further the exposure to the atheist cause in America. It is my sincerest hope that they do well.
Added by EMil Wentzel on March 9, 2014 at 1:15pm — No Comments
In This Episode: (Warning! Potentially Offensive Content! As usual.)
Added by Facts Before Faith on January 2, 2014 at 1:11pm — No Comments
We're an atheist podcast from Michigan. Facts Before Faith asks you to get the facts before putting your faith in ideas, institutions or individuals.
The show started out a in 2011 as a way for me to document my departure from religion. It was rather cathartic. Now I have co-hosts and…
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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
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Let me explain a few things, right off the bat:
I ran across this piece by a on a blog maintained by the order. I thought the piece was quite good, actually, and reflects my own views in many ways, and the comments the author makes both to Catholics and indirectly about atheists might be of interest to those here.
It’s not uncommon for my various social newsfeeds to look like an avalanche of news about Pope Francis; it’s an occupational hazard of (i) being a Jesuit and (ii) knowing a lot of Catholics.…Continue
Just why can’t we let some things go? Why do some things bother us more than others? Why do some things bother some people more than other people? These are things about which I deem myself to have some insight; hopefully more than some, since I’m a therapist working somewhere within the psychotherapy field.
Let’s break it down: put very simply, there are three types of recognised personalities within psychology. One is a very sensitive type, prone to traits of emotional delicateness,…Continue
Let's get something straight.
Not everyone that's perceived as a bitch is actually unhappy.
Let's get another thing straight.
I'm a bitch.
Knowing just what to say and when to say it is a talent of mine.
If the words I type piss you off, usually that was my exact intention. Thanks for playing.
Please don't mistake my mockery for misery. I'm not unhappy, in fact, I'm laughing at you right…Continue
In Oklahoma, an atheist high school student and his family face threats and intimidation from angry Christians after the young atheist had the courage to report the unconstitutional display of the Ten Commandments in his public school classrooms.
On Saturday, May 11, atheist Gage Pulliam, a Junior at Muldrow High School, explained to the Friendly Atheist why he was motivated to blow the whistle on the unconstitutional…Continue
Added by Matt Dillon on May 13, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments
one big topic that comes up in theist vs atheist debates is who does the responsibility of proof fall to?
does it fall to the creationists to prove that god DOES exist?
does it fall upon those who do believe that god does NOT exist?
AND, can you give your reason(s) why?
I personally think that it is the creationists responsibility to prove god's existance BECAUSE: throughout the entire history of science, science has only ever proven the existance of…Continue
I'm not sure how many of you have seen this before but I loved it. It gives a really compelling argument that I plan on using in my religion debates with my friends as soon as possible.
Added by Scot Kveton on April 10, 2013 at 12:45pm — No Comments