I've been an atheist less than a year, and I have to say that it has been one of the loneliest of my life. Even surrounded by people, I have never felt more intellectually alone. The closest thing that I have to spirituality is an awed feeling of the universe, its beauty, and our place in it. But yet I'm not surrounded by anyone that I can physically see or touch to share that feeling of awe with, without invoking a god that I do not believe exists. There is no way that I can, or would, go…Continue
I'm.. Not good with introductions, but.. Here it is anyway, I'm Steven and I'm 18.. I've been an Atheist or at least doubtful of the existence of a god/gods since I was 14-15 years old, maybe even younger.. I've always loved science, and get a tingle inside when I look at the universe around us (and within us). I may be a slight hippy.. And "peace" is something I actually believe in, perhaps I'm being naive though. I should stop before this turns into a rambling…Continue
We are now accepting stories for a groundbreaking book for atheists. A Time to Come Out: Revealing Non-Belief in a Theistic World is slated for nationwide release in Spring 2012.
Hiding a part of your life from your family, friends, and colleagues is…Continue
The Great King
A boy of nearly six lay weeping on the side of the road. His father, face down in the mud beside him, had just been slain. He was unable to pay the taxes required by the local governor. He pleaded with the collectors to spare his life, as he had no money with which to pay them. This was not their concern. The man was killed; the debt passed to his son.
A woman who witnessed the event came to comfort the boy. “I know this is hard…Continue
Added by Michael Gage on October 9, 2011 at 10:52am — No Comments
This is not a happy story, but it is one that needs to be told.
I was raised in the RLDS church. It's basically a 'lite' version of Mormonism. Wikipedia has it under the Community of Christ. Basically, it's Protestantism with the Book of Mormon included. Anyways.
As a child, I believed that I would go to hell for masturbating, for lying, for thinking negatively about my parents, for hitting my brother. Everything was secretly a trap from the devil, trying to…Continue
I've had a relatively good life. I was never abused, impoverished or homeless. I was born with loving parents, who raised me in a Baptist household. They were missionaries for years and I was a child, impressionable and naive. I was raised on a diet of the usual well-minded christian brainwashing. But my story only becomes applicable 2009.
Till I was 15, I coasted. Sure I prayed occasionally, went to church with my parents, believed in Jesus as the lord and all that, but I…Continue
When I joined ThinkAtheist (I think it was a bit over a year ago) I was ecstatic to find a site which gathers people around a common topic - their atheism. However, I have come to be a bit disappointed on some little things - namely, the off-topics and the way of dismissing conservative opinions.
I've seen great discussions about the existence of God, and/or religion (which I believe should be the core of the site); but I've also seen several people…Continue
Over a month ago, I was asked by a friend who is also a youth pastor to read “I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist.” After some digging, it seems the YP wants to have an open discussion and listen to my opinion regarding the book. Hopefully, these are his true intentions.
With that in mind, I saw this as an opportunity to refresh my knowledge in apologetics and to show that atheists…Continue
As some of you may know, a friend of a friend asked me to read "I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist" by Frank Turek. [Click here for the original post] The plan was to read the first seven chapters and we would then get together for a 'discussion'. I did that, as agreed. However, I didn't just read the book...I completely tore it apart...Word for Word...Accusation after…Continue
I was thinking about all the little prayers that religious families recite throughout the day, such as: "Praise the Lord!", "god is watching", "bless you" & etc. and how they offer comfort to each other. And, I realized that my family of ardent atheists, does pretty much the same. But we don't acknowledge some deity. Our prayer, nevertheless, is uttered to comfort each other in tough times, it's uttered when we're laughing, we say it when we're scared, and most times we just say it…Continue
Added by Coffeecool Arondean on August 13, 2011 at 1:08pm — No Comments
I think that it's important that we support young atheists who have found a voice on Youtube. For many of them, it's the first time they've found the courage to speak out publicly.
Their fledgling channels only rarely show up in searches, which translates to few views, which can be discouraging. I thought it would be a good idea to help them along as many of them are "coming out" for the first time.
My suggestion: …Continue
Good afternoon everyone! I hope you’re all having a great day. Despite a rather shaky start to the day, everything is now going well and I just read a great article inThe Vancouver Sun, titled …Continue
A young woman teacher explains to her class of third graders that she is a born-again Christian. She asks the class if any of them are born-again Christians too.
Not really knowing what it means to be born-again, but wanting to please and impress their teacher, many little hands suddenly shot up into the air. There was, however, one exception. A girl named Sarah had not gone along with the crowd. The teacher asked her why she has decided to be different.
"Because I'm not a…Continue
I am an atheist. Let me be clear. I don’t believe in any gods or goddesses. I don’t believe in ghosts or ESP. I don’t believe in anything you might associate with the supernatural. Period.
Yet, there is a move often made by theists. It goes a little something like this:
Theist: Can you prove that (my) God does not exist?
Atheist: Not absolutely, no.
Theist: Then you should really call yourself an agnostic.
Many of us then go into…Continue
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On this episode, I talk about a very divisive topic: moral objectivity. Religious people generally assume that since atheists do not use a holy book to define their morals for them, they assume atheists don’t have morals. If religious people would pick up a biology book and read about the brain, they might know that they are wrong.
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Added by Sean Fraser on July 28, 2011 at 12:30am — No Comments