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
Recently... Well not exactly recently. For quite a while now I have this odd experience from time to time. I just came across this site today and it seemed like the best place to ask. It's not the kind of thing that's easy to google. I call it the Twilight Zone Phenomenon due to it's resemblance to an episode of the aforementioned show.
So here's the setup. I'll be going about my business. Perhaps walking to or from classes on campus. When quite out of no where I am…Continue
Josh McDowell, who some may recognize from his apologetics, (Evidence That Demands a Verdict, or More Than a Carpenter?) says that the internet is the greatest threat to Christians and their faith. It is a great little article that I can…
Added by Dan on July 26, 2011 at 8:39am — No Comments
I have recently been running into people and they ask me what my religion is. I tell them I am a card carrying atheist and most just leave it at that. Today I was reading some rage comics and one sparked my imagination. It involved some girl sitting down and talking about her religion without the guy asking about it. I thought about how I would reply and the card carrying atheist thought popped into my head then the idea of taking it literally. So in the interest of that thought I came up…Continue
“A belief which leaves no place for doubt is not a belief; it is a superstition.” ~José BergamínMany people mistakenly believe that dictionary definitions tell us what words mean. But it’s the other way around. We, by our actual usage of words, tell dictionary lexicographers how to define words. English is a fluid language, constantly changing. Definitions come from us, not dictionaries.
I consider myself a Humanist. Atheism makes reference to what I lack belief in while Humanism makes reference to what I do believe. As a Humanist I believe in that which is beneficial to the quality of life of humans.
I’m somewhat new to Think Atheist and would like to know:
As an atheist, what are the things that you do believe in?
Added by Victoria on July 10, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments
On this 3H, I discuss giving religion respect. I was inspired to cover this topic by a discussion on Facebook with a friend of mine who accused me of being wrong because I don’t respect religion. I hunted and found an article (found here) that explained why ecumenical religious people…Continue
Added by Sean Fraser on July 10, 2011 at 6:13am — No Comments
Near the end of the first act of Kander and Ebb’s musical “Cabaret”, the character Herr Schultz observes, “How the world can change, it can change like that, due to one little word: ‘Married.’” Just a little over two weeks ago, on June 24, 2011, it seemed as if the world had changed “like that.” The State of New York extended the legal right to marry to same-sex couples—something it had declined to…Continue
Added by ProfMTH on July 10, 2011 at 6:00am — No Comments
In my case, not a bar but a park. I do a lot of mountain biking and in between laps is a rest area. Yesterday 2 men were sitting there for over 2 hours talking about how they KNEW they were going to heaven. I didn't listen to the whole conversation. Only the bits and pieces I was able to…Continue
I am attacked regularly for the supposed oxymoron in the name @Moral_Atheist. The claims are often like the following all from this last weekend.
there IS NO logical basis for morals in an evolutionist-atheist viewpoint. Nature takes it's course, no?
& Moral Atheist IS AN OXYMORON