Three of the major religions formed out of the early Israelite religion, this religion was essentially a precursor for Judaism, Islam and Christianity.
The original scriptures of the Israelite religion were written between 900 – 100 BC. Not all of these had a directly religious origin, but were given religious significance by being collected together into a single compilation.
It was around 1200 BC that a number of tribes of diverse origin inhabited the hills… Continue
Added by Andrew Carrington on October 1, 2011 at 4:58am —
The other day I wrote a post for a relatively new blog/magazine called hackeryblog, here in the UK. (http://hackeryblog.wordpress.com/2011/09/19/should-religion-inform-public-morality/) I'd be very interested in getting the ThinkAtheist community's feedback on it, and on the response offered by another hackeryblog author (… Continue
Added by Jon on September 21, 2011 at 8:41am —
Previously, I discussed the idea that we can now definitively show that there was no single couple from which all of humanity descended, and discussed a few points made by ProfMTH, namely that Paul references Adam in same way he references Jesus. To me, this seemed a clear and inescapable contradiction to a foundational principle of Christianity, since Paul is obviously wrong in referencing Adam. Now this assertion faced… Continue
Added by HonestDiscussioner on September 6, 2011 at 2:13pm —
Republican presidential wannabe Rick Perry has no regard for science, alleging that man-made global warming is a hoax, and that creationism ought to be taught in classrooms. Here are some of his Godly ravings. Let them be a warning. And what does it say about the US political system that things get so bad that (nearly) every Republican front runner has to be a moron and that the Republicans aren't political pariahs despite this? Amongst the Republican candidates the only ones that believe in… Continue
Added by Luke Scientiae on August 19, 2011 at 4:30am —
(If you want to suggest things maybe I should say to this girl after reading the whole long conversation so far, let me know. I'd be grateful for any suggestions.)
The girl (I'm assuming a girl, because she found me through this new video of mine:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwPriEMP_1Y and vidding: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vidding and watching said… Continue
Added by luvtheheaven on August 17, 2011 at 1:17pm —
I'm getting ready to "come out" to my family and church. I've written a letter to send to the church or any family member in the event that I cannot personally talk with them for fear of my own safety. I intend to go about this in the least dramatic way possible, and only use this letter if I have to. If there is any drama, it will be caused by the church or by my family- not by me. I played a very active role in the church (I'm their best worship leader, they keep saying), so I expect some… Continue
Added by Bryan Casey on August 11, 2011 at 12:02am —
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
Added by Brian Bridson on August 6, 2011 at 5:00pm —
The Bible itself clearly states that the Earth is flat. But Christians will deny this. I have debated many Christians on this topic and nearly Everytime they have came back with the same response. It's a quote from the Bible . . Isaiah 40:22
'' He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live in ''
The main word in the quote is circle but… Continue
Added by OpenYourMind on July 9, 2011 at 1:12pm —
**Update** Well ladies and gents, I have some pretty interesting news. The y.pastor hasn't even read the book yet. He was hoping that we would all read it at the same time & then discuss it. (It really silly to recommend a "good book" without actually reading it first-though, this is what they do with their Bible every day) He has also stated that his goal is not to convert me but to have an open discussion and that he does have questions for me (I'm assuming "how do you believe life got… Continue
Added by Scarlette Blues on July 8, 2011 at 9:00am —
Here is an article talking about some vines that grew on an utility pole. Apparently it looks like Jesus!
Wait, I think I see...nope, never mind. Damn.
Added by Merlin Mercer on June 30, 2011 at 6:53pm —
The original full version of this essay is located here:
Why I'm an American Atheist…
Added by Justin on June 17, 2011 at 1:30pm —
The American Family Association [AFA] has called for all the good Christians to boycott Home Depot for their "financial and corporate support to open displays of homosexual activism on main streets." This radical Christian group is 'asking' the company to remain neutral in the "culture war" between homosexuals and the religious. First of all, culture war? Why does everything that comes out of a right-wingers mouth… Continue
Added by Scarlette Blues on June 4, 2011 at 8:30am —
Originally posted @ Atheist Dave on 21 April, 2011
May 21st of this year is thought by quite a few religious crazies (sometimes ad hominem attacks really are all they deserve)… Continue
Added by A. Dave on May 21, 2011 at 10:30am —
This is more just for me, but I was filling out my profile and explaining what my catalyst for question religion was so here it goes. It's nothing extensive but it's something that I've been meaning to write down for years but never go to. I hope to eventually expand upon this but due a falling out with that side of that family I am pretty devoid of further information other than my memories.
At the age of eight my Uncle then aged 24 was diagnosed with cancer. He wasn't just… Continue
Added by Daniel on May 18, 2011 at 3:00pm —
As an opener I'd like to state that my worldview has absolutely nothing to do with my atheism. I like to think that were I a theist I would still hold life, the universe, and everything in exactly the same regards. This post is not intended to answer any questions about nor explain my view on theism. Correlation does not imply causation. That being said, let us proceed.
Where did we… Continue
Added by A. Dave on May 1, 2011 at 11:42am —
Sure, fine, I give in. I hate re-posting from my livejournal, because it seems redundant when someone can just go directly to the livejournal, but since posting my livejournal link as a blog post is bad and posting this (what I've written below) isn't considered a forum post, I have been given no choice. -.-
For me, a religious feminist is an oxymoron. Christianity, Islam, and Judaism are one in the same. Of all the people who should be, at the very least, against organized… Continue
Added by Rose on April 17, 2011 at 7:23pm —
I'm circumcised, and always thought it was for hygienic reasons (more than the religious ones). Hearing this story makes me really stifle an urge to cry. I shot a sketch yesterday where we make fun of a guy decapitating a dog and we thought we might be called sick. Then someone goes and does something like this for real. So sad.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP)… Continue
Added by Ryan E. Hoffman on April 13, 2011 at 5:58pm —
"I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars..."
- Og Mandino
I try my best to conclude what drives a person's faith. The abstruseness of the universe -- its complexity and incomprehension -- seems to be a channeling element of the ignorance (and fear) that stops a person from looking up. I'll never come to a defining explanation, because the…
Added by Gaetano on April 11, 2011 at 12:45am —
Recent discussions have been had on how conservatives are a minority when it comes to "freethinking" sites. You think so? Continue
I wonder why thinking people reject conservative propaganda. I mean, if it's a rational position wouldn't we all climb on board? We have a christian political movement waging war on the middle class, on the poor, on science, on the educated, on education, on worker's rights, on women's rights; does anyone really think this resonates with the freethinking…
Added by Hey Zeus on March 28, 2011 at 5:04pm —
Growing up I never had the same longing for a higher power. I was forced by my parents to follow a particular religious rituals and they would bore me. I would go through the motions of doing the religious rituals. In my late teenage years in the college when I ran through the tough times I found solace in praying for higher power. It was very comforting to pray for a higher power and have all my trouble transfered, one who would help me get through the college and… Continue
Added by atheistrising on March 21, 2011 at 12:32am —