There's one thing I can never understand, and it's the perceived dichotomy between the "all-loving God" and the "vengeful God". Apparently God is to be feared, because he is all-powerful and could exact all sorts of damages upon us and our souls if he so chose to. But on the other hand he loves us with a more pure and generous love than anything else can offer. It doesn't sound like a very nice relationship to enter into willingly.
This month, Outreach Media have gone with this… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on July 4, 2011 at 11:07pm —
Money. Relationship-splintering, friendship-rending, a societal construct of sorts, that, for better or worse, is probably here to stay. No one ever has enough of it, but in the end, when the lights go down and you make your peace with everyone important to you, you can't take it with you.
I bet it would make a good fire-starter, though.
Added by Marcus Orlyus on June 9, 2011 at 6:04pm —
Wow. This is crazy. This is shit my grandmother had to face. Are we devolving? Is this what Iran looked like before the revolution?
Added by Misty: Baytheist Living! on June 4, 2011 at 1:30pm —
This blog post stems from a reply I made to a T|A discussion about death. Continue
The prospect of death doesn't worry me. But the prospect of physical suffering and pain certainly does. When I die, I just hope it's as painless as possible. The brevity of life doesn't bother me either. It's nature's way of telling me to enjoy myself or achieve something or help somebody in need.
The way I see it, it took hundreds of millions of years before the first stars died; coughing up…
Added by Atheist Exile on June 4, 2011 at 6:30am —
Added by Emmy Ellison on June 3, 2011 at 11:03am —
My wife, like me, is an atheist (thank god!). When her dad was dying the last thing he asked her was to accept jesus and go back to church. She told him she couldn't do that (my wife is a stickler for the truth). My reaction was to say: you should have just agreed, it would have pleased him, comforted him, made him happy, and done no harm, since when he was dead he'd never know anyway. She said that if she had done that she'd feel guilty, and would feel compelled to at least try, though… Continue
Added by Doug Reardon on May 4, 2011 at 9:59pm —
I've been soaking up every interview and article about Hitch ever since he announced his grave state of health.Let me be frank here. I have, ever since I was a little boy, had a terrible fear of death.It has been my biggest struggle ever since I left the faith of… Continue
Added by Daniel Van Nice on April 30, 2011 at 6:05am —
We all know the story of Jesus and his resurrection. Woo Hoo! It's a miracle! Well, it would have to be. And not just that he rose, but that other biological processes didn't happen. So let's talk about death and what happens from the moment of death. Fair warning, this won't be pretty.
At the nearly the moment of death, Flies are attracted to your body. Shortly after death they will lay eggs in the openings of the body so that their larva can feed on the body tissues. Fly… Continue
Added by Gaytor on April 25, 2011 at 2:30pm —
I'm writing this post after overhearing a conversation between two psychologists on the train today. They were talking about how frustrated they are with the Israeli justice system, with its extremely lax penalties towards sex offenders.
the story one of them told was about a patient of her's - a girl, raped by her father from the age of 4 to 17. Since she was 12, the dad used to bring friends over, and gang rape her. she was afraid to testefy, but when a friend found out… Continue
Added by Wassabi on April 22, 2011 at 8:36am —
A few weeks ago my father passed away. Like me he was an Atheist. Like me he had been one since he was a young man. I was six when I “became” one, or rather realized, like with Santa, the Easter Bunny,
ghosts and all, it was all made up.
So in keeping with my father’s wishes we had a non-religious funeral. I gave the eulogy. I spoke about his life. What he had… Continue
Added by Rick on March 4, 2011 at 5:10pm —
Title maybe misleading like everything else I always write because my English is not so god. My vocabulary is excellent but the way I use it is problematic. In this blog I will not talk about life after death.
Now, on to the topic.
I've been watching Real Time with Bill Maher's episode with Seth MacFarlane because I'm a big fan and I watch everything with him in it. But at the beginning of the episode (the episode in question is 2010 09 24)… Continue
Added by Gregor Basić on February 13, 2011 at 8:59pm —
- Death is not natural
- Death is the punishment for sins and everybody sins
- Einstein wasn't Christian but he said something about God doesn't do random things, and that is relevant for some reason.
- The laws of thermodynamics prove that only God can create new matter or energy.
- My dead grandmother would not tell us to worry about taxes or vacations.
- My dead grandmother would not tell us to worry about retirement, she would tell us she has met…
Added by Samuel H. Kenyon on November 27, 2010 at 8:49pm —
Since the fear of death is the most primal fear that humans have, I have always thought that the major impetus for believing in Christianity and Islam, is that it helps to mollify this fear. If you have ever been in, or seen someone in, a full phobia induced panic attack, you know that reason and logic are worthless in alleviating that panic. May not, this explain the intractability of belief in the afterlife? Being an atheist I know that death is oblivion, and since I will not know anything… Continue
Added by Doug Reardon on October 23, 2010 at 3:06pm —
This is a fiction story I wrote that was originally featured on my fiction blog, http://pumpingkeys.blogspot.com, which features a new fiction story daily. Enjoy.
The painting of Jesus on a square eight by ten by half inch piece of ply wood looking out into the distance, with his hair in the wind, and love on his face; the only one he had ever seen where Jesus was portrayed as a real man, not like… Continue
Added by Ryan E. Hoffman on October 2, 2010 at 7:00pm —
"After sleeping through a hundred million centuries, we have finally opened our eyes on a sumptuous planet, sparkling with
color, bountiful with life. Within decades, we must close our eyes
again." - Richard Dawkins
Since I've entered the atheist blogosphere, I've come across a number of posts… Continue
Added by Raithie on September 19, 2010 at 1:10pm —
from Atheist Climber Blog
What happens when we die? Well I've thought over this one a few times and the conclusion is always the same. I am not afraid of the conclusion I reach.
Don't worry, I'm not dying any time soon. What made me want to write about this was a FaceBook comment left for… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on August 9, 2010 at 10:41pm —
My grandmother, bless her tiny, uneducated, bigoted, soul, once told me that the most terrible (pronounced ter
- ible) thing she ever saw was the death of an atheist. My grandparents had a friend who was an atheist. When he was dying, in the hospital, they went and spent his last hours on earth, trying to save his soul from damnation in hell. They prayed, admonished, begged, pleaded, and cajoled him to accept Jesus Christ as his savior and lord. And I have always thought about this poor… Continue
Added by Doug Reardon on June 23, 2010 at 11:57pm —
Way back in the early 1900's when I worked on an ambulance as an EMT and was a newbee we delivered a Premie with very underdeveloped lungs. Kid was breathing but not to well. We hitem with some 0's and ran calling in a standby at the hosp. We get to the hospital hand off and report to the Nurse and leave. 15 minutes later we come back in to check on the Kid. The curtain is drawn. Maybe the kid bought it? I open the curtain and the baby is having agonal respirations with deep retractions and… Continue
Added by Nurse Reality on May 19, 2010 at 2:30am —
The death penalty is a brutal hangover from primitive legal systems and has no place in modern society. The United States stands alone among the world’s democracies in its use of capital punishment. This form of punishment has no place in a nation founded upon reason, justice, and liberty. Reason dictates that the death penalty can only further incite violence in this culture as legal authority condones retributive killing. Justice sees nothing valuable in a punishment… Continue
Added by Shine on March 1, 2010 at 9:00pm —
The human brain is a fantastic piece of hardware that can run countless calculations at once and analyze both short and long term situations and consequences. An interesting theory was posed in my elective philosophy class (before winter break) about the very nature on understanding death. My professor told us that it is impossible for the human mind to mentally comprehend "death" because death itself is the absence of consciousness, the absence of calculated thought processes that form what we… Continue
Added by Filippo on December 27, 2009 at 11:48pm —