I am the only atheist in my family....and considered to have mental issues because of it. I may possibly burn in hell. I am okay while writing this,but it is a very hard and very tough spot to be in. Having friends and family members to fear you, because of different beliefs. I have tried to commit suicide over it. I said that to say this .....IF
I haven't called myself a true Christian for a long while. In fact, it shouldn't have been surprising to me when watching an online documentary, that I was no longer of the Christian mindset. However, I was proved wrong today.
There are YouTube sprees that begin with cute kittens and end with tear-worthy proposal videos, and then there is the internet-wide search that I underwent. I got it in my head, and I'm unsure as to how it started, but I started browsing for any literature or…Continue
One of the smartest men in the world is Chris Langan apparently, and he developed this theory and wrote a book that is now on my reading list. Anyone on ThinkAtheist ever look into this work?
(By the way, please do not join this thread to argue about who the smartest person in the world is. If you want to discuss that, please just start another discussion.)
Anyway, here's an interview with Chris:…Continue
The subtitle of this book is "How to discredit religious thought and rebuild your identity." You can find it easily on amazon. The wording of the book is very complex, but not in such a way that it was difficult for me to follow. After reading it for awhile, you realize that it has to be that way... the wording needs to be very precise, because if it's not it can be argued with.
The book doesn't leave any wiggle room. From beginning to end, there is pretty much nothing any…Continue
A very early memory of mine was the United States' Bicentennial, 1976. I remember feeling so good about this country. A few years later, another prominent memory was created - the Iranian Hostage Crisis.
I will not make a case for the US' installation of the Shah as being just. I will not make a case against Iranians wanting to pursue their own destiny with less Western influence. I will however ask you to consider and also consciously identify the concern that religious…Continue
Added by Andy Hoke on March 17, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments
If there is this white hair man in the sky that created everything and knows everything past present and future. he created the devil and set him loose to bring havoc to all the other people he created and then one day he will have a war with him and win and throw him in a lake of fire. what was the point? so he knows hes going to win why even bother? and if you love someone why do bad things to them? why do modern people believe this crap every time something bad happens "o its gods will…Continue
Added by steven rodriguez on November 2, 2013 at 1:41am — No Comments
How did it happen?
I live alone on 10 acres and I have lots of time to think and weigh out how the world got so crazy. I watch news and when I see people who are in the highest positions of power talking about "God" and how he influences their decisions my stomach churns and I go into a cold sweat. I don't know about you but to me its scary, real scary, Its to the point where I don't want to even go out of the property unless its a absolute necessity. Why are people who seem to have…Continue
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
As promised, I am posting the discussion questions and my answers to them. There are two units, the first is regarding the concept of religion. The second is regarding the concept of god. So, here ya go... enjoy! :-P
(I apologize for the formatting on discussion 9, msword doesn't transfer over here very nicely!)
Discussion 9- What is religion?
1. Explain the difference between agnosticism and atheism.
Malachi 1:1 to 4:4
1:1 The burden of being the chosen ones, as articulated by a guy named Malachi.
The Lord made something very clear. He said "I have loved you Jews thoroughly, and thoroughly hated just about everyone else." …
Vision of Zion
Zechariah 1:1 to 14:1
1:1 The words of the Lord suddenly appeared in the mind of Zechariah saying “The Lord is upset with your fathers. Don't be like your fathers.”
One night I saw a man riding on a red horse. Behind him were other riders also on red horses. That was pretty…
Added by Brad Snowder on April 7, 2013 at 12:07am — No Comments
One argument that I tackled in an earlier post was the fine tuning argument. I thought about it for a while, and I thought of one of my interests: Astronomy. I realized that there are thousands of galaxies and millions of stars and planets out there. So are we really "fine tuned"? Why us and not any one of the other millions of planets? Why haven't we found life on other planets? For those of you who do not know much about cosmology or astronomy there is a certain Goldilocks zone that a…Continue
Added by Real Life James Bond on April 2, 2013 at 12:00am — No Comments
Zerubbabel and the Temple
Haggai 1:1 to 2:23
1:1 The word of the Lord as imagined by the prophet Haggai, chief bottle washer and overpaid yes-man to The Mighty Zerubbabel, Prince of Persia, in the province of Judah (rural delivery).
2:3 Some people are saying that it is…
Day of the Lord
Zephaniah 1:1 to 3:20
1:1 The word of the Lord which dawned on Zephaniah, who was the son of somebody, who was the son of somebody, who was the son of somebody.
God says he will come and utterly eat everything. A day is coming, a bad day, a real bad day. The Lord's…
Added by Brad Snowder on March 24, 2013 at 1:39am — No Comments
Fear of God
Habakkuk 1:1 to 3:2
1:1 The burden of being Jewish from the point of view of Habakkuk.
Lord how long do I have to sit around balling my eyes out and you will not hear me crying? Even when there is massive violence you will not come save us. There is something…
Morality Without God
Ten reasons why I would argue that my lack of a belief in a punishing God makes me a more moral person than someone who is religious. My moral choices aren’t made out of fear of eternal punishment. Just as I don’t have a reason to have “good” morals, I don’t have an excuse for bad ones, either.
1.) I don’t have a…Continue