I set aside an hour and a half and watched the Thunderf00t/Ray Comfort discussion, and it got me thinking about the relationship between magic and miracles. I've never, as an adult, believed in either magic or miracles, but for some reason, I'd never really thought about comparing and contrasting them until I saw it.
Here's my consideration of the relations between magic, miracles, gods and physics:…
Added by Paul Tourville on July 29, 2009 at 7:30am —
City Commission of Kissimmee, Florida, will vote to modify its city logo to include "In God We Trust" to voice objection to the “socialist” leadership of the country.
Commissioner Art Otero recommended this affront to the American Constitution. "This nation has been moving toward more liberal postures such as homosexuality, gay marriage, abortion and the legalization of marijuana. I'm against that way of thinking. Those are not the… Continue
Added by LaRae Meadows on July 28, 2009 at 5:54pm —
A few years back I had this friend, a very intelligent guy, very critical, who I knew at the time for a few months.
One day he turns to me and says "look, I think it's time I told about this organization I'm part of- it's called THE CENTER OF LIGHT and it's changed my life."
That for me was the beginning of the strangest period of my life to date.
This CENTER OF LIGHT, he said, was a spiritual guidance center… Continue
Added by Wassabi on July 21, 2009 at 12:30pm —
Here is the latest blog on DangerousTalk.net
. The following is an excerpt, please check out the whole blog and subscribe.
The other day, I got an e-mail from a Christian claiming that I should believe in God even though I can’t see him. After all, I can’t see the wind either and yet I surely believe in the wind, right?
Added by DangerousTalk on July 17, 2009 at 10:58am —
It is my opinion that nowhere is religion more of a danger than the Middle East. Seeing the daily manifestation of religious belief into political action never ceases to get more frightening, violent and ridiculous.
This will be my first post on religious insanity in Israel in which I will attempt to review all warring sides in the name of god.
In this post I want to focus on the Haredi Jews of Israel. This is a strain of Judaism which… Continue
Added by Wassabi on July 6, 2009 at 11:30am —
The other day my fiance came home from work and was telling me about her day. She mentioned that toward of the day a coworker (floater) and herself were were talking and religion was alluded to slightly. That's when this conversation occurred...
Coworker: So, what would I need to do to get you back on our side? (Christian) You already know the Bible really well. (Fiance helped teach Sunday school years ago)
Fiance: Well, I'm really devoted to my God and Goddess and it… Continue
Added by James on July 4, 2009 at 12:44pm —
My pun muscles are letting me down if that's the best I can come up with. The New Humanist's "Zeal or no Zeal?"
is perfect, and there must be other religion/game-show wordplay possibilities out there. I'll keep trying.
The point is, people in Turkey are going to be trying to convert some atheists on a TV panel show, by the clever application of flawless logic and the careful presentation of substantial evidence… Continue
Added by Cubik's Rube on July 3, 2009 at 6:36pm —
I apologize if this blog is scatter-brained. My mind is racing and I am still seething from class this evening.
I started my Biology of Human Sexuality class last Wednesday. Right off the bat I wasn't a fan of my professor. She doesn't seem to know the material. She answers questions like a politician, she simply skates around the initial question and gives back a bunch of BS. When explaining a process...she literally ends it in "blah blah blah". I find this irritating in a normal… Continue
Added by Theresa on June 29, 2009 at 11:25pm —
This, and so much more, was also posted over at my blog, Cubik's Rube
Let's own up to a dark and terrible truth.
We atheists all know that we have just as much faith in unproven superstitions as the religious people we so gleefully despise. I mean, secretly, we're all well aware that our beloved "science" is just another way of seeing the world, dependent on at least as much blind belief as, say, fundamentalist… Continue
Added by Cubik's Rube on June 28, 2009 at 1:47pm —
Cross-posted over at my blog, Cubik's Rube
This isn't an argument I've seen put forward anywhere before, so it's possble I'm having one of my more original moments here. I've written before about the idea that only a god, or an eternal afterlife, or something of that ilk, can give life any meaning or purpose, and why I think it's bollocks
. But here's a way of… Continue
Added by Cubik's Rube on June 21, 2009 at 4:00pm —
I purchased "The god delusion" maybe 2 years ago and read it and fell in love with it. Its funny, and I enjoy Dawkins writing style.
But My favourite part of the book is where he quotes Gaskings reconstructed "proof of goods non existence" by W. Grey:
1.The creation of the world is the most marvelous achievement imaginable.
2.The merit of an achievement is the product of (a) its intrinsic quality, and (b) the ability of its creator.
3.The greater the disability,… Continue
Added by fixedentropy on June 13, 2009 at 11:00pm —
I have to say i have asked christians on what evidence they have that god exists and none of them can give me any factual avidence on the existence of their own beliefs, so why believe in them in the first place?
Also i just posted a video on the main page called changing the oil with jesus, it realy got me in stitches
If any of you have facebook then join my atheist group called... 100,000 atheist face bookers against religious nut cases
just copy and paste… Continue
Added by Shermon Burgess on June 6, 2009 at 11:32pm —
I went to a place called the AOG (Assembly Of God) it was here that i thought i would give religion a try
however i had everyone coming up to me with this big hollywood type smile, old ladies hugging me young guys shaking my hand etc.
The preaching started and certain verses like you can be saved were spoken to which the pastor would look right at me when saying those certain types of verses, then the collection plate came around and people were flipping money in it all over the… Continue
Added by Shermon Burgess on May 31, 2009 at 11:56pm —
Hey everyone i just joined up, someone on my atheist facebook group told me about this site, i gotta say it's a really good site, hope all who are here will join my group on facebook... 100,000 atheist face bookers against religious nut cases
just copy and paste it into your group search.
Added by Shermon Burgess on May 30, 2009 at 10:32pm —
The pun in the title is intended. It is obvious to every well-read person that the concept of god is man-made. No hocus-pocus, no revelation, and no god. It is said that God created humankind after his image, but it is more likely that humankind created God after its image.
There is an interesting curve of the mentioned concept and I shall present it through the great philosophers in two millennia of dealing with God.
Ancient Greeks tried to explain the natural phenomena… Continue
Added by Alex on May 29, 2009 at 11:16am —
Here's something that's annoyed me for a while. It came up again in a couple of places in quick succession lately - once in an episode of Bones, I forget the other - so I thought it was about time to try explaining what exactly it is that pisses me off so much.
It's about the assertion that life, or fate, or God, or whatever, "never gives us more than we can handle".
I think it's a phrase that's supposed to be comforting to someone going through hard times, to reassure… Continue
Added by Cubik's Rube on May 20, 2009 at 5:34pm —
I re-enlisted this past Thursday (14May2009). I have been in the military for over 6 yrs now, so I know I had to have said the words before....I guess I didn't pay that much attention to the entire oath previously. Now it has just been eating away at me!! Everything was fine until the very last sentence "So help me God". I cringed at the thought of saying this, however, I was on a stage in front of my entire battery and chain-of-command. I paused briefly, glanced at my husband, and uttered the… Continue
Added by mrs kelligurl on May 16, 2009 at 2:30pm —
One of the biggest questions we atheists usually have about religion, and Christianity specifically is "If your god is a benevolent god, why does he let us commit terrible acts, acts that many Christians would call 'evil'?"
Their answer is usually that "God gave us free will" and that it is our fault for choosing to sin (such as Adam and Eve eating the apple). I think this is a cop out answer, as most things like free will and justice are human constructs, concepts that work in our… Continue
Added by Adam Houten on May 3, 2009 at 6:28am —
I suppose I've never really written about this before, because it seems like too obvious a point to need addressing. But people do keep making these same tired old arguments
, displaying a very tedious lack of imagination or intellectual curiosity.
Read the full article here
, on my blog
Added by Cubik's Rube on April 26, 2009 at 4:06pm —
Jesus taught us not to keep treasure on Earth, but to keep it in Heaven. This is indeed what I have done for many, many years. I hope the treasure kept in Heaven is compounding at a marvelous rate of return.
Please God, let me withdraw the dividends to pay for all the bills. As you know, living without any earthly treasure is very difficult at the moment. Do transfer the dividends to my earthly bank account as soon as possible, and as much as… Continue
Added by Jin-oh Choi on April 18, 2009 at 8:30am —