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 —
My past lives in my hometown. And the past is...
ignorant. humble. high. toilsome. joy. sorrow. purpose. embarrassing. prophetic. beautiful. raw. aching. sound. shameful. misled. honor. lonely. dead.
Devastating. Shameful disgrace. Leaving the love of my life! I grieve the loss of my Christ, my everything.
And it took all the courage in the world.
I'm disappointing the people I love the most and I'm learning to be okay with it. From being pushed away, I'm… Continue
Added by Laure304 on January 22, 2014 at 3:57pm —
6 liters of 100% pure cranberry juice and an entire pack of Cystex later, I'm still pissing blood.
It's been four days.
I'm not going to be seeing a doctor anytime soon because .... 'Ermerica!
But that's beside the point.
Generally when I'm on my own for healthcare, I order aquarium antibiotics online. They go through more purity testing than the livestock stuff I have for my homestead. I can't wait another three days for them to… Continue
Added by Misty: Baytheist Living! on May 23, 2013 at 4:03pm —
My separation from Christendom is relatively recent. At least, the more public end of it. I've entertained the idea of letting myself accept I no longer believed in any of the gods described by humans in any religion at any time in history for quite some time. I can't discount there could be some god or another somewhere out there. But I really doubt it.
The reaction to my rejection of religion has been about what I expected. It all came straight back to Hell. I am no stranger to… Continue
Added by Rachel on May 24, 2012 at 2:48am —
All who have read my little philosophical tangents (found here: www.myquestionablebeliefs.blogspot.com) know I have a general dislike for most major theistic religions. Some I simply laugh at while others disgust and repulse me– but there is one I've been thinking of lately that I just do not understand: Satanism.…
Added by Jessica Frame on April 12, 2012 at 8:18am —
I came across a short (under 2 minutes) video on YouTube the other day. Dan Barker parody's of the god-heaven-hell myth. It really gets across how ridiculous those beliefs are in the 21st century.
As one commenter said:
...invented stories that happen to fit a particular period in history and the culture at that time. I think this applies to all religions, old and new. Religions attempt to provide answers to existence: where did we come from? why are we here? why do…
Added by Thomas54 on December 6, 2011 at 2:30am —
One thing about the abrahamic religions that really bugs me, and should bug everyone, especially the followers. Is that in these books; these words of "god" there seems to be a lot of describing hell and an ever so slight description of heaven. Even if you ask people in general, People seem to be more readily able to describe torture and punishment more clearly than eternal bliss.
Common hell descriptions:fire, agony, violence, torture, pain, lust, greed, evil, fire, beyond the… Continue
Added by Matthew on September 22, 2011 at 11:08am —
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 —
For those that may be unaware, the "Banana Man" aka Ray Comfort, is an evangelical…
Added by Cathy Cooper on March 30, 2011 at 2:00pm —
A soul or spirit is a non-physical entity capable of perception and self-awareness. Souls are often believed to be immortal.
If ever there were an entity invented for human wish-fulfillment, the soul is that entity. As Thomas Hobbes pointed out, the concept of a non-substantial substance is a contradiction. It is not possible to imagine a non-physical entity having life and…
Added by Jon Heim on October 24, 2010 at 2:30pm —
Hi! I'm Raithie; an Irish teenage atheist. Since this is my introductory post to the Think Atheist community - I suppose I'll give a brief outline of myself and why I'm here in the first place.I love to surf, read, play guitar and debate. However, you'll catch me doing anything - I love life and all that comes with it. That sums me up!
I recently decided to bring my atheism online and started to join atheist and theist discussion forums… Continue
Added by Raithie on June 14, 2010 at 6:42pm —
I've been writing this series over on my blog http://AngietheAntiTheist.blogspot.com I've put this passage in it's entirety here, and the links for comments on this post, and follow-up posts in the series, are provided at the end.
Looking at "The Woman's Role in the Home" by Christian homeschooling mother Rachel Harkins makes me want to wash out my eyes with bleach. Or acid.
I enjoy coming up with acrostics… Continue
Added by Angie the Anti-Theist on January 27, 2010 at 8:14pm —
From Not My God
I have missed this blog! Between winter holidays, Andy getting badly injured, planning a wedding and miscellaneous happenstances, I haven’t posted in a while, though I religiously (heh, heh) have posted every Thursday.
It’s no secret that I have big love for the HBO series Big Love, which I discussed in my posts about Mormonism. The opening credits end with Bill, the husband, meeting each… Continue
Added by Sarah Trachtenberg on January 14, 2010 at 12:10pm —
I'd like to establish why I have such a username. But more importantly, I want to truly establish myself here since I'm new. :D I want to tell you all who I am and how I became an atheist. :D And also I'll end up telling you how I turned my family onto atheism. I know this is LONG, sorry. Insanely long truly. But in the future my blog posts will probably be a LOT shorter.
I don't believe (and quite frankly have never believed) in Heaven. I've also never believed in God I don't think.… Continue
Added by luvtheheaven on December 23, 2009 at 4:36am —
<--forum for christians only..
Jesus! Someone asked if Gandhi would go to hell, and the christians are back-biting rather viscious. Anyone want to make a youtube vid w/ this as the script??
I suppose because the way the bible has been written, it causes such diverse interpretations and the invitation for fierce debate within . tsk tsk tsk.
Its very interesting to witness.
Added by Jay Catt on November 24, 2009 at 8:53pm —
A lot of Christians like to threaten us with eternal pain and punishment in the fiery pit of Hell, but do they know anything about the origins of the concept? Do you? Here's a bit to add to your arsenal of information if you don't already know...
First of all, Hell is a real place. It's true! Rob Bell
, the founding pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church (author of Velvet Elvis
), says this:
"The word hell… Continue
Added by CJoe on November 2, 2009 at 12:30am —
Throughout my few years of existence, I've pondered about which is worse: eternal unconsciousness or eternal consciousness. A Christian (or any other person that believes in an eternal afterlife) would say that eternal unconsciousness (what most atheists have accepted) is far, far
But is it really?
Consider this- imagine existing for an eternity. Eventually, you would have experienced and/or thought about everything
possible, and impossible.… Continue
Added by William on July 30, 2009 at 11:30am —
Dear people of different faiths.
You are all apparently going to hell or where ever it is you believe the bad guys go.
According to the Christians if you don't follow the bible you will go to hell, according to Islam if you don't follow the Qur’an you will go to Jahannam; Jehovah's witnesses believe that if you are not a Jehovah's witness you will not gain entry to paradise therefore ceasing to be.
All religions believe in different ways of getting to 'Heaven'… Continue
Added by Scott Ferguson on February 28, 2009 at 3:13am —
From an email forwarded to me:
Setting: a college chemistry exam.
Bonus Question: Is Hell exothermic (gives off heat) or endothermic (absorbs heat)?
Most of the students wrote proofs of their beliefs using Boyle’s Law (gas cools when it expands and heats when it is compressed) or some variant. One student, however, wrote the following:
First, we need to know how the mass of Hell is changing in time. So… Continue
Added by Morgan Matthew on December 3, 2008 at 6:00am —