Pope Benedict spent May 2 by visiting Turin, Italy, where he celebrated an outdoor mass and knelt in silent prayer before the Shroud of Turin, which many Catholics still believe to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ despite mountains of evidence to the contrary.
If you were previously a believer in The Almighty, did you ever hear him speak to you?
I never did. At least, I don't think I did.
However, I know a few people to whom God did speak, and I was always envious because God always told them what they should do with their lives. He told them who to marry, which house to buy, and which career path to follow.
I remember, when I was trying real hard to be a good…
I can't understand why believers insist that you have to believe in something in order to have a good life.By something, of course, they mean a "higher power", something "higher than you". Smh. I just had a phone conversation with my aunt. I was speaking to her about an issue in my marriage that her and I had discussed earlier. She went on to advice that my husband and I believe in a higher power. I told her (again) that I don't believe in a deity or a higher power, nor do I subscribe to any…
I can't stand keeping this a secret anymore! My theist family has forbade me from talking about them on this site! They have accused me of being a traitor and "not telling the whole side of the story" when I rant about their attacks on my atheism! They have demanded that I be silent, and given that they and watch my activity online [the few times I've accidently forgotten to log out of this site] and offline like a bunch of crazy paranoids, I have decided that I will honor that request [for…
Not only did I learn a new term, "Hapax Legomenon" (which means a word or phrase used only once in a written record or language) but about how the pledge of allegiance was meant as, according to the 9th circuit court of appeals, a
I have realized that god is just a bunch of statistics from the universe, and, our ignorance on it is called religion. If there is or is not a god, I am not interested in, because this is like chating about the gender of the cherubins. Yet, people kill and destroy in the name of a god, whatever it might be, thus it is necessary to understand the true nature of this thinking because this is what god for sure would be, just a mental creation, not something one could know of or…
Sixth grader Greg Heffley learns important lessons about friendship, being a good friend and identity in Diary of a Wimpy Kid. A light-hearted, middle-school buddy movie, Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a perfect dump and run movie.
Entering middle school wasn’t as easy as Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon) anticipated. Some of the kids are way bigger than him. The same things that are cool in elementary school become a badge of shame in middle school. Greg does everything he can to fit in and be… Continue
Added by LaRae Meadows on March 19, 2010 at 12:30am —
This comparison is a day late, but I didn't have time to post it yesterday.
It seems that for many, all it takes is the desire for there to be a God and all his rewards for belief. They want this to be true with all their heart. In fact, over time, many convince themselves that they know it is true. In fact, I've been asked by many, "But don't you want to live forever/go to Heaven?". As if the desire for this translates to causing it to be… Continue
I just got back home about an hour ago from the group photo at the Tampa Bay Coalition of Reason billboard. The estimated number of people is 50, but I don't have an exact count. The crowd that turned out for it was such a great mix of age ranges...and most of them brilliantly pulled off a look of normalcy.:-P (I'm not exactly sure what some people think an atheist looks like, but I know I wouldn't be able to pick one out of a crowd.) Two… Continue
Theism (As per Dictonary.com) is “the belief in one God as the creator and ruler of the universe, without rejection of revelation”. Those who follow this age old belief are, as I call them, 'Theists'. What good has 'Theists' offered to the world? Well, they have offered only destruction to this world. They have killed MILLIONS over petty, 'Religious Wars'. They stoop to under-handed attempts to block out any thought that goes against anything they say, under their false banner of… Continue
Christians believe that without God, Atheists have no morality, and therefore the Root of All Evil.
Really? Do they believe that Atheists are immoral? Well, Let's take a look at the Christians own morality.
Once upon a time, there was a man, about 5' 6". He lead a revolution for the sake of his people, with the extinction of the old monarchy. He later crowned himself 'Emperor' and lead a war, which his empire almost stretched from the Atlantic Ocean to the Arctic… Continue
(This is taken from the Newsweek website, but I read it in my issue today and found it interesting. Take a look, he mentions that nations choosing to rule under religious doctrine fail and expands a bit on that.)
Christopher Hitchens: The Death of Theocracy
The term "theocracy" trips readily enough off the tongue and is an accurate description of a system where mortals claim the right to dominate other mortals in the name of God. But it is also a word that has… Continue
Added by Samantha J. on January 12, 2010 at 7:19pm —
I got this video from the website www.symphonyofscience.com. I have to say it's bloody brilliant! My favorite part is Bill Nye's scene with the camera looking up at him as he comes down with a rock'n'roll climax of "Billions and billions of stars, billions and billions of specks!!" A beautiful work of art indeed. There are 2 other videos on that site and they're just as amazing. Worth checking… Continue
OK, lets do this one more time. Look up the symptoms of Schizophrenia, paranoid type. Read the story of Abraham in the Bible. Notice that Abraham displays almost every symptom. Hears "God" talking to him, auditory hallucination, sees a burning bush that is not consumed, visual hallucination. Has Ideas of reference, he is special God chose him of all people to talk to. Receives command hallucinations to kill people. Believes he is in a personal relationship with the creator of the universe,… Continue
I just got done answering a poll about whether the US should omit "Under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance, and naturally I said that it should be omitted. To me it isn't just the fact that I don't believe and God or religious figure has a place in the US government but the fact that the general population feels that the current pledge is the original. After proving to the many other people that answered this poll that "Under God" was in fact added in 1954 and showing them what the original… Continue
It has been a crazy couple of weeks and writing has not come easily so I just threw together these short reviews of GI Joe, Julie and Julia, Away we Go, and Aliens in the Attic as well as a complete review on District 9.
Aliens in the Attic
After an hour of dimwitted dialogue, the alien planet the antagonists hail from becomes a viable option to escape the mind-numbing effects of this movie.
Away We Go
A surprisingly mature look at love,… Continue
The anti-ontological argument for God: God is that which nothing lesser than, can be conceived. If you can imagine a god that is impotent, but only exists in your imagination, that is not the least of gods that can be imagined.
A God that really exists, but is impotent is conceiveably the least of all Gods! Ergo, God exists, but he's totally irrelevant!
God exists outside of space and time. Since, in this universe; for something to exsist it must occupy space for… Continue
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 worse.
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
I don't know how many people here follow a lot of blogs (I know Nelson does, and Syn, and some others), but for those who may not, I thought I'd point out a blogging event known as the Carnival of the Godless.
The Carnival moves from blog to blog, being hosted at a different one each time. It consists of a collection of links to various blog posts, submitted by bloggers to the host. It servers a couple worthwhile… Continue
When a subway car is taken hostage, it’s left to the dispatcher to save the passengers from the gunmen. Packed with action and sprinkled with emotion, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, based on a book of the same name by John Godey, is a satisfying action-packed escape.
Walter Garber (Denzel Washington) is directing motormen through the tunnels of the New York Subway when armed men take control of a train. Ryder (John Travolta), the leader of the team of gunmen, reaches out to Garber… Continue