All Blog Posts Tagged 'religion' (331)

When a Jehovah's Witness Grows Up to be an Atheist

After all this time, all these years, all these degrees of separation - a mere knock guides me to shedded enemies. It was midmorning when a pair of shadows alerted me to some unexpected presences. I think I knew before I knew, my gut clenching beyond the usual spasm of social anxiety.

The blockers of the light lingered and adjusted themselves and finally put knuckle to…

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Added by M.M.J. Gregory on May 29, 2014 at 4:49pm — 8 Comments

Is government a more powerful force than love?

I didn't join this site to take other people's words out of my mouth.

I attempted to emphasize the importance of love amid the current trend of legalized gay marriage. I'm not anonymous, so anyone can go to Facebook to verify my support of my gay friends' new marriage intentions.

Marriage is a much older religious institution than a governmental one, and marriage is younger than love. Tell me ThinkAtheist, does law matter more than love?

Added by Andy Hoke on May 25, 2014 at 1:00am — 14 Comments

We Are All Humanists

The purpose of this blog is only of the intention to lay the cards on the table so to speak in order to avoid any confusions or inconsistencies that may be assumed. 



Firstly I have always held the greatest deal of respect for the atheist community, especially for its opinions and stances on organised religion. I am still of the opinion that organised (or rather…

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Added by Nerdy Keith on April 12, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Atheists response to dying

I have two people dying in my life.

One is my brother-in-law who is finally paying the piper for a life spent in disregard for the future.  Liver failure and the shutting down of all the processes of the body as alcoholism takes it toll.

The other is my Mother who is lying in the hospital tonight.  She's confused and frightened and all she can say, over and over again, is "heaven and hell"  or is it "heaven or hell", it's hard to tell.

My brother-in-law is a Jehovah's…

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Added by Philip Jarrett on April 8, 2014 at 2:46am — 22 Comments

Discovering Us

It's at the very reach of our fingers. 

 

Do you hear it? The sound of silence. Not a child is worried about the ideas of the adult mind. In fact, even the adult's minds are unusually silent, and untouched by fears. The fear of hell and death is finally seen as illogical. Ajahn Chah once said, "When one does not understand death, life can be very…

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Added by Micah Armstrong on March 31, 2014 at 8:07pm — 2 Comments

The Constitution is an atheistic document.

This recent quote by former House Majority Leader Tom Delay shocked me.  “I think we got off the track when we allowed our government to become a secular government,” DeLay told host Matthew Hagee, the executive pastor of the Texas Cornerstone Church. “[W]e stopped realizing that God created this nation, that he wrote the Constitution,…

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Added by Duane Smith on March 15, 2014 at 12:56pm — 11 Comments

Episode 18: Religious Rights or Preferential Treatment (Part 2/2)

In This Episode: (Warning! Potentially Offensive Content! As usual.)

  • Religious prisoners sue for ceremonial food.
  • Muslim prisoners sue for 5 prayers a day.
  • Woman sues United States Council of Bishops for directing Catholic hospitals to put religious beliefs above her safety.

Reoccurring Segments:

  • Who Said…
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Added by Facts Before Faith on January 2, 2014 at 1:11pm — No Comments

We're an atheist podcast from Michigan...

We're an atheist podcast from Michigan. Facts Before Faith asks you to get the facts before putting your faith in ideas, institutions or individuals.



The show started out a in 2011 as a way for me to document my departure from religion. It was rather cathartic. Now I have co-hosts and…

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Added by Facts Before Faith on December 20, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Reality Isn't Up for Debate

John Zande wrote a fantastic post about why atheists care about religion. In it, he addressed the idea that a comfortable lie should take precedence over potentially uncomfortable truths.  I've written…

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Added by M.M.J. Gregory on December 6, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Julia Sweeney on What She's Learned

Interesting article.  And (spoiler alert!) I suspect a lot of parents can empathize with what she says toward the end about Santa Claus.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2008/01/30/what-julia-sweeney-has-learned-since-performing-her-atheist-monologue/

Added by A. T. Heist on September 18, 2013 at 10:23am — No Comments

It's Better that I Die...You too

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I am going to die. There have been times in my life when this fact scared me. Two unknown details of my demise still have the power to worry my weary mind: when and how. I don't want to die young, before my children have grown and blossomed. I wouldn't prefer a painful death. Other than that, the certainty of my finality no longer fills me with introspective angst.

Most humans are brought up with…

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Added by M.M.J. Gregory on July 18, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments

"I will wipe from the face of the earth every living creature I have made." -Yahweh(?)/Moses(?)

I don't know about you, but that sure sounds like a guy I'd want to worship!

/sarcasm

No. My thoughts are more similar to this point of view:

noah

Really, it's more like a dad who drowned all of his children except for one kid and was like, "Don't worry. I won't murder you or any of the kids I have from here on out! Well, at least not by drowning all of them in a massive flood... You know I mean it too because I made you a pretty painting."

The truly…

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Added by M.M.J. Gregory on June 13, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Atheism is Not a Philosophy

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There is a lot that I don't agree with Sam Harris on. I have always loved his 'atheism is not a philosophy' quote though. He wrote it in Letter to a Christian Nation. I have met quite a few atheists and I certainly don't agree with them on everything. Hell, Irish and I don't even share the same exact…

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Added by M.M.J. Gregory on June 10, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Evaluation

This is my last report regarding

my mission to evaluate the beings of this world.

Thirty of this planet’s orbital cycles ago

I arrived here by Refracted Linear-Light/Fold.

Since then I have lived, worked, and played alongside

these beings in the guise of one of their own.

Universal Protocols remain intact.

I have had no ill-effect nor have I…

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Added by Rick Yost on May 29, 2013 at 12:32pm — 7 Comments

You can take your hat off

As a child, it was as if I'd been shoved into a huge cathedral packed wall-to-wall with billions of people, and everybody was wearing a hat. Up on my tip-toes, straining to look out over the heads of the crowd, I saw a massive turbulent sea of hats of all shapes and colors. Although the hats themselves were quite vivid, everyone's face was blurred.

Everyone in the crowd was proclaiming their hat to be the best hat to…

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Added by Rick Yost on May 28, 2013 at 12:57am — 7 Comments

The evolution of God

Since man as discovered his consciousness and began to live in groups, he has thought and wondered about the beauty of nature, the vastness of space and immensity of time. Since then he has searched for a creator of this universe and all its constituents. This was mans first perception about God, ‘the creator’. As time passed by man discovered his ignorance about certain things that surrounded him thus he attributed most things beyond his comprehension or understanding to…

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Added by perspicaciti on May 11, 2013 at 6:00pm — 10 Comments

Miffed

A few days ago I had an epiphany.  I was explaining to someone why it is more logical for the Big Bang to have brought the universe into existence than for a supernatural supreme being to appear, as if by magic, then 'him' creating the universe.

I explained that if we assume that we need a designer, an all powerful deity, to create the universe, earth, humans, etc. then the natural assumption would be that another more powerful and complex deity would be required to create that deity…

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Added by Alan C on May 1, 2013 at 11:04am — 1 Comment

who does the responsibility of proof fall to?

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?

Or

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…

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Added by Lance Angus Miles on April 26, 2013 at 12:30pm — 25 Comments

Philosophy Class Discussion Questions and answers

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.

An agnostic…

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Added by Missy Hollingsworth on April 21, 2013 at 5:52pm — 14 Comments

Lovers and Haters

How do I look? Too Jew? The Curse

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." …

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Added by Brad Snowder on April 14, 2013 at 2:04am — 1 Comment

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