'Among progressive and moderate religious believers, ecumenicalism is a big deal. For many of these believers, being respectful of religious beliefs that are different from theirs is a central guiding principle. In this view, different religions are seen as a beautifully varied tapestry of faith: each strand with its own truths, each with its own unique perspective on God and its own unique way of worshipping him. Her. It. Them. Whatever. Respecting other people's religious beliefs is a…Continue
Humans are far from perfect, but generally aspire to perfection. This brings about much progress, but also much grief. Before aspiring to perfection, we must first imagine it, and then weigh its perceived benefits vs costs. And then there's often the question of who's the "we" that will reap the benefits or pay the costs.
Generally, the wider our notion of "we", the less of a zero-sum game we play, while the narrower "we" tends to work selfishly, with less regard for loss to others.…Continue
Forever cursed is how I see organised religion. I call them corrupt or forever cursed, because that is exactly how I see them. They (the institutions) try to make amends by seeming to have mended their ways; but then somehow go back to their roots. Then you see them for what the really are, they…Continue
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…Continue
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?
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…
Added by Nerdy Keith on April 12, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments
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…Continue
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…
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,…Continue
In This Episode: (Warning! Potentially Offensive Content! As usual.)
Added by Facts Before Faith on January 2, 2014 at 1:11pm — No Comments
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…
Added by Facts Before Faith on December 20, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by M.M.J. Gregory on December 6, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments
Interesting article. And (spoiler alert!) I suspect a lot of parents can empathize with what she says toward the end about Santa Claus.
Added by A. T. Heist on September 18, 2013 at 10:23am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by M.M.J. Gregory on July 18, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments
I don't know about you, but that sure sounds like a guy I'd want to worship!
No. My thoughts are more similar to this point of view:
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."
Added by M.M.J. Gregory on June 13, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments
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…
Added by M.M.J. Gregory on June 10, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments
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…
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…
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…Continue