Because I clearly don't understand how Facebook News Feed works, my wife just found out about my newly discovered atheism, before I had a chance to bring the subject up by my own choice.
I had posted a comment on Sam Harris's Facebook right after the little girl in Effingham, IL was murdered (see my earlier blog post). So I got in a small Facebook argument with a Christian who disagreed with my take on prayer. Well, it turns out my wife saw my post, and responded with a bewildered…Continue
Just for shits and giggles, I decided to type "Charles Darwin" into the Spotify search bar, and I came up with this intriguing piece: Gregory Brown's Missa Charles Darwin.
And no, this is not a joke;…Continue
Added by A. T. Heist on September 20, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments
I've long found XTC's "Dear God" to be a heartachingly beautiful song. (Even as a believer, I appreciated it--how much more so as an atheist?)
Dear God, hope you got the letter, and...
I pray you can make it better down here.
I don't mean a big reduction in the price of beer
But all the people that you made in your image,…
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
If you've read my earlier blog posts, you know that I don't believe in god, but one of my current jobs is directing music at a small Methodist church. It's so interesting just how your perspective on a church service changes once you remove belief in god: things that previously seemed quite ordinary now seem absolutely ludicrous. I mean, there are the obvious things: the Lord's Prayer, prayer in general, the scripture readings (yesterday, no joke, we actually read aloud Psalm 14, which…Continue
I've long been a fan of Douglas Adams's books. Even when I was trying so hard to be a believing Christian, I enjoyed his books, even though he clearly thought God was a silly concept.
This interview with American Atheists was reprinted in the posthumously released Adams book The Salmon of Doubt: …Continue
Just finished reading this excellent article: http://churchandstate.org.uk/2012/04/the-top-10-reasons-i-dont-believe-in-god/. It summarizes the points so well, I thought it was worth sharing. Enjoy!
[Okay, I'm gonna try this again. The first time I did this post, everything disappeared except for the first paragraph.]
A couple days ago, a 7-year-old girl in Illinois went missing. Of course, a Facebook friend (a Christian) posted a plea for prayers for the missing girl. The next day, a body was found, and it turned out to be the murdered little girl. Her uncle is being held in custody, presumably as a suspect in her murder. So the Christian Facebook friend…Continue
I was watching an episode of Atheist Experience this morning, and Matt Dillahunty was talking to this guy who insisted on the idea that atheists just had "faith" in science, and asked what was the difference between an atheist's faith in science and a Christian's faith in God. Dillahunty, quite sensibly, responded that a reasonable confidence on facts, based on demonstrable evidence was completely different from faith, which by definition is belief in something that is not demonstrable.…Continue
Let me explain a few things, right off the bat: