This past weekend a fellow atheist and I went to Harrison, Arkansas and picked about 600 pounds of St. Vincents wine grapes. They're a fairly new hybrid of vinifera and we were curious as to what kind of wine we could make from them. The guy who owns the small vineyard is a 60 year old non-practicing Catholic in poor health. We got to know more about him through the course of the day and discovered he has turned his property over to a friend who was able to alleviate some of his…Continue
Everyday it seems that some how there is always an occurrence that reminds me of my atheism. Something on the news or the documentary channel or a statement made by someone I encounter triggers an unspoken realization that what was presented to me is in direct conflict with my atheism. It seems trivial at times and then again there are instances where I am hard pressed to keep my 'pie hole' shut.
Is this normal? Do others commonly make it through a day with no thoughts about their…Continue
My dear mother thinks our country (United States) while losing it's traditions is somehow also losing what makes America great. I told her many traditions are founded on erroneous information and even fallacious. She doesn't like the fact that some individuals making an appearance in court to testify don't always place their hand on the bible. Why would someone feel inclined to believe that a book would somehow compel an individual to actually tell the gospel truth? It's a ludicrous…Continue
Added by Ed on August 22, 2012 at 12:06am — No Comments
There is a 90 minute program called "Tapped" that is available for access through the Documentary Channel. It discusses the epidemic rise of discarded bottled water containers that are appearing everywhere in our environment. As of 2009 the United States alone consumed in excess of eighty million bottled water containers A DAY! It is extremely disheartening to see beaches and remote locations in the Pacific Ocean that are overrun with plastic. This plastic degrades and breaks into tiny…Continue
Added by Ed on June 7, 2012 at 1:48pm — No Comments
Was in a grocery store today in Northern Arkansas and noticed a store employee stocking shelves. On his shirt was fastened a campaign style button that proclaimed "I support Israel." Being on a first name basis with this fellow I couldn't control my curiosity and asked what the significance of the button was. He said the United States is really screwing up by not supporting the country of Israel. I asked if the billions we already give them was not enough. He said the Obama administration…Continue
I recently spent some time checking out various Xtian websites trying to get a grasp of how theists rationalize misfortune, tragedy, and suffering in their personal lives. According to most of these sites this is one of the biggest unanswered questions that believers in god(s) are faced with. Most say it is "not our place" to try and understand or question the motives of god.
The Church of Christ (a Protestant American denomination) offers the following:
" 5. Some suffering…Continue
Was in the grocery store yesterday and overheard a conversation. A woman affiliated with a local church was asking the meat department guy about the 10 percent discount afforded to churches. She was trying to verify if the discount was still in effect. Isn't it great that we let these churches collect monies tax free from their members and go to the local grocery store and get discounts on food. I'm jealous.
So you happen to be one of those very unfortunate tornado victims who crawled out from under what was left of their home. Only to be greeted by a network news reporter who asks how you feel about what just happened. If that reporter ended the conversation with so much as a "Well, God Bless You!" it would require every last iota of restraint to not grab them by the jugular. The idiocy of people to not stop for one miniscule second, engage their brain, and think about what they just…Continue
I am trying to understand the rational behind the catholic church's stance against both abortion and contraception. I understand the abortion issue from their point of view but what is their problem with preventing a sperm from fertilizing an egg? This planet already has in excess of 8 billion people and our natural resources are dwindling away. Population control would seem to be an important concern for our civilization. Abstinence is no longer a valid option in today's modern sexual…Continue
Many a good atheist have experienced the futility of presenting logic and reasoning to a devout theist. As I have just completed P. Boyer's Religion Explained -The Evolutionary Origins of Religious Thought my viewpoint of religion and the theistic mind has been changed dramatically. Why?
My new understanding of the theistic mind from a cognitive perspective has forced me to realize that tools such as science and logic and even religious scriptures are not that important to the average…Continue
So over the holidays my sister and her husband come from out of state to visit with Mom and the rest of us. During that time we had a private discussion about theism and my lack of participation. Then my sister says "I really wish you would stop talking to Mom about your atheism. She loves you and can you imagine her hell that she won't see her boy in the afterlife because of your belief." I was a little annoyed that she made a comment like that. So now I am stuck between a rock and…Continue
As an atheist I often ponder the peculiar absence of evangelical zeal in 99% of monotheists. To me the realization of the existence of an absolute power & creator would generate an uncontrollable zest to "get the word out." If I awoke everyday and remembered that there really was this supernatural power monitoring mankind's existence how could I not be provoked to seek out and tell EVERYONE? Having this sort of motivation would be predicated on the fact that…Continue
Last night on PBS NOVA aired a new showed entitled "What Darwin Never Knew." It is 2 hours of fascinating insight on recent scientific developments into the "how to's" of evolutionary biology. Explanations on homo sapien's brain expansion, DNA switches, analysis of the human genome, and genetic mutation are clearly and graphically presented. I really can't recommend this particular programming enough. The god equation loses great "face" in the process.
I am a little worked up right now. I just viewed a segment on CBS Sunday Morning about a Catholic hopital in Phoenix, Arizona involved in the termination of a pregnancy by a mother of four. Apparently the woman developed severe complications and was facing heart failure and imminent death. The chief surgeon of the hospital decided to save her life and performed the abortion after consent from the staff ethics board headed by a sister nun. The board approved the procedure and the woman's life…Continue
CBS announced his death earlier today. Andy's commentaries were entertaining in the same manner as Paul Harvey's "Rest of the Story." I don't envision myself still employed at 90. Some folks just love their job I guess.
Added by Ed on November 5, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments
It seems the liberal Dutch are having second thoughts about their lax drug policies. The government is making a move to re-classify marijuana with high THC levels as a drug equivalent to cocaine and ectasy.
"The decision means most of the cannabis now sold in the Netherlands' weed cafes would have to be replaced by milder variants."…Continue
Hey everybody! I know TA's members are suave and sophisticated lovers of that magic elixir of life -VINO!
Join the group and support one of the most rewarding pastimes possible. Whether you keep a personal collection or even have your own vineyard, pop a cork and come onboard.
If you must worship a god then make it Bacchus -the God Of Grapes!!!!!
A world w/o vinifera is truly unimaginable......
Added by Ed on October 22, 2011 at 7:41pm — No Comments
OK, I admit I have a few odd habits I give myself the pleasure to delight in. One of which is the yearning to "nose hit" (a 70's hippy term) a just opened virgin bag of chips; preferably sour cream, doritos, or barbecue flavor Lays. I pull the plastic seal open only about two inches or so, cram my nose in, and immediately inhale deeply. So far I have avoided actually sucking a chip up my nose so it is quite exhilarating for just a moment.
Anyone else experience similar diseases of…Continue
I found the link below somewhat disturbing because I believe the individual is possibly serious in her rantings.
If her viewpoints are held by many other Americans then I think we are in serious trouble. If she has offspring that are led to the same conclusions as herself our country is in deep trouble. At one time is was OK to possess a work ethic. Where and how did we lose that?
Why is it that people no longer want to be…Continue
I am curious as to what are some of the reasons members decide to screen and possibly censor blog posts. Outside of obscene, profane, or vulgar language I don't see the necessity for it unless someone absolutely cannot accept a differing viewpoint on whatever they're posting about. To me it is necessary to accept all dialogue even if it is at odds with your own personal position on a subject. This allows everyone to consider all sides of a topic and make the decision to agree or not. To me…Continue