Reg The Fronkey Farmer's Blog (30)

And the difference is……???

What is the difference between believing that a god actually exists and a delusion?

If someone can give me a reasonable answer I might be willing to change my understanding of reality.

Added by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on January 5, 2017 at 1:00pm — 87 Comments

Catholic Vegetarians??

Before I get to the questions I would like to suggest that one of the biggest predictors of a person’s religion is geography. A person born and raised in Alabama is most likely to become a Christian while a person born and raised in Riyadh is most likely to become a Muslim and in India a 95% chance of being a Hindu.

I recently spoke with a Hindu who has very little knowledge of Christianity and even less of Catholicism. We were discussing religious beliefs and I was asked to explain…

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Added by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on December 7, 2016 at 4:00pm — 16 Comments

Squeaky Bum Time

The term comes from the world of English soccer and refers to the final stages of a competition when it is still all to play for and the tension prevents anyone from relaxing in their seats.

I have followed the U.S. election…

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Added by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on November 6, 2016 at 4:00pm — 23 Comments

Fun with Fundamentalists

Every few months for the last 8 years I get a visit from 2 or 3 Jehovah Witnesses. One of them is the same guy from day one and he likes to bring the “new recruits” along so that they “see a real live atheist”. He thinks that he is teaching them debating skills and I will give him some credit for that. He is rather good at it but not quite a W.L. Craig. I suppose we improve each other’s skillset to a certain degree.

It can be funny sometimes. If I know they are calling I will…

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Added by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on July 16, 2016 at 2:00pm — 14 Comments

Coffee, without the irony.

Is it irony to say that it is ironic how often the word irony is misused?

I help out manning information tables for Atheist Ireland when I can. They are starting to become a regular monthly feature in our bigger cities. The one in Dublin has been operational for three years without a break. While there is competition for prime locations, we have managed to keep our own regular spot on the capital’s main thoroughfare.

Recently a Palestine solidarity group set up a table to our…

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Added by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on July 2, 2016 at 3:00pm — 10 Comments

How to help an Atheist find God.

Are you a theist that would like me to convert to your religion? I will happily become a Christian or a Muslim if you can describe your God to me and offer me some objective evidence as to why I should trust what you are telling me to be true.

When I say “evidence” I mean even a tiny scrap of something that is tangible, that exists outside of your mind. I am not asking for, or even expecting any “Proofs”. Just something I could later build upon as my understanding of your (my) God…

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Added by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on November 25, 2015 at 4:00pm — 27 Comments

YES

 

 

Today Ireland has become the first country in the world to vote for Marriage Equality for all of it citizens irrespective of their sexual orientation.

The people were asked in a referendum to add a line to our Constitution that reads as follows:

‘Marriage may be contracted in accordance with…

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Added by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on May 23, 2015 at 5:00pm — 15 Comments

El sueño de la razón produce monstruos

This is a title of an etching by Francisco Goya. “The Sleep of Reason brings forth Monsters” Christopher Hitchens has the picture on the inside cover of his book “God is not Great”. I only discovered this recently as I have only ever known the book as an audio book. It was a serendipitous discovery for me as I have had those same Spanish words…

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Added by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on August 4, 2014 at 5:30pm — 18 Comments

We love ice cream.

I’m scared of dreams….

I am walking in a house and then some snipers stand

in a circle around me.

And then

They shoot me!

One shoots me here and one shoots me here

And then one shoots me here.

I remember we used to walk around everywhere

and buy ice cream.

We would eat, shop, go everywhere.

You go past the checkpoints to the market.

You walk that way.

You see crowds of people.

There’s the ice…

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Added by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on February 4, 2014 at 3:22pm — 15 Comments

Another sign of something!!

Pope Squeaky Clean and some new recruits released two “doves of peace” in the Vatican and they got attacked by a seagull and a black crow. The audience should have prayed harder.…

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Added by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on January 28, 2014 at 11:00am — 9 Comments

Halycon Sunday School Days.

As I went to tidy up my old Sunday School Bookmarks I thought I would post a random selection of them from the last few years. Thanks Nelson for all the work you have put in to bringing us these weekly links.

Why Atheism will replace religion.…

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Added by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on June 9, 2013 at 9:31am — No Comments

The Guessing Game

Here is a very good lecture hosted by Brian Cox. It gives a very good explanation of how the Universe works. It also explains how Science and the Scientific Method work.  The lecture was hosted before the discovery of the Higgs particle but that does not take from it as it only emphasises how the scientific method really does works.  It covers quantum mechanics and Relativity in easy terms. Allow an hour to watch. Time well spent.…

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Added by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on March 7, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

A lame excuse for a Christian apologetic.

I have over the last few years steadily lost respect for William Lane Craig as an apologist. His voice grates on my ears more and more. His willingness to accept genocide as acceptable because his god commanded it is pathetic and I have shook my head in bewilderment at the acceptance such statements get from his herd of followers. So when I saw this video I said to myself “Don’t do it man, you will only get annoyed”. Of…

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Added by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on March 1, 2013 at 5:46pm — 15 Comments

Can you hear us yet?

It was recently reported here that the Atheist Census website was down due to a cyber-attack. It is back online now so please everyone sign it. It will only that a minute. It is currently at almost 18,000. Go on you know you want to.

http://www.atheistcensus.com/

Added by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on December 16, 2012 at 4:26pm — 6 Comments

Chewing the Fat.

Sometimes you think about something and then keep noticing it popping up everywhere. So anyway I was recently pondering in a not to serious manner if there were any links between Atheism and fitness and in particular obesity. Then I heard a DJ on a radio talk show comment that it was quite likely that Atheists were unfit and overweight because they probably have not much concern about the future. You know the way we don’t have a positive outlook on life because we are so miserable all the…

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Added by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on December 4, 2012 at 1:00pm — 20 Comments

Jesus Wept

Dear Fronkey,

I know that you value Catholic Answers Forums and all the good they do for people across America and throughout the world.

That's why I'm writing to you today because the Forums need your help.

Specifically: Catholic Answers Forums needs to raise $75,000 to cover its operating costs for the next six months.

Please Donate Now to help us continue our work

Everyone who makes a donation will be entered in a drawing for free new iPad loaded with…

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Added by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on November 30, 2012 at 9:03pm — 7 Comments

Help upset the Taliban.

I am sure most of us know the story of Malala Yousefzai who was shot by the Taliban for advocating education for girls. News.

Malala has dedicated her childhood to championing education for girls like her in Pakistan. As she lies in a hospital bed, a tragic victim of Taliban gunmen, let's help make her dream come true.

One part of Pakistan has already started a…

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Added by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on October 20, 2012 at 11:50am — 13 Comments

From Wellville to Tumortown

This is a review of Christopher Hitchens last book – Mortality. He brilliantly describes his ‘year of living dyingly’. I would like to make it clear now that this writing is not mine. It is copied entirely from the book review section of the Irish Times. It is written by John Banville whose books share the same shelf…

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Added by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on September 11, 2012 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Less Saints, more Scholars....

It has been reported that Ireland is now in the top ten for people claiming to be “convinced atheists”. We are still in a minority but this is great news. There is also another story of the failure of a recent recruitment drive by the Catholics to find any replacement priests. So as the majority of the diehard Catholics are over 60, the ratio of Atheists to theists should increase again. All good news to my ears. Teach, don't preach.…

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Added by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on August 8, 2012 at 5:00am — 7 Comments

Where is that compass?

There are 2 news stories in the UK at the moment which on the surface may seem similar but are however being treated completely differently.

The first concerns a 22 year old sickle cell anaemia sufferer whom doctors had been informed they must allow die. He was a Jehovah Witness and it is therefore against his religion to accept a blood transfusion even though it would have probably saved his life. The doctors had to stand aside and allow him to die in agony knowing that they could…

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Added by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on June 25, 2012 at 6:30am — 10 Comments

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