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Faith, Reason, and other mutually exclusive terms

It never ceases to amaze me how much believers want to convince me that they are not “blind followers”, that they have come to their religious beliefs through reason, just like me.  No, I’m not going to refute the claim that atheism is a religion here.  That will have to be another blog.  What I want to address here is that people want me to believe that they have used reason, not “blind faith”, to come to religion.  They say that they use logic and find Christ. 

Now, I should start…

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Added by Andrew on February 24, 2011 at 10:31pm — 2 Comments

The Know-it-all Atheist

 

Every so often, someone will tell me that atheists are impossible to debate, because they think they know it all.  Someone will tell me that I am dismissing their claims before I have even heard them.  They accuse me of shutting out the “evidence” they have to “prove” god’s existence.  They say I am doing what I accuse them of doing:  sticking fingers in the ears and screaming, “La-La-la! Can’t hear you!”

Well, they may have a point.  I…

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Added by Andrew on February 15, 2011 at 10:27pm — 6 Comments

An atheist’s profession of faith

An atheist’s profession of faith





Someone once asked what I did believe in if I did not believe in god.  This was my response.



I believe in freedom. I believe that choice is the backbone of freedom. As choice expands, so does freedom; as choice contracts, so does freedom. I believe the freedoms granted to Americans in the Constitution are awesome.







I believe in liberty, justice and equality for all. I believe these belong to everyone regardless of…

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Added by Andrew on February 12, 2011 at 11:46pm — No Comments

The Afterlife is an Illusion

I was listening to a debate between Dan Barker and Dinesh D’Souza.  They eventually got to the afterlife as D’Souza has recently written a book about it.  D’Souza explained his evidence for the afterlife as follows:  There are thousands of people who have experienced a Near Death Experience, or NDE.  Where are they?  They are walking around, driving cars, going to work, etc.  If the mind is producing hallucinations at the time of death, how did the brain reverse this death process?  How can…

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Added by Andrew on February 8, 2011 at 10:53pm — 2 Comments

Holy Child Abuse, Batman!

The weather ‘round these parts has been really bad lately.  Snow, ice and all forms of frozen poo has fallen from the sky.  So I was unable to tune into my favorite fundy radio station and had to listen to the Catholic radio station instead.  I didn’t listen long.  What I heard so disgusted me, I had to turn it off.  That has never happened on the other fundy station.

The program was a call-in show.  The host was a shrink who wanted to field questions about family and faith.  She was…

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Added by Andrew on February 6, 2011 at 10:42pm — No Comments

The gilded cage of belief

The gilded cage of belief



The preacher dude was going over the story of Genesis. You know the one with Adam, Eve, a walking, talking snake and a tree with really tasty fruit that you can’t eat. He was making a lot of crappy points that I could dissect, but I’m only going to talk about the reason he gave for placing the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil in the garden in the first place.



Of course, my atheist friends will be familiar with the old argument that if god is all… Continue

Added by Andrew on January 27, 2010 at 9:36pm — 2 Comments

How Belief is Harmful

The Alanar Case



Vaughn Reeves, a former pastor in Sullivan County, Indiana, along with his sons, Chip, Chris, and Joshua Reeves have court dates set in a Ponzi scheme that scammed millions of dollars away from unsuspecting Christians. According to the Indiana Secretary of State, Todd Rokita, and the Sullivan County Prosecutor, Robert E. Hunley II, the Reeves were charged with 10 counts of Securities fraud each. For each count of fraud, they face up to 8 years in… Continue

Added by Andrew on July 17, 2009 at 10:43pm — 1 Comment

Jesus Camp (A story of apostasy, Part 1)



Jesus Camp



I attended a private Catholic high school. Once per year, in an environment similar to this, we would have “revivals” to enrich our spiritual lives. My senior year was most impressive, as this “Christian Awakening Retreat” was a three-day event. I went to Jesus Camp.



I’d like to share with you my experience at the Christian Awakening Retreat. First, the retreat was shrouded in secrecy. The entire senior class could not all participate at… Continue

Added by Andrew on April 18, 2009 at 6:11pm — 4 Comments

Finding my Religion (A story of apostasy, part 2)

Finding my Religion



I thought it was time to pick up on my de-conversion story.



After Jesus Camp, I realized that Catholicism was not going to be my religion anymore. But at that time, I had almost no knowledge of other religions, even other Christian religions. I had simply always “known” that they were wrong; that Catholicism was the only “right” religion.



I started looking at what I thought would be the opposite of what I knew. I didn’t even understand what… Continue

Added by Andrew on April 18, 2009 at 6:00pm — 4 Comments

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