Jim Valentine's Blog (12)

An Argument from a Deist

I still use Myspace but it's only purpose is to participate in a group on there called Myspace Deists. Don't let the name fool ya, it's got a good collection of people that were Deists at one time but have slowly become Atheists.



I still participate in discussions there and there are a few new members that don't exactly enjoy the presence of so many non-believers.



So, the point here is that earlier tonight I responded to a statement made by one of the deists there that… Continue

Added by Jim Valentine on June 10, 2009 at 12:17am — 28 Comments

What the BLEEP do I know?

I'm not an expert in anything. I do, however, know a little about a lot of things.



What does that mean, and am I only trying to boost my ego? Or is there another reason why I'm sharing this information?



I love science, I always have. Since I was a child sitting in the bushes, peaking underneath rocks and observing the various insects scurrying about. Ants, worms, snails, rollypolly, spiders, bees. That was my first love. That is called Entomology.



Then, my dad… Continue

Added by Jim Valentine on May 29, 2009 at 2:04am — 6 Comments

Preaching to Believers

When we debate believers, what is the goal?



Proving to the other side that god doesn't exist? Proving that creationism is silly? Proving that morals are independent of religion? Proving that religion is bad for humanity?



What about proselytizing? Is that what atheists are doing as well? Trying to sell non-belief to believers?



I have a problem with doing this. Meaning, while it's fine to debate believers, I don't think we should be trying to convert believers. At… Continue

Added by Jim Valentine on May 28, 2009 at 3:00pm — 8 Comments

Kentuckians Fighting for the Separation of Church and State

A hearing has been set for the Defendant's Motion to Dismiss in the American Atheists v Kentucky Office of Homeland Security lawsuit:



http://www.atheists.org/upload/aavky.pdf




I am one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit.



The hearing is this coming Monday, June 1, 2009 at 10:00 am. (Eastern Time) in the Franklin County Courthouse, 218 St. Clair St., Frankfort, Ky. 40601. The judge is Hon. Thomas D. Wingate.,… Continue

Added by Jim Valentine on May 28, 2009 at 2:49pm — 4 Comments

Supernaturalism is like a rolodex full of blank cards

Supernaturalism is like a rolodex full of blank cards.



What is supernaturalism? It's the full encompass of all things that people believe but are not true or not proven to be even plausible. That would include things like tarot cards, numerology, astrology, crystals, spells, ghosts, spirits, souls, and every deity that has been given a name in history.



What does plausible mean? I use it to mean a balance between the likelyhood of something being true and untrue. Or to… Continue

Added by Jim Valentine on May 27, 2009 at 5:00am — 2 Comments

I'm a 'project'

I'm in IT / Systems and my job duties often cross paths with Maintenance. I've found it very beneficial to become friends with the people in that department because we can often help one another out when needed. Lately, there's been a high turn-over for the department which is pretty sad because they pay 22 bucks an hour, which to me, is pretty damn nice.



Anyway...



We have this new guy that started last week. I just met him this week and really got to talking to the guy… Continue

Added by Jim Valentine on May 22, 2009 at 9:14pm — 5 Comments

At the End of the Tunnel

Figuring out that I was an atheist took me most of my life.



When I was a kid, I had a belief in an all powerful, all knowing god that was looking over everyone, making things safe. I'm not sure where I got it from, only that it was a feeling that I simply had.



I didn't live in a religious home. Though my mom had a picture of jesus on the wall, we never went to church. My dad, when I would ask him about religion or god, he would simply not answer me. Never has, even to this… Continue

Added by Jim Valentine on May 22, 2009 at 3:59am — 4 Comments

Handling Problems part 2

Originally when I wrote about the first problem I didn't anticipate the need to expand upon my experiences but since I posted it, I found the need to share one more experience that is just as remarkable.



The misconception that atheists are devoid of emotion or bottle up their emotions is one that I would like to disprove right here and now, at least for myself.



Two years ago there was a big stink about how the pet food companies in America were using food-stuffs from China… Continue

Added by Jim Valentine on May 14, 2009 at 8:14am — 2 Comments

Handling Problems

Something bad happened to me today (5/1/09). I won't go into details about what it was but I do want to talk about the different stages of emotions that I was hit with.



First was the almost immediate desire to drop to my knees and plead to the unknown. At the same time I was struck with this emotion, it was counter-attacked by rationality.



This is a good example of how my religious background continues to try to drag me backwards in my quest to be a more responsible and… Continue

Added by Jim Valentine on May 13, 2009 at 2:54am — 4 Comments

The 10 commandments offer no real insight or guidance

I posted this in a Facebook note. I was quite amused to watch my friend count drop from 122 to 119 in about an hour. I'm not sure who they were but it doesn't matter now.

----

The 10 commandments offer no real insight or guidance to people.



A child can conclude early in their lives what liking and not liking something means.



A child that has their toy taken away concludes that they don't like it and voice their opinions about it in one way or… Continue

Added by Jim Valentine on May 13, 2009 at 2:42am — 1 Comment

Why is this Atheist grumpy?

I wrote this on Facebook a few weeks ago. I intended there to be more added to it over time but I haven't gotten around to it yet...



Why is the Atheist Grumpy?



This atheist is grumpy for a couple of reasons.



Let me first establish something that I think many religious folk don't or perhaps refuse to understand about atheists. We are human beings, just like you. We have ears to hear what you say, we have eyes to see what you do, we have emotions that work the… Continue

Added by Jim Valentine on April 11, 2009 at 7:10am — 2 Comments

Militant Atheist

I have to say that some ... no, most people do not understand why I am so anti-religious. Most people do not understand the pure feeling of relief I felt when I finally read Thomas Paine's Age of Reason which opened my eyes to the reality of what religion is all about: the quest for power over humans. If that was all there was to it then I could have remained a deist quietly and contentedly. However, and this is the purpose of this blog, my quests in religion have created something inside of me… Continue

Added by Jim Valentine on December 14, 2007 at 12:30am — No Comments

Forum

Awe struck

Started by Davis Goodman in Small Talk. Last reply by Reg The Fronkey Farmer 1 hour ago. 30 Replies

Sunday Disassembly

Started by Reg The Fronkey Farmer in Society. Last reply by Simon Paynton 1 hour ago. 10 Replies

In Defense of ‘Islamophobia’

Started by Brian Daurelle in Society. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck 2 hours ago. 50 Replies

Blog Posts

A Life-Changing Confrontation

Posted by Belle Rose on October 23, 2014 at 2:55am 3 Comments

Life Condensed

Posted by Cato Rigas on October 19, 2014 at 8:30pm 3 Comments

Services we love!

We are in love with our Amazon

Book Store!

Gadget Nerd? Check out Giz Gad!

Advertise with ThinkAtheist.com

In need a of a professional web site? Check out the good folks at Clear Space Media

© 2014   Created by umar.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service