2nd, imperialism which lead to strong entities that controlled almost all ppl lives, directly and indirectly, now our societies are living by american standards without realising, some good and some shit and we just imitate.
I just entered "suzanne olson-hyde" in my address bar in Google Chrome. Up came a search page with you on it with your "Think Atheist" profile prominent. Your last name by itself also worked (not that I mind using Suzanne - it's my baby sister's name :D) though it didn't come up with you first. Maybe it's Internet Explorer? I've never had a problem with using hyphens with web site names or other uses. I'd have to see what was going on first-hand to find a fix.
Odd. I'm a computer guy myself - 30+ years (see? Hyphen!). Windows used to be picky about some file names, but that's about it. Web site names can have hyphens too. Are you trying to create a domain name or site for yourself? By the way my mom's name is properly Carry-Robertson, and my ex-wife's is maiden name was properly Velez-Montoya (from Venezuela originally). I can relate.
It is difficult not to notice. Being here with these Evangelical Christians keeps it alive and it must be stopped. They need to MIND THEIR OWN BUSINESS! Sorry to shout, but I've had enough. This should be covered by HIPPA laws and others.
Actually I'm intending to do just that. I'm taking steps to start a church of rational thought in Northern Michigan.
If it sounds like a good idea to you, I encourage you to do the same where you live. :-)
I think there are two definitions of the term religion and only one- the negative definition- wouldn't apply to atheism.
religion: a set of existentialist beliefs that require institutional dogmas to continue.
Atheism is not a religion under this definition, but for that matter, neither is theism alone. A person does not need to be taught atheism. People from all over the world at all periods of human history have come to the conclusion on their own that there is no god. People were even coming to the conclusion that there is no god during the time of Moses, since he mentions such people in the Torah.
Likewise theism alone is not a religious belief. A person who had never heard of God can take a walk through the woods and suddenly think "Hmm...I'll bet a grand being made all of this, just like I made my house." What that person cannot do is suddenly think "Hmm...I'll bet 2,000 years ago there was a guy named Jesus who died on a cross." or "hmm...I'll bet there's this book out there called the bible that I need to read." Those beliefs require institutional dogmas to continue and hence are religious by the negative definition.
Here's the other definition...
religion: the component of a person's philosophy that deals with certain existentialist subjects.
By this definition everyone has "religion."
As far as the subject of starting a church goes I think it would be willfully ignorant to decide that theistic churches have no benefit to individuals or communities. The question is- do these benefits come from theism or do they come from the simple fact that church as a social institution has certain benefits? I would argue the latter. We should have our own churches because we should gather together, fellowship, discuss our ideas, provide support for one another and promote moral principles to one another. Everyone can benefit from such things.
How fortunate you are Suzanne - the only thing I ever found under a cabbage was a toad.
Glad you're enjoying my site, but it's best read from beginning to end, rather than skipping about.
To briefly explain my approach, I began writing seriously but discovered I was putting myself to sleep, so I decided to add my own warped humor to liven it up a bit, hoping the humor would be the "spoonful of sugar" that would make it more fun to read, while at the same time, present facts most people who claim Christianity never, ever learn.
Clearly I have a long way to go, being only halfway through Genesis, but the research on it is exhausting. If it's ever read by a Christian or Jew who knows what they're talking about, I have to be as sure as possible that I have facts to back up what I'm saying, or I'll lose all credibility.
The deeper I dig, the more I'm uncovering. It's fascinating!
You're likely just getting up and I'm about to finally pass out, so have a good one!
Wow. Australia sounds like my kind of country!!! Visiting there is on my bucket list for sure. For the most part, I am not confronted with too many religious zealots as most of my friends are non Christan. Even in a conservative state like Montana, I rarely have to deal with situations that make me uncomfortable. Most, because I am very visibly tattooed, so, one look at me and I think people figure I am a lost cause. lol Well, they are right! I am sorry you suffered so under the hands of those wicked nuns! But we are out, and we survived just fine. I know a lot of very sweet, very kind people who are still stuck in the church. I hope that one day they will see the "light" so to speak, but if they don't well, I hope they just continue to be good people. And, never expect me to return. I just can't see how one could be a feminist, and a Christian at the same time. It's as silly as expecting a fish to ride a bicycle. Oh, I must say, I love the clouds and the pretty unicorn! Very nice! lol.
Thank you for the welcome Suzanne! Indeed I feel good about surviving Mormonism. hehe. I have been away from the church for almost 20 years now and it's not so bad here on the other side. In fact, I find it a lot more friendly and logical. ;-) I used to be married to a Catholic. The last time I went to (was forced to go to rather) Midnight Mass, I silently wept because I was so miserable. I left him and left religion behind for good. It seems like you have come through a lot as well. Again, thank you for the warm welcome. Take care!