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Religion is changing in The Netherlands

Started Aug 5, 2011 0 Replies

This came up on BBC today.  Atheist ministers are becoming common. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-14417362Continue

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Ethics Without Religion?

Started this discussion. Last reply by A Former Member Feb 20, 2010. 3 Replies

Enlightened Self-InterestSee my blog at  http://brazilbrat.blogspot.com/A popular theist argument for religion is “Without religion (god) we would have…Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by James Smith Dec 13, 2009. 8 Replies

Hello from João Pessoa, Brazil. I'm a retired American Writer and trainer living the good life in Brazil. Here, I have the best climate on earth. Mild weather all year around. No tornadoes.…Continue

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Becoming Free

Posted on December 30, 2009 at 11:02am 2 Comments

Blame it on my parents. They always told me to "think for myself". I doubt they ever considered what would happen if I really did that.

Now, I suspect what they meant was, "Think what we tell you but do it in your own words." Too late. When I was 13, I began to question everything and soon the total absurdity of religion became apparent.

Because I have been “encouraged” (forced) to read the bible many times, it was easy for me to see the contradictions in the book, what… Continue

A Leap of Faith

Posted on December 23, 2009 at 12:34pm 2 Comments

Let’s All Have Faith

If something cannot be proven, there is likely to be a reason for it. If something cannot be seen, it can still be proven. Gravity cannot be seen by any of our current technology. But its effects can be seen and measured. Just try dropping an iron weight on your toe. Or do you think that was a spiritual effect by god to punish you for being stupid enough to drop it on your toe?

Gravity can be measured, its actions observed and even predicted. I… Continue

Enlightened Self Interest

Posted on December 12, 2009 at 3:13pm 7 Comments

Enlightened Self-Interest

See my blog at http://brazilbrat.blogspot.com/

There is no substantive evidence for an omnipotent father-figure deity as postulated by the Christian/Jewish/Islamic tradition. So without religion can there be morality? Certainly, because true moral behavior is based upon simple self-interest. The guiding ethic is to truly act in your own best interest. That would mean treating all people fairly,… Continue

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At 9:53am on March 14, 2012, Steph S. said…
Thanks for your reply to my discussion! I am visiting your blog!
At 1:01pm on May 17, 2011, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…
Greetings, James! I notice you haven't been active at Atheist Nexus since Jan. <sigh> Sometimes it can seem a bit fragmented, with different groups for every interest. Please consider a group for socializing, where we talk about whatever's on our minds, Hang With Friends. :D You might feel more at home.
At 6:50am on December 16, 2009, Jaume said…
Just saw a 'Master and Commander' movie on French TV yesterday. My brother was here and told me Patrick O'Brian lived for about 50 years only a few kiliometers away - like 15 minutes in a car. The world is a very small place ;-)
At 6:36pm on December 13, 2009, James Smith said…
Thanks for the welcome. I hope to be able to make a few contributions here soon.
At 6:15pm on December 13, 2009, Dr. Terence Meaden said…
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