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My maiden attempt at poetry

Some time ago I saw this quote:

"It’s a strange myth that atheists have nothing to live for. It’s the opposite. We have nothing to die for. We have everything to live for" --- Ricky Gervais

This galvanized the dormant muse in me & inspired me to type out the following free verse:

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OUR RAISON DETRE – A free verse

It’s a…

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Added by V.N.K.Kumar on November 19, 2018 at 12:46am — No Comments

Gods created by man

I first learned this idea from Neil Gaiman's books of which I am a fan. According to his books (see American Gods) , once a god loses his flock of believers, he (or she) loses his powers and then he vanishes. Following this logic, any deity is interested in growing its number of believers. This would explain the missionary activities of various religions.

  There might be an additional grim aspect of the gods created by men:

   The believers who die in their name also increase…

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Added by Peter Kornis on November 16, 2018 at 8:56am — No Comments

Profound Belief

In the Prologue of my book, I wrote in my mid-twenties there ignited in me an intense battle centered around a childhood supernatural worldview, and building a definitional worldview that I could live by. This dualistic battle amounted to my gethsemane, or my own noche oscura del alma ---> “dark night of the soul.” My dualistic battle became a daunting task to repeal-and-replace an obsolete worldview. My dualistic battlefield became a fierce insistent, persistent, consistent internal…

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Added by Al Wm Johnson on November 16, 2018 at 7:33am — No Comments

Hypnagogic Hallucinations and the Argument from personal experience.

I hallucinate every day. This is a more interesting hallucination I had that reoccured. This is the reason that I do not buy into the argument from personal experience.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWt25G7OqnA&lc=z23dtnpy5k30thmbc04t1aokgcpnpskls3li2f20qgvlbk0h00410  

Added by Compelledunbeliever on November 15, 2018 at 11:00am — No Comments

Conversion Therapy, Revisited

I am FURIOUS … again. With the advent of the new film, Boy Erased, and renewed attention to the “business” of conversion therapy, I am reminded once again of the arrogance displayed by the evangelical Christian community in thinking that, because Yahweh condemned men for loving other men and women for loving other women, that it was somehow incumbent on them to attempt to correct this supposed flaw in their personalities. Also reminding me of this issue was…

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Added by Loren Miller on November 11, 2018 at 10:40am — 14 Comments

What happens when you come out and grow on <a href="http://atheistnexus.org">http://atheistnexus.org</a>.

 I would like to thank everyone here on Atheist Nexus! This was the first atheist community I felt comfortable with. As a result I have not only come out here but have grown into an activist. Here is a short intorduction to my YouTube channel that would not havve happened if it was not for YOU!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfyIIngnMRQ&t=6s

Added by Compelledunbeliever on November 9, 2018 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Saints vs. Sinners

Dualistic religions preach about saints and sinners. We have sanctimonious preachers who appear to enjoy ranting about the raining down of fire from Heaven on us earthly sinners. Dualistic religions introduced the supernatural forces of saints and devils, and good angels competing with bad angels. Religions created farfetched opposing superbeings constantly in battle competing for the souls of us ordinary bone-blood humans. Unfortunately, many individuals pay homage to these outlandish…

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Added by Al Wm Johnson on November 2, 2018 at 7:05am — 3 Comments

White Supremacism, Trump, and the Future of Civility

The “new normal” becomes yet more virulent. On Saturday, 27 October, 2018, a gunman entered the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and opened fire, killing 11 of the congregants. Four police officers were also wounded when they responded to the incident before the assailant was taken into custody. Investigation into his background yielded results which were predictable to the point of being almost intuitively obvious. He was extremely anti-Semite, and while superficially a…

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Added by Loren Miller on October 28, 2018 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

In God's Image

Religion's spirit-body split has produced many dualistic divivions like Hell and Heaven. Hell (fictional dystopia) is ostensibly the realm of the damned. Heaven (fictional utopia) is supposedly the realm of the saved. Many religions have their laudatory chosen few destined to go to Heaven (the saved) and their derogatory many discarded to Hell (the damned). In Greek mythology Hades is the Underworld; land of the dead. Gulley and Mulholland said, "much of the pain and suffering in our world…

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Added by Al Wm Johnson on October 26, 2018 at 7:20am — 7 Comments

Bipolar God

Gulley and Mulhollan refer to the dualistic "fear-based and heaven earning religions." (2004) Dualism has been involved in Abrahamic religions from the start and has led to a “theology of separation.” (Walsch, 2005) Propagandistic fear-based religions contribute to shame, guilt, anxiety, mistrust, depression, drug addiction, sexual repression/ obsession, and even suicide. Condescending dualistic religions have a view of a damning God (a God of damnation), a malicious diety of retribution. A…

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Added by Al Wm Johnson on October 19, 2018 at 7:08am — 1 Comment

Dualistic Religions

Dualistic Religions -  Zoroaster founded the Persian ancient religion of Zoroastrianism, that has had a major influence on the Abrahamic religions. Kriwaczek said, “Zoroaster’s reputation had been high in the classical world.” (2003) He taught the dualistic forces of good and evil, and proclaimed that the world is a Cosmic battleground between them. The symbol for Zoroastrianism is fire, and it represented an enlightened force…

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Added by Al Wm Johnson on October 12, 2018 at 7:39am — 1 Comment

Who were a few of the Black Civil Rights Movement and what did they do?

What does it take for a weak individual to stop being afraid and think about his or her situation, find ways to stand up, and take action?

What does it take for a weak community to build coalitions of like-minded people and challenge those who dominate? 

Who were a few of the Black Civil Rights Movement and what did they do?

Asa Philip Randolph, the…

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Added by Joan Denoo on October 12, 2018 at 4:40am — 1 Comment

Spirit-Body Dualism

Nature has some key dualisms and we know that humans have many dualisms (most of them man-made). The Cartesian Dualism is a significant man-made dualistic concept separating mind (psyche) and body (soma). This mind-body split continues to be a major worldview for many people. However, the Abrahamic religions take this mind-body split and turn it into a dualistic spirit-body split. The spirit-body split has dramatically divided the spiritual world from the material world, and has given us the…

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Added by Al Wm Johnson on October 5, 2018 at 7:39am — 10 Comments

Naturalistic Fallacy

Naturalist Fallacy - Religions are major offenders of taking what "is" (i. e. Nature and human nature) and making it into what their fallacious dogma and doctrines say it "ought" to be. Religions are experts at categorizing human beings as good and evil, or damned and saved. The Big 3 Abrahamic religions do an excellent job of demeaning and demonizing all of us as sinners. The Big 3 are highly skilled at sowing childhood…

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Added by Al Wm Johnson on September 28, 2018 at 7:40am — No Comments

A Simple Question

“Are you willing to request that the White House direct the FBI to investigate the current allegations against you?”



I hadn’t watched most of the hearings that were conducted Thursday, with Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh as primary witnesses. I figured that I’d catch the evening news and hear the wrap-up at that time, but when I dialed up CBS at 6:30 PM Thursday, I was confronted with the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, still in full swing. Senators Feinstein,…

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Added by Loren Miller on September 27, 2018 at 6:35pm — 28 Comments

42 Measurements of Newtonian Constant of Gravitation using the r2e2 Balance

Max Planck Society: "Frederic-r2e2"; patent name

"...O mein! ...Das erste Maß! 6.66... x 10 ^ 8

zentimeter ^ 3 / gramm - sekunde ^ 2"

Friedrich Wilhelm Denke, 1888



42 Measurements of Newtonian Constant

of Gravitation using…

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Added by Garry Denke on September 24, 2018 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

Money Changers in the Temple

I denounce those spiritually bankrupt men-of-the-cloth and their bag-of-magic and superstitious tricks. I castigate these Lilliputian men-of-the-cloth who have become wealthy by manipulating their exploitable-and-expendable groveling devotees. It is difficult for me to hear the insufferable ranting coming from a toxic sinkhole of midget minds. These modern day money changers in the temple. These Christian predacious and parasitical money-grubbing men who became cash cow…

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Added by Al Wm Johnson on September 21, 2018 at 7:14am — 1 Comment

Sinister Ministers

John Calvin was that acerbic Huguenot having a self-righteous homilectical preaching that human nature is completely corrupt and sinful. There exists an entire host of modern day unsavory elite-and-aloof pejorative preachers who have a fear of human nature. There is a real cesspool of apopletic preachers with their apocalyptic messages aimed at their subservient followers. Sinister ministers of diminutive moral character the likes of Ernest Angley, Jim Bakker, Franklin Graham, John Hagee, …

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Added by Al Wm Johnson on September 14, 2018 at 7:46am — 2 Comments

Doctrine of Original Sin

The history of most early religions formulated a dualistic split between spirit and body. This split put us above the Animal Kingdom. It made us superior to other creatures in Nature. This superiority of humans led to an anthropocentric view of humans. This dualistic split lead to the natural bodily instincts of humans as being inferior. This horrendous vilification, desecration, denigration, and contamination stance against human nature is due to a religious fear of human instincts. This…

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Added by Al Wm Johnson on September 7, 2018 at 7:08am — 6 Comments

Holy Particle Physics! God is a Quantum Mechanic!

Universal Magnetic Reversals

Denke (hbar) is action; Planck (h) is angular;

hbar = quantum of action = 9.670554000 x 10^-29 erg-s

h = quantum of angular = 6.626070150 x 10−27 erg-s/rad

hbar = quantum of action = 9.670554000 x 10^-36 kg-m^2/s

h = quantum…

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Added by Garry Denke on September 5, 2018 at 7:00am — No Comments

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