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…Continue
Today, I had to have an interesting discussion with a friend from my h.s. years. He wanted to know what exactly happened at the church I went to. This is basically the story:
: So, I went to centenary, and mom had me to go to _____ when I was at _______. I didn't want to be there, because I thought some things were "off".
I mean, the fact that the minister scoffed about people's heart/mental issues and even termed something like depression as sin should have been a big…
All over the world, nations are in turmoil, and the condition seems to be spreading like wildfire. Some attribute it to the increasing availability of communications networks, some attribute it to Bin Ladin, while others hail the doom of 2012. Whatever the reasons, people seem swept in the currents of change, I think because of the dormant dissatisfaction that we all have suppressed for so long, seeing no alternative but to live out our days on this planet as lowly, walking, talking apes.…Continue
Added by asok kumar das on February 24, 2011 at 4:05pm — No Comments
Agnosticism privileges the religious argument. It says that the religious argument is, at least, as likely as the Atheist argument. However, while the Atheist argument actually has supporting evidence (take a key feature of that argument: "The Universe requires no gods to exist." Then, Occam's Razor.) the religious argument rests on assumptions that rest on other assumptions- turtles all the way down.
It's not that lack of evidence is evidence against the religious…Continue
Added by Sean Asbury on February 24, 2011 at 12:56pm — No Comments
I've spent all morning looking up a quote that I wanted to use. I'll give the credit to Richard Dawkins, even though I can't find it in the exact words, so this might be semi-original:
It's a special form of bigotry that allows a group of people, based on ancient theological text, to deny the right of another life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness, when the actions taken have absolutely no bearing on their own lives.
The Internet causes draught and terminal disease – so claims a new marketing campaign publicized in the ultra-Orthodox community and aims to curb use of the world wide web. "Where there is Internet, there are no rains," read one of the posters that were pasted in central haredi spots. "Let's remove the idolatry from among us. Hundreds of thousands of cancer patients (suffer) because of the Internet."(… Continue
An Atheist contact of mine has recently written an article for Online Opinion.
It is about the battle of the right of religious employers to discriminate on religious grounds when employing people in Victoria, Australia.
“In 2010 the Labor government of Victoria instigated legislation to prevent religious institutions from discriminating against employees on religious grounds where those employees were not employed to perform religious…Continue
Added by Alice on February 24, 2011 at 1:10am — No Comments
I was baptized in Poland, when I was several months old. A very common souvenir from such ceremonies in Poland is a golden cross which the kid can (some years later) put on a golden chain and hang around the neck. I also got one. It is now somewhere in my wardrobe, not being used for last x (x=13?) years, waiting for... nothing.
I have just got an idea: I will go to a goldsmith and ask him to melt this cross into the Darwin fish.
Quite a symbolic operation,…Continue
Added by Hania Uscka-Wehlou on February 23, 2011 at 4:38pm — No Comments
Donald Wright is a Houston-based freethought activist and the author of The Only Prayer I’ll Ever Pray: Let My People Go.In recognition of the seminal yet historically overlooked impact of black freethought traditions, he has proposed the fourth Sunday in February (February 27) as a "Day of Solidarity" for African American freethinkers, humanists, and atheists.
You were once a deacon and devoted member of your church. What…
Added by Sean Asbury on February 22, 2011 at 2:04pm — No Comments
In my last blog, ‘My Story’ I had mentioned the misconceptions of Atheists and said that this was a topic for another day. Well, today I will talk about this topic, and why it’s important to me to rid society of these stigmas, and why in fact(in my opinion) these misconceptions exist at all.
How do any group of people get misunderstood or labeled as ‘bad’? It can stem from a number of things and really isn’t…Continue
Added by Mark Bundy on February 22, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments
I suppose that all (or almost all) of you know the following talk:
but I would like to send this one anyway. This talk made me (about a year or two ago) take the last step on my (long) way from being a devoted catholic to becoming a militant anti-theist. It took me about 15 years to get from the former to the latter.
Religion is for our minds what environmental pollutions are to the nature, we cannot tolerate its…Continue
Imagine if a ship represented earth's resources/GDP, and 1000 passengers represented the earths population.
By my calculations, 1 guy would represent all the millionaires and billionaires, and he'd have 2/3rds of the ship to run around in.