I went to hear Dan Barker speak last night at Kansas State University and to talk with the student Freethinker group about Recovering From Religion. They had a great turnout and Dan's speech was fun. The student Freethinkers are very active. Jessica and Ray have done a good job of getting the word out.
What makes former atheists switch sides become theists? Were they really atheists in the first place or do the likes of people such as Lee Strobel simply claim former atheism in an attempt to give their theism more credibility? Or an attempt to lure real atheists into theism by claiming to have solid enough evidence to convince an atheist of the supernatural? Are there really any true atheists who become theists by choice?
Atheists switching sides seems far outside the realm of logic… Continue
The first ever Delivered From Dogma Freethinker Standup Comedy Show was preformed Sunday April 26th 2009 at Jazzbones in Tacoma Washington to an awesome and very receptive audience of atheists, agnostics and freethinkers.
Special thanks goes out to our Guest Host my Brett "HamBone" Hamil, who had the crowd roaring with laughter from the very word go.
Riggs then preformed a solid 30 minutes of material that as he put it "...we can't really practice when we are in Montana!"… Continue
I'm a nursing student with an education that covers the basics of chemistry, physics (hs level), microbiology, anatomy, psychology, history (world and US), government, math (though calculus), english (advanced) and ethics (301).
I do not have any degrees (yet) and as I mentioned I am working on a degree to get my license as a practicing RN.
I'm an atheist.
What all this boils down to is that I do not have a degree in physics, evolutionary biology or theology. I… Continue
One thing I hear frequently from Christians is the idea they have that God wants (Insert thingy here). Usually people come up with this after praying, or say that God speaks to them in a quiet voice. I wanted to write a note to suggest to those people that they should perhaps consider that the voice comes from another source.
My daughter once suggested to me that perhaps this is our dreaming world, and that when we dream, that is reality. I've heard this to suggest things like astral… Continue
Yesterday i went to attend the burial ceremony of the person i don't know.He was a brother to my Landlord.I have been in his house for now four years,in this period,he do lost many relatives and every time death comes,they alert me in hope that i will join them,i always end up not turning up,not because am busy,but i just don't like attending burial ceremonies,not sure why and i hate them.In addition to that,we had to travel 130 kilometers from Kampala to the ancestral home of my landlord,our… Continue
From my research (both quantitative and qualitative) and my personal experience I am certain that there is a fairly high percentage (10%? more?) of people who claim to believe in God and/or a church and are in actuality non-believers The vast majority of these are "religious by marriage", that is, their spouse is a believer and, rather than upset marriage and family, they choose to stay deeply closeted.
So often as Atheists we are told we are all intellect and just have to get out of our minds and feel. We have to feel the presence of God, and if we only felt what these people feel then we would know beyond a doubt that God is real. I can tell you that I have felt it. I lived it for many years. I was a Sunday School teacher, youth group leader, children's church worker and left all that to go to Bible college. I've been there and it's true: it feels real. Very much… Continue
Had a great night talking to the Heartland Humanists annual banquet. As with many secular humanist groups, they know how to have fun. Several people expressed an interest in facilitating Recovering from Religion groups. As of this weekend, we have prospective facilitators for six groups in six cities. The goal is to get Recovering from Religion groups going across the nation. If you want to participate, contact me and we can discuss how to get you started helping people leave their religion.… Continue
I was raised pretty damn fundamentalist. In fact, we looked at churches like Saddleback and thought "Pff! They aren't TRUE believers." Frankly, we didn't have much respect for people who didn't take their faith seriously enough to entertain the notion of drinking a little poison now and again or handling venomous snakes. I mean, come ON - the Bible says if you really have faith you can do it and not be harmed!
Actually Christians and atheists all seem to agree on one thing: My… Continue
I suppose I've never really written about this before, because it seems like too obvious a point to need addressing. But people do keep making these same tired old arguments, displaying a very tedious lack of imagination or intellectual curiosity.
A Texas death row inmate, Khristian Oliver claimed his constitutional rights were violated by jurors bringing bibles and discussing the bible during deliberations of his punishment. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals held that it was not error, that the decision of death penalty was not harmful error by the jurors having bibles and discussing that whomever kills by an iron rod shall die. The United States Supreme Court refused to hear the case, on April 20, 2009.
My friend Winston Cochran… Continue