April 2012 Blog Posts (145)

Our Kings and Lords never really cared about us, so why should the King of Kings?

Bobby Christos

'this man claims to be the Son of God, thankfully in 2010 he will be treated and released from detention when…
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Added by HisDudeliness TheVenerable Peter on April 26, 2012 at 12:00am — 3 Comments

Ardent Atheist Tonight at 7pm PST on Newdissidentradio.com

Hey Everybunny!

Join us again for another live Ardent Atheist at 7pm PST!

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The following folks will be in the studio;

Blain Kapatch - http://www.facebook.com/people/Blaine-Capatch/706030321  

Matt Kirshen - …

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Added by Heather Henderson on April 25, 2012 at 5:38pm — No Comments

Can faith heal depression.

Short answer: No.

Long answer:

It is one thing to question what an illness is, and how it manifests itself. It is quite another to challenge its existence in the face of evidence armed only with faith in the supernatural. However, this is what Channel 4 deem fit for public consumption, despite the consequences. Sufferers of depression have enough to deal with when it comes to being accepted by society as genuinely “suffering” from a condition without having that…

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Added by Tony Ryan on April 25, 2012 at 4:46pm — 1 Comment

An update on my father's health

I know I have discussed the health issues facing my parents here on the Nexus before, and I really appreciate the support and love everyone has given me here concerning these issues.



I was talking with my Mom late Friday morning, and I'm afraid I have some pretty tough news concerning my Dad.



For background, my dad has been in declining health for the past several years, mostly Parkinson's disease. AFAWK, much of it was brought on because of his alcohol abuse over the…

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Added by Brent Feeney on April 25, 2012 at 2:30pm — 15 Comments

Catholic Church Promotes Bigotry in Small Town Kansas

New post is up: Catholic Church Promotes Bigotry in Small Town Kansas

Please leave your comments at my site to include non-Atheist Nexus members in the discussion.  Thanks for all your support.

     RB

Added by Reason Being on April 25, 2012 at 12:01pm — 2 Comments

Why do we search for forgiveness from a higher power, when we already have the answer?

Why do people seek forgiveness from a higher power just for being the insignificant and imperfect beings we have evolved to be. The burden of failure weighs so heavily upon us when we fall short of so many social standards, too many in fact for any one person to fully understand or adhere…
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Added by HisDudeliness TheVenerable Peter on April 25, 2012 at 2:57am — 4 Comments

Neuroscience of the afterlife

What interests me most about people who believe in an after life, is that most of them believe that the brain has some control over our functions. Tell them that a person can no longer talk, read, write, reason properly, or remember things due to a brain injury (i.e the damage to/death of part of the brain) and they will understand, and accept the science behind it. However, when the brain completely dies, and therefore so does the human being,…

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Added by Tony Ryan on April 24, 2012 at 4:54pm — No Comments

Christopher Hitchens on the Numinous

"It’s innate in us to be overawed by certain moments, say, at evening on a mountaintop or sunset on the boundaries of the ocean. Or, in my case, looking through the Hubble telescope at those extraordinary pictures. We have a sense of awe and wonder at something beyond ourselves, and so we should, because our own lives are very transient and insignificant. That’s the numinous, and there’s enough wonder in the natural world without any resort to the supernatural being required." (Christopher… Continue

Added by Wyatt on April 24, 2012 at 3:35pm — No Comments

South Korean Enemy #1: Lady Gaga

Nevermind crazy pseudo-theocratic North Korean regimes that wish to invade them using incursion tunnels. Nevermind that this extremely isolationist rogue state has nukes and rocketry advanced enough to deliver certain nuclear incineration death anywhere in their country.

Some South Korean Christians know that the real threat to their very civilization wears a…

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Added by Godless Poutine on April 24, 2012 at 11:58am — 5 Comments

What Will It Take?

New post is up.  Please leave your comments at my site so that we can include non-Atheist Nexus members in the discussion.  You can read my post here: What Will It Take?

Thanks,

     RB

Added by Reason Being on April 24, 2012 at 10:59am — No Comments

The Bites of Spring

Spring is here, the lambs are in the fields, bluebells in the woods, sunshine and daffs. Absolutely beautiful, and little wonder that I hear and read grateful proclamations of the wonders of God's creation by the well meaning. But putting beauty to our eyes aside, is there not a huge chunk of reality missing?…

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Added by HisDudeliness TheVenerable Peter on April 24, 2012 at 2:57am — 3 Comments

Godless Prophets Podcast

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Added by Bradley Freeman on April 23, 2012 at 9:06pm — No Comments

A world without Science

        First, I suggest that those interested in what science has to say about morality read Sam Harris's, "The Moral Landscape."

       

Envision a World Without Science:       

        Aztecs used to rip out people's hearts to ensure that the sun would rise the next day. Druids would burn people in wicker men or throw them into peat bogs to make the crops fertile once more.

This kind of superstitious, horrific behavior was due to the fact that people had no idea how…

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Added by Wyatt on April 23, 2012 at 5:17pm — No Comments

Intervention! Scientologist Rehab Centre Shut Down in Trois-Rivières

There's more fantastic non-crazy news here in Quebec when it comes to secularism to brighten your Monday.  The head of the regional health agency forced Narconon, a Scientology-run…

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Added by Godless Poutine on April 23, 2012 at 3:12pm — 2 Comments

The Moral Compass

Can the Bible Provide Us with A Good Moral Compass?

        The Old Testament gives mandates for slavery, the subjugation of women, and the killing of other tribes of people.  The New Testament gives a mandate that women must subjugate themselves to their husbands.  Women are told to be subordinate to men.  Also, slaves are told to be patient with their masters, even if their masters are cruel.  And let's not forget the morally questionable idea of vicarious redemption,…

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Added by Wyatt on April 23, 2012 at 3:12pm — No Comments

Author Suspected of Being Raptured, Chaos Narrowly Avoided

I was apparently, at least to the casual observer, Raptured over the weekend. The casual observer in this case was my Significant Other. Having gotten up briskly instead of lying around in a sprawled stupor like she was, I decided to go hiking in the local mountains after completing my computing chores. This meant I needed to change shorts, and I left the first pair on in her pink leather office chair, draping them over the seat in a manner that suggested, to a certain…

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Added by Richard Cahill on April 23, 2012 at 1:22pm — No Comments

Rational, Irrational, and Arational: Definitions

What does it mean to make a rational decision in a complex and dynamic environment?

       A rational decision is one that is not just reasoned, but is also optimal for achieving a goal or solving a problem.  In everyday life, we must deal with probabilities, varying degrees of certainty in a complex world.  Rational decisions therefore necessarily involve some form of probabilistic reasoning. This may take the form of an inductive inference. Rational decisions are based on inferences…

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Added by Wyatt on April 23, 2012 at 11:51am — No Comments

Another accost at work...

A well-meaning (but misguided) co-worker just gave me a poem intended to be hung in our baby's room.  It's called "Day Old Child", written by Carol Lynn Pearson, and it's all about how a new mother can't wait for her baby to grow up so she can tell him all about God.  Looks like one for the recycle bin...

Added by Civilly Disobey on April 23, 2012 at 11:50am — No Comments

The Catholic Church is the Most Dangerous Threat to the First Amendment

New post is up.  Please leave your comments at my site so that we can include non-Atheist Nexus members in the discussion.  You can read my post here: The Catholic Church is the Most Dangerous Threat to the First Amendment

Thanks all,

         RB

Added by Reason Being on April 23, 2012 at 11:18am — 1 Comment

Humanism is Tribalism on Steroids

Humanism is Tribalism on Steroids

                Many theists have difficulty in understanding how atheist/humanists get their morals if they did not get them by stealing them from Christianity. The answer is really quite simple: Tribalism evolved to become more and more inclusive until it reached all of humanity.

As descendants of a common primate ancestor, bonobos and Homo sapiens demonstrate altruistic behavior.  …

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Added by Rudy Ruddell on April 23, 2012 at 12:12am — 12 Comments

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