I went back to the church a few weeks later to hear about how god is the only foundation for absolute morals. Hoo boy, let me tell you about that one! From this visit, I learned something very important. I learned that this church is set up in a way that does not allow for any sort intelligent discourse. The first visit was an interview, so I did not think it was representative of the church’s usual Sunday meetings. But this Sunday was a typical Sunday meeting of people with like interests who… Continue
Added by 5ive on August 27, 2008 at 7:06pm —
This church is doing a lecture each Sunday this month on what they are calling Mythbusters. Mythbusters is actually a popular show on the Discovery Channel that is dedicated to debunking real myths such as the paranormal and miracles. I am very certain this church did not have permission to use the copyrighted “Mythbusters” name for their sermons. The church has entitled their “myths”: “Evolution is a fact, not a theory, Humans can be moral without God and Science and Christianity are… Continue
Added by 5ive on August 27, 2008 at 7:01pm —
I tend to humor conspiracy theory proponents. They’re typically quiet, generally decent humans and more or less harmless as far as I’m concerned. Getting into a debate with one has the potential to be as mind-numbingly painful (not to mention useless) as debating a fundamentalist christian but if you just let them ramble on and nod every once and a while you can escape without tearing out your hair. I don’t believe this brand of lunacy should go on unchecked but when they person you’ve come… Continue
Added by Hessenroots on August 27, 2008 at 6:58pm —
I am going to do this in 3 separate posts, because it is rather lengthy. it covers my 2 visits to a big 'ol church somewhere in the Western U.S. Out of respect for the pastor, who has been nothing but nice to me, I will let the church remain anonymous. Here goes....
I went to a big box church twice in February. I had never been to a church like this. It was, well, kind of surreal, a little bit disillusioning and quite a bit sad. The building is huge. I had expected this as I had seen… Continue
Added by 5ive on August 27, 2008 at 6:53pm —
The Teleological Argument
The teleological argument is an inductive means reaching the conclusion that the universe was designed by an intelligent entity. Essentially, if were to find a complicated machine in the middle of nowhere, we would not suppose it were there by chance or by whim of nature. Rather, we would suppose that the complexity and form, and perhaps function it is apparent, inferred that it was created by an intelligent being. In the same sense, though, we find that… Continue
Added by Metro State Atheists on August 27, 2008 at 6:10pm —
Just writing to tell you about our upcoming guest speaker. PZ Myers will be speaking in the Tivoli Turnhall on Friday,September 12th from noon until approximately 2pm. The topic of discussion is Science education: caught in the middle in the war between science and religion.
Myers is a Professor of Biology at the University of Minnesota Morris and author of Pharyngula, and online science blog. He is a prominent critic of creationism and intelligent… Continue
Added by Metro State Atheists on August 27, 2008 at 6:00pm —
Hey everyone! I haven't been around much lately because I've been doing a thorough cleaning of my house. Company will be here in a couple hours for a week or more. My husband's annual family reunion is Labor Day weekend and his sisters are staying with us. What fun!
Anyhoo, I've also been doing little things to improve Heaving Dead Cats
and hope to get some good blog posts up when company leaves. I should have some good material as… Continue
Added by Neece on August 27, 2008 at 2:42pm —
I have heard this term thrown around so much that it's really lost all meaning.
Geek used to mean that you were smart, and knew way too much about things that the popular kids, when you went to high school, would have thought were stupid.
Not so much anymore, apparantly, as I just heard some guy refer to himself as a "sports geek." That would be awesome if maybe he was up on all the stats and played fantasy baseball or something, but no, he just plays a lot of sports and… Continue
Added by Parallax on August 27, 2008 at 2:27pm —
school is back in session, and i'm back on campus for the first time in a year and a half. greek rush numbers were record high this year, so there are frat boys and sorostitutes crawling all over campus in their matching tshirts and crap... i can do nothing but grit my teeth and just think about how awesome it will be to get out of here in may.
i don't have a problem w/ the greek system per se; it's never appealed to me really, but i know some pretty cool people that happen to be in… Continue
Added by Cati on August 27, 2008 at 1:23pm —
I strongly encourage you to visit my blog today. www.createcognitivedissonance.wordpress.com
I've got quite the discussion/debate about Hell going on, and I think it would be great to get more free-thinking commentary.
Check it out!
Added by Ben Barnett on August 27, 2008 at 11:27am —
One last ripple to address from last week's posts
In emails and comments, a few readers brought up another issue that cuts close to the bone for secular parents. In the conversation with my daughters, I described our condition after death as identical to our condition before birth. Some readers threw the flag at this point -- Indoctrination, 10 yards against the parent, second down and 20!
-- because I did not say… Continue
Added by Dale McGowan on August 27, 2008 at 9:00am —
Below is linked an deconstruction of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount from the point of view of an atheist, a good read. Check it out along with the rest of their wiki Iron Chariots.
Added by Raffles on August 26, 2008 at 10:37pm —
Hey another blog. I have lost track of how many I have out there, most are terribly neglected. Well in this case I think it might get more use. I often have things that come to mind in regards to religion and this would be the perfect place to post them. Of course there is the time issue. Time is often not my friend. Oh well. Anyway this is just a nice initial try out the blog post.
Added by John "Direwolf" Pollock on August 26, 2008 at 3:32pm —
Luis De Jesus Miranda, minister of the Miami Growing in Grace church, gained international notoriety in 2004 by declaring himself to be Jesus Christ, and then later claiming to be the Antichrist. His theory: As he is the Second Coming, his teachings supersede those of Jesus.
His powerful and charismatic influence over the congregation of Growing Grace was in evidence when they all showed up, in mass, to get the numbers 666 tattooed on their bodies, in honor of their messiah. At home, he… Continue
Added by Terry Osburn-Sharff on August 26, 2008 at 1:28pm —
I found this link
today while browsing Pharyngula. Good quick reference points for explaining atheism to theists. And this
is just incredible.
H/T to PZ Myers
Added by Brad Feaker on August 26, 2008 at 1:14pm —
Ranking 3rd on Adherants.com's list
of the world's Major "religions", you wouldn't think of Free Thinkers as a dying breed. But, I ask; What are we doing to grow?
If you look at the modern Christian evangelical movement, they are putting up quite a front for the hearts and minds of the world's population, and in particular, it's youth. See, for instance, some of the… Continue
Added by Tex on August 26, 2008 at 12:38pm —
I was raised (loosely) as a Roman Catholic. I went to a Catholic comprehensive school in London on the weekdays and church on Sundays. Well, most Sundays. One time I snuck away with my brother and we bought comic books with the collection money. That was more fun than church! But over time I have become an atheist. As I grow older and spend more time thinking about life, I cannot bring myself to stay religious. The more I think about it, the less I am able to buy into… Continue
Added by Buford Twain on August 26, 2008 at 3:28am —
A community of Atheists. Wow, who woulda thunk it? I've been an atheist/skeptic/rationalist for it seems like forever, but it never occurred to me that there were organized groups of people who think like me. I don't know why I didn't think of it since there are online communities for everything else, from knitters and glass blowers to people who really love cheese. I used to belong to a community of fans of an obscure Canadian Folk-Rock band, although I sort of dropped that since the band's… Continue
Added by spacecoyote on August 26, 2008 at 12:37am —
This falls into the category of Why Didn't *I
* think of that!?
I wrote about this great business idea at Heaving Dead Cats
. Basically it is helping "good" christians with a very much needed service. It's brilliant!
Added by Neece on August 26, 2008 at 12:26am —
Tuesday, 26 August, 2008 23:53
Nilknarf Daily Haiku
sugar in the blood...
not too much, not too little;
got to be just right.
First, a confession: this was not really written on Tuesday but on Wednesday morning at 04:00.
I did get a good nights' sleep Monday night, like seven hours or so... felt pretty good when I got up at 06:00.
Beautiful day, and I even got out a little bet, went to the store, did a few chores....
Lana got… Continue
Added by Douglas Franklin on August 25, 2008 at 11:30pm —