October 2015 Blog Posts (25)

Why pray to God(s)?

God can never change his mind

Assuming hypothetically that there is a God, let me prove that God cannot change his mind, because he is assumed by all religions to be perfect. There is always a best choice in any situation. For someone to change their mind, they have to deem their new choice better than their old one.



Suppose, for example, that god thought initially that one plus one equals three. God then changes his mind to thinking that one plus one equals…

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Added by V.N.K.Kumar on October 31, 2015 at 12:16pm — 6 Comments

Even the Pope has his bad days

Added by Alan Perlman on October 30, 2015 at 3:31pm — 2 Comments

Life and Death

I exist, a scion of unknown ancestors that began with the splitting of cells and transformations that changed everything over time. I was nothing before my conceptions and I return to that place. I am alive, with all my senses informing me of who I am and who I am becoming. Trust the process! I, you, we, all exist on the same plane, going through transformations every day until our final breath. Then, life goes on changing, individuals change, the universe changes. I return to the stuff of…

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Added by Joan Denoo on October 30, 2015 at 1:44pm — 7 Comments

There, but for...

As an atheist, a lot of little things bother me-- two, in particular.

How often, after a tragedy of some sort, do we hear "Our thoughts and prayers are with the families"? How inane is that sentence? Yes, I realize it's meant to be wellmeaning and supportive, but is it really necessary? What else can be said? I heard it many times after my father died last month. I inwardly cringed and said thank you. But I wanted so much to say, please don't pray for me. 

Far worse than that…

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Added by Randall Smith on October 30, 2015 at 8:01am — 22 Comments

Update on the progress of my works

An article about my works shows up now on the BIZOHA website and Brighter Brains website.

You can take a look at the posts and perhaps get involved.

http://brighterbrains.org/articles/entry/bizoha-orphanage-with-science-we-can-progress1

and…

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Added by Bwambale Robert on October 29, 2015 at 1:33am — 1 Comment

Adam & Eve found innocent of all crimes

In a dramatic turn of events, Adam de Eden and his wife Eve have been found not guilty of being the cause of a ‘curse on all mankind’ and bringing sin into the world by eating a piece of illicit fruit. While neither deny consuming said berry, they claimed in court that the fruit tree's owner had lied to them, and that they were unaware of how dire the consequences of their ‘crime’ would be.

The judge in the case, Lord AG. Gnostic, accepted the de Eden's story, which went as…

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Added by Dave Godfrey on October 27, 2015 at 5:19am — 10 Comments

Atheist Characters in the Novel: My new book on Jonestown & Peoples Temple

By Sikivu Hutchinson

My new novel, White Nights, Black Paradise, on…

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Added by Shutch on October 26, 2015 at 11:15pm — 5 Comments

Free Enquiry

        Free enquiry is important to me.  I believe that people have a right to air their views.  I do not wish to live in a society where the state can accuse you of thought crime and silence you.  Who gets to decide what ideas constitute thought crime or for that matter who has committed thought crime?  I suggest that we should not allow the state to decide.  We must uphold freedom of speech without exception, but let us add the proviso that in those cases where one is in fact inciting to…

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Added by Wyatt on October 25, 2015 at 2:50am — 5 Comments

Expert Opinion and Arguments from Authority

        It is not as a general rule irrational to place some degree of trust in expert opinion if that expert opinion is informed by the scientific method.  This is because the success of the method is irrefutable.  And to the extent that experts adhere to the scientific approach and submit their work for peer review, we may assign some credibility to their work.  If every physicist on the planet says x is true, I had better have done the research before I attempt to refute them.  We do not…

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Added by Wyatt on October 25, 2015 at 2:40am — 12 Comments

Letter to a Creationist

What is so amazing about complexity? The universe has had 13.7 billion years to generate complexity somewhere in its unimaginable vastness. I would be surprised if complexity didn't arise somewhere given all that time.



But you posit an infinitely complex incomprehensible god. There is nothing simple about a personality with infinite power and knowledge. How on earth is god less mind boggling than the gradual build up of physicochemical complexity over billions of years? Random… Continue

Added by Wyatt on October 22, 2015 at 12:49pm — 13 Comments

Don't Waste Your Time In School, Become A Psychic

http://www.thespiritualbeacon.net/blog

 

  Are you at the age where college will soon be a part of your life but your still not sure what you want to be? Are your parents pushing you onto a career path that feels right to them but makes you want to stick a screw driver in your eye? Does the idea of pretending to do something you can't, sound like a good way to make money? Well, look no further then the fast paced world of…

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Added by JustinTetro on October 22, 2015 at 5:00am — 3 Comments

The Red Herring of Spirituality

How many times have we heard it? “I’m not religious, but I am spiritual.” To this day, while the intent if not the meaning of that phrase is at least vaguely understood, there should be another way to express it. I suspect that a goodly number of the people on this planet have experiences which class under that heading, and such experiences are as natural as breathing. The problem in essence is the heading itself.



The problem is compounded by a vocabulary which treats such…

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Added by Loren Miller on October 20, 2015 at 9:00am — 52 Comments

Two Arguments for Freedom of Speech (excerpted from a talk by author Douglas Murray)

"...that, basically, the importance of having as wide agreement as possible in free speech comes down to the fact that, firstly, you may need to hear opinions you do not want to hear because you yourself may be in error.  And if you're not entirely in error, you may at least be partly in error.  And you may need to be put back on a good course.  And you may not be able to get back on a good course unless you can hear speech which some people may wish to deprive you of.

Secondly, the…

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Added by Wyatt on October 18, 2015 at 1:09am — 2 Comments

Animal Rights

        Any line that we draw regarding animal rights, if it is not applied to all life universally, will be arbitrary.  Life feeds on life.  We can not sustain ourselves at present without destroying life to do so.  There is no rational argument for completely avoiding the consumption of all life.  And there is no moral argument.  The universe does not care whether people eat chickens, lions, or automobiles.  We can however come up with cogent arguments for why we would not want to deplete…

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Added by Wyatt on October 18, 2015 at 12:48am — 4 Comments

Letter to a Postmodern Apologist

If you choose the broadest possible definition of religion, you will find that the soccer enthusiast and the man who believes in gods, devils, and other supernatural beasties are equally men of "religion."  We can make no meaningful distinction between them.  And yet there does appear to be something different between the two that cannot be accounted for merely by the degree of importance each assigns to an activity.  For one thing, religion can not wholly be accounted for by activities. …

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Added by Wyatt on October 18, 2015 at 12:32am — 6 Comments

RSVP (not sent)

"Dear Alan and Elisha,

"We are planning to have the unveiling service for Belle [my mother, who died last year] on Sunday, November 22 at the Haym Solomon Memorial Park, Frazer, PA at 11am.  We would love to have you join us, but please – [there’s] no pressure."

[Invitation to brunch afterward.]

The above is an invitation from my brother and sister-in-law (Deb, although a New Hampshire Congregationalist, follows along…

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Added by Alan Perlman on October 17, 2015 at 12:00pm — 19 Comments

Scared for my life right now.

I live in Atlanta, Georgia and I'm in a transitional living program. I have the feeling that the staff as well as other residents in this program might have the entire city of Atlanta either trying to force me to convert to Christianity or conspiring to kill or harm me because I'm an atheist. Everywhere I go, I see people wearing blue and driving blue cars that seem to be following me around. I've also had people drive by, screaming at me, flipping me off, and taking pictures of me. This… Continue

Added by Just Me on October 15, 2015 at 7:20pm — 5 Comments

The Fed is Fed.

Benjamin Fulford has stated that the Fed is now a .gov agency. He says a lot lately. Many of the things he says ring true.

Added by Clarence Dember on October 13, 2015 at 9:35am — 1 Comment

God Doesn't Make Mistakes (WARNING: Contains horrific photo)

God's track record in making mistakes is long. Perhaps, the biggest happened early in his creative endeavors when he destroyed the world because his people were having a good time and ignoring him. Who needed the bother? He didn't get it right in first attempt. I would call that a major error, one that most Christians ignore.

Of course, I'm leading up to something and it is the number of posts saying "God Doesn't Make…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on October 12, 2015 at 8:00am — 21 Comments

Secular Humanism encapsulated

Secular Humanism (Secular = Atheistic; Humanism = Concern for Human welfare) does not believe in Soul, afterlife, karma, reincarnation, heaven, gods and most of all does not believe that man’s mission on earth is to praise & glorify illusory gods.

Debating about the existence or non-existence of gods with the believers is an exercise in futility, because you just cannot reason someone out of opinions they were never reasoned into. Early childhood…

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Added by V.N.K.Kumar on October 10, 2015 at 3:24am — 4 Comments

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