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What reason is there to believe "God" as spoken by theists is a coherently defined word?

Why don't you atheists who believe "God" is a coherently defined term like the terms "unicorn" and "Santa Claus" give me a reason to believe that it is?  Don't you think that would be a better plan than just dissing me because I don't happen to know of any reason to believe "God" is a coherently defined word?

Added by Edwin McCravy on August 20, 2016 at 1:07am — 7 Comments

Which gods can the Gen Next worship w/o getting embarrassed?

I had a disturbing dream recently. I had renounced non-belief in the supernatural phenomena like gods, soul, afterlife, heaven, Karma, reincarnation and become a devout Hindu brahmin once again. I was doing maha mangalarthi to Durga mata by dancing like the Bengalis do. I woke up in cold sweat and felt relieved that my secular humanism was in tact. Perhaps it was the consumption of too many vadas my loving wife had made the previous night.

In real life, this can happen only if my…

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Added by V.N.K.Kumar on August 17, 2016 at 11:28am — 12 Comments

Teaching Humanism to the Military

I have a serious question. The Vermont National Guard put out a request for sources - for a program that is a LOT like my Living Made Simpler program in terms of topics they want discussed. (see:https://humanistlearning.com/livingmadesimpler1/

Obviously - it's the military - a non-religious secular approach to a discussion of ethics and personal responsibility and the dignity and worth of each…

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Added by Jennifer Hancock on August 16, 2016 at 9:05am — 7 Comments

Why Islam should be outlawed (until it's the next religions turn)

  Bare with me this is not hate speech.  

Let's say the Aztec religion becomes very prolific in the U.S.   There's temples through out the country. Our Constitution protects the freedom of religion. Great especially if it also protects freedom from religion. One day these Aztec theist decide to sacrifice a random citizen at each temple every day to ensure the sun rises. Would their freedom of religion then be protected. Of course not. It would be deemed unconstitutional on the basis…

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Added by Compelledunbeliever on August 11, 2016 at 7:57pm — 8 Comments

some changes going on around here

something about hitting up for money. ain't got none to spare. amazed this is still here..not the site itself this blog. since '09? wow how time flies. updated to indicate parent to young adult now. 18! currently going thru transitions w/ Social Security Disability re: her benefits. not fun. messes everything else up in terms of other aid sources so not just one thing but more than that. anyway... hopefully get it sorted out this week at least for this month. given how SS works it may take…

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Added by Cyn X on August 7, 2016 at 10:15am — 2 Comments

Let Us Not Praise the Prosperity Gospel With Faint Damn: It’s Worse than its Theology!

“Joel Osteen’s Fake, Heretical ‘Christianity’ Isn’t Any Better Than Atheism.”

That’s the title of an article from blogger Matt Walsh published yesterday on The Blaze. If Matt Walsh ever does have a thought worthy of publication, he will no mistake it for a bad cold, and there is certainly no chance The Blaze would publish anything that challenges the grade-school…

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Added by Dan Wall on August 5, 2016 at 8:47pm — 2 Comments

The Geniun of Homeopathy

http://www.thespiritualbeacon.net/blog

Reasonable, intelligent individuals view homeopathy as pseudoscience easily dismissed by high school chemistry and simple mathematics, but since I am neither reasonable nor intelligent I consider it to be the greatest medical marvel since the tongue depressor.

 The genius of a homeopathic remedy lies in its simplicity of construction, so anyone with an empty…

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Added by JustinTetro on August 4, 2016 at 7:05pm — 5 Comments

Genesis of the concept of Soul & Afterlife [Viewed through the microscope of science]

WISHFUL THINKING

Religion as per some philosophers is all about Comfort & Consolation. Religious beliefs (Soul, Afterlife, heaven & gods) are molly-coddling illusions. Afterlife beliefs are the primary reasons for the case that religion is a product of wishful thinking.

The belief in life after death may eliminate or weaken:

- The fear of personal extinction

- The overwhelming sadness when loved one dies

- The sense that a life of finite duration…

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Added by V.N.K.Kumar on August 4, 2016 at 9:24am — 4 Comments

Les Athées Napoléoniennes* The bad boys of atheism

« Les règlements sont faits pour les médiocres et les indécis; rien de grand ne se fait sans l'imagination. » de Napoleon Bonaparte

Added by Gabrielle Smith on August 2, 2016 at 9:21pm — 1 Comment

Free Thinker Meditation - Why bother?

So far, everybody I know is human.

Which for me begs the question: What is it to be human, or what is it to live a human life?

How does our experience, due to our genes, differ from other life forms?

Do you remember the charts from 50 years ago that often put humans at the top of all life forms?

Do you like many others now find such ideas ironic, tragic, and deadly?

So other than destroying this planet, we so often say we love, what is our best potential…

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Added by Jefferson R. Davis on August 1, 2016 at 11:12pm — 8 Comments

AronRa and Words – “The Details are Everything”

"When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less." "The question is," said Alice, "whether you can make words mean so many different things." "The question is," said Humpty Dumpty, "which is to be master—that's all."

-- Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass



In my experience, if you can't say what you mean, you can never mean what you say. The details are everything.…

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Added by Loren Miller on August 1, 2016 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

Delightful early childhood memories of Church

 Today for some random reason I began to reflect on early childhood memories of the protestant church. My mind wandered to Communion. I realized that there are many of those who are unaware of how the ceremony of Communion in the early 70’and before was conducted. They may be shocked and well, simply grossed out it. Its description could provide a good lesson in Christianity and huge laugh. Christianity has changed enormously since its beginning. It continues to constantly change even to…

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Added by Compelledunbeliever on July 30, 2016 at 3:00pm — 7 Comments

Trolling on You Tube

   I evangelize in reverse on You Tube sometimes. Maybe it’s just called trolling but the religious come out in droves and many try to convert me after I say I am an atheist. Usually I’m giving answers on an atheist blog post of some sort and the trolls come out. Immediately they try to tell me I’m angry at god.

    One of my favorites recently is a man who says I’m under the influence of the Devil. I could be under the influence of PCP for all he knows, but he goes into great detail on…

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Added by Michael Penn on July 28, 2016 at 9:00am — 9 Comments

Mount Saint Helens

I've lived within view of Mt St Helens for 15 years and more than half of my adult life in the Pacific Northwest areas affected by the Mt. St. Helens eruption in the 1980s..  Trees and terrain block the view from my house, but the beautiful volcano is prominant in the view on the road to my house.

Despite living here for so long, we have not been to the lookout station for at least 25 years.  We…

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Added by Daniel Wachenheim on July 26, 2016 at 12:54pm — 14 Comments

Good News: Religious Right losing faith on the Republicans?

There are several articles I read and they have lost some power over the years and they are now even more split over Trump:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/conservative-christians-share-communion-with-trump/2016/06/01/a4ced936-280d-11e6-ae4a-3cdd5fe74204_story.html…

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Added by Jennifer W on July 26, 2016 at 12:27pm — 5 Comments

For those who had an interest in Bernie Sanders.

I'm want to take money out of politics which is the primary reason I voted for Bernie Sanders during the Presidential primary.

This website called http://berniecrats.net/ which are active candidates that endorsed Bernie and are running for office (there's even 2 Republicans). We have to win the smaller elections as well to get people who have our interests in mind. Check it out, maybe there's one in your district, do your due diligence to look up…

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Added by Jennifer W on July 23, 2016 at 10:29am — 11 Comments

In the Wake of the RNC

So … the Republican race for the presidency started out as a clown car with all of 16 occupants something over a year ago. At that time, no one (with the possible exception of Ann Coulter) thought that the head clown, the one who has spent a significant amount of his career in the entertainment business, would be the one left standing when the dust had settled. Yet as of about 9:23 PM, EDT on 21 July, 2016, that is precisely who the GOP has as their nominee for the most important position of…

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Added by Loren Miller on July 22, 2016 at 8:30am — 34 Comments

Powered by Jesus. The 10 Commandments are NOT multiple choice.

Today I was driving home, and was cut off in traffic by a woman driving a big white Oldsmobile Intrigue sedan.  I knew it was an Intrigue because it had a label stating that.  I had to look it up at home to find out, it was an Oldsmobile.

I could have forced the issue.  I had right of way.  If I had just tailgated the pickup in front of me, she would have had to merge behind me.  But does it really matter if I get home 1 second sooner?  Maybe one half second?  I just don't…

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Added by Daniel Wachenheim on July 20, 2016 at 8:30pm — 10 Comments

THE TALK

THE TALK

Traditions pass along through family lines and are thought to bring unity and civilization in what can be a confusing world. During this dangerous time of white police killing blacks and blacks killing law enforcement officers perhaps it is far past time to speak of a family tradition passed along in most black…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on July 20, 2016 at 8:00am — 9 Comments

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