If you're an atheist, you've heard it before. How can life have meaning and purpose if there is no god? Most people who believe in a god also believe that such god has a higher purpose of some kind. Maybe your god has a higher purpose especially for you - he specifically put you on this planet to accomplish X. Maybe he has a plan - he let you survive that horrific car accident with merely scratches because it's his plan. Maybe he is everything and everything is him - but you're still working… Continue
Added by Ziztur on April 10, 2009 at 3:30pm —
This is according to a telephone survey conducted in Cd. Juárez, Chihuahua, México.
A local newspaper interviewed 100 people over the phone and found out that 94 percent say they profess a specific religion; 5 percent believe in a higher power but aren't members of any religion; one person doesn't believe in anything.
Oh, how it bothers me when they say we don't believe in anything. According to my father we don't even believe in our own mothers...… Continue
Added by Eduardo on April 10, 2009 at 3:20pm —
My husband sent this to me and I found it an interesting read. I am glad I am Atheist. Who honestly believes this crap! Here is the link to the site. Just click on the PDF link to download the file.
Added by Cheryl on April 10, 2009 at 11:54am —
Forward Looking People
President Barack Obama keeps mentioning that he is a forward looking person. Here are some of my (narrow minded) thoughts on what I think forward looking means.
I've heard it said that "to know where you are going you must know where you came from." I wonder though if the past is obvious and evident, do we need to continue confirming what we already know? In other words, do we need to continue looking backwards to move forward? When I was in… Continue
Added by Bubba Tarandfeathered on April 10, 2009 at 7:01am —
Project Teen Canada has been conducting surveys on the religious affiliations of teenagers since 1984. Its latest findings show that Canadians are becoming more polarised into believers and non-believers. The number of faithless has grown almost three-fold whereas Christians have dropped below 50% for the first time. There has also been a steep rise in believers of other faiths, although this is largely due to immigrants. One minor point is that the new data for 2008 only adds up to 93% rather… Continue
Added by Richard Mankiewicz on April 10, 2009 at 4:11am —
The drive to Augusta started smoothly until we (me and my sister) hit an hour long traffic jam involving a smashed up semi-truck and other vehical that wasn't even recognizable considering it's doors and other car parts were flung all across the highway. I really hope no one was hurt.
After we made it past the accident it was smooth sailing from there. FIRST LONG DISTANCE TRIP ON MY OWN COMPLETED! YAY! I'm very proud of myself but I also gotta thank my GPS. I very much enjoyed… Continue
Added by Gnome Magic on April 10, 2009 at 1:00am —
The Jewish-Christian divinity is depicted as rabidly homophobic in the pages of the Old Testament, in the annuls of the Vatican and in the sermons of many Christian hot heads. What can we make of this in the light of modern psychological research?
We are told in the Hebrew book of Genesis that Yahweh (or El) made man in his own image. I guess that means that this god, like his earthly son, comes with male sexual organs attached. We don't know much about what the Almighty Father does… Continue
Added by Rosemary LYNDALL WEMM on April 9, 2009 at 10:23pm —
I swear my 4 year old is the reincarnate of Hitler, so I know about bad behavior. But to think that bad behavior comes from a demon consumed through meat? Really? I know I'll be giving my kids a couple extra hugs tonight!
Prosecutors: Bamboo sticks used in 'demon' beating
Sister says couple also poked their 3-year-old child with chopsticks
By DALE LEZON
Copyright 2009 Houston Chronicle
April 7, 2009, 7:19PM
Both parents of a 3-year-old… Continue
Added by vivian on April 9, 2009 at 8:18pm —
The no free-will bus campaign
is going international! Featuring, "There's probably no free-will, now stop worrying, as if you had a choice." advertised on the side of buses.
Added by TJMorgan on April 9, 2009 at 6:30pm —
At one time the United States had something called the Office of Technology Assessment. Renowned futurist Newt Gingrich killed the OTA in 1995, apparently out of fear that the OTA might help bring about the future. Now, at last under a President who values empirical data and a rationalist's approach to problems, there is a chance that the OTA might be resurrected with full hit points and an Acuity buff.…
Added by Planetologist on April 9, 2009 at 3:00pm —
Vermont has become the first state in the US to legislatively permit same-sex marriage without being first forced to do so by a court order. Vermont, unlike every other state so far, didn't need to be shamed or chivvied by a court decision into behaving like grownups toward same-sex marriage. Instead, the Vermont legislature took up the issue directly, and not only passed legislation guaranteeing marriage equality to all adult, pair-bonded humans in the state, they did so with a sufficient… Continue
Added by Planetologist on April 9, 2009 at 11:33am —
I really don't know whether to laugh or fall down in a heap and cry.
Tonight a lady in floral skirt and perfect makeup took my daughter to a 7th day Adventis meeting. I am a passionate atheist and rationalist and I allow her to go through and discover the world as she deems right for her. But how COULD SHE DO THIS TO ME!!! I really did not know much about this religion I guess its part of the monolithic group and low and behold this is a really literal group. They believe every thing in… Continue
Added by Victoria's View on April 9, 2009 at 5:30am —
I always sucked at looking at clouds. Doesn't look like a hand from a supernatural power to me.
NASA released photos
of what is being hailed as the "hand of God". I like to see it as an awesome manifestation of the energy known as the universe.
Official caption reads: "Red represents low-energy X-rays, the medium range is green, and… Continue
Added by no0n3 on April 8, 2009 at 10:00pm —
eats himself in a cannibalistic seizure
regurgitates himself all over the floor
and calls himself cleanliness.
runs like water towards the sea
loses inertia in every shallow stream
and calls himself omnipotence.
We might lie down
on the cold concrete
begging for attention
useless puddles polluted with the promise of evaporation
We might sing
an electric… Continue
Added by Judas on April 8, 2009 at 8:48pm —
nos es deus
what is there left?
we have seen the sky, we know the dirt, we have 4 names and a solid lack of understanding about white noise
a quiet uncertainty about the absolute
and a dead wish to conquer the universe.
nos es deus
where do we go?
we must build a boat out of the speed of night
and sail it into oblivion
we must let our breath escape our throat
and vibrate the… Continue
Added by Judas on April 8, 2009 at 8:46pm —
if I could stop breathing
for just a minute
I might remember who I used to be
that vitriol that used to run through me as quickly as mercury
and if I close my eyes tight enough
and try to look backwards
I might start compensating for the nights it was too loud inside of my head to sleep
those nights I’d lie on my back
watching the ceiling start to buckle
breaking into tiny fractals of light too intricate to look… Continue
Added by Judas on April 8, 2009 at 8:45pm —
Why grasp at straws
or dream that thought is an option
and death is simply a return home?
Or ask for proof of absence
a division by zero
and cling to it like the sunrise to the horizon?
Why wear masks made of morphine and metaphor
-both false poison and its’ sugar pill cure?
If truth is, then it is this:
we were born to be a brief series of inhales and exhales
we should be taught to be transient, intrinsically
to outrun… Continue
Added by Judas on April 8, 2009 at 8:44pm —
I have listened to Rich Orman's Dogma Free America for a couple of years and love his international flavor to understanding the impact of religion on the world. This week he had me on his podcast to talk about The God Virus. You can listen to it on iTunes or download it from his website: http://dogmafreeamerica.com/index.php?post_id=452268
Rich has a great interview style and certainly did his homework before the podcast. Take a listen and let me know what you think.
Added by Darrel Ray on April 8, 2009 at 8:42pm —
Christopher Hitchens was on earlier, but the debate continues. Hardball will be on again at 11.
Added by Atheist Insurgency on April 8, 2009 at 6:53pm —
Me and my boyfriend have been dating a few years now, both atheists. Now all the sudden he thinks there is a god and he needs to go to church and read the bible. We fight about it alot and there is no happy medium right now... just fighting. He wants me to believe but i NEVER will. Just wondering people opinions on this and think if a atheist christian marriage could work. Like subject of children comes up? what to do on that...
Added by Allison Schreier on April 8, 2009 at 5:54pm —