Walk into any book store with an idea of what you want. Do you want one of those poorly written Grisham's? Fiction! Do you want our new president's stances? Current Affairs! What about Bernstein Bears? Children! How about the bible? Religion! The Koran? Religion! Torah? Religion!
The book stores have the order of things correct. Those books are not located in the nonfiction section and are rightfully all lumped together in a broad section of 'Religion'.
I just read a depressing article on LiveScience.com by Robert Roy Britt, discussing the limitations and flaws inherent in most public surveys about "belief" in evolution. I have to use quotation marks there, because "belief" is absolutely irrelevant. The proper term should be acceptance, as in "Do you accept the evidence of biological evolution, or are you sufficiently ignorant and narcissistic to… Continue
As a psychologist who interacts with fellow atheists, I think one area we could all take a look at is how much our current beliefs and behavior continue to be affected by early religious and superstitious training. Assumptions about relationships, human connection, and especially sexuality are often areas that, as people floating in the sea of religious paradigms, we may simply follow along without questioning. Examples might include feelings of guilt that may come from early religious… Continue
Well the first time I came out it was more of my mother forcing me out of the closet. She asked me if I was gay, I had to say "yes of course I'm gay look at me!" Well it went more like "Yes!" and me running to my room not wanting to tell my dad haha. That was little gay me at 15 years old.
Now the second time I come out as an atheist, I tell my mother I need to come out a second time, which she asks. "wait for being an atheist, I already know that" haha. That was 26 year old me… Continue
I'm taking Economics and Accounting this semester. Reading the third chapters in both by now. I learned about GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles). Are these the same principles that got us all where we are today? Is it worth the effort?
"Boy Scouts councils across the country have widely logged or sold prime woodlands to turn quick profits, sometimes on lands that were bequeathed to the Boy Scouts by donors intent on preserving the lands for outdoor recreation, according to an investigation by Hearst Newspapers."
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When I am speaking with a Christian person, I occasionally play a little game. It is harmless but interesting. I ask them how they view Islam. What is wrong with the religion? What is right about it? Inevitably I get some great arguments for its irrationality. "Mohammed could not have flow up to heaven on a horse." for example. If I turn the statement around and ask them, "Did Jesus rise up to heaven?" The response is, "Of course." Amazing how self evident things are for one's own religion and… Continue
Ross Douthat of the Atlantic needs to rethink his line of attack when he goes after the atheist menace on his blog. Why? Because when facing people asking for empiricism and tangible evidence, focusing on probability and unconvincing recounts of things like personal experiences just doesn't work. His first instance of completely missing the point was in his invocation of the Pope in a post about the atheist bus campaign he labeled "anti-theist" in a case study of a poisoning the well… Continue
Added by Greg F. on February 2, 2009 at 12:20am —
I often hear hear from theists that i just don't understand or you don't know or i just don't get it, etc. I started explaining that I do understand and I do know and I do get it, but when written down it sounded more like a poem so here's a poem i guess.
I know where you're coming from, because I was once there.
I've heard it all before, because I've said it all before.
I thought the same things, because I thought the same way
I believed the… Continue
Having some free time on my hands I decided to waste it surfing the net. So I’ve really gotten into being an atheist lately. Now I’ve been one since I was in the first grade. I was about 6 or 7 at the time so I’m not new at this. And I did try religion when I was in the 3ed grade but it just wasn’t “right” for me.
Now I’ve been exposed to it all my life. Went to a high school run by a Lutheran minister. But he didn’t preach at us. Really he didn’t and he was pretty cool looking back… Continue
I had yet another religious pamphlet waiting for me on my car again today. (Like something telling me how I’m a horrible sinner and I need to buy their product in the form of converting to their church is going to make me see the “light”) Anywho, this pamphlet prominently featured a background image of sheep, with the big title “The lord is my shepherd.”