Raising Freethinkers: A Practical Guide for Parenting Beyond Belief
is now available at Amazon.com.
Praised by Newsweek as “a compelling read” and Library Journal as “accessible and down-to-earth,” Dale McGowan’s Parenting Beyond Belief
Added by Dale McGowan on January 23, 2009 at 6:30am —
I apologize if you'd read this e-mail forward already, but I was laughing so hard I had to post it here.
HELL EXPLAINED BY CHEMISTRY STUDENT
The following is an actual question given on a
University ofWashington chemistry mid-term.
The answer by one student was so 'profound' that
the professor shared it with colleagues, via the Internet, which is, of
course, why we now have the pleasure of enjoying it as well :
Bonus Question: Is Hell… Continue
Added by Roxanne on January 23, 2009 at 3:59am —
Since a profile like this is supposed to help you get to know me, I thought I'd offer some explanation for the songs I chose for my play list. Obviously these are not all the songs I like and some of them aren't even my favourite songs. They do represent songs that I want you to hear for various reasons. Some of them have a special meaning. Some are incredible songs. Some are rare gems you've probably never heard before. Some are just examples of the style of music I like in case you want to… Continue
Added by Tao Jones on January 23, 2009 at 1:03am —
The question of what I believe happens when I die has recently become a topic I repeatedly have to touch back on. My theist friends find what I say in response astounding.
My answer to them is this:
Nothing. We become plant food. Nothing else happens. Everything (within yourself) ends. It just stops.
Then the theists get a little puzzled. "But then you're just floating around in a void."
So I ask them what would be floating around and where they would… Continue
Added by JustJoshNYou on January 23, 2009 at 12:12am —
I am psyched to have found Atheist Nexus. I'm having fun just setting up my profile and can't wait to go explore the site and meet new people. Sometimes you feel alone when it comes to this stuff, it's like are we the only sane people in this world? I guess so..... I'm looking forward to chatting and hitting up the forums :)
Added by The Virgin Marlene on January 22, 2009 at 10:25pm —
An occasionally used creationist tactic is declaring that evolution isn’t a scientific theory but a circular argument preached with the zeal of a religion. Evolution, they say, isn’t repeatable under laboratory conditions and if it’s not repeatable, it’s not science. Can we put evolutionary mechanisms to the test and show exactly how we can reproduce them in a lab?
( read on...
Added by Greg F. on January 22, 2009 at 8:03pm —
So my school has 7th and 8th grade girls basketball teams and the 7th graders had a game today and the rest had regular practice. Guess what team the 7th graders were playing.....a christian school team! So yeah I was at practice and then we got to watch the last part of the game and the Christian team SUCKED. Want to guess what the final score was? Our 7th team won by 35 points! 39 to 4. I joked with my friends that they probably thought Jesus would help them lol.
Added by FamilyGuyLover on January 22, 2009 at 7:40pm —
I am not by any means good at science, in fact I avoid taking science classes as much as possible knowing I'll be confused on the first day. But I try to stay as informed as any lay person can. For most of my life I lived in Orange County where a good portion of the population believes in Creationism or Intelligent Design and deny Global Warming. Now, I live in Eugene, where a good portion of the population are non-religious and very liberal. However, I've noticed a similar level of… Continue
Added by Shireen on January 22, 2009 at 7:36pm —
ADHD stimulant treatment may decrease risk of substance abuse in adolescent girls
Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers have found that treatment with stimulant drugs does not increase and appears to significantly decrease the risk that girls with ADHD will begin smoking cigarettes or using alcohol or drugs. Their report in the October Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent… Continue
Added by Deepak on January 22, 2009 at 7:00pm —
From my blog
I don’t have the date written down, but sometime in the middle of January two years ago I officially decided I was an Atheist. It’s been a very interesting and difficult two years.
Before I realized I was an Atheist, religion didn’t take up much of my daily thought process, now it’s something I think about almost constantly. It’s been a stressor for the most part. The constant feelings of being a second… Continue
Added by Dustin Sanders on January 22, 2009 at 4:30pm —
I was pleased and surprised to hear nonbelievers mentioned in Obama's inaugural address, the first time to my limited historical knowledge that such a mention has occurred in a new President's opening words to the nation. People argue over the numbers, but anywhere from several percent to one in four Americans is an atheist, agnostic, or unassociated with any formal religious group or organization. Our numbers are legion, as the saying goes. So it was pleasing to finally be recognized as an… Continue
Added by Planetologist on January 22, 2009 at 11:30am —
British watchdog rejects complaints about 'no God' ads
LONDON (AFP) – A poster campaign proclaiming "There's probably no God" does not breach advertising rules, a British watchdog ruled Wednesday after more than 300 people complained.
The atheist campaign, organized in response to Christian adverts, has seen some 800 buses plastered with the slogan across the country. It was paid for by more than 140,000 pounds (200,000… Continue
Added by Rick on January 22, 2009 at 5:00am —
19, a senior in high school, sister of a close friend (who is on a mission as we speak, he will be back this June) that doesn't know about our relationship.
part: black,Asian,Native South American. (on my drivers license it says i am Caucasian...snicker)
a liberal (open minded) extreme leaning Atheist.
21 and in collage for welding MATC (west). I still live at home.
we have been together for 7 or 8 months. fights… Continue
Added by Darkone on January 21, 2009 at 11:11pm —
In May of last year, the director of the Vatican Observatory, Father Gabriel Funes, attracted a few sideways glances after he said that not only could intelligent aliens exist on other worlds but they would be free from original sin since there’s nothing in the Bible about aliens eating the forbidden fruit. But while his article in a Vatican newspapers has been published as an novel oddity, does it represent a future trend of religious institutions rushing to make a definitive statement on… Continue
Added by Greg F. on January 21, 2009 at 7:38pm —
PZ Myers published a blog about Ray Comfort's latest antics:
Read at your own risk... it contains phrases such as:
"Imagine if I said my latest book came from nothing. Imagine if I say that I don't believe a builder build my house."
PZs comments bring us back to the non-delusional reality most of us prefer, however.… Continue
Added by Jude Johnson on January 21, 2009 at 4:50pm —
I was very excited yesterday, as we all were, it seems, when President Obama mentioned “non-believers” when he listed different types of belief systems that Americans hold. I say excited, but not surprised. I have held a close ear to Obama’s speeches, as he has been campaigning for almost 2 years for the presidency. I have been very aware of the lack of religiosity in his speeches. Yeah, he quotes the odd bible verse every so often, but it’s always relevant to a common moral lesson he is making… Continue
Added by zeeman barzell on January 21, 2009 at 3:10pm —
Is it just me or do most of the applications on A|N seem better suited to theists, or 12 year olds, rather than for people with the courage, integrity and intelligence to value truth over fantasy, in a wold filled with the opposite? Actually I don't need to ask, since the installation rates, which are mostly zero, bear this out. Not a big deal, but it is almost embarrassing just scrolling through the list.
Added by Kozz on January 21, 2009 at 12:54pm —
Yesterday's inauguration speech was, in many ways, big. Again, Obama spoke to the nation like the adults we are, which is a refreshing change from having to revert one's mind to that of a child, just to be able to figure out what your leader is saying.
The speech was big in another way:
We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus - and non-believers.
Read the… Continue
Added by IsThatLatin on January 21, 2009 at 11:03am —
Bizarre secret cult ripping families apart
“About 20 people have become devotees of a New Age "healer'', Matthew Meinck, who owns a retreat property in Chittering Valley. Meinck, an Australian-born former monk, believes that people retain in their bodies memories of abuse that can be retrieved during intense deep-tissue massage, regressive therapy and gruelling meditation sessions lasting up to two weeks.”
However, “During long retreats at the property, they became… Continue
Added by THE GRENADIAN FREETHINKER on January 21, 2009 at 9:30am —
A Turkish creationist's stunt contest offering 7.5 trillion
lira or $4.6 trillion U.S. is still open and will be for a very long time. But can you expect anything else from someone who thinks that evolution is a Zionist/Freemason conspiracy to enslave his countrymen?
Added by Greg F. on January 20, 2009 at 10:30pm —