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
Added by Darrel Ray on February 2, 2009 at 8:58am —
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.”
People really have to stop referring to this country as a Christian nation. The founders took great pains to avoid incorporating religious references into the Constitution, even going so far as to state plainly that no religious test should ever be considered a prerequisite for holding office. Somewhere along the line things have gone way off… Continue
I work at a Christian-based retail store. Occasionally, customers ask me if I go to church. I only say "no," volunteering as little information about myself as possible. Then I'm always invited to visit their church. I listen politely to the directions and service times. And smile as they walk away.
A few weeks ago, a co-worker asked if I was atheist and instead of telling the truth, I dodged the question. "Why would you ask ME that?" "Who told you that?" "Where did you hear… Continue