There’s a bizarre symmetry when believers and unbelievers debate the existence and influence of the supernatural on our temporal world. Both sides offer an answer, one side using an ancient book and the other deferring to science. But as flawed as a book of uncertain origins and a tumultuous history may be as a guide, using the word of a PhD to confirm that science knows something for sure isn’t always the right way to go either. Atheism and theism are fundamentally different and when… Continue
Added by Greg F. on January 25, 2009 at 8:30pm —
Comrade Bhagat Singh was one of India's foremost revolutionary freedom fighters.
Why I Am An Atheist
By Bhagat Singh
A new question has cropped up. Is it due to vanity that I do not believe in the existence of an omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient God? I had never imagined that I would ever have to confront such a question. But conversation with some friends has given me, a hint that certain of my friends, if I am not claiming… Continue
Added by Comrade bose on January 25, 2009 at 4:59pm —
For some reason my mother is the sort of person that forewords every chain email she gets to me. I've told he more than once that I don't like to receive them. I'd rather know that when I receive an email from her that it's safe to open and read it. Now I know that when one comes my way I should just simply delete it.
The problem is that I'm a nosy bitch and I can't stand to not know a piece of information that comes my way, even one that is complete bullshit and a complete waste of… Continue
Added by Creature on January 25, 2009 at 2:50pm —
I decided to write this in order to draw attention to the damage that religion can cause to children. At the same time I want to say that my parents love me very much and have never done anything selfishly or to hurt me. Throughout my lifetime they have demonstrated that they would sacrifice endlessly to supply my needs and work towards my happiness. They are simply ignorant people who have always done what they thought was right.
Not two days ago I saw one of the children that used… Continue
Added by Krista on January 25, 2009 at 2:28pm —
[Full versions of all my posts, including images and links, can be found on my blog, Artificial Habitat
Welcome to the first Weekly Science Roundup. These regular posts will consist of quick summaries of interesting papers, articles, and blog posts which I encounter during the preceding week (sometimes they may have been published earlier). The number of items that I mention will vary, and there will be an obvious bias… Continue
Added by Andrew on January 25, 2009 at 9:18am —
You mostly likely have seen this on the web. It was sent to me by a friend of the family. She really gives them hell. A much deserved hell to in my view.
I have to agree with her on those in the Middle East using the west's science and technology. If you look at that part of the world, they've not had a major scientific or technological break though in over 1,400 years. Prior to Islam they did. Afterwards, little if… Continue
Added by Rick on January 25, 2009 at 7:30am —
Came across a short paper I wrote about 5 years ago at the request of a colleague.
This is the abstract that was prepared for it:
This paper examines the notion of having “a relationship with Jesus Christ” [ARJC], which has come to be a mantra for the modern Evangelical movement through the 19th century revivalist school of New England. The writer argues that rather than being a term with objective, measurable content, the ARJC serves instead as a template through which… Continue
Added by jc morrison on January 24, 2009 at 11:08pm —
8 Indigenist News Items for: 8
Societies worse off 'when they have God on their side' - Times Online
Societies worse off 'when they have God on their side' - Times Online: "RELIGIOUS belief can cause damage to a society, contributing towards high murder rates, abortion, sexual promiscuity and suicide, according to research published today.
According to the study, belief in and worship of God are not only unnecessary for a healthy society… Continue
Added by Rick on January 24, 2009 at 11:00pm —
Added by Mike Grattan on January 24, 2009 at 5:16pm —
So I was having a tactful debate on a website with creationists and it was very orderly but just like any debate with creationist was like talking to a wall. I quoted Carl Sagan and this douchebag (I don't have a better word for him) retorted "If you could talk to Carl now he would tell you what the Christians tell you,repent and turn to Jesus because there is a Hell!" verbatim. I could only reply "oh really? well that is one of the most disrespectful things I have heard in a long time." Carl… Continue
Added by Adam Johnson on January 24, 2009 at 4:26pm —
The Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) has been languishing in committee, just like Bill the bill, for many years now. Under Bush and his cronies there was no chance it would pass, so shelved it has remained. Until now.
President Obama, as a senator from Illinois, co-sponsored the 2007 version of this bill, so he should be happy to sign it in 2009. Congress should re-introduce it. As soon as Franken is sworn in and all the other electoral disputes are resolved, Congress needs to pass it so… Continue
Added by Planetologist on January 24, 2009 at 3:34pm —
For just a moment, let’s run with the idea that life as we know it was designed by some higher intelligence which put together the basic chemistry for life in an organized and stable form at some time in the ancient past. Would it still have to comply with the laws of nature? How does one prove it in a scientific way? And how does the existence of countless other worlds make it incalculably tougher to prove that there's only one designer in the universe?
Added by Greg F. on January 24, 2009 at 11:41am —
I remember when the GOP suddenly metastasized all over the House and Senate in 1994 they were happy to say, "We're in charge, now," when asked if they would encourage input from Congressional Democrats. Then W attained - to be precise I avoid the term "won" - the Presidency only after the closest vote for the office in recent memory, followed by a stopped recount and Supreme Court-facilitated coup. His inaugural motorcade passed throngs of people protesting the seizure of their nation's highest… Continue
Added by Planetologist on January 24, 2009 at 10:02am —
Just reminding everyone of the incredible story we find in Exodus. Specifically, chapter 12 where we learn that anywhere from 2 to 2.5 MILLION people were wandering around Egypt for 40 years.
has a nice breakdown of the numbers.
Exodus 12:37 refers to 600,000 adult Hebrew men leaving Egypt with Moses, plus an unspecified but apparently large "mixed multitude" of non-Hebrews; Numbers 1:46 gives a… Continue
Added by Roger Rotge on January 24, 2009 at 8:30am —
I blog at ljudlega
.. Feel free to come take a look/read.
I write about atheism, politics and writing fiction.. And probably other stuff too, but the blogs fairly new so I haven't got there yet:).
Added by scylla on January 24, 2009 at 3:03am —
An Atheist's Perspective on the Inauguration: Enough With all the God Stuff
By Greta Christina, Greta Christina's Blog. Posted January 23, 2009.
Why do the prayers of a church belong in the single most important ceremony of our state? Obama is not God's servant, he's ours
Yes. Okay. Pride; hope;… Continue
Added by Rick on January 24, 2009 at 2:00am —
Added by Krista on January 24, 2009 at 1:40am —
The other day I wrote about atheists and how we're not all evolved alike
. We're all very individual with how we got to where we are regarding religion and our beliefs.
Today I created a short 6 question survey about reconciling belief and rationality
. I'd love… Continue
Added by Neece on January 24, 2009 at 12:56am —
Speaking of doomsday, did you know we’re living in the end times? Yeah, I know, we’ve been living in the end times during the fall of Rome, the Dark Ages, Black Death and an invasion into Spain by Muslims as well as both world wars and the Cold War. But all the disasters, wars and epidemics are nothing compared to now. The end is almost here as it’s written in the Book of Revelations. Unlike the Mayan prophecy of 2012, the belief that we are the last generation on Earth isn’t just embraced by… Continue
Added by Greg F. on January 23, 2009 at 6:09pm —
I just came from this group as I was intrigued how one could be Anti Choice without also believing that a soul is created at the moment of conception. I mean isn't that the only real basis for being Anti Choice? If not then I guess the argument is that Society should intervene in an adult Woman's reproductive rights and force her to carry a child to term because...... I just don't know? Doesn't it have to be that something magical happens at conception and that the rights of a zygote now trumps… Continue
Added by Kozz on January 23, 2009 at 6:01pm —