While waiting for work to come through the system today, I got to thinking about times past and times present. Has education and the world around us (particularly in the US) changed compared to when I was young back in the 60's and 70's? I remember the Civil Rights Movement and putting a man on the moon, but I don't remember hearing an uproar from Evangelicals over creationism and the diluting of the study of the sciences with superstitious garbage. I'll read Pharyngula's blog and discover that… Continue
Added by Whalehugger on January 7, 2009 at 3:26pm —
Why Do People Have Kids?
I have always wondered why people choose to have children.
There is nothing rational about purposely raising one's own stress level, or having less discretionary income, or doing things your normally would not do in life. The answer most people often give for having kids is having a bloodline continuation, joy, or happiness. But why are children so expressly associated with happiness? Just because one has a child does, not automatically make… Continue
Added by Dre Smith on January 7, 2009 at 3:25pm —
Christianity has been more of a threat to society. Let the historical record speak for itself...
* As soon as Christianity became legal in the Roman Empire by imperial edict (315), more and more pagan temples were destroyed by Christian mob. Pagan priests were killed.
* Between 315 and 6th century thousands of pagan believers were slain.
* Examples of destroyed Temples: the Sanctuary of Aesculap in Aegaea, the Temple of Aphrodite in… Continue
Added by Dre Smith on January 7, 2009 at 3:04pm —
It's January 7th, 2009 and already were talking about Chrisitan Conservatives needing to re-energize their base. The argument is going to come this November that legalizing same sex marriage will violate the constitutional right of religious freedom to those whom are religious.
First of all it needs to be realized that "We The People" means justly that WE THE PEOPLE. It does not state "We the Religious People", or "We The Christians", or "We The Jews".
Some of the people… Continue
Added by Dre Smith on January 7, 2009 at 2:52pm —
The greatest threat to national security is not terrorists, nuclear weapons, bird flu, immigration, guns, or even religious fanatics from all sects of religions. The greatest threat is to US National Security is the uneducated, ill-informed, US citizen. Thusly, this makes democracy the lowest form of government.
For a democracy to truly work at its finest, it rests solely on the notion that its citizens are educated. It is a requirement, not an option. But not educated simply from… Continue
Added by Dre Smith on January 7, 2009 at 2:43pm —
The case for why "GOD" has to be IMPERFECT and AMORAL
All religion rest's solely on Pascal's Wager or Gambit, which states as follows...
1)You may believe in God, and God exists, in which case you go to heaven: your gain is infinite.
2)You may believe in God, and God doesn't exist, in which case your loss is finite and therefore negligible.
3)You may not believe in God, and God doesn't exist, in which case your gain is finite and therefore… Continue
Added by Dre Smith on January 7, 2009 at 2:41pm —
There’s an interesting article here that argues that there is, in fact, no religious right. The arguments are convincing; it does sound at first glance that there has been an over simplification on whether or not a discernable movement is actually present. It would seem illogical to assume that there are secret clandestine meetings involving hundreds of pastors and clergymen, all agreeing on the best course of action… Continue
Added by The Good Atheist on January 7, 2009 at 2:22pm —
Some light humor from Wikipedia
On September 14, 2007, Sen. (Ernie) Chambers filed a lawsuit against God, seeking a permanent injunction ordering God to "cease certain harmful activities and the making of terroristic threats...of grave harm to innumerable persons, including constituents of Plaintiff who Plaintiff has the duty to represent".
Sen. Chambers said his action was in response to another lawsuit filed in the… Continue
Added by Brent on January 7, 2009 at 2:06pm —
I am compiling a list of atheist authors from West Virginia. Surprisingly, for a state with such a paucity of people, at least two seminal atheist treatises come from Mountaineer thinkers:
Atheist Universe - David Mills
Added by Brent on January 7, 2009 at 10:32am —
I don't think one's religious affiliation should have any affect on one's occupation--especially, say, in Congress. I don't think it's anything the public needs to know about, particularly because, I repeat, it just shouldn't have any impact on that person's ability to serve. Of course, we are a sad bunch, we American People. Despite hundreds of examples, big and small, of 'religious' folks doing terrible things, we still elect them. Why? Because we still believe that 'religious' equals… Continue
Added by IsThatLatin on January 7, 2009 at 9:08am —
Christians consider the existence of their God to be an obvious truth. This assumption is false, not only because evidence for the existence of this presumably ubiquitous yet invisible God is lacking, but because the very nature Christians attribute to this God is self-contradictory.
Proving a universal negative
Many Christians, as well as atheists, claim that it is impossible to prove a universal negative. For example, while we may… Continue
Added by John on January 7, 2009 at 8:30am —
I've lived the last year in San Francisco CA and am about to move back to SC. I encountered the same argument for the bible here that i have in every country I've been in. "Because the bible says so". That's not an argument considering the bible is NOT a historic record. For the majority the gospels written about Jesus were written 100-200 years after he died. That is not a historic record. It is as much of a record as Of Mice and Men
. Studying actual historc documents there is no… Continue
Added by Adam Johnson on January 7, 2009 at 4:30am —
I've noticed that I've had a much more positive attitude lately. The last two months I've felt like everything in my life is coming together. It probably has everything to do with drinking less and exercising more. Regardless, I've managed to become much more productive.
I was originally very disappointed when I realized that I'd have to take this quarter off for financial reasons. The financial end of school this time around has been one huge headache, but that's okay it'll work out… Continue
Added by Creature on January 7, 2009 at 3:06am —
Regular readers may remember the post Sean’s Christmas Message. I remarked in the comments that it had garnered no response. Well it appears they may have just been a little slow(in every sense of the word). Here is the first response:
It is interesting to note how the… Continue
Added by Sean the Blogonaut on January 6, 2009 at 8:45pm —
When we seek the true story of Christmas, just in front of rituals and pagan gods. We know that Jesus Christ was at a party that had nothing do with Him The real hidden transcendent symbolism of Christmas mysteries. This festival has its origin fixed in paganism. A day devoted to the celebration of the "Sun Invicto." The sun has its representation in the Greco-Roman god Apollo, and their equivalents from other pagan peoples are diverse: Ra, the… Continue
Added by Mauro on January 6, 2009 at 7:03pm —
Text interesting about Morality and Religion, for sure will bring great clarity to many here in this community.
Moral, ethical and RELIGION
Professor: Dr. Marcos de Almeida
There may be a morality without religion? You must have a
god or gods, so that it becomes indispensable to morality? The fact
that some people are not religious, the ability to be, automatically, moral?
And if the answer to these questions require the belief in one god, what… Continue
Added by Mauro on January 6, 2009 at 6:21pm —
She's hot, British, an atheist activist, she came up with a very cool idea
, and she got to meet Richard Dawkins? When will she be on the Skepchick calendar?
Added by Planetologist on January 6, 2009 at 4:31pm —
Outgoing lunatic, ravager of civilization, source of all sorrows and US President George W. Bush announced
today he is establishing by executive order the Mariana Trench, Pacific Remote Islands and Rose Atoll Marine National Monuments. Mysteriously, this action is within the law, completely constitutional, and does not appear to involve anyone being slain or horribly mutilated while Dick Cheney… Continue
Added by Planetologist on January 6, 2009 at 3:59pm —
Ariane Sherine explains where the idea for the Atheist Bus Campaign came from and Polly Toynbee talks to Richard Dawkins about the word 'probably'
Link to this video:
Today, thanks to many Cif readers, the overall total raised for the Atheist Bus Campaign stands at a truly overwhelming £135,000, breaking our original target… Continue
Added by stagendogs on January 6, 2009 at 1:30pm —
I just joined after finding the Nexus on the Atheist Blogroll. If anyone is interested in some regularly updated commentary on atheism, secularism, politics and world events, I write a blog called LibraryGrape at http://www.LibraryGrape.com
. I hope you'll consider checking it out.
Added by Library Grape on January 6, 2009 at 1:20pm —